The Institute of Fundraising (IoF), the professional membership body for UK fundraisers, has released updated guidance on acceptance and refusal of donations. The guidance will help trustees and fundraisers to make clear and consistent decisions regarding accepting or refusing donations.
The Presidents Club scandal in January 2018 served as a timely reminder that charities need to carefully consider the donations they accept, and the necessary process to follow if charities want to return a donation. Donation acceptance is fundamentally important to a charity’s reputation and the trust the public have in them, and it is important to ensure that a conflict does not arise from accepting a donation with a charity’s ethics, values and vision. To help charities make the right decisions for their organisation, the IoF have built upon their existing guidance on acceptance and refusal to give charities further support as they prepare a consistent and considered strategy for potential risks in the future.
The guidance is aimed at anyone in charities who is involved in raising funds and making decisions on gift acceptance, and specifically covering the role and responsibility of trustees. It also sets out guidance on how to put together a policy on gift acceptance and refusal and examples of where charities might have to make difficult decisions.