Standards board to target Welsh fundraisers

The Fundraising Standards Board has been awarded £115,000 by the Welsh Assembly Government to help develop its work in Wales.

The grant, to be used over a period of three years, will fund a Wales-based manager who will be responsible for raising awareness of the FRSB and recruiting new members from the Welsh third sector. The regulatory body plans to fill the position early next year. There are currently 30 members in Wales.

Jon Scourse, chief executive of the FRSB, welcomed the grant and said having someone with local knowledge was the most cost-effective way of building a good network. "Our experience has shown that the best way of encouraging membership is through personal contact, and this grant will allow us to do this," he said.

Graham Benfield, chief executive of the Wales Council for Voluntary Action, which campaigns for the Welsh voluntary sector, said: "We are delighted that the FRSB has received this grant and look forward to working with it to enhance its work with organisations in Wales to build confidence and trust in fundraising."

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