Volunteering at the Scottish Fundraising Conference
When I saw an article advertising the opportunity to volunteer at the Institute of Fundraising Scotland’s annual conference last year, I jumped at the chance to apply.
I had never been to the Scottish Fundraising Conference before but knew that it was an amazing opportunity. I knew that many of the leading fundraisers from across Scotland came together to offer workshops and talks on a huge variety of topics. I’d seen the conference advertised but never made it along, and volunteering seemed like a great way to experience the event for the first time.
So I completed the application and waited to see if I would be recruited as one of the volunteers. I was very excited when I heard that I had.
In the run up to the event, I helped to promote the conference, by sharing it on social media and telling my fundraising colleagues all about it too.
On the first day we arrived early for a briefing and to meet all the other conference volunteers. It was great to meet so many people from a wide variety of different charities and all at different stages of their fundraising careers. I got to know all the other volunteers quite well as we worked together to ensure that everything went smoothly. There was a great team atmosphere.
We assisted with a variety of tasks over the two days from welcoming people to the event to data entry. My favourite task though was supporting the speakers to ensure that their talks and workshops went really well. This involved making sure the room was set up properly in advance, keeping track of the timings, and generally helping with anything else the speakers needed. So I had the opportunity to speak to some really inspirational and well-regarded people in fundraising and participate in their talks or workshops. I got some fantastic tips on everything from major donor fundraising to volunteering. It was also very satisfying knowing that I had helped in some small way to make their sessions go smoothly.
Overall I really enjoyed being a volunteer at the IoF Scotland Conference and I would really recommend it, especially if you haven’t been to the conference before!
Elsie Riley MInstF, Fundraising Manager Scotland, Crisis
Elsie volunteered at the IoF Scotland Conference in September 2015. Volunteer applications are now open for this year’s Scottish Fundraising Conference, which is taking place in Glasgow on the 4th and 5th of October. Application forms can be found here, and the closing date is 29th July.