Major Donor Fundraising Conference 2019

Major Donor Fundraising Conference 2019

Date: Monday 21st Jan 2019

Venue: Central London

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Major Giving has long been a crucial income stream for charities large and small. Despite the threats of late - GDPR, Brexit and increased media scrutiny on the charity sector, the relationship between charities and wealthy individuals has never been stronger. Last year alone, over 300 philanthropists donated £3.2 billion to good causes in the UK.

At our annual Major Donor fundraising conference, we are bringing together some of the sector’s leading practitioners and experts, who will reveal the most effective strategies used to grow the major donor programmes in their charities.  

Join fundraisers from across the UK to hear about current topics and trends in the sector. 

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Opening remarks from the Chair

Current UK trends in philanthropy and major giving

Our two experts will open the day by providing an overview of the current philanthropy and major giving landscape in the UK. Despite more UK-based billionaires recorded in 2017 than ever before, and with record wealth, Brexit and the uncertain economy it will bring still looms. 

Come and hear about what your charity can do now, whilst things are stable, to help prepare for the future and buffer any storm that might lie ahead.

Two charities and their major donor campaign success

Two charities present the key stages of their brilliant recent major donor campaigns, both of which reached and surpassed targets by securing a string of mould-breaking major gifts.

Coffee and networking

What sort of mid-value/unrestricted giving product is right for you?

Mid-value giving is slowly but surely becoming more of a priority for investment for lots of charities and fundraisers.

As well as providing the basis for a major gifts programme, adding significant income annually and long term, it also provides a loyal band of potential legacy pledgers and informed advocates for the cause. 

Where do you start though and how do you know what sort of mid-value giving product will be right for your charity and then how do you grow it?

This unmissable session will cover all the answers to these questions and more!

Time to shake up major donor fundraising?

Lunch break

Donor cultivation and stewardship     

Four heads of philanthropy/major giving will take part in this panel discussion on what we can do to build successful relationships with those high net value individuals.  They will give examples of donor journeys that have proven effective, as well as cultivation steps that haven’t worked and everything in between. 

The next generation of giving 

In Blackbaud’s recent 2018 report The Next Generation of UK Giving, it was reported that in the UK, it is the youngest donors that give the most to charity, while giving is distributed across more channels than ever. 

Hear how a charity and a fundraising consultancy are harnessing these trends to their advantage, having each developed successful initiatives to engage the next generation of supporters.

Coffee break and networking

Meet the major donors panel

Closing remarks from the Chair

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