IoF says Philanthropy Review neglects role of fundraisers

The Institute of Fundraising says review's 'call to action' fails to say how fundraisers can contribute to change

Institute of Fundraising
Institute of Fundraising

The Institute of Fundraising has criticised the recommendations of the Philanthropy Review, a sector-led inquiry into giving and philanthropy, for what it calls a failure to recognise the role of fundraising in generating income for charities.

The review, chaired by Thomas Hughes-Hallett, chief executive of Marie Curie Cancer Care, published its "call to action" yesterday.

It urged business leaders, philanthropists and the government to make it easier for people to give, to encourage giving and to make giving a social norm.

A statement from the IoF said: "The review aims to construct a 'road to a new philanthropy' by making recommendations on how giving should be simplified and encouraged. Yet it lacks practical detail around how the roles of fundraisers can help to affect this change."

Hughes-Hallett told Third Sector that the review had decided not to concentrate its recommendations on asking because other groups had already looked into that.

Speaking at the launch event in London, Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office minister, said that the economic secretary to the Treasury, Justine Greening, was keen to meet the review team to discuss its recommendations.

Hannah Terrey, head of policy and public affairs at the Charities Aid Foundation, said it was excited about the potential of some of the review's recommendations, such as the introduction of charity bank accounts at high-street banks.

"CAF is already taking steps to explore how we can make charitable bank accounts accessible to more people, building on our experience of offering charity accounts, and hopes to continue working with the Philanthropy Review to find the best way to make this possible," she said.

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