The Institute of Fundraising and Localgiving have announced a strategic partnership which will expand access to training, resources and fundraising opportunities for UK community-based organisations.
Under the terms of the strategic partnership, IoF members will be able to claim a one-year membership with Localgiving for their local charity or community group free of charge.
A spokeswoman from the IoF said that 330 of its smallest members will be eligible to apply for Localgiving membership as part of the partnership.
She also said that the IoF will be offering the some 2,000 Localgiving members "better access to our resources, our policy work and training," and "this is an ongoing partnership which will develop over time."
Adam Bryan, director of partnerships at the IoF, said the partnership was a chance for both organisations to help an area of the sector currently “struggling” in the current fundraising environment.
“We are delighted to announce this new partnership with Localgiving. Many smaller charities are struggling in the current funding environment while demand for their services is increasing,” said Bryan. “This partnership gives IoF members access to many of Localgiving’s fantastic resources, including its match-funding programme designed to help diversify income through online fundraising.”
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The announcement of the strategic partnership between the two organisations, comes two days before Localgiving is set to release the 2016 iteration of its annual Local Charity and Community Group Sustainability Report.
Top line figures from the report show that 77 per cent of local charities do not feel they currently “have the necessary skills to run a successful fundraising campaign”. The report will also show that over 80 per cent of local groups “would benefit from support with online fundraising”.
The Local Charity and Community Group Sustainability Report 2016 is set to be released in full on Friday.
Stephen Mallinson, chief executive of Localgiving, said: “It is important that Localgiving works alongside other voluntary sector organisations to bolster support for local community-based groups, so we’re thrilled to announce this partnership with the Institute of Fundraising.”