NCVO lends weight to Fundraising Standards Board membership drive

Reduced rate for umbrella body members

The Fundraising Standards Board is ramping up its recruitment drive and bidding to tie up discount membership deals with sector umbrella bodies, including the NCVO.

NCVO members will be able to join the FRSB at a reduced rate as part of a joint promotional drive by the organisations, the FRSB has revealed.

The discount scheme will apply to a charity's first year of FRSB membership and will not be offered to existing FRSB members.

The FRSB has already struck a deal with the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association - charities that join both organisations are offered a discount on their PFRA membership (14 April, page 9).

Alistair McLean, chief executive of the FRSB, was unable to confirm the size of the discount because the details were still being finalised, but said NCVO members would receive letters about the deal by the end of May.

"The NCVO is the largest membership body in the voluntary sector, and it counts small or medium-sized organisations among its members," he said. "Smaller charities are potentially a large market for us - FRSB membership could raise their profile and help them to secure new donors."

McLean said the FRSB was in talks with other bodies in the sector over similar arrangements.

Gillen Knight, head of marketing and membership at the NCVO, said the deal "will underline members' commitment to the highest ethical standards of fundraising and allow supporters to donate with greater confidence".

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