The Austrian Fundraising Association (Fundraising Verband Austria) and the Austrian Quality Initiative in F2F Fundraising (QIF) have developed a F2F fundraising certification, aimed at supporting agency and inhouse training programmes, and recognising good practice.
After several rounds of tests, the on-demand training for F2F fundraisers formally launched in Austria on 1 June with the goal of providing a theoretical basis to their practical knowledge, and recognising the skills and competencies held by fundraisers.
To be eligible for the certification process, fundraisers must have completed at least 30 active days as F2F fundraisers, and be nominated by their employer.
The training is online and on-demand, allowing participants to complete it at a time that suits them. Following registration on the course, it is accessible 24/7 for 30 days, and takes roughly five hours to complete including testing.
To pass, at least 80% of the questions have to be answered correctly. Following successful completion of the course test, participants receive a certificate that highlights the competencies obtained through their experience as fundraisers.
Team lead at the Austrian Fundraising Association Stephan Kropf commented:
“While F2F fundraising has high potential for personal growth and development for individual fundraisers, there has been a lack of learning and certification opportunities that makes those gained skills and competencies visible. Training on the job by agencies or inhouse programmes cannot compensate for such a certification – a third party must be present to set comparable education and testing standards across the market.”
Global F2F Fundraising Summit
Taking place online on 22 September is the free Global F2F Fundraising Summit, organised by the Austrian Fundraising Association. The event will take place twice on this date to enable people from across the world to pick the time that suits their location best.
The programme will cover F2F fundraising issues worldwide, with sessions chaired by F2F experts including Daryl Upsall, from Daryl Upsall & Associates and Daryl Upsall Consulting International; Simon Scriver, from Everywhere+ & Fundraising Everywhere; Daniel McDonnell, a UNICEF global fundraising specialist; and Ali Jones from Oxfam America.
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