Trusts Fundraising conference 2019

Trusts Fundraising conference 2019

Date: Monday 4th to Tuesday 5th Feb 2019

Venue: Central London

In tough financial times, it proved promising to see foundations’ total spend last year increase by 8.2% to reach £4.5 billion. Our annual Trust fundraising conference, this year a two day event, 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, 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, both from the fundraising side and from the funder side.

On day one, 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 and apply to your own organisation.

On day two you will have the opportunity to speak to the funders themselves, as you take part in a day of different funder-led interactive events.

Our biggest and best Trusts conference yet, not to be missed!

Day one includes:

A year on..

Carol Mack, Chief Executive of ACF, will open the day by providing an overview of the foundations landscape in the UK in the last 12 months since our last trusts conference.  

This session will consider the main trends and priorities for your organisation, as well as providing insight into some of the emerging concerns and pertinent questions.

Carol Mack, Chief Executive of the Association of Charitable Foundations

Going Digital: The Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund recently announced the launch of its £15m Digital Fund for charities to promote their digital impact. The digital fund will run for two years and will award grants of up to £500,000 to charities who want to boost their digital capabilities.  

Come and hear Cassie, their Head of Digital Grant making, present everything you will need to know about the exciting new scheme and how it could benefit your organisation.

Cassie Robinson, Head of Digital Grant making, Big Lottery Fund

Impact reporting for success

A high level of impact reporting is becoming increasingly important when generating funds for your organisation. In this session, you will hear from Comic Relief, as they outline the minimum that they expect from a charity’s impact reporting. Learn how effective and proportionate monitoring, evaluation and learning impact evaluating can improve programme delivery, strengthen funding proposals and heighten brand awareness and credibility.

Jake Grout-Smith, Evaluation and Learning Lead, Comic Relief

Stewardship I: Myths and misconceptions, expectations and attitudes: getting it right for trusts and grant fundraising

The reports from Commission on the Donor Experience were a starting point for dismissing myths and misconceptions about fundraising. Deanna Wolf, Project Leader and Author of Project 8: Trusts and Foundations, will guide you through the results and learning gleaned from the CoDE Report, illustrating how to apply it in your own fundraising practice with trusts, foundations, lottery and statutory funders.

Deanna Wolf, Senior Consultant-Trust Fundraising, Money Tree Fundraising

Stewardship II: the Marie Curie stewardship framework for trusts

Having heard about the learnings on stewardship from the Commission on the Donor Experience research, Emma will present the stewardship framework that they have implemented in Marie Curie and look at how it can be successfully applied to different sized trusts and foundations.

Emma Edwards Major Gifts Manager, Marie Curie

Emma Thomson, Senior Case for Support and Stewardship Officer, Marie Curie

Challenges in Trust fundraising: working together to find solutions

In this interactive workshop, Heather will present a series of topics for group discussion. An invaluable opportunity to work together and share experiences and ideas with your fellow trust fundraisers. Topics will include:

• Engaging with those hard to reach Trustees/advisory boards/committees

• Funding for research projects

• Innovations in the Trust sector – funding in partnerships/consortium,

• Developing unrestricted propositions that Trusts will actually buy into!

Heather Burgess, Head of Trusts and Foundations, Teach First 

Day two: 

We would like to bring together grant-makers and fundraisers on Tuesday 5 February 2019 for a day of insight, open discussions and interactive sessions. We have invited foundation leaders for a series of panel discussion and workshops to share thoughts and ideas on how to achieve greater impact for the beneficiaries and communities they serve.

Confirmed organisations so far are: 

  • Arts Council England
  • Big Lottery Fund
  • Community Foundation for Wales
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Sainbury Family Charitable Trust
  • UK Community Foundations


We will cover key themes and issues facing funders and fundraisers including:  

  • Developing long-lasting and meaningful relationships between grant makers and funded organisations
  • The importance of frontline insight in enabling funders to make considered application judgement
  • The need for realistic objective setting and importance of impact measurement
  • How can grant-makers and the fundraising community become more diverse and inclusive to ensure all voices are heard and represented


Trust fundraising conference - Book Monday and Tuesday     Trust fundraising conference - Book Monday     Trust fundraising conference - Book Tuesday

Twitter logo small #IoFTrusts  @IoFtweets 



One day

Two days

IoF Individual member



IoF Organisational member 



Non-member place PLUS IoF Membership (1 year)

Book your conference place and join as a Member - explore the benefits of membership



Non-member place (Not-for-profit)






Small Charity (under £500,000 annual turnover)

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



More information on IoF membership options


Further details and contact information

Events Team
Telephone: 0207 840 1040

< back to events listing