Trust Fundraising Conference 2018

Trust Fundraising Conference 2018

Date: Monday 5th Feb 2018

Town/City: London , United Kingdom

Location: London , United Kingdom

Venue: Holiday Inn - Bloomsbury

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Despite the looming threat and uncertainty of Brexit and GDPR upon the fundraising landscape, grants from charitable trusts and foundations are at a record high. Nonetheless, never has it been a more crucial time for trust fundraisers to be at the top of their game.

Our annual Trust Fundraising Conference is the unmissable event of the year for all trust fundraisers and those working with grant giving organisations.

Whether you are part of a trust fundraising team for one of the big charities or a sole fundraiser for a tiny organisation, this conference will address many of the challenges that trust fundraisers face today and offer you some incredible tips and advice to go back to your charity with.

Hear from the industry experts on current trends in the sector. What implications will Brexit have for the sector? What impact will GDPR have on the way that trust fundraisers work? Should we be doing anything now to prepare for these?

Trust fundraisers and charities with incredible success rates in obtaining grants will share their stories with you, offering tips and practical advice for you to take away with you.

Plus, hear from the funders and grant managers themselves, as they speak openly about what they look for in a grant application, what their preferences are and their likes and dislikes when making their selections – a discussion you simply cannot afford to miss!




Registration and Refreshments


Opening remarks from the Chair


Brexit and its implications for trust fundraising

What does Brexit means for trusts? With the situation changing daily and the implications still uncertain, we ask our panel of experts to share some of their thoughts on what the future holds. We will include perspectives from across the UK and from funders with a number of specialisms and approaches. 


Meet the funder panel discussion I: Success with your application

Your opportunity to hear from the grant managers and funders themselves. From a range of different specialisms, each with different preferences in what they look for, these experts will share their top tips on the application process, what they look for and perhaps more importantly, what NOT to do when applying.  


Coffee and networking


Are you GDPR ready?

Hear how the new data protection laws will affect your Trust fundraising. Under GDPR, any information held on the trustees of trusts, or other people connected to grant making institutions will fall under data protection regulations.

This session will help you navigate the stringent new rules and leave you with an understanding of your obligations with respect to trust fundraising, helping ensure you are fully data compliant.


An insight into the future of Trusts fundraising

After a morning of discussing the numerous changes on the horizon, what does the future actually hold for Trust fundraising, and ultimately your own charity’s income? This session will summarise exactly what the next few years may bring.


Lunch and networking


What do fundraisers think about grant-makers and grant-making?

 nfpSynergy have updated their survey research amongst fundraisers from 2012. This will be the first time the new results are discussed at any conference anywhere. The research looks at what fundraisers do and don’t like about applying for grants. Whether they would trade a restricted grant for a (smaller) unrestricted grant? And who fundraisers think are the model grant-makers that their peers could learn from. So don’t miss this fascinating session to see whether you are alone in what you love and hate from raising money from grants.

 Joe Saxton, NFP Synergy


Meet the funder panel discussion II: impact reporting

Measuring and evidencing impact is crucial to any charity’s work; but what are funders really looking for before parting with their money? With higher standards and expectations than ever before, competition is high. So how do you make your charity stand out from the crowd? Can you evidence and prove the difference that your charity makes to society?

In this unmissable session, hear for the second time today directly from the funders and grant makers themselves.  This interactive Q&A panel discussion will give you the opportunity to ask the questions about measuring and reporting on impact that you’ve always wanted to know. 


Coffee and networking


Nurturing the relationship with the funder

Greg and Hannah share their invaluable insights on how they are driving forward an ambitions strategy to develop £1m partnerships with trusts and foundations at International Rescue Committee. 

Hannah Polly Williams, Head of Philanthropy and Partnerships, International Rescue Committee UK

Greg Hitchin, International Rescue Committee UK


Interactive workshop – to discuss questions from the day


Closing remarks from the Chair



IoF Individual member or those working at an IoF Organisational member: £205

Never been an IoF memberAre you working for a charity/not-for-profit organisation?

  • Book the conference AND get a year’s Individual membership benefits: £290

  • Or book the conference only at the not-for-profit rate: £295

Are you working for a corporate/commercial organisation?

Corporate/Commercial conference rate: £425

Small charity rate ( under £500,000 annual turnover) - £75 to secure your small charity rate please email with your charity number

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