Major Donor Fundraising Conference 2020

Major Donor Fundraising Conference 2020

Date: Monday 27th Jan 2020

Town/City: London

Location: London

Venue: America Square Conference Centre

Directions / Address

Book now

The Major Donor Fundraising Conference will showcase different strategies to grow income through improved acquisition and stewardship. Throughout the day real-life case studies combined with interactive panels will provide actionable insights into growing your portfolio.


9.30     Chair’s opening remarks

Angie Turner, Head of Philanthropy, The Children’s Trust and Chair of the IoF Major Donor Special Interest Group


9.40     Opening fireside chat: Understanding and adapting to the changing face of philanthropy

Liesl Elder, Chief Development Officer, University of Oxford

10:00     Understanding the changing barriers to HNWI giving 

Emma Turner, Director of Barclays Private Bank Philanthropy Service, Barclays

10:20     Forecasting panel: Adapting to the changing needs of philanthropists- what will your major donor portfolio look like in 10 years?

New for 2020! Industry experts will be asked to answer questions on the future of philanthropy and the audience will vote on if they agree or disagree. Don’t miss your chance to understand what is changing for major donors and identify the steps you need to take to adapt your approach to retain and grow your income.

John Palmer, Interim Head of Philanthropy, MK Community Foundation

Emily Evans, Head of Philanthropy, Alzheimer's Society

Ikhlaq Hussain, Head of Philanthropy and Partnerships, Orphans in need

Preeti Baid, Director of Major Gift Fundraising, Humane Society International, UK

Chris Gethin, Director of Philanthropy and Campaign, Cancer Research UK

 11:00     Networking break  


 11:20    Prospecting for major donors post GDPR:  What does the law allow and what does the law require?

Lawrence Simanowitz, Partner, Bates Wells

11:40     Case study: How to bring warm donors into a major donors portfolio

Layal Marten, Director, Major Gifts, Movember Foundation

12:00     Case study: Working with senior leaders to reach new prospects

Jess Goulson, Head of Major Gifts, Birkbeck, University of London

12:20     Case study: Creating a development boar to expand our network

Michelle Mitchell, Head of Major Giving, World Jewish Relief

12:40     Q&A session 

13.00     Networking lunch   


14:00     Case study: Creating the right touchpoints for the right donor

Sianne Haldane, Head of Planned Giving Philanthropy, Cancer Research UK

14:20    Case study: Understanding supporters, embedding insight - are we learning and changing enough?

Dave Hillyard, Director of Philanthropy and Partnerships, Oxfam
Naomi Lyons, Head of Individual Philanthropy, Oxfam

14:40     Case study: Working with major donors to maximise the impact of their support

Allan McKinnon, Head of Major Giving, Lumos

15:00     Q&A session

15:20      Networking break

15:40     Ask the experts panel: Improving major donor fundraising 

New for 2020! Seasoned major donor professionals will discuss a series of challenging situations associated with major donors and will give their view on how they would handle it. The audience will be invited to ask for solutions to their own examples. This is the perfect opportunity to learn how to overcome day-to-day challenges and implement practical advice immediately.

Moderator: Charly White, Coach, Trainer and Facilitator, Vivid Leadership Ltd
Emily Wheeler, Head of Philanthropic Partnerships, MQ Mental Health
Julia Czastka, Major Donor Partnerships Manager, Concern Worldwide
Alexandra Davis, Development Manager, The National Gallery
Lisa Willmot, Principal Gift Manager, The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
Josh Bone, Philanthropy Manager, Dogs Trust

16:40     Chair’s closing remarks 

16:50     End of conference 



IoF Individual member 


IoF Organisational member 


New member offer: conference plus one year of individual membership 






Small Charity (under £500,000 annual turnover)

(To secure your small charity rate please email with your charity number) 




 Privacy Notice

If you register for an event organised by IoF Head Office, your information will be used to administer your attendance. In some instances this may include collecting special category information, for instance, to provide the appropriate access facilities and for dietary requirements. This information will be accessible under the ‘need to know’ principle and will not be retained post event. We will share anonymised information with venues and caterers in order to ensure the requirements are facilitated. 

To view our full privacy policy visit:

Further details and contact information

Events team
Telephone: 020 7840 1040

Book now

< back to events listing