Creating a safe environment for fundraisers

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We have committed to making our Institute and profession a safe and inclusive one, and our Action Plan highlights a series of actions that we intend to take over the coming months. We have already updated our Code of Conduct to include a commitment to promoting an inclusive environment that is ‘free from harassment, bullying and discrimination’ and continue to welcome feedback on the Action Plan.

We have now published the draft terms of reference for the new panels we are setting up to coordinate our future work on this and are now recruiting for members to join both panels.

For the Culture Commission, Safeguarding Task Group and the Professional Conduct Committee we will make available appropriate remuneration to ensure there are no barriers to participation, to value lived experience and if necessary to bring in specialist expertise. The Board of Trustees have set aside money to ensure we have the ability to pay this remuneration where needed.  Our approach, as a volunteer-led membership organisation and charity, will be to fill these positions on a voluntary basis where possible. Our overarching objective will be to secure the best possible balance of appropriate skills and experiences for each respective board.  Applicants should identify on their application form whether they will need to be remunerated for their participation in this work.


10 May 2021: Based on the decisions set out in the Action Plan our lawyers, Bates Wells, have redrafted our Complaints and Disciplinary Rules.

We would like your feedback on these changes before they are agreed by the Trustees.

The Culture Commission

When we published the Action Plan we had called this the Culture Board, but through discussions with the our lead volunteers and Trustees, we are suggesting this works more like a Commission, engaging with the fundraising community and taking evidence in a planned and structured way as part of its work.

The Culture Commission has been set up to develop a vision for the future culture of the fundraising profession, and for the future culture of the Chartered Institute, that is truly inclusive, where everyone can thrive.

The Culture Commission will lead our thinking on developing and then delivering this long-term systemic change in culture across the fundraising community and within the Chartered Institute.

Read the draft terms of reference for the Culture Commission

If you have comments on the draft Terms of Reference please let us know by emailing feedback@institute-of-fundraising.org.uk

Once established, the Culture Commission will agree the final Terms of Reference at its first meeting.

To apply to become a Culture Commissioner please return the application form to recruitment@institute-of-fundraising.org.uk by noon on Friday 28 May.

Safeguarding Task Group

The Safeguarding Task Group will review and strengthen our approach to safeguarding within the Chartered Institute and the wider fundraising community and to ensure that the actions set out in response to the Learning Review are delivered.

It will build on work already being undertaken, and work closely with specialist safeguarding experts we are about to commission, to develop and deliver a safeguarding system and approach for the whole of the Chartered Institute.

Read the draft terms of reference for the Safeguarding Task Group

If you have comments on the draft Terms of Reference please let us know by emailing feedback@institute-of-fundraising.org.uk 

Once established, the Safeguarding Task Group will agree the final Terms of Reference at its first meeting.

To apply to become a member of the Task Group please return the application form to recruitment@institute-of-fundraising.org.uk by noon on Friday 28 May.

Professional Conduct Committee

In the Action Plan we called this the Professional Standards Panel, but through discussions with our lead volunteers, Trustees, Standards Advisory Board and lawyers, and similarly to other Chartered professional membership bodies, we are now planning to call this our Professional Conduct Committee.

The Committee will have responsibility for continuing to develop the Chartered Institute’s Member Code of Conduct, the Code of Behaviour for our events, have oversight of our complaints and disciplinary policies and processes, and set up disciplinary and appeals panels as needed.

Read the draft terms of reference for the Professional Conduct Committee

If you have any comments on the draft Terms of Reference please let us know by emailing feedback@institute-of-fundraising.org.uk

To apply to become a member of the Professional Conduct Committee please return the application form to recruitment@institute-of-fundraising.org.uk by noon on Friday 28 May.

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Specialist safeguarding expertise

We are in the process of securing specialist safeguarding and project management expertise to support us in this work. As part of their work they will support the recruitment process to the Culture Commission, Safeguarding Task Group and Professional Conduct Committee.

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