Apply to speak at Fundraising Convention 2020!

2020 is Fundraising Convention’s 30th year and will see a new era for the event, ensuring that the sessions respond to the rapidly changing climate in which fundraisers at all levels are operating. 

Bringing together technical sessions that help fundraisers hone their techniques, Convention also plays a key role in providing inspiration on both organisational and personal levels to delegates, enabling them to bring back lessons that will have impact for their professional development, their organisations and, importantly, for the causes that our sector works tirelessly to support.

We are now seeking session proposals for the 2020 event, so if you have an idea that will form an engaging session or an exciting case study that your peers could learn from, now is your chance to put your idea to our Convention Board.

We welcome submissions from both experienced speakers as well as those who want to speak for the first time. The diverse range of experience and insight our speakers offer is what makes Convention so special and we are keen to broaden the event's diversity even further in 2020.

We also aim for a strong balance of presentations from across the charity sector and beyond. We welcome applications from people working at all not for profit organisations, including the arts and education sectors, as well as from other sectors and overseas.

Fundraising Convention 2020 will be at 6-8 July 2020 at the Barbican Centre.

Please submit your session idea no later than 5pm on Friday 11th October 2019

All fields are required unless otherwise stated.

This year’s sessions will be split into the following tracks:

The Practical Fundraiser – this mega-track (and we do mean mega!) brings together a huge suite of sessions that focus on fundraising technique and application across the whole fundraising mix from mass fundraising to high value, from local to national approaches.  Sessions in this track will provide delegates with tools, techniques and means to hone their craft and will be split into three sub-categories, covering mass engagement, philanthropy and partnerships, and legacies.

Our Supporters’ World – A track that focuses on supporter insight and enables us to bring our audience to the fore. It will look at how much we really understand about the world in which our supporters and beneficiaries are living, their perspectives and insights is critical to our success.  This new track will bring the supporter voice loud and proud, hearing directly from supporters on their perspectives of the world they are living in, the experiences they expect, their perception of charities and some of the key areas that impact our world from regulation to Brexit, from supporter experience to data management. 

The Future of Fundraising – every organisation recognises the need to diversify income, come up with new ideas and claims to recognise the importance of innovation.  This track brings to the fore the critical role that innovation plays in safeguarding our organisations for the future and how innovation is critical for our survival.  From radical to incremental innovation this track will showcase approaches, the future and how to secure commitment to a world where sitting still and simply doing what we have always done is no longer an option.

Strategy – Everybody uses the phrase strategy, but what does it really mean and how can organisations develop meaningful strategies that will drive impact and efficacy.  This track will really explore key approaches to strategy, strategy development, evaluation and the key strategic questions and challenges that organisations are facing into.  The emerging trend of engagement and bringing together the world of fundraising and communications will also form a core element of this track.

Personal Development – Fundraising is the greatest profession in the world, with huge opportunities to forge purposeful and impactful careers within the sector in which it is a privilege to work.  This track will focus on career journeys, personal development, skill development and building confidence to equip delegates to grow into the leaders of the future and identify the fantastic careers that lie ahead within the world of fundraising.

Leadership and Fundraising Culture – This track looks at the key issues affecting and challenging leaders in the sector and those who are on the journey to leadership.  From engaging boards to building the teams and organisations of the future in which cultures truly champion diversity and encourage commitment and retention of staff, this track looks at the key cultural challenges leaders and organisations are addressing and how boards and stakeholders are key in helping shape this for the future.  Times are changing and our cultures and approach to leadership need to respond.

Beyond the Sector – New Horizons – too often the sector navel-gazes and looks to one another for lessons, this is incredibly helpful, but now is the time to look beyond the sector and assess the emerging trends approaches from outside of the fundraising world.  This track will bring speakers from the corporate and social enterprise worlds, from the legislative and local authority worlds to share lessons and ideas of how these sectors are responding to the demands of the modern world.  It is time that fundraisers further expand their horizons and learn from a full gambit of sectors.

 

Please submit your session idea no later than 5pm on Friday 11th October 2019

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