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A couple of hundred people gathered for the first annual conference of the
Israel Association of Professional Fundraisers in Ramat Gan on Wednesday, where
they discussed the formulation of the first-ever accreditation process and code
of ethics for the industry in Israel.
Just over a year after the
association was established with the aim of regulating the nonprofit sector
before the government intervenes and creates one itself, the audience was given
an insight into the certification committee’s interim
Presented by committee chairman, attorney Yaron Keidar,
the recommendations outline a three-stage process, based on international
practices, in which the first step for fundraisers is recognition, followed
later by accreditation and then finally by certification.
To pass the
initial recognition phase, fundraisers will be required to commit themselves to
the association’s recently completed code of ethics, must have at least a
bachelor’s degree or equivalent academic qualification, must have worked in the
industry for at least two years and must bring with them two personal references
and pass an interview with the accreditation committee.
Jonny Cline, the
founder of UK Toremet, which promotes philanthropy in the United Kingdom, and
one of the three members of the committee that formulated the code of ethics,
said Israel had fallen behind developing countries in understanding the need for
such a code.
But in the aftermath of the 2008-09 global financial crisis,
he said, charitable organizations in Israel had begun to understand the
importance of adhering to global industry standards.
“You need the right
people, with the right intentions, at the right time” to implement change, Cline
said, adding: “Now we have people suffering a little bit, people are getting
over it, learning how to work in the new economy, and this is the right time for
European Fundraisers Association vice president Robert
Kowalko, who was a special guest at the conference, told the audience that since
finding out about the IAPF’s activities, he had become the biggest advocate of
it joining the Europe-wide organization.
At the end of his speech Kowalko
handed IAPF chairman Shai Ben-Mordechai a written response to Ben- Mordechai’s
recent approach to the EFA, which received an enthusiastic round of applause
from the crowd.