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IoF Cultural Sector Network holds inaugural conference

IoF Cultural Sector Network holds inaugural conference

The inaugural IoF Cultural Sector Network 2016 Conference took place on 22nd March attended by 180 delegates, speakers and exhibitors, making it the largest fundraising event for arts and heritage organisations in the UK, according to the IoF.

The event was organised by arts and heritage fundraisers with the aim of building skills and knowledge in the cultural sector, with attendees from across the UK representing a wide variety of cultural organisations, from theatres and festivals, to museums, art galleries, and a zoo.

The conference was held at the RBS headquarters in London, and brought together a variety of keynote speakers and case studies from a broad range of cultural organisations, with 16 sessions in parallel tracks.

The theme of the conference was ‘Building for the Future’ with an emphasis on long-term planning and investment for fundraising success. Loyd Grossman, Chair of the Heritage Alliance, and Emma Kane, Chair of the Barbican Centre Trust gave keynote addresses. A plenary Q&A panel asking “What will fundraising be like in 2040?” also took place.

Martin Kaufman, chair of the IoF Cultural Sector Network, said:

“The high attendance revealed a strong desire to break down any barriers between arts and heritage organisations and fundraising. Everyone wanted to share knowledge that would strengthen the message to the public about how we could best sustain our cultural life as a key component of a successful UK. The lively engagement from all the delegates told me this is a moment whose time has come.”

The IoF’s Cultural Sector Network special interest group was formed in April last year. During the conference, its forward strategy was also presented for the first time.


Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via

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