Fundraisers are invited to apply for the IoF’s Diversity Access Fund

Fundraisers are invited to apply for the IoF’s Diversity Access Fund

2 April 2019

The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) has opened applications for its Diversity Access Fund to support and enable a diverse range of fundraisers to attend Fundraising Convention 2019.

A big step to achieve our goal of an equal, diverse and inclusive profession is enabling those who would otherwise have been unable to participate and learn from our Fundraising Convention.

The Diversity Access Fund will award free passes to Fundraising Convention 2019, the largest event for the fundraising community in Europe. Convention brings together fundraisers from across the UK, engaging them in a range of sessions and activities. 

Individuals can apply for either a one-day or a full three-day pass to Fundraising Convention, with travel and accommodation costs included when needed.

The IoF is encouraging BAME (anyone who self-identifies as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background), LGBT+ (anyone who self-identifies under the LGBT+ umbrella) and disabled fundraisers to apply for a place at Fundraising Convention through the Diversity Access Fund by 13 May 2019.

Last year the IoF awarded bursaries to 23 people who would have otherwise been unable to attend and contribute to Fundraising Convention.  This year we want even more people from diverse backgrounds to attend Fundraising Convention and aim to award 50 bursaries covering travel, accommodation and attendance costs.

As one of the recipients of last year’s Access Fund put it: "Being able to attend Fundraising Convention was absolutely fantastic and something that I shall remain ever so grateful for. It has done wonders for the charity I work for and ultimately raised more money to support our beneficiaries."

Download the application form and guidance notes.

Applications must be sent to before 5.00 pm on 13 May 2019.

The fund is open to both members and non-members of the Institute of Fundraising.



The Institute of Fundraising Access Fund is an important initiative creating a more equal, more diverse and more inclusive profession and making Fundraising Convention more accessible to broader range of fundraisers.

The IoF Access Fund is open for donations of any size and will help the fundraising community become more diverse. Please click here to donate.

Today we have also opened applications for a separate bursary for arts, culture and heritage fundraisers in England. Click here to apply.

The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) is the professional membership body for UK fundraising. We support fundraisers through leadership and representation; best practice and compliance; education and networking; and we champion and promote fundraising as a career choice. We have over 6,000 individual members and over 600 organisational members who raise more than £10 billion for good causes every year.