National Conference - a resounding success
10 August 2016
The inaugural IoF Cultural Sector Network National Conference took place on 22 March 2016 and was attended by 180 delegates, speakers and exhibitors, making it the largest event of its type in the UK for arts and heritage fundraisers.
The CSN National Conference aims included building skills and knowledge, sharing ideas and best practice, and creating strong networks within our sector. Attendees came from across the UK, representing a wide range of cultural organisations, from theatres and festivals to museums, art galleries and a zoo.
The national conference was held at the RBS headquarters in London, and brought together a rich variety of speakers and case studies, with 16 sessions in parallel tracks designed to appeal to the broadest range of delegates, from those new to fundraising to experienced fundraising leaders. The theme of the conference was ‘Building for the Future’ with an emphasis on long-term planning and investment for fundraising success. Loyd Grossman, Chair of the Heritage Alliance, and Emma Kane, Chair of the Barbican Centre Trust gave keynote addresses, and there was a lively plenary Q&A panel discussing the topic, 'What will fundraising be like in 2040?'
The feedback from all who attended was overwhelmingly positive, and our aim is to plan an annual national conference as a highlight in the calendar of events organised by the Cultural Sector Network.
Samir Savant, Chair of the 2016 Conference, said:
I was thrilled with the success of our inaugural conference, and impressed by the lively engagement and debate on the day, which demonstrates the critical need for an event like this to bring fundraisers from all types of cultural organisations together to see what we can all learn from each other."