National Occupational Standards for Fundraising:
- set out the skills that staff and volunteers who are responsible for raising funds for their organisation should have
- they also set out what people should know and understand in order to do their job well.
The National Occupational Standards for Fundraising have been written by a group of people who have direct experience of raising funds for their organisation in charities, social enterprises, community and voluntary sector organisations. They were reviewed and updated in 2012.
Read about how you can use the National Occupational Standards for Fundraising or download the standards from this page.
National Occupational Standards for Fundraising
Download the full National Occupational Standards for Fundraising (PDF, 556Kb).
For a quick guide to what the Fundraising National Occupational Standards cover, download a List of Titles (PDF, 141Kb).
What do the standards cover?
The National Occupational Standards for Fundraising focus on:
- voluntary donations, whether from individuals, businesses or grant making organisations.
They do not cover:
- retail trading
- catalogue marketing
- other forms of commercial fundraising activity.
If you are looking for guidance on best practice in these areas, the marketing and sales and/or retailing suites may offer the guidance that you need. You can conduct a keyword search for relevant standards at the National Occupational Standards (NOS) Database.
The Code of Fundraising Practice
The Code and the National Occupational Standards complement each other
Use both to:
- plan and monitor your work
- devise a strategy
- develop a fundraising plan, implement it and evaluate its success.
Use the Code of Fundraising Practice to:
- check that your fundraising techniques comply with the law and the highest professional standards
Use the National Occupational Standards to:
- identify the skills, knowledge and understanding you need to perform each task well.
The National Occupational Standards for Fundraising also complement the FundRaising Standards Board (FRSB) scheme whereby members adhere to the Institute of Fundraising’s Code of Fundraising Practice and a ‘Fundraising Promise’ which gives donors a series of additional rights.