PFRA members back merger with IoF

The Public Fundraising Association will complete its merger with the Institute of Fundraising at the end of August

Members of the Public Fundraising Association today voted in favour of merging the organisation with the Institute of Fundraising.

At an adjourned section of the PFRA’s annual general meeting, held in London this morning, 96 per cent of PFRA members voted in favour of the merger, which was previously approved unanimously by the boards of both organisations.

The vote means the merger will be formally completed at the end of the month – a month later than originally planned because extra time was needed to complete the legal requirements of the due diligence process.

Both membership bodies have previously confirmed that there would be no redundancies because of the merger, with the seven members of PFRA staff taking up new positions at the IoF.

Peter Hills-Jones, chief executive of the PFRA, will head a new compliance directorate within the IoF as director of fundraising compliance.

Hills-Jones said the merger was a big moment for the fundraising sector.

He said: "I would like to thank our board, staff and members. It is only because of their work and dedication that we have been able to make such important strides in improving and supporting face to face fundraising, and we are now looking forward to achieving even more through our merger with the IoF."

Peter Lewis, chief executive of the IoF, said: "As a single membership organisation, together we will be able to do even more to support the fundraising community to achieve the highest professional standards and raise millions of pounds for vital causes across the country."

In March, the IoF and the PFRA confirmed some of the terms of the agreement between the two membership bodies, although full details were withheld because of commercial confidentiality.

They revealed they would be creating three new sub-committees of the IoF board, which they said would focus on door-to-door fundraising, street and private site fundraising, and telephone compliance.

They said that the PFRA's reserves and assets would be transferred to the IoF and ring-fenced until the end of July 2019 in order to support and further public fundraising compliance and that the IoF would appoint a trustee from a public fundraising agency with expertise in fundraising compliance.

Dominic Will, joint managing director of the agency Home Fundraising, was appointed to fulfil this role in April.

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