Fundraising umbrella body set to cut staff

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A number of staff at the Chartered Institute of Fundraising may lose their jobs as it starts consulting on restructure plans.

The CIOF said that it was proposing changes to the way it worked after finishing a review of its services and products.

The charity, which represents thousands of individual fundraisers and hundreds more organisations, acknowledged that it was looking for “a more cost-effective” model for delivering its services amid the economic downturn.

The CIOF said that it expected “fewer than 10” of its 42 jobs to go as a result.

The consultation will conclude on 12 June. The CIOF said it would announce a final decision in the summer and hoped to have the new structure in place by September.

Addressing members in a blog on the CIOF’s website, Katie Docherty, its chief executive, said: “We know that there are areas we can do more. 

“Your membership journey could be improved through better systems and the connections between teams and services that you engage with should be more joined up so that you get a smoother and more personalised experience. 

“And from listening to members, we think we can do better by bringing in new ways of working that enable us to be more agile in responding to the changing fundraising landscape and evolving needs of our members.”

Docherty added: “As a charity, we are not immune to the financial pressures that are all around us, and it is right to recognise that the work we are undertaking now to reshape our team is also being done so we can best navigate a difficult economic reality.”

She concluded: “I am confident that with a redesigned organisation we will be the best place to support our members, champion fundraising, and take forward the profession so that you can make the biggest difference to the causes that mean so much to us all.”

The CIOF raised £3.1m in the year to the end of December 2021 and recorded a deficit of £126,000, according to the most recent accounts filed with the Charity Commission. Its general reserves at the end of 2021 were worth just under £20,000.

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