Charities and agencies that raise money from the public will be able to show they are approved by the Institute of Fundraising through a new certification programme, launched today.
The IoF’s certification programme for public fundraisers is available to charities with in-house fundraising teams and external agencies, and covers door-to-door, street, private-hsite and telephone fundraising.
To achieve certification, an organisation must explain its compliance policies and processes, be observed by the IoF to ensure they are meeting high training standards and be subjected to mystery shopping exercises to check whether policy is being complied with on the ground.
The IoF said there was no additional cost to members wishing to gain accreditation.
Peter Hills-Jones, director of compliance at the Institute of Fundraising, said seeking certification showed a "commitment to excellent fundraising and high standards by taking part in the programme" and encouraged other organisations to get involved.
Stephen Dunmore, chief executive of the Fundraising Regulator, said the programme would send a clear message to the public that certified charities were fully committed to high fundraising standards".
Sarah Atkinson, director of policy and communications at the Charity Commission, said: "The public rightly expects charities to fundraise in a considerate and responsible way. I congratulate the charities and other organisations that, in achieving IoF certification, have demonstrated that they take high standards in fundraising seriously."