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28th International Fundraising Congress gets underway

28th International Fundraising Congress gets underway

Welcome to the International Fundraising Congress 2008

The 28th International Fundraising Congress gets underway today in Nordwijkerhout, Holland.

Its organisers, the , say that it is “the biggest international fundraising convention in the world”, in the sense of staged for an international audience with international content.

This year there are over 950 delegates from at least 552 organisations from 60 countries. Sixty six per cent of delegates are attending for the first time.

Forty two per cent come from NGOs, 38% from international NGOs, 17% are suppliers to the sector, 1% come from universities, and a further 1% are categorised as “other”.

Not surprisingly the UK dominates the delegate list with at least 165 UK delegates from 76 organisations. Some of the larger charities send a big delegation: NSPCC for example, has 20 staff here, Macmillan Cancer Support eight, and British Red Cross eight. On the other hand there are plenty of organisation sending just one delegate.

I’m here for the first time in 10 years as a member of the press, and have been reporting on its early stages mainly via Twitter, while uploading pictures to Flickr.

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I’ll be adding reports here too, and some videos on YouTube too.

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.

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