Scouts association merges fundraising division under rejig

The Scout Association is merging its fundraising and commercial sponsorship departments in an effort to create a more centralised approach to generating funds.

Previously, the association has acted in an advisory role to the 9,000 scout groups throughout the UK, but has recently started looking towards developing its central fundraising channels.

"By creating a larger department, we're hoping to make better use of resources and really try to focus on boosting commercial partnerships,

said David McCarthy, director of finance at The Scout Association. "When we talk to companies they are often open-minded about different ways they want to support us, and we want to make sure we're not closing any doors."

Areas that the organisation is looking to build on include employee contributions, corporate event sponsorship and community fundraising.

The charity is currently recruiting a head of fundraising to oversee the new department.

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