Welcome to the IoF Technology Special Interest Group!

Our members are typically fundraisers, administrators, web designers, database managers and IT support staff at charities as well as consultants and commercial suppliers. All you need is an interest in how technology is used for fundraising in the not for profit sector.

Our dedicated committee has an extensive range of experience in fundraising and technology management in the sector and we are all delighted to host a variety of events and activities to support your needs:

The members appointed at the 2018 AGM to serve in 2019 are as follows:

James Kliffen, Chairman

James Kliffen was the first Head of Fundraising for Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders in the UK, and has helped launch fundraising for MSF in India, South Africa and Ireland. From 1991 to 1999 James coordinated fundraising for the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), managing joint appeals by UK aid agencies.

Prior to joining MSF he was Appeals Manager for the British Red Cross, and first worked for a charity in 1988, volunteering for Comic Relief's Red Nose Day 1. 

Gordon Owen, Vice Chairman

Gordon is involved in developing synergies through Events Management, Events, Meetings, Seminars both in the UK and Internationally. Latterly Authorpreneur & ePublicist of numerous e/iBooks on the subjects of fundraising, governance, & organisational matters. Under the pseudonym of iGO & iGO eBooks® works as a catalyst for innovation in e/iBooks + support services + events + technology within the niche market of voluntary sector fundraising, governance, organisational, plus ePublishing matters.

Gordon has been with the IoF since 1985 (+ Numerous IoF Special Interest Group's), and worked with numerous local, regional, and national charities including in the disciplines of fundraising, governance, organisational and technology - Strategic Planning and Corporate Governance, including organisational policies and procedures.

Bo Ruan, Treasurer

Bo is Head of Data Management at Alzheimer’s Society. His professional interests include helping colleagues turn data into useful engaging information and helping design processes that provide the most business impact with the least data administration required. He has a strong belief that if people can’t understand data then we haven’t done our jobs right. Prior to Alzheimer’s Society, Bo worked in data management at Greenpeace and in the educational fundraising sector.

Nicola Lawson, Secretary

Nicola is UK Manager and Trustee for World Villages for Children UK where she has been for 9 years. Prior to this she worked in the financial services sector where she was responsible for IT management and at the House of Commons where she was involved in establishing the televising of the Commons and Select Committees. Prior to joining the charity sector full time Nicola was a keen volunteer working particularly with sight loss charities. She is delighted to be involved with the IoF Technology Special Interest Group and to help in delivering insight in technology to support charities in their fundraising and governance activities.

Suzanne Lewis - Special Interest Group Liaison

Suzanne has helped charities with their fundraising data for the past 28 years. 20 years at HLB (Wholly owned subsidiary of WWAV/RAPP) where she was on the board for 15 years and 8 years as MD of EDM

In the summer of 2015 she was invited to be part of the IoF’s four working parties response to the press/governmental interest in charity activity.

She has been heavily involved with the DMA, 18 years on the Data Council and 15 years of the Governance Committee where she was actively involved with writing the last two Codes of Practise.

Having recently stepped down from her DMA involvement she is keen to be involved in the broader community and as a personal and corporate member of the IoF for over 10 years she is delighted to be a member of the Technology Special Interest Group.

Sabrina Lloyd - Communication and Marketing 

Sabrina currently manages the Individual Giving function at Health Poverty Action, and has previously worked in various communications and events roles in the charity world. She believes that storytelling really can change the world, and is constantly excited and inspired by the innovations happening in fundraising. Sabrina is particularly passionate about the international development sector and has worked and volunteered at a number of charities including Farm Africa, WaterAid and the Fairtrade Foundation. 


This is what past and present members have to say about committee:

'The IoF Technology Special Interest Group supports charities in the use of technology to provide practical and relevant solutions to the challenges faced by fundraisers ‘on the coalface’. Membership of the group allows me to contribute to the use and advancement of technology in the sector and to develop my own experiences and insights whilst making longlasting friendships and sector contacts'.- David Eder, Chairman 2010 - 2016.

'The Technology Special Interest Group provides a good forum to share in ways which enhance the experience and skills of those involved in fundraising technology. I joined the Committee to make a modest contribution to this learning, to bring relevance, support, and help to others – as well as continuing my own personal learning and development. In my time on the committee I have gained considerable experience and personal learning. The Special Interest Group is an enabler for networking and events that bring relevance to today’s challenges and working with a group of experienced colleagues on the Committee over the past year has provided an exciting opportunity to attend regular and annual events that add value to everyone who engaged with this Special Interest Group and I look forward to contributing more in the coming year….oh, and sharing in the odd pint of beer does not go amiss!!' Gordon Owen.

I joined the IoF Technology Special Interest Group to support their remit to improve the access of small charities to technology. As Manager of a small charity, technology is key to our fundraising effectiveness and sustainability and technology resource is limited. In my role on the committee, I have developed my skills considerably during my time, improved my learning and understanding of technology in fundraising, been overawed by the quality of the professionals in the sector and made some long lasting friendships. I can recommend participation to anyone involved in fundraising technology or just interested. Joining the committee you will contribute to a valuable resource for the sector, improve your skill set and professional development and enjoy some valuable networking opportunities'. Nicola Lawson.