A quarter of Institute of Fundraising staff at risk of redundancy

A quarter of staff at the Institute of Fundraising are at risk of redundancy as the membership body restructures to manage the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The IoF said 13 of its 53 staff were at risk of losing their jobs as part of a consultation that will run until the end of October. 

Peter Lewis, chief executive of the IoF, said: “This is a decision that we hoped we would not have to make – but like so many of our members across the charity sector, we have no choice but to take this action now due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our organisation."

He said that while the proposed changes were hard, professionally and personally, he believed they were essential in order for the IoF to be able to continue its work. 

“These are not changes we wanted to put forward, but ones that we are forced to, and need to, in order to  best be able to serve our members and the wider fundraising and charity sector in the months and years ahead,” he said. 

“At a time where the services, campaigns, and research delivered by charities are needed more than ever – and the fundraising and fundraising skills that will fund that work are more important than at any other time – it is incredibly sad to have to reduce our capacity to deliver that essential support.”

The IoF is expected to begin putting the new structure in place from early November.

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