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2nd - 4th July 2018

The Barbican


The Convention blog aims to bring you some exciting, refreshing and insightful content, straight from the speakers themselves. If you are a speaker at Fundraising Convention, and wish to get involved, please contact Kylie

Tom Dixon

Diversity drives innovation

: Tom Dixon

How can we all make the sector more diverse? Convention board member Tom Dixon explores how this year's Convention tackles that question...

James Gadsby-Peet

Cultivate creativity with these six sessions

: James Gadsby-Peet

Creativity is an often discussed but rarely understood capability within any charity. We are always being asked to come up with more innovative and interesting fundraising, but how often do we really invest in the underlying ability to do new things? Here’s how you and your team can use the IoF Fundraising Convention to do just that.

Lisa Clavering

Talk your boss into budget sign off

: Lisa Clavering

So you’ve seen the programme for this year’s Fundraising Convention and you really want to attend. But there’s the pesky matter of how you’ll persuade your boss to sign off the budget. Pro tip: focus on how it will help you meet your objectives – I’ll even do the hard work for you!

Sarah Eite

What's in it for freelancers and consultants?

: Sarah Eite

When I decided to enter the brave new world of freelance fundraising consultancy, I made a commitment to myself to continue to invest in my own professional and personal development. The reality of juggling numerous clients, projects and deadlines sometimes means that this is easier said than done. But for me, it’s critical to stay connected with the latest developments in our sector.

Laurie Boult

Learn to unlearn - debate and challenge is the best thing about Convention

: Laurie Boult

The fundraising sector is uniquely supportive. No other industry shares its ideas, results, and even tales of ‘that didn’t go so well’, so openly to help us all learn, grow and avoid future blunders. The IoF Fundraising Convention is THE place where this happens and that is why you should attend.

Matthew Cull

Three crucial days in my calendar - here's why...

: Matthew Cull

Matthew Cull, Deputy Director of Fundraising at Blue Cross and IoF Convention Board Member, expounds on the Fundraising Convention and how necessary it is for fundraisers at every stage in their career.

Tom Dixon

What Convention means to me

: Tom Dixon

The IoF Fundraising Convention is a crucial time in the year for Tom Dixon, who is Head of Philanthropy at Scope. Here, he explains why he finds it is a time for motivation, re-calibration and being inspired by others.

Liz Tait

The next generation of women leaders will help ensure fundraising goes from strength to strength

: Liz Tait

I don't often agree to sitting on panels at conferences. Don't get me wrong, I love speaking at conferences - especially Fundraising Convention which is so close to my heart - but as a born introvert, let's just say I'm not a natural panel person.

Chris Millward

Legacy giving - always the bridesmaid

: Chris Millward

Chris Millward, CEO of the Institute of Legacy Management, explains why Trustees and senior stakeholders within charities should be more supportive of legacy fundraising.

Danielle Atkinson

Fundraising is like a community - to get the best out of it, you must put the work in

: Danielle Atkinson

IoF Trustee Danielle Atkinson is really looking to Fundraising Convention in just under a week's time. Here's why...

Lisa Clavering

Three principles for building conference content

: Lisa Clavering

Lisa Clavering, member of the Fundraising Convention 2017 Board, explains what the board wished to achieve when pulling together this year's programme.

Yvette Giles

Presence, impact and networking

: Yvette Giles

Yvette Gyles, Assistant Director for =mc, blogs on how personal presence and impact can help you to deal with a particularly sensitive issue faced by some fundraising professionals

Lizzi Hollis

Do you have the Perfect Pitch?

: Lizzi Hollis

Lizzi Hollis knew she wanted to get involved in last year's Perfect Pitch at Convention, but was a little apprehensive. Here, she explains why you should embrace the opportunity head on...

Gerald Oppenheim

One year on – What has the Fundraising Regulator achieved?

: Gerald Oppenheim

Following the succession of media accounts highlighting poor fundraising practice in the summer of 2015, a cross-party review commissioned by the government made several recommendations for change to regulation of the sector. One year on, the Fundraising Regulator is taking stock of the progress it has made against these recommendations.

Grahame Darnell, Lisa Hemsley and Helen Trenchard

Constant change is here to stay: Livability and Sue Ryder

: Grahame Darnell, Lisa Hemsley and Helen Trenchard

You’ve probably noticed. The world is changing – and at a pace...

Lou Flandrin

Pitching for the “Perfect Match”

: Lou Flandrin

Lou Flandrin, fundraiser at Carers Trust, reflects on a positive experience taking part in the popular Perfect Pitch event at last year's Convention...

