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Institute of Fundraising South West Region 2017 Spring Conference - Sponsored by Harlequin

Institute of Fundraising South West Region

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 from 09:30 to 16:00 (BST)

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Individual Delegate (IoF Member) 1d 7h 4m £45.00 £3.38
Individual Delegate (Non IoF Member) 1d 7h 4m £65.00 £4.62
Individual Delegate (organisational and corporate members) 1d 7h 4m £50.00 £3.69
Individual Delegate - Committee 7h 4m Free £0.00
Individual Delegate (additional buy 4 get 1 free place) 1d 7h 4m Free £0.00
Individual Delegate - Speaker 1d 7h 4m Free £0.00

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Institute of Fundraising South West Region Spring Conference

Wednesday 26th April 2017  9.30 - 4.00

Bath Racecourse, Landsdown, Bath BA1 9BU 

Please note that sessions may be subject to change. In the unlikely event that this happens we will do our very best to ensure that they are replaced with a session similar in content.

9.30        Registration and refreshments 


9.55       Welcome and Introduction

Paul Courtney, Chair, Institute of Fundraising South West Region


10.00     Opening Plenary – How to innovate with confidence - Lucy Gower, Founder and Director, Lucidity



Innovation seems to mean something different depending on who you ask, so it’s no wonder so many organisations struggle with how to innovate with confidence. For charities are under pressure to raise more money to meet the growing demand for services amidst growing regulation and restrictions on data use, innovation is a survival strategy. It is not just the realm of green bean bags and whacky ideas, it is about solving strategic problems, spotting opportunities and making good ideas happen to maximize your income and impact.


Attend this plenary to learn proven innovation tactics from successful companies, entrepreneurs and charities. You will leave with a set of tools to build your innovation skills, including how to develop your personal creativity, build your resilience and manage expectations - because the simple fact is that not all of your ideas will be successful.


This session is for all fundraisers who wants to be more strategic, more creative and raise more money.








11.40 – 12.40 Choose from one of the following three sessions

SupX 2017 – Amanda Stratford, CEO, Healthwatch Cornwall

2017 is set to be pivotal in defining the future relationship between charities and their supporters and as fundraisers you know how hard it is to win hearts and minds. Do you know what it really feels like to be a supporter of your charity? This session explores 5 issues which are current supporter experience talking points and you really need feedback on!




Resilient, robust and ready; holding onto your sanity in an increasingly crazy world – Sarah Pryce, The Critical Friend


Arguably there has never been a more challenging time to work in the third sector.  Fundraisers must stay on top of their game in an environment of tough competition and changing legislation whilst under the glare of the media spotlight and in a world that is wary. Delivering more for less, multi-tasking and operating in a cycle of constant change have become our 'new normal'.  If we are to survive - and indeed thrive - then resilience is key.  This interactive session uses a mixture of case studies, research and personal reflection to bring the topic of resilience to life.  Expect some fun and some essential tips to take away.



Using public affairs and policy messages to make your organisation fundable - Kevin Kibble, Chief Executive,

the Nurture Group Network

Using the Nurture Group Network as a case study, this session looks at how to construct messages from public affairs and policy work to incorporate in fundraising messages that resonate. How integrating messages about evidence and impact give added credibility to your asks.



12.40    LUNCH



13.40 – 14.40    Choose from one of the following three sessions


Flower Power – Same seeds, different gardeners, both achieving growth. Hayley Dann, Fresh Fundraising and Charlie Homer, St Richard’s Hospice

Come and hear how St Luke’s Hospice, Plymouth and St Richard’s Hospice both successfully used flower-products to grow in-memoriam income.




How smaller charities can develop great relationships with charitable trusts – Isobel Michael, NSP Philanthropy

Trusts and foundations are inundated with applications as more charities seek philanthropic support to meet growing needs. Many are tightening their grant making criteria and closing the door to unsolicited applications. It is therefore more important than ever to build relationships. This session will give you ideas on how to cultivate and build relationships, connecting supporters and prospects to your work and helping them to understand the impact of their grants. Smaller charities have great opportunities to build personal relationships and make trusts and foundations feel part of your organisation - each participant will come away with new approaches bespoke to your cause



Forget your nerves and give brilliant presentations – Louise Shepherd, Director, Louise Shepherd Associates

This session discusses what matters to your audiences when they are listening to you and will show you how to create memorable presentations that increase the audience’s motivation to support your organisation. By the end of the session you will be able to create 'Wow openings' to grab your listener’s attention, know the ingredients for successful storytelling and be able to present statistics in a meaningful way.






15.00 – 16.00     Choose from one of the following three sessions:

Economics and demographics of the South West an expert overview from the Office of National Statistics - Sebnem Oguz , Economic Adviser; Head of Devolution Statistics, ONS 

The presentation will include an overview and comparison (with national data) of  key economic, socio-economic and demographic trends for the South West region based on the latest official data such as household incomes, industrial structure, productivity and internal migration. Wherever possible, similar information for each of the local authorities within the South West  region will be covered. 




Succeeding with Challenge Events

How can small and medium sized charities harness the power of challenge fundraising events? Come and find out more with event providers and charities that have achieved just that with great results!




Insight into charitable trust funding decisions – Isobel Michael, NSP Philanthropy

Sharpen your trust fundraising skills by gaining an insight into how difficult it is to make decisions about funding applications. This is a practical session where, as a small group, you will assess applications and allocate grants from a tight funding budget. We will review and debate decisions, which will be enlightening and surprising at times. This will help you to understand how best to write and present trust applications, and give you a personal insight into the process of making decisions between applications






This conference was made possible thanks to the generous support of our headline sponsor Harlequin Software.


Further support was gratefully received from Shine Charity Recruitment 

Do you have questions about Institute of Fundraising South West Region 2017 Spring Conference - Sponsored by Harlequin? Contact Institute of Fundraising South West Region

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Bath Racecourse and Conference Centre

BA1 9BU Lansdown
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 from 09:30 to 16:00 (BST)

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Institute of Fundraising South West Region

The Institute of Fundraisng is the professional membership body for UK fundraisers. Nationally the IoF is focussed on developing, supporting and representing fundraisers.

As a member-led body much of our strength relies on the insight, understanding and practical experience of our members.

The IoF South West Region aims to support and empower fundraisers in the region and our Spring Conference is an opportunity to network with other fundraisers and hear presentations from expert practitioners. 

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