The National Association of Hospice Fundraisers could see an exodus of members in north-west England as fundraisers from about 30 hospices have set up rival meetings to share professional ideas.
Colin Powell, head of fundraising at Eden Valley Hospice and former chairman of the NAHF's north-west region, told Third Sector he had left the association as he was not getting value for money. He said other members had decided not to renew their membership. "We were asking ourselves what the benefits were of paying the £40 fee," he said.
Powell added he was unhappy that only individual fundraisers could be members, rather than hospices themselves. He said the fact that only general fundraisers could be members while others, such as shop or lottery fundraisers, could not, was creating a barrier between departments.
Gill Crowson, community fundraising manager at the Peace hospice in Watford, took over as chair of the NAHF in March. She said the point about hospices being unable to become members would be discussed at a forthcoming executive meeting to which Powell had been invited. She said hospices benefited from the NAHF through subsidised training.