Jon Ware

Fundraiser versus social media officer

: Jon Ware

Jon Ware, Digital Content Lead at Anthony Nolan, prepares you for how to avoid battle when it comes to deciding on what content goes out via social media...

Rob Woods

Three coaching tricks for managers – how to help your colleagues succeed

: Rob Woods

Rob Woods, Director of Brightspot Fundraising, gives his three coaching tricks for managers to help their colleagues do fundraising differently...

Meg Abdy

Confessions of an Invisible Legator

: Meg Abdy

Meg Abdy, Director of Legacy Foresight gives you an overview of the Invisible Legator project and shares some questions before her Convention session in July.

Andrew Evans

Just one thing…

: Andrew Evans

Andrew Evans, now Director of Development at National Museums Liverpool, explains why it's so vital to get everyone in your organisation proud of the cause...

Neil Hope

3 simple steps towards mindfulness

: Neil Hope

Neil Hope is an expert mindfulness practitioner who has been developing his meditation practice for over 25 years. He has been taught by the highest lamas in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Now, as Director of Wisdom Fish, Neil reminds us that bringing ourselves more into the present can change our outcomes for the better. He offers the first in a series of free audio meditations to get us started.

Jen Love

Storytelling and Honouring Vulnerability

: Jen Love

What do you think is the most important skill as a storyteller? Fundraising Convention speaker Jen Love, of Agents of Good, has an answer...

Matthew Sherrington

For fundraisers, by fundraisers. It’s the fundraiser’s circle of life

: Matthew Sherrington

Fundraising Convention board member Matthew Sherrington explains why this year's event is a real opportunity for the community to come together, share and support the sector - and be part of the fundraiser's circle of life.

Klara Wertheim

Innovation: not (just) beanbags and wacky ideas

: Klara Wertheim

Klara Wertheim, Innovation Development Manager, NSPCC explains why innovation is about more than just beanbags - and how you can use research, insight, strategy and new processes.

Chrystyna Chymera-Holloway

#autismTMI - how to get 56 million views without traditional advertising

: Chrystyna Chymera-Holloway

Chrystyna Chymera-Holloway, Head of Insight and Strategic Marketing at The National Autistic Society explains what fundraisers can learn from the TMI campaign and shares 5 top tips before her Convention session...

Sarah Carter

Why we also need to transform ourselves if we want to transform our organisations

: Sarah Carter

In the final of a 5-part blog series on mindful leadership and organisational culture, Sarah Carter reminds us that everything starts with us as individuals and introduces Wisdom Fish’s five Building Blocks of Character.

Melinda Molnar

Happy and engaged supporters mean fundraising success - get inspired for your next events!

: Melinda Molnar

Community, Events and Volunteers track sponsors Nutickets, explain why engaging with donors and volunteers and making all of your supporters central to your mission is so important for fundraising charities.

Vicky Reeves

Increased giving through optimised online donation journeys – Alzheimer’s Society case study

: Vicky Reeves

Vicky Reeves explores how Alzheimer's Society engaged both internal and external stakeholders in a user-centred design process and how key research tasks contributed to the final product.

Richard Millar

Free Wills Month will chalk up its 50th campaign in October. Some lessons ...

: Richard Millar

With 48 full-scale campaigns under our belts in the UK, Free Wills Month has established itself in the public mind. Generating 3500 legacy pledges in Britain every year, the campaign model has spread to Canada, Ireland and the USA

Sarah Carter

Why we need to put the same energy into initiating people into our organisation as we do supporters

: Sarah Carter

In the fourth of a 5-part blog series on mindful leadership and organisational culture, Sarah Carter, Director of Wisdom Fish, explores one of the building blocks of culture – initiations – in more depth and starts to think about how the concept might just help us attract more talent to the fundraising sector.

Michael Clark

Legacy awareness is great - but it needs to be followed by action

: Michael Clark

When it comes to legacy giving, what is more important? Developing a legacy awareness programme, or following up with action? Michael Clark, at Cystic Fibrosis Trust, explains why it is the latter...

Deirdre Curley

A challenge and experience I’d encourage anyone to take on

: Deirdre Curley

Deirdre Curley, Fundraising Manager at the British Heart Foundation Scotland and Northern Ireland, explains why you should take the plunge and perfect your corporate fundraising pitch at this year’s Fundraising Convention.

Sarah Carter

5 ways to nurture your organisational culture

: Sarah Carter

In the third of a 5-part blog series on mindful leadership and organisational culture, Sarah Carter explains how focusing time and energy on the building blocks of culture can transform our organisations.

