Public Fundraising Certification Programme

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The Chartered Institute of Fundraising provides a range of compliance services to its members.

Our aim is to ensure that membership of the Chartered Institute is nationally recognised as a commitment to sustainable, honest and respectful fundraising. To support this aim, the Chartered Institute has developed the UK’s first Public Fundraising Certification Programme.

Public fundraising includes street, door-to-door, private site and telephone fundraising for the purpose of securing long-term donors supporting charities via direct-debit giving. Our Certification Programme currently covers both charities with ‘in-house’ teams and fundraising agencies conducting public fundraising.

The Certification Programme consists of three, connected elements:

Following this rigorous process, the Chartered Institute Compliance Directorate updates and publishes the Certification Status of its members, which can be found below, as and when new applications are received.

Members who have satisfactorily completed all three elements are given ‘Certified’ status; members who have made substantive progress in completing all three elements, but have yet to receive a training observation from the Chartered Institute, or who are in the process of updating their policies, are given ‘Provisional Certification’; and those members who have not completed all three elements but have applied and are going through the process are recorded as ‘currently applying for certification’. 

If you wish to apply to the Chartered Institute for certification of your public fundraising, please contact us on


Charity In-House Public Fundraising

*Company connected with a Charitable Institution

**Professional Fundraising Organisation

Certified Members Door Private Site Street Telephone
Cancer Research UK   x    
**Charity Link x x    
Guide Dogs x x x x
Oxfam   x x  
**REAL x x x  
Shelter x x x  
**The Professional Fundraiser   x    
UNICEF   x x  
**UrbanLeaf   x x  
*Wildlife Fundraising (Central)   x    
Provisionally Certified Members Door Private Site Street Telephone
Centrepoint [training observation pending] x x x  
Concern Worldwide [training observation pending]     x  
**DTV Optimise       x
Marie Curie [training observation pending] x x x  
**QTS       x
St Mungo’s [training observation pending]   x x  
**Zen Fundraising [training observation pending] x x x  
Members Currently Applying for Certification Door Private Site Street Telephone
**Connect x      
**Ethicall       x
**NTT       x
**Return Fundraising       x
**Unity4       x


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