17 June 2010
Childreach has over 1,000 fundraisers across the country, all dedicated to generating income and awareness.
In 2004, Childreach International registered as a charitable organisation with the charities commission of England & Wales. For the first three financial years of operation, the charity operated as a purely voluntary organisaion. In the financial year 2007-08, Childreach too on its frst full-time paid member of staff and has since incrased its average annual income by over 136 times (approx).
In the current financial year (2009-10), Childreach has over 1,000 fundraisers across the country, all dedicated to generating income and awareness. With this rapid and exponential rate of expansion, problems have understandably been encountered along the way! For instance, during the 2008-09 financial year, we were unlucky enought to receive complaints from members of the public surrounding individuals fundraising on the streets, in Childreach's name, without the necessary collection permits. Instances like this are unfortunately too common and threaten the reputation of not just the suffering organisation, but the entire sector.
Childreach International is a dedicated member of the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) and following a great deal of advice, support and consultation with their staff, we have been able to establish new handling procedures for all fundraisers that should ensure that complete transparency and best practice are always maintained by those who give up their spare time to help a good cause!
Measures we now implement include the following:
- A set registration process for all fundraisers including a detailed set of contractual terms and conditions that exist between the individual and Childreach
- Training workshops for all fundraisers following registration
- Supply of 'beginners guide to fundraising, laws and practises' issued to all fundraisers during initial workshop, including Institute of Fundraising guildline documents
- Positioning of local fundraising co-ordinators across the country
- Annual training weekend for all local fundraising co-ordinators, focussing on their responsibilities, position as a role model and the best practices for fundraising
- Supervision of all fundraisers by these local, trained co-ordinators
- Creation ans issuance of identity badges, generated by Childreach, to all fundraisers, to be worn at all times and detailing their exact relationship with the charity (ie an in aid of fundraiser, event participant etc)
- Public disclaimers displayed on the Childreach website detailing the marks of a registered fundraiser for members of the public to look for
- Use of the FRSB logo on all issued materials and contact paraphernalia with the public to display our commitment to best practice
"Obviously the battle for complete transparency and best practice from all individuals representing an organisation will never be won and unfortunately as we all grow this battle does become more difficult! However it is our belief that if ast every step, we as an organisation do whatever is possible to ensure those that represent us are aware of not just their personal responsibilitites but also of the responsibility of the charity in general, the trust the public place in us should never be damanged. "
David Milton, Head of Challenge Events, Childreach International
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