Come to Fundraising Camp and spend a day learning, talking about and maybe even solving the issues and challenges you face in your fundraising. Learn from other fundraisers in your area, find out how they've dealt with similar problems, and share your experience.
Make some useful contacts and maybe even enjoy a very practical day of sharing fundraising advice.
Think of it as those often valuable networking chat sessions you have at normal conferences but for a whole day.
No tents involved
Fundraising Camp is a one-day 'unconference'-style event for fundraisers, the first series of its kind for fundraisers in the UK. We've run 13 since the first one in Oxford in 2013.
An unconference is an unstructured conference: there are no set speakers and no set topics. As a participant you are invited to suggest a topic at the beginning of the day. It could be something you know about, it could be a problem or a question you have and you want help on.
Be prepared to speak on a topic - not with a Powerpoint or anything like that (but let us know if you want to). When we all agree the topic sessions at the beginning of the day, chances are there will be others who can join you in the session.
Fundraising Camp is informal and relentlessly practical. No-one is coming to judge the quality of how you present. Everyone will be there wanting to improve their fundraising.
What does a Fundraising Camp feel like?
The day will be planned out between us in the first half-hour. After that, there will be two, three or four short sessions (30 - 45 mins) at any one time running throughout the day.
Go to the ones that interest you most. If it's not quite right for you, you're allowed to leave and go to another session. (Try doing that at a regular formal conference!).
We encourage participants in each session to take notes of what gets shared and learned, and then for these to be shared online - as a blog post, a video, a photo, or send it to us at UK Fundraising if you prefer.
Rules of Fundraising Camp
If there are any rules, then these probably cover it:
- do join in rather than expect to hide at the back of a conference hall
- share what you know at the event
- afterwards, share what you learn from the event online e.g. via a blog post
- be nice to others, enjoy a different kind of event
- no commercial selling - only paying sponsors get to run a session about what they offer (and you don't even have to go to those sessions if you don't feel they are relevant)
To each Fundraising Camp we'll invite half a dozen or so local fundraising, business, philanthropy or grantmaking experts to help ensure we've got even more practical fundraising knowledge and experience available at the event.
More Fundraising Camps
This is the 17th Fundraising Camp. We plan to run five or six a year all around the UK, including in towns that don't often get a fundraising training course or conference. Can you donate a venue for one in your town in return for free places and publicity? Let us know.
Why 'Fundraising Camp'?
We were inspired to run an event like this for fundraisers by events such as Barcamp Nonprofits and MuseumCamp. These focus on the ideas, skills and experience that conference delegates themselves have, but which seldom get shared while they all listen to the speakers.
So, we called this new kind of event Fundraising Camp.
Thank you to Fundraising Camp's sponsors
Sponsors help to keep our costs down which means we can offer more lower price tickets.
Blackbaud is the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good. We provide software, services, expertise and data intelligence that empowers and connects people to advance the non-profit movement.
Forged 5 years ago in a small garage with a tiny budget and a grand plan, GalaBid now services thousands of fundraising events and millions of attendees all over the world, becoming the worlds most popular silent auction platform.
GalaBid is CrowdComms’ fundraising software, developed in-house, which facilitates bidding, donations, purchases, payment for and management of all fundraising activities before and during live fundraising events.
The Galabid team has a wealth of fundraising experience having serviced thousands of events collectively. We are unique in the fact that our staff not only understand events but also the software that is supporting them, meaning you are always in the safest of hands.
The Institute of Fundraising is the largest individual representative body in the voluntary sector with over 6,000 Individual members and 525 Organisational members. The IoF aims to support these members and the wider fundraising community by:
Creating a better environment for fundraisers to raise money, through policy and support
Increasing understanding of fundraising, by being a knowledge centre for fundraiser
Enabling fundraisers to be the best they can be, by providing resources, skills development and qualifications
SAXOPRINT is one of the largest printing companies in Europe. With online stores in the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain and Italy, the online printing service processes over 4,000 orders per day. The company is constantly growing and has at the moment over 550 dedicated employees.
Do you also want to sponsor this or a future Fundraising Camp? Contact Trevor Dorrell.
— Paul Minett (@HomesNot) May 1, 2014
Terms and conditions
By booking a place, you accept the following terms and conditions.
Videos and photographs of participants will be taken at the event and then published and you give Fundraising UK Ltd permission so to do.
Fundraising UK Ltd reserves the right to amend the details of the event as set out above.
You can cancel your registration and receive a 100% refund up to one calendar month before the event. No refunds will be made for cancellations after this time.
You can login and change the details of the delegate until the day before the event.
Should the event be cancelled, Fundraising UK Ltd limits its responsibility to refund only the value of the ticket price paid, not any expenses you might have incurred e.g. travel or accommodation.