Scottish Fundraising Conference Postponed

Scottish Fundraising Conference Postponed

19 June 2020

An update on the Scottish Fundraising Conference 2020.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) situation in the UK, the Institute of Fundraising Scotland's annual conference 2020 has been postponed. The event will now be held on September 28th and 29th 2021 at the Doubletree Hilton in Glasgow. 

Conference Chair, Pam Shaw, says

Whilst every effort had been made to go ahead with the event, it has become clear in recent weeks that restrictions caused by Covid-19 mean that hosting the conference this year would not be possible.

Above all, the health and safety of our sponsors/exhibitors, speakers and delegates is our number one concern, and while it was a difficult decision, we believe this is the right course of action.

Whilst we hope the situation with Covid-19 will have improved by September, there is no guarantee that the event would be permitted to go ahead due to the current government restrictions. Guidelines about when large gatherings or events are still unclear and we have to be realistic. Therefore, we have decided that the best course of action would be to postpone the conference until next year, when we hope the worst of the crisis will have subsided.

Shaw also revealed that the committee have reached an agreement with most of the sponsors and exhibitors that had already signed up to attend in 2020 to instead exhibit at the rearranged event next year.

We’ve been overwhelmed by the support our sponsors/exhibitors and speakers have offered and we will be delighted to welcome them to the rearranged edition of conference next year.
We remain fully committed to delivering a quality event that focuses on Scottish Fundraising.

A launch event for the conference is planned for March 2021. Details of this event will be available soon.

In the meantime, we welcome all fundraisers in Scotland to attend the IoF’s first ever virtual Convention, which will be held on 6th – 8th July 2020.

The Institute of Fundraising’s flagship event held in London has been moved to a virtual event, Fundraising Convention Online, which is accessible to all.

The event will host a programme of live interactive sessions from the sector’s brightest stars. This content will also be available after the event to access in your own time.

Michelle Cook, Head of IoF Scotland, said

Although we’re sad that the conference has been postponed, we’re relieved that fundraisers now have the option of joining us at Fundraising Convention Online.
In the meantime, IoF Scotland has been working hard to create learning and networking opportunities for its members to ensure there are opportunities to improve their professional development during this difficult time.

We are offering Scotland specific events online through the Academy and virtual networking led by our Special Interest Groups (SIGs). We would like to take this opportunity to thank the conference committee for their hard work and commitment to make this Scotland’s premier fundraising event. We’re looking forward to welcoming members to IoFScotConf2021.


Book tickets for Fundraising Convention Online here.

1500 free delegate places are now being offered for individuals from charities with an income under £1m. Applications close 26 Jun. Find out more and how to apply.