The TTF Fellowship Initiative

Introduction

Our Fellowship initiative is for people that authentically align with what the Transparency Task Force is all about, are engaged with what we do and want to help support the cause financially, in line with whatever amount is financially comfortable for them.

Our thinking for the Fellowship has taken into account all the ideas we have received from various stakeholders over the years about how to try to create firmer financial foundations for the Transparency Task Force, so that we can continue our work.

You would have complete control over the amount of monthly contribution you pay; and applying to become a Fellow is not in any way a requirement to – it’s for people that want to help us financially in this way.

We remain very grateful to all concerned for the help we’ve received in developing the blueprint for the Fellowship.

If you already know you want to apply to become a Fellow of the TTF, please click on the button below to get to the application process.

f you’d like to know more before deciding please read on…

For our Fellows, we will:

1. Authorise use of the title Fellow of the Transparency Task Force; but it is not compulsory that the title be used

2. Authorise use of the letters FTTF to be put after their name, to show they are a Fellow of the Transparency Task Force; but again, it’s not compulsory for those letters to be used

3. Authorise use of the new TTF shield logo on websites, Email Signatures, marketing collateral and so on; if they wish. We are using the shape of a shield because the TTF is all about protecting consumers’ financial interests.

4. Authorise use of the TTF words logo on websites, Email Signatures, marketing collateral and so on; if they wish:

5. Authorise use of the TTF Mission Statement on websites, Email Signatures, marketing collateral and so on:

Helping to protect consumers’ financial interests by reforming financial services, so the public get a better deal; and trustworthiness and confidence can be restored.

Our Mission Statement will evolve from time to time as we continue to grow and develop.

6. Provide a “Fellows of the TTF” price for our events. This is to be a 25% discount against the Standard Ticket Price

 

Who should apply?

As explained, our Fellowship initiative is for people that authentically align with what the Transparency Task Force is all about, are engaged with what we do and want to help support the cause financially, in line with whatever amount is financially comfortable for them.

Becoming a Transparency Task Force Fellow isn’t right for everybody – all of the items below need to apply to Fellowship applicants:

  1. The applicant must belong to at least one of our Special Interest Groups
  2. The applicant must provide a Transparency Statement to be placed on our website. Transparency Statements begin with the words “I believe there ought to be greater levels of transparency in financial services, because………” and is completed however the individual chooses. We already have many Transparency Statements provided; some of them are particularly good – you can see for yourself here. 
  3. The individual has provided a note of introduction; which we will place on the TTF Fellowship web page to be built on the new TTF website which is already under construction. 

The note of introduction and explanation is to be limited to 250 words and include:

  • An introduction to who the individual is and what they/their organisation does*
  • A brief explanation of why they decided to apply to become a part of the Transparency Task Force and a TTF Fellow
  • If they wish, a link to their online bio e.g. their LinkedIn profile
  • If they wish, a link to their organisation’s website

*Note that if for any reason the individual wants to be recognised as a Fellow of the TTF in their personal capacity only, there is no compulsion to provide any information about the organisation they are a part of. 

  1. The individual is making a monthly financial contribution to the Transparency Task Force. The Standard Payment is to be £40 per month (or the equivalent alternative currency), however the individual can pay more or less than this – there is no maximum payment and there is no minimum payment, so the applicant can select whatever amount he/she feels comfortable with. 

The amount paid will not alter that status of the Fellow within the Fellowship in any way, or the likelihood of the application for Fellowship being successful. 

The financial contributions received are a very necessary step in helping to stabilise TTF’s finances. We desperately need to create a firmer financial foundation for what we are doing now and what we plan to do in the future. All payments, however large or small will be very gratefully received. 

No contractual period will apply i.e. the individual can choose to discontinue payment and therefore discontinue being a TTF Fellow at any time. 

Furthermore, TTF reserves the right to discontinue granting TTF Fellowship status.

Payments can be made by Standing Order or through Paypal. 

6.   The individual has completed a TTF Fellowship Application, which we’ll provide – it’s very straightforward and designed to provide a simple framework for the basic information we need

7.   The individual’s application to become a Fellow has been accepted i.e. we reserve the right to decline an application. We expect to only decline applications in unusual circumstances.

As explained earlier, all payments, however large or small will be very gratefully received and there is no contractual period i.e. the individual can choose to discontinue payment and thereby discontinue being a Fellow at any time.

We do hope that many of our members will choose to support us in this way, especially as whilst we have a Standard Payment of £40 per month, we have taken the bold step of setting no minimum amount whatsoever; and are forever-hopeful that some may wish to pay more, if they are comfortable in doing so.

If you know you want to apply to become a Fellow of the TTF, please click on the button below to get to the application process; and thank you!

If you have any thoughts, ideas or questions about our Fellowhip initiative please email

tina.kenyon@transparencytaskforce.org

Thank you!