Twenty-two representatives from national fundraising associations including the European Fundraising Association met in London in July to approve a revised version of the International Statement of Ethical Principles.
The fundraising leaders from countries including the US, Canada, Italy, Brazil, France, Belgium, Sweden met at the International Fundraising Summit on 5 July, which was hosted by the Institute of Fundraising.
The Statement outlines an ethical approach for fundraisers, wherever they work, and articulates values that guide fundraisers to deliver excellent fundraising for beneficiaries and supporters. The agreement centres on shared principles for fundraising, which are rooted in honesty, respect, integrity, transparency and responsibility.
The shared principles state:
As well as approving the Statement, delegates met to reflect on and discuss common opportunities, challenges and solutions for developing fundraising, and to share insight.
Peter Lewis, chief executive of the Institute of Fundraising, said:
“I’m delighted to welcome the international fundraising community to London to sign the International Statement of Ethical Principles. It’s an important symbol of international cooperation across the fundraising community and recognises that wherever supporters are asked for money, it should always happen to a high standard and according to ethical principles. I’m proud that the IoF is supporting this work, which contributes to the delivery of excellent standards of fundraising across the world.”