Rapidata’s Scott Gray to chair new IoF Suppliers Forum
We are very proud that Rapidata’s Managing Director, Scott Gray, has been asked by the Institute of Fundraising to chair a new group set up to enable suppliers and agencies within the charity sector to gain legitimate voice in the fundraising arena.
In what remains a challenging time for many working with charities, the IoF Suppliers Forum will enable the Institute and senior people working within businesses that are Corporate Members of the IoF to meet on a regular basis. It aims to create proactive two-way communications, where the group can share ideas and address sector-wide challenges that can influence fundraising best practice and help inform the IoF’s policy and insight function.
At the launch of the Suppliers Forum, the Institute’s CEO, Peter Lewis, and Chair, Richard Taylor, shared their visions for how the Forum can help pull together the wider fundraising community, acknowledging the vital role played by the sector’s suppliers.
Richard Taylor, Chair of the IoF, said:
“The distinction between fundraisers and suppliers is often misunderstood, particularly when suppliers interact with the public on behalf of a Charity. …The Forum represents a way forward for suppliers to be heard and recognised as an integral part of the fundraising ecosystem.”
Scott Gray, managing director of Rapidata, and Chair of the Forum, said:
“For some time, agencies have met and discussed issues, but often in isolation. The launch of the IoF Suppliers Forum now brings together agencies that are passionate about supporting the sector and have a wealth of experience to offer.
“By working together in this way, we will not only have an opportunity to share our thinking and raise standards, but to channel relevant issues through the IoF and ensure they are considered in future standard setting. It has never been more important that we work from the heart of the sector and help charities adapt to what remains a challenging, but dynamic national fundraising environment.”