The Institute of Fundraising is the professional body for all fundraising and aims to support fundraisers through a combination of leadership, representation and setting certain standards.
The Institute was founded in 1983 as the Institute of Charity Fundraising and its name was changed in 2002 to reflect the growing size and professionalism of the line of work.
Itself a registered charity, it has over 5,000 individual, 300 organisational members and more than 50 corporate members. All members abide by a Code of Conduct and to Codes of Fundraising Practice, which form the basis of the self-regulation of fundraising.
The Institute is the awarding body for the Certificate in Fundraising Management, the professional qualification for fundraisers.
Members can join 12 national and regional groups and 14 special interest groups in disciplines of interest to them.