Safeguarding in the fundraising sector

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The Chartered Institute of Fundraising comments on the Charity Commission’s investigation findings into the Presidents Club.

Ceri Edwards, Director of Engagement & External Affairs at the IoF, said

It’s disappointing to see that the Presidents Club’s trustees had little awareness of the high standards that the fundraising profession holds itself to.  All fundraisers know that their conduct must be respectful at all times and adhere to the Code of Fundraising Practice.

We have been very clear that there is no place for this kind of behaviour in our sector. If we see it again we must call it out.

It’s incredibly important that fundraisers feel safe and supported in their work. This is a priority for us at the Institute of Fundraising, and today we have launched free resources on our website to support our members and the fundraising community.

Safety and safeguarding in fundraising

Our new guidance is divided into three sections:

1. Know your rights – guidance designed to help fundraisers know their rights and what to do if things go wrong.

2. Safe and supportive working culture – using key principles, signposting relevant guidance and offering simple checklists to help managers identify what they can do to embed and maintain a supportive and safe environment for trustees, employees and volunteers.

3. Keeping fundraising safe – ensuring fundraisers and their organisations know what they need to do to make sure their fundraising is safe.

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