Chief executive, Institute of Fundraising from October 2011
Peter Lewis is chief executive of the Institute of Fundraising, a post he took up in October 2011.
He joined the Institute from the London Voluntary Service Council, the policy, support and advice organisation for London’s voluntary and community sector, where he had been chief executive for two years and eight months.
Lewis is a qualified solicitor who worked in the City at Allen & Overy after university, but left to get a better work/life balance and to work in a sector more closely aligned to his own values.
After leaving the law he was a development manager at Crisis and then executive director of the London Cycling Campaign. After that he spent nearly six years at the Greater London Authority as business manager for the Olympics, sport and regeneration.
Peter also spent nearly five years on the board of the London Marathon and was a non-executive director of the London Youth Games. He remains on the board of the London Sustainability Exchange.
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The Institute of Fundraising insists it is in good financial health despite yesterday having informed staff that up to four will be made redundant.
Government proposals to improve payroll giving by opening up the market have been met with trepidation by sector bodies, which propose reforms go further to include online portals, service-level agreements between agencies and charities and the consolidation of back-end processes.
The Direct Marketing Association and Institute of Fundraising are urging charities to respond urgently to new EU proposals on data protection, warning that they could have huge consequences for fundraisers that rely on direct mail.
The Institute of Fundraising and Lotteries Council have written a joint letter criticising the government’s intention to consult on changing the minimum percentage society lotteries must contribute to good causes.
My understanding from what is being reported in the sector media is that potential donors won't even KNOW they are potential donors under this mad policy. I am urging all of my colleagues nationally as well as here in the Salisbury charitable community to send letters to their MEPs immediately.
Peter Lewis, chief executive of the Institute of Fundraising, has given a lukewarm response to the government’s long-awaited consultation on how to reform payroll giving, saying it does not go far enough to address fundamental problems in the system.
Hundreds of individuals and charities have joined the Back Britain’s Charities campaign, launched following the release of a study which reported a 20 per cent drop in giving, despite senior fundraisers questioning the figures and methodology of the report.
Fewer people are giving to charity and those that do are giving less, resulting in a £2.3bn real terms fall in total donations in the last year, according to the latest barometer of individual philanthropy in the UK.