What's next for the fundraising community in 2017?

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Peter Lewis | 23 December 2016

IoF Chief Executive, Peter Lewis, takes a look at what 2017 may bring from a fundraising perspective.

Many of us will be looking forward to saying goodbye to 2016 as soon as possible. 

Few would have expected our political worlds to have delivered Brexit and Trump.  Many of us have looked on despairingly at worsening crises in Syria and Yemen; rising levels of poverty and homelessness in the UK and abroad; the potential unwinding of the Paris agreement and a huge movement of migrants and refugees around the world, driven from their home countries by war, poverty and climate change. 

So 2017 has got to be better, right? I think we can only hope. 

And from a fundraising perspective? 

Our members have continued to amaze me with their resilience, tenacity and passion to continue to make the world a better place.  Under tough media and public scrutiny fundraisers and fundraising organisations have not just responded to challenges set, but responded positively and with innovation.

Many of these were celebrated at our recent National Fundraising Awards from building cathedrals out of LEGO to scaling the three highest buildings in London – all to raise fantastic amounts of money. 

More have joined the Institute, bringing our membership to over 6,000 individual members and 500 organisational members. And our fabulous volunteers in our National, Regional and Special Interest groups have delivered more events to more people all around the UK. We’ve had more people graduating with our qualifications, a record number of fundraisers at our conferences, and more people than ever before at Fundraising Convention at our wonderful new venue, the Barbican. 

So will 2017 be better? I not only hope so, I think so. 

We will launch our new strategy in the new year, putting excellent fundraising at the heart of what we do, supporting and championing our members and their work. And as the fundraising community raises even more funds to make the world a better place, let’s hope next year will be a year we can all be proud of.

What do you think 2017 will bring for the fundraising community? Let us know on Twitter!

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