Mark Astarita to remain Institute of Fundraising chair for another year

British Red Cross director of fundraising had originally said he would step down from IoF role after one year

Mark Astarita
Mark Astarita

Mark Astarita will chair the Institute of Fundraising for another year, the organisation announced today.

Astarita, who is director of fundraising at the British Red Cross, became chair in July last year.

When he was appointed, the institute said he would hold the post for 12 months while "changes to the institute’s governance are finalised". Astarita, an institute trustee since 2008, said at the time: "I’m going to do it for a year and then someone else will do it."

But an institute spokesman said today that Astarita, who has overseen the appointment of Peter Lewis as chief executive, was enjoying the role and wanted to continue.

The spokesman added the organisation would publish a governance report shortly.

Astarita said in a statement: "As someone who is passionate about the profession of fundraising, I am absolutely delighted to have been asked to chair the institute for another year.

"Continued economic troubles mean that fundraisers are under pressure as never before and I am determined to play my part in fighting for the recognition of the value that fundraisers bring to organisations the length and breadth of the UK."

Gill Raikes, institute vice-chair, said: "Mark is an excellent and hard-working chair who brings flair and professionalism to our meetings."

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