David Roberts

The growing importance of legacy giving

: David Roberts

David Roberts, charities account executive at Fundraising Convention legacy track sponsors Law Society Gazette, talks about the growing importance of legacy giving in a new blog...

Anna Hepton

Data is like oil; it needs refining before it can be used effectively

: Anna Hepton

Anna Hepton, Marketing Manager at Convention exhibitors Snap Print Management, explores why it is so vital to keep your data up to date - and shares 5 top tips...

Sarah Carter

Why good leadership doesn’t mean racing ahead of the pack

: Sarah Carter

In the second of a 5-part blog series on mindful leadership and organisational culture, Sarah Carter, Director of Wisdom Fish, questions our understanding of the concept of leadership and how a more unified, self-aware approach is important to develop positive behaviours across the team.

Richard Radcliffe

Do not put the next of kin in the bin

: Richard Radcliffe

I am at a fundraising conference. The first person I meet is an amazing fundraiser. He was with a large local charity for 10 years but now runs his own company. I helped him develop (but he led) a truly great legacy campaign. He is well known so no names, no pack drill.

Heather Black

Championing Impact Management for 2017

: Heather Black

Heather Black, Managing Director at Economic Change CIC, discusses how you can step up your approach to impact management...

Caoileann Appleby

Let your donors do the talking: one way for small charities to achieve fundraising excellence

: Caoileann Appleby

Caoileann Appleby, Trustee, Abortion Support Network explains how even if you work for a small charity, there should be nothing stopping you achieving excellence. Find out how...

Sarah Carter

Are you a Joker, Saboteur or People Pleaser?

: Sarah Carter

In the first of a new 5-part blog series on mindful leadership and organisational culture, Sarah Carter, Director of Wisdom Fish, explores our dominant sub-personalities and how they impact our productivity, working relationships and behaviours.

Kasia Jedrys

How can charities engage Millennials and turn them into future donors?

: Kasia Jedrys

Recent YouGov survey, conducted by Leetchi.com, shows that the Millennials, people in their 20s and 30s, are the new “giving generation” that’s fast changing the traditional fundraising sector.

John Baguley

Should you go to the IoF Convention?

: John Baguley

CEO of International Fundraising Consultancy, John Baguley, explains why you should attend this year's Convention, and asks... what's next for fundraising?

Helen Pert

“You have got to be kidding, I don’t have time for networking and career development!”

: Helen Pert

How many times have you told yourself this? Convention Board member Helen Pert explains how she can relate, and why July is the perfect time to break the habit.

Liz Tait

The fundraising sector’s sense of community seems greater than ever before – let’s keep inspiring

: Liz Tait

Liz Tait, Chair of the Fundraising Convention Board, discusses how sharing new ideas has inspired innovation across the sector, which is vital to engaging donors and supporting beneficiaries.

Amy Sweeting

You've got skills, they're multiplying

: Amy Sweeting

To work in fundraising requires a special kind of person. You’ve already got so many incredible skills; commitment, communication, creativity, the ability to build and maintain a relationship. But even the best fundraisers need to stretch their comfort zone sometimes.

Paul Marvell

Fundraising Convention 2016- an ex-staffer’s impression

: Paul Marvell

Having worked at the IoF as Director of Professional Development and Membership and overseen six Conventions during that time, it might be expected that Paul Marvell would view the 2016 Convention with a critical eye. But Paul reports an overwhelmingly positive experience.

Dominic Cotton

Young fundraisers are waiting to breathe new life into charities and the wider voluntary sector

: Dominic Cotton

…says Dominic Cotton, Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the #iwill campaign.

Ceri Edwards

Brexit – what does it mean for charity fundraising?

: Ceri Edwards

Last week’s referendum saw a majority vote for the UK to leave the European Union. This is a momentous decision and we can be certain that it will have a large impact across the political, economic and social landscape.

Suzanne Treharne

From Team Member to Team Leader (and what to do if no one’s in your team)

: Suzanne Treharne

Suzanne Treharne looks back on her transition from team member to a team leader ...

Ravinol Chambers

The power of video for fundraisers

: Ravinol Chambers

If a picture can paint a thousand words, what can a video do for fundraising? Ravinol Chambers of Be Inspired Films, Fundraising Convention 2016 Official Video Partner, explores how powerful videos can really be...

Ewan Hastings

Core funding – the Shangri-la of fundraising

: Ewan Hastings

Ewan Hastings, Trust and Corporate Fundraiser at Waverley Care, shares his top tips for putting together a compelling case for core funding.

