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How to get to the National Convention for free

How to get to the National Convention for free

The Institute of Fundraising’s National Convention is one of the key training and learning events in the calendar. Some organisations, however, might not be able to find the budget to pay the fee for you to attend this big event. If that is the case, there are still two ways that you can attend the event at no cost.

First, the Institute of Fundraising, in partnership with The Guardian, offers a bursary scheme for fundraising
professionals in the UK who wish to attend the National Convention.

Bursaries are open to applicants from across the not-for-profit sector in the UK regardless of their cause and size of their organisation.

There are 40 one-day passes available for any day of the Convention. A bursary covers the entire fee for a day delegate pass including session attendance, lunch and breaktime refreshments.

You can apply for one online:

www.nationalconvention.org.uk/ukbursaries.php

Alternatively, you can offer to volunteer to help at the Convention. Last year 50 volunteers worked for three and a half days carrying out duties such as registration, managing
workshops, and assisting some of the 2,200 delegates.

Volunteers I’ve spoken to say it is hard work but worth it. In return they get free entry to all three days of Convention as well as meals, and accommodation where necessary.

The Institute of Fundraising is now recruiting volunteers for the 2008 Convention which runs from 6-9 July 2008 at the
Hilton London Metropole, Edgware Road.

You can apply to be a volunteer now:

www.nationalconvention.org.uk/volunteers.php

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Research massive growth in giving.

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