Charlotte Rydh, secretary general of FRII (Sweden), has been elected to the board of directors at the European Fundraising Association with immediate effect. As a board member, she will shape the future direction of the organisation, supporting the growth and development of the fundraising sector across Europe.
At EFA’s board meeting on 22nd November 2018 in Paris, Rydh was also appointed chair for EFA’s certification committee. EFA certification is a framework that supports and encourages the development of robust fundraising qualifications across Europe.
Since taking the helm at FRII, Rydh has developed the strategic work programme to enhance the services offered to members and worked towards building greater profile for fundraising and giving in Sweden. That includes more direct dialogue with members, a greater focus on statistics and research, a brand review and proposing a new compliance system for the sector.
Speaking about her appointment at EFA, Rydh says:
“I am delighted to join the board. As the world becomes more interconnected, it has never been so important that we work together, nurturing civil society and learning from one another to create the most beneficial environment for fundraising. Through closer collaboration, we can strengthen fundraising and giving in Europe.
“The development of professional and knowledge-based fundraising is critical for growing philanthropy across Europe and EFA’s certification scheme is an essential component in that. I’m looking forward to working with the committee to modernise the current certification programme so that fundraising qualifications become an even greater badge of honour for fundraising professionals across Europe and beyond.”
Rydh joins EFA’s board in place of Andrea Caracciolo of ASSIF (Italy), who stepped down at the end of a six-year term on the Board. Andrea remains a valued contributor to EFA’s certification committee.
Eduard Marček of the Slovak Fundraising Centre was re-elected vice-president, working alongside president Gosse Bosma of Goede Doelen.
Fellow board members at EFA also include Pia Tornikoski of VaLa (Finland), Ceri Edwards of the Institute of Fundraising (UK) and Astrid von Soosten of Deutscher Fundraising Verband(Germany).