A new independent authority has been established to help raise the bar for fundraisers around best practice and ethical conduct.
The Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA) has announced the establishment of a seven-member Code Authority to oversee its new fundraising code which was approved in June and is set to come into force from 1 January 2018.
The authority, made up of charity, donor and supplier representatives, will be responsible for compliance monitoring, complaints administration and making recommendations for improvements to self-regulation, reporting quarterly to the FIA board.
Dr Ursula Stephens, a former ALP senator who has held several senior positions within the Parliament and will chair the new authority, told Pro Bono News having a code and an engaged, robust authority would ensure sector standards were adhered to.
“Fundraising is being increasingly relied upon by charities and not-for-profit organisations to raise much needed funds to help the communities they serve,” Stephens said.
“We want to ensure good ethical practices and high standards are promoted and that FIA members and the broader fundraising community meet these standards.”
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