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Russell Benson – Rising Star at Fundraising Convention 2016

Russell Benson – Rising Star at Fundraising Convention 2016

One of the outstanding sessions at this year’s Fundraising Convention from the Institute of Fundraising was the Rising Stars session. 

New to Convention, this session featured nine fundraisers from across the sector speaking at the event for the very first time. Those selected from a range of applicants for the session were all supported before the event in presenting and speaking in public by some experienced fundraisers.

In the opening slot, Russell Benson, Community & Events Manager at MS Society, spoke about the importance of individual storytelling.

The Rising Stars session took place in the Barbican Concert Hall in London, a daunting venue for these fundraisers’ first experience of a conference presentation.

We’ll present each of the Rising Stars sessions over the next week or so, to demonstrate that the fundraising sector has some very thoughtful, able and driven future leaders.


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 Research massive growth in giving.

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