Fundraisers in climate pledge

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The Institute of Fundraising has pledged to tackle the climate emergency

7th October 2019 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) has pledged to help tackle the climate emergency.

In a letter to members this week, IoF chief executive Peter Lewis announced a set of actions for the membership body to tackle the climate emergency.

After consulting with members, including a roundtable on fundraising and the environment, the organisation’s board approved a series of eight commitments.

The pledges include embedding the climate emergency as a theme in its work, providing more support to members on stepping away from partnerships if they have environmental concerns, and collaborating with the charity sector for a stronger voice.

With the environmental stakes higher than ever before, Lewis announced that “we all have a responsibility to deliver change”.

He said: “We have been reducing the environmental impact of the Institute over the last few years. But we need to do more.

“As fundraisers we have specific opportunities to make essential change. Whether it’s in the choices we make on how we fundraise, the donations we accept or refuse, or through the engagement we have with millions of people who support and donate to charities, we can be part of the of the change that’s needed. Each of our solutions might be different but one thing is clear: business as usual is not an option.”