World Jewish Relief leads Jewish charities in world's first scheme to help public give with confidence
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Posted: February 13 2007


February 13 2007 ( - World Jewish Relief announced today that it is proud to be the first Jewish charity to join a new self-regulatory body for fundraising in the UK, a world first.

The Fundraising Standards Board launched to the public yesterday with hundreds of members, all of whom have committed to a strict set of codes and a Fundraising Promise pledging to treat the public with respect, fairness, honesty and clarity in all their money raising activities.

Nearly 250 charities, including many of the UK's biggest, have already joined the scheme ahead of its launch,. In addition to the codes and Fundraising Promise, members must also sign up to an independent, robust and transparent complaints process. Membership will be visible to the public through the addition of the Fundraising Standards Board’s logo (a tick) on fundraising materials.

Nigel Layton, Chairman of World Jewish Relief is proud to be at the forefront of this important campaign: “I have been on both sides – supporting a charity as a member of the public and now chairing WJR. I think it is really important that a charity is completely honest and transparent about its fundraising standards and it is excellent that an organization like the Fundraising Standards Board has finally been set up to encourage high standards in fundraising. It’s our generous donors and the individuals and communities we support that that stand to win the most. We hope that other Jewish charities will follow.”

Jon Scourse, Chief Executive of The Fundraising Standards Board said: “The Fundraising Standards Board is pleased to welcome World Jewish Relief to the scheme.

“As a member, they have committed to the highest standards when raising money and an independent and robust complaints process. By signing up to the scheme World Jewish Relief has promised the public to act in a way that is honest, respectful and open. Look for our ‘tick’ logo on their materials, it’s your mark of reassurance to help you give with confidence.”

Notes to Editors

World Jewish Relief, established in 1933, is the overseas aid arm of the UK’s Jewish Community. Currently working on projects in the Ukraine, the former Yugoslavia, Belarus, Argentina and Bulgaria providing life-saving humanitarian aid, supporting community-building projects, care for deprived children and other vital human services. Its unique gifts in kind project ensures that poverty stricken communities receive shipments of new goods. For more information about World Jewish Relief, please visit

Fundraising Standards Board

1. The Fundraising Standards Board scheme was set up after wide consultation with many charitable bodies and the Government, and follows recommendations laid out in the Buse report. The project has been supported by the Office for the Third Sector and the Scottish Executive.

2. The Fundraising Standards Board scheme is open to all fundraising organisations and members will agree to adhere to the highest standards in fundraising by committing to the Fundraising Promise and the Institute of Fundraisings codes of practice.

3. Members will demonstrate membership of the scheme by using the Fundraising Standards Board tick on their fundraising materials. By participating in the scheme, charities are both advertising their commitment to best fundraising practices and giving public the comfort of a 'safety net' provided by a robust complaints system.

4. The fieldwork for the GfK NOP survey was conducted via telephone on behalf of the Fundraising Standards Board between 12th and 14th January 2007. In total 1,000 individuals took part.

5. The charity sector last year raised £8.9 billion, UK Giving report by CAF and NVCO 2005/06

6. A full list of members is available at

7. For more information or to sign to up to the scheme please visit or call 0845 402 5442.


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