Highlights 2018

A record number of people attended Fundraising Convention 2018, taking in an abundance of new ideas and inspiration at the many incredible sessions and workshops. Delegates were uplifted by the plenary speakers, eager to share their bright ideas and make valuable connections. Whether you were there or not, we’re sure you’ll take something away from the highlights below.

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Convention highlights - Day 1

Fundraisers are artists

“You can do anything as long as you believe you are not just fundraisers. You are artists." - Will Gompertz

Fundraising Convention 2018 kicked off with an excellent creative plenary from BBC Arts Editor, Will Gompertz, who challenged the audience to 'channel their inner artist'.

IoF Bright Ideas

Fundraisers do amazing work, raising over £10 billion each year, for good causes at home and abroad. At its best, fundraising brings people together, inspires action and gives joy and fulfilment to our supporters. But, we know we can do more.

We launched Bright Ideas at Convention - download the Bright Ideas report on how you can do more for fundraising!



Our AGM took place on Monday 2nd July at the Barbican. Some of the main highlights were:

  • Carol Akiwumi was re-elected to the IoF Board while Sarah Bissell and Emma-Louise Singh were elected. We are thankful to Irene Chambers, Helen Elliott and Giles Pegram CBE for their contribution to the IoF as trustees, as they retire from the Board. Read more.
  • The Institute awarded fellowships to five fundraisers: congratulations to Beth Upton, Lucy Caldicott, Paul Amadi, Richard Taylor and Roger Lawson. Read more.

Thank you to Blackbaud with JustGiving, Convention headline sponsors

"The whole event has been just what IoF Chair Amanda Bringans promised at the opening plenary — inspiring and fun!"

Read the brilliant Convention roundup by Rachel Hutchisson, VP, Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy at Blackbaud, our Convention headline sponsors.

Blackbaud also launched the Status of UK Fundraising 2018 Benchmark Report - download it today!

Winners of the National Fundraising Awards 2018 announced!

Congratulations to all our amazing winners from the National Fundraising Awards, which we held at the Brewery on Monday evening.

We were privileged to be able to recognise the achievements of some incredibly talented individuals for their innovative and life-affirming work. Take a look at the full list of 2018 Awards winners!

Official photography can be found the on the IoF Flickr account.

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Convention highlights - Day 2

Making the most of Convention 2018...

As well as 120 different sessions covering all aspects of fundraising, there was so much else going on... what did you manage to take part in? 

NGOs must understand the communities they help, says Fatima Bhutto

On Tuesday, we welcomed author, activist and speaker Fatima Bhutto as the second Fundraising Convention plenary speaker. She told the audience that large aid agencies should develop deeper ties with local people. 

"In order to lead effectively, positively and efficiently," Fatima Bhutto said, "organisations had to ask themselves two questions: where is there pain? And what is the culture surrounding it?"

Read up on the best bits...

Our Convention blogger, Kirsty Marrins, who also spoke this year, has written up her experience of this year's event on her website. Take a look at her coverage of Fundraising Convention 2018, and see what you can learn!

Visit kirstymarrins.com 

Plenaries inspire us to do better

Three people made more than 3,000 of us stop to look at ourselves very differently during Convention. Between them, the plenary speakers at Fundraising Convention compelled us to consider our creativity, our cultural understanding and our mission for diversity. It’s what brought us to the Barbican Hall each day; that opportunity to truly reflect and be moved to create change.

Read the full blog post

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Convention highlights - Day 3

Highlights of Convention 2018

Thank you to everyone who made Fundraising Convention 2018 what it was

How can you apply your learning?

Following a brilliant three days at Fundraising Convention 2018, we asked delegates how they plan to apply the learning, tips and techniques that they picked up - to share them with their team and to help them excel in their roles...

IoF Donor Experience report launch

Wednesday lunchtime saw the launch of the IoF Donor Experience report, supported by Salesforce.org.

One year on from the launch of the Commission on the Donor Experience’s outputs, the IoF wanted to see what actions and plans fundraisers were putting in place to improve and review the donor experience, as well as understand what challenges they were facing in this area of work. Based on a survey of over 300 fundraisers, this report looks at who is responsible within charities for improving the donor experience, the specific actions that organisations had adopted, as well as snapshot case studies from three organisations about what they had done over the year to improve the experience of their supporters.

Read the blog post from Salesforce.org 'Barriers and opportunities for donor experience'

Download the IoF Donor Experience report

June Sarpong MBE talks diversity

To close Convention this year, we were joined by author and broadcaster June Sarpong MBE who spoke about her new book 'Diversify' and the economic and social benefits of diverse organisations. She also left an inspired plenary audience with three key takeaways on diversity and inclusion:

1. Is everyone in the room? If not, then find out why they are not.

2. What ways can you access different groups and individuals within communities?

3. Who is seen as the 'outcast'? Find ways to be their voice and their advocate.

"Diversity may be the hardest thing for a society to live with, and perhaps the most dangerous thing for a society to be without." William Sloane Coffin 

VIDEO: Highlights of 2018

Catch up on the best bits on social media

Congratulations to the 2018 winners

Awards winners

VIDEO: Awards highlights