As the impact of the global pandemic continues to cause major difficulties for charities across the Europe, a package of support has been launched for UK fundraising professionals. This follows news showing that 58% of charities reported that they are cutting back on services and estimates that 60,000 jobs – in a range of roles and positions – are likely to be lost across the UK charity sector
The Chartered Institute of Fundraising has announced that any individual member who experiences redundancy from their jobs will be offered three months of their membership of the Chartered Institute free of charge. This offer will also be available to members who are not salaried employees but have lost work due to coronavirus, such as freelancers. Three months free membership will also be available to any non-member fundraiser who has been made redundant and wishes to apply for membership of the Chartered Institute.
Alongside the three months free membership the Chartered Institute will also be launching a package of further support, which all members will be able to access, including learning and development opportunities, as well as tips on developing CVs and preparing for interviews among many other resources.
In addition, any Organisational member of the Chartered Institute will have the opportunity to buy individual membership for any fundraisers they are making redundant at a discounted rate, to enable that person to continue their professional development in fundraising and access the support and resources available to help them back into work.
Peter Lewis, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising, said:
“The fundraising community is a special place, where people are supported and helped through their career by their peers and colleagues. As the professional membership body for fundraisers, I am delighted that we are able to embrace that tradition and announce this new package of support to fundraisers who are experiencing difficulty due to redundancy or loss of work.
“Fundraisers are the lifeblood of our charity sector, turning visions into reality through generating the income that keeps vital services and activities running. Our charities need, and will continue to need, excellent fundraisers as we face the continued impact of coronavirus, and although it will be a difficult time for many in the months ahead, we are determined to continue supporting fundraisers so that they can find new roles, develop their skills, and take the next steps in their fundraising careers.”