NEWS: IPRA members voice financial concerns

A split has emerged within the ranks of IPRA, the International Public Relations Association, over its financial health and the type of services offered to members.

A split has emerged within the ranks of IPRA, the International Public

Relations Association, over its financial health and the type of

services offered to members.



Sweden’s 60-strong membership has voiced concerns about the way the

organisation is run. Earlier this month Swedish council members sent a

letter outlining the need for emergency measures to stave off bankruptcy

to IPRA board and council members attending a meeting in India, acopy of

which was leaked to PR Week.



A second letter sent to individual members advised them to postpone

payment of their fees for 1997 until the financial situation was

resolved.



However, IPRA’s executive director Rosemary Graham denied that the IPRA

faces a financial crisis and played down the significance of the Swedish

claims. While admitting that IPRA incurred substantial costs in moving

the secretariat from Geneva to London earlier this year, she denied

that the association was running at a deficit. She added that,

following measures taken in India, the Swedish council would now advise

members to pay next year’s dues, if they wished - a fact confirmed by

national co-ordinator Goran Mandeus.



‘At the meeting in India we identified a potential cashflow shortfall,

so measures were taken to move money from one budget to another,’ said

Graham. ‘We are solvent and we continue to be solvent.’



Although some Swedish IPRA members were critical of the direction of the

association, Graham argued that it offered a range of benefits,

including publications, development seminars and the Golden World

Awards.



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