IoF South West Spring Conference 2019

IoF South West Spring Conference 2019

Date: Wednesday 1st May 2019

Time: 9.30am-4.00pm

Venue: Watershed
1 Canon’s Road

Our annual Spring Conference always attracts hundreds of fundraisers from across the South West, so we recommend you get your ticket as soon as possible.


9.30 – WATERSIDE AREA - Registration, refreshments and networking  

9.55 – CINEMA ONE - Welcome and Introduction - Paul Courtney, Chair, Institute of Fundraising South West Region  

10.00 – CINEMA ONE - Opening Plenary - Simon Blake, CEO, Mental Health First Aid 

When you work for a charity, emotions run high! Targets, pressures, deadlines - they often have real, tangible life or death consequences. Simon kicks off our Spring conference with an insight into the world of Mental Health First Aid – encouraging us to look after ourselves and others.    

11.10 – 11:30 - WATERSIDE AREA - Refreshment break

11.30 – 12.30 - Post plenary power hour - Choose from one of the following three sessions 

CINEMA ONE – Learning to say 'Thank You': the role of donor acknowledgements - Jen Shang, Professor of Philanthropic Psychology, University of Plymouth, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Institute for Sustainable Philanthropy

In this session we will share the findings of our research on donor acknowledgement programmes, addressing the barriers and benefits of investing in thank you communications, and how best to thank donors at various stages of their relationship with your organisation.  


CINEMA THREE – Prepare to launch - Andy Taylor-Whyte, Founder - The Inspiration Bureau

Appeals and campaigns are a trusted method for elevation your mission and reaching much higher fundraising and awareness levels. Preparing is everything. In this thought proving session, Andy will share critical path insights and brilliant case studies to help you prepare to launch your own transformational appeals. Please take your seats for an exciting journey. Ready to go?  


WATERSIDE THREE – Effectively engaging, equipping and empowering trustees to be involved and enthused about Fundraising - Sue Davie

In an ever-challenging environment, charities need to get all the help they can to raise the vital funds needed to continue driving forward towards their goals. Fundraisers often feel their trustees do not understand fundraising nor engage with it sufficiently outside the pure governance role. However, where trustees do get effectively engaged, it can make a real difference. So let’s talk about how we can take trustees on an effective fundraising journey and support the sustainable income generation that is so vital for every charity. 

12.30 – 13:30 – WATERSIDE AREA - Lunch

13:30 – 14.30 – POST LUNCH MOTIVATION - Choose from one of the following three sessions 

CINEMA ONE – How to Leverage the Power of Facebook's Giving Tools - Nick Burne, Managing Partner, Nick Burne Consulting

Facebook’s Charitable Giving Tools have raised more than $1billion from over a million charities in just a few short years. In this punchy, practical session Nick will take you through why Facebook donate has worked so well, case studies of what charities are doing and 5 key actions charities can take to leverage the power of Facebook’s Social Graph.  


CINEMA THREE – Engaging individuals in giving when there aren’t heart strings to pull on – Lottie Donavon, Head of Development, Watershed, Bristol

Drafting strong propositions and engaging people with you cause can often be challenging when what you do isn’t one of the more emotive charities. Lottie shares the Watershed’s journey of engaging individuals in giving. 


WATERSIDE THREE – Modelling great leadership in fundraising – Carol Akiwumi

Come and hear what it takes to make a great leader and how to model that leadership to win success for your charity. 

14.30 – 15:00 – WATERSIDE AREA - Refreshment break

15.00 – 16.00 – FINAL INSPIRATION & CHALLENGE - Choose from one of the following three sessions: 

CINEMA ONE – Not just another pretty outcome - creative impact reporting for frenzied fundraisers - Deanna Wolf, Senior Consultant - Trust Fundraising, Money Tree Fundraising

Objectives, outcomes, impacts, outputs. Words to strike fear (or at least annoyance) in the best of us. Especially when we think ahead about how we're going to report on these so they don't put the reader - our funders - to sleep! Deanna will explore embedding creativity into your internal and external impact reports without venturing into dangerous territory. She'll also look at ways to bring your operational colleagues and management onside to ease the process of retrieving data from the front line of service delivery. Come with your own examples of creative reporting (not to be confused with 'creative accounting') to be eligible for a (sweet) prize!


CINEMA THREE - The benefits of being Big, Bold and Brave in your fundraising - Tricia Cavell, Fundraising Director, St Richards Hospice 

As we look for diversity in income streams the requirement to be BIG, BOLD & BRAVE with our fundraising activities is more prevalent.Come and learn how a Wild in Art project raised £233k profit for St. Richard’s Hospice, what benefits it bought to the community, and to the charities longer term fundraising. This session isn’t just for those who can undertake large scale projects- it’s about taking stepping outside the box, having the confidence to do things differently and the power of innovation.  


WATERSIDE THREE – The Imposter Within - Effective & efficient strategies for dealing with self-doubt and questions around confidence - John Paul Edgington, Creator and Head Coach, The Professional Edge Project

Self doubt - a reduction in confidence which can lead to a drop in productivity and potentially feelings of overwhelm and inadequacy - which can compound the doubt we had in the first place and further reduces our confidence and so the loop continues… In this session we’ll look at how we can break that loop. Expectation Management time: The doubt is likely to come back - but next time you’ll be ready for it...  

This conference was made possible thanks to the generous support of our headline sponsor: 

Harlequin Software 

Further support was gratefully received from RightMarket, Shine Charity Recruitment & Polly Symondson Recruitment 


The South West region offers bursaries for membership and a whole range of courses and training. 

To find out more and to see if we can help you be the best you can be, email or go to the Groups section of the Institute of Fundraising website and search for ‘South West’ 


Conferences are staged by the IoF South West volunteer committee. To avoid extra work for our volunteers payment by card via Eventbtire would be most appreciated, However, if you cannot pay by card online an invoice can be requested but this must be paid in advance of the conference.  

***Programme correct at time of publishing. All speakers are giving their time and knowledge free of charge for which we very grateful. IoFSW reserve the right to amend and update the programme as required. 

Do you have questions about Institute of Fundraising South West 2019 Spring Conference - Sponsored by Harlequin?  Contact Institute of Fundraising South West Region

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