Convention Digital panel

Ask us anything….(digital)!

: Convention Digital panel

Where do you start when it comes to taking advantage of the digital opportunities available to charities? Three Convention 2016 speakers share their thoughts on some digital trends in a Q&A...

Rob Alcroft

I say, I say, I say... when is a strategy not a strategy?

: Rob Alcroft

In a world where change is the only constant, is strategy critical or irrelevant? Rob Alcroft takes a look...

Ben Petts

Boosting Brand You

: Ben Petts

Ben Petts, Community and Events fundraiser at St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, looks back on learning from last year's Convention - and the importance of boosting 'brand you'...

Gary Kernahan

Managing your fundraising talent in a (rapidly) changing world

: Gary Kernahan

Head of Regional Development at Muscular Dystrophy UK, Gary Kernahan, explores the place of talent, skills and development in achieving fundraising excellence in a fast changing world.

James Webb

The risks of getting distracted in Major Gift Fundraising

: James Webb

How do you tackle the challenges of static major gift income in a multinational organisation? James Webb, Head of Major Gifts at Oxfam reflects on his own experiences..

Lizzi Hollis

Making the most of your time

: Lizzi Hollis

As fundraisers, we often feel that we can say 'yes' to every request - but sometimes, it's good to take a breath and decide what is worth our time. Lizzi Hollis explains how we can make the most of our time and take the opportunities that come our way to benefit our cause...

Deanna Wolf

A recipe for the perfect grant application

: Deanna Wolf

Is grant fundraising as easy as baking a cake? Grants Manager Deanna Wolf shares her top tips for putting together a successful funding application.

Matt Cull

Getting ready for Convention and a new start

: Matt Cull

On Wednesday last week, the IoF Fundraising Convention Board met for the last time before this year's Fundraising Convention, which starts on Monday 4th July. I'm not sure why but I think this could be the best Convention for many years and recently they have all been excellent. It feels very exciting to be a part of. Bring it on, I say.

Rob Woods

Fundraiser resilience – raise more money by increasing your grit

: Rob Woods

Want to raise more for your cause? Rob Woods explains why it is essential for fundraisers to increasing their 'grit'

Bill King

The Dating Game - building relationships with major donors

: Bill King

Society is becoming increasingly more unequal. The latest Sunday Times Rich List may have shown a fall in the wealth of those at the very top of society, but there can be no doubt that the overall flow of money in this country, and indeed around the world, is towards the few; the 1%.

Sue Jacklin

Pursuing excellence in fundraising

: Sue Jacklin

In 2015, I was lucky to win a day pass to the IoF Fundraising Convention, courtesy of the IoF East Midlands regional group. Over three months later, on a sunny morning in July, I was on the 7am train to London for the first day of Convention.

Georgia Bridgwood

The challenges of being at a start up... and how we're meeting them head on

: Georgia Bridgwood

Working at a very new charity like MQ: Transforming Mental Health can throw up a host of hurdles for fundraisers. Georgia Bridgwood tells us how she’s navigating them.

Craig Linton

Tips to get the most from Fundraising Convention 2016

: Craig Linton

Attending Fundraising Convention is a big commitment of both time and money. You owe it to yourself and your charity to make the most of the investment. Here are some things to think about before, during and after Convention so you can be the ‘best you can be’ and make the most of the event.

Lucy Gower

Eleven secrets of confident fundraising innovators

: Lucy Gower

We all have times when we feel uncertain or lack confidence. We feel this even more frequently when we push ourselves to do something new or unknown. This means that innovation is a hotbed for crashes of confidence. The most successful innovators are the ones who deliberately work on their own confidence levels.

Rob Woods

Focus is Power

: Rob Woods

In 2014, I interviewed Louise Parkes, Director of Fundraising at British Heart Foundation to find out how her events team had completely transformed the Return on Investment (ROI) they achieve on every event in their portfolio.

Sarah Jane O'Neill

Major donors make major role models

: Sarah Jane O'Neill

It’s 8.55 am and I’m in a school hall in South East London. The last time I saw the inside of an assembly was 1989 and although the hairstyles have evolved, the energy in the room is instantly recognisable.

Liz Tait

It’s time to tackle the sector’s challenges, and explore its opportunities

: Liz Tait

Around now tends to be the time of year when we reflect on the year gone by and look forward to the year ahead. And sitting around the table talking about the highlights of 2015 with the Tait family, I admit nothing can quite compare with the joy of spending maternity leave with my little girl, although on a work level there were some major highs and lows too.