Lindsay Boswell calls meeting to discuss new think tank

Institute of Fundraising chief plans new research body after resigning from advisory group

The Institute of Fundraising will invite academics, fundraisers and representatives from umbrella bodies to an open meeting in February to discuss how its new think tank should be run and what it should research.

Lindsay Boswell, chief executive of the institute, announced the new think tank earlier this week after resigning from the advisory panel for research body the Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy because he felt it had failed to produce research that was of practical benefit to fundraisers.

He said the think tank would not be funded by membership fees paid to the institute, but could be funded by partnerships with agencies, charities and research bodies. He said many of the details of how it would function had not yet been decided and would be discussed at the meeting.

"We will ask which subjects charities and other groups have already researched and whether they would be willing to share their results," he said. "Then we'll draw up a list of the topics about which fundraisers would like to see more detailed research, and we'll make it publicly available.

"It's likely that the new think tank will be a brokerage service that matches researchers with topics the sector wants to know more about, rather than being a research body itself."

Boswell said he would invite representatives from the Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy to the meeting and that he hoped the centre would work with the new think tank on future projects.

He said the meeting was scheduled for 3 February at 2pm at the institute's office in Vauxhall, London.



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