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Fundraising Convention goes online for 2020

Fundraising Convention goes online for 2020

The has announced that this year’s Fundraising Convention will be online only, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Set to take place from 6-8 July, this is Fundraising Convention’s 30th year. The Institute of Fundraising has made the decision not to go ahead with the face-to-face event due to the ongoing concerns around Covid-19, and to move the programme of speakers and content online instead.



According to the first-look programme, there are 7 tracks of sessions this year:

  • The Practical Fundraiser – with a focus on fundraising techniques and application across the whole fundraising mix
  • Our Supporters’ World – with a focus on supporter insight
  • The Future of Fundraising – exploring the critical role of new models of income generation and audience mobilisation
  • Strategy – exploring key approaches to strategy, strategy development, evaluation and the key strategic questions and challenges that organisations are facing
  • Personal Development – with a focus on career journeys, personal development, skill development and building confidence
  • Leadership & Fundraising Culture – looking at the key issues affecting and challenging leaders in the sector and those who are on the journey to leadership
  • Beyond the Sector – New Horizons – bringing speakers from the corporate and social enterprise worlds,  legislative and local authority worlds, to share lessons and ideas of how these sectors are responding to the demands of the modern world

The raft of speakers includes: Kadra Abdinasir from #CharitySoWhite: Kizzy Gardiner, Head of UK Giving and Engagement at Shelterbox; Stephen George, Director at Good Leaders; Andy Harris, Director of Fundraising at Shelter; Tufail Hussain, UK Director at Islamic Relief; Lesley Pinder, Head of Supporter Experience at British Red Cross, and Lawrie Simanowitz, Partner at Bates Wells.

Full details of the online event will be shared in the coming weeks, and the IoF is inviting people to keep up to date here.


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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