The Institute of Fundraising is set to launch its accreditation scheme for charities and agencies that carry out public fundraising in April after getting a positive response from members to a consultation.
The IOF said today that 92 per cent of the members that responded to the six-week consultation indicated support for introducing an accreditation programme.
Accredited organisations will be required to ensure their policies on issues such as data protection, protecting vulnerable people and complaints-handling are accurate and up to date and that they have high-quality training processes in place to ensure fundraising is carried out to a high standard, the IoF said when announcing the consultation last year.
In a statement published today, the IoF said the programme would cover charities with in-house fundraising teams as well as agencies. But initially, however, the programme would focus only on those organisations carrying out regular individual giving by direct debit.
An IoF spokeswoman told Third Sector that the scheme was expected to be launched in April, although the final details of how the programme will work were still being considered.
The IoF statement said: "The accreditation programme is designed to provide IoF members with greater levels of information and transparency about those with whom they work.
"Its aim is to demonstrate the high standards found in public fundraising, but also to help drive up the consistency of professional standards across the charity sector."
Peter Hills-Jones, director of compliance at the IoF, said: "Ultimately, what we’re focused on is ensuring members understand the rules and are training their fundraisers well. If members are doing that consistently, their staff can have the confidence to be both compliant and great fundraisers at the same time."