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AFP - Position Paper on Percentage Based Fundraising

For purposes of this paper:

• Percentage-based compensation for charitable contributions is defined as any compensation that is based on a percentage (sometimes referred to as a commission) of charitable contributions raised.

• A finder’s fee is a fee paid for bringing a donor to a not-for-profit organization for the purpose of charitable solicitation.

• A bonus is a form of compensation based on performance (but not on a percentage of charitable contributions raised) that is paid as an incentive to performance in addition to a salary or fee. The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) believes that individuals serving a charity for compensation must accept the principle that charitable purpose, not self-gain, is paramount.

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AFP - Position Paper on Percentage Based Fundraising

Legal Position of Commisson-based Fundraising

By Ricardo Wyngaard

I have in recent months received a number of queries on the legality of commission-based fundraising in the South African context and this article is aimed at briefly discussing the relevant legal issues. The legal issues may come from either a contract or from law.

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Legal Position of Commisson-based Fundraising

Arguments Against Commissioned Based Fundraising

David Cuthbert

As the search for competent and capable fundraising professionals increases so does the education of employers and the terms and conditions of employment need closer scrutiny. At SAIF we are continually questioned regarding our stance on commissioned based employment and will, without any hesitation argue against this working arrangement.

We are informed of isolated cases of this practice working well but often it is without the knowledge of the donors, which we believe is also unethical. If you pay a commission then it should be revealed within your project proposal or a line item of the budget.

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Arguments Against Commissioned Based Fundraising