Four more Fundraising Camps are being held around the UK in the next three months. UK Fundraising’s fresh take on a one-day conference will be held in Bognor Regis, Canterbury, Belfast and Plymouth.
Eight Fundraising Camps plus one in-house version have been held since the inaugural one in Oxford 2013. They are inspired by the ‘unconference’ model which recognises that the delegates at conferences often have useful experience and expertise, if only one could unlock it on the day.
So, there are no set speakers at a Fundraising Camp: the delegates themselves are encouraged to suggest topics and issues that matter to them, and then discuss them in a series of 30 minute sessions throughout the day. There are so many that a typical Fundraising Camp will have three sessions to choose from at any time.
Fundraisers tell us that they come away with some valuable contacts and practical advice from other fundraisers who have faced similar challenges.
Here is a report from the first Fundraising Camp:
Sector specific Fundraising Camps
The first Fundraising Camp events were open to any fundraisers and to any topic related to fundraising. We have also started to introduce some topic or sector specific Fundraising Camps, the first in December created for arts and culture fundraisers.
The new series features one for heritage and environment organisation fundraisers. Of course, these are still open to any fundraiser, but the conversations will inevitably focus on heritage and environment fundraising.
Booking for Fundraising Camp is now open. Thank you to Blackbaud for once again supporting the series.
The next events are:
24 March: Fundraising Camp Chichester (at the Bognor Regis campus of the University of Chichester)
With support from the University of Chichester, home to the world’s first undergraduate degree in fundraising
20 April: Fundraising Camp Canterbury
With support from the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent
11 May: Fundraising Camp – Heritage & Environment (in Belfast)
With support from instaGiv, the Institute of Fundraising NI and NIEL
19 May: Fundraising Camp Plymouth
With support from the Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy, Plymouth University
Further Fundraising Camps are already being planned, with the intention being to bring this kind of event to different towns of the UK and to different fundraising disciplines.
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