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Researchers in Fundraising Conference 2016

Researchers in Fundraising

Monday, 21 November 2016 from 09:00 to 17:10 (GMT)

Researchers in Fundraising Conference 2016

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IoF Member 21 Nov 2016 £115.00 £0.00
Non-IoF Member 21 Nov 2016 £130.00 £0.00

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The RiF Annual Conference is the largest gathering of fundraising research and prospect development professionals in Europe. Entering its 23rd year, we are delighted to announce that this year's RiF Conference will take place on Monday 21st November 2016, at the prestigious Barbican Centre. We hope that you will be able to join us at what we believe will be our most inspiring conference to date.

The 2016 RiF Conference will feature a plenary session from Theresa Lloyd, one of the most respected figures in UK Philanthropy, as well as an expert-led panel discussion on ‘The Future of Prospect Research'.

There will be 3 x 1 hour workshop sessions for delegates to choose from.

Session 1: 11.00am – 12.00pm 

Please choose one of the following:

International Research Methods - Veronique Chereau, WWF International; Jo Carr, King’s College London; & Chris Carnie, Factary

Our expert panelists will explore case studies and methods for prospecting in Switzerland, the Middle East and Europe.

Moves Management - Morna Black, University of Glasgow

This session will take you on the journey from ad hoc moves management through to launching a successful office wide process; addressing the challenges of ensuring that research and data are central to the development process. 

Un-packing Companies – Oliver Taylor, University of Manchester

Recent Government legislation has brought about a host of changes to the way companies are required to file information - some good, some less so for prospect researchers! In this session we'll look at what these changes mean, and if the Government's commitment to greater transparency is really working out…

Data Protection - Victoria Cetinkaya, Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)

In recent months the ICO has been taking a closer look at how fundraising activities comply with the law. Add that to changes afoot in data protection law and fundraising regulation, and we have a recipe for confusion. We'll look at what you have to do to stay on the right side of the law.

Session 2: 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Please choose one of the following:

International Prospecting - Danielle Carroll, Tate

Danielle shares her hints and tips for discovering information on individuals based outside the UK and US when you have minimal details to go on, as well as the due dilligence issues you should consider.

Finding Hidden Major Donors through Modelling - William Jacobs, Analytical Ones

Being a non-profit with limited resource and time, doesn’t mean you can’t reach your fundraising peak.  What you need is a methodology to help you determine which donors to spend time and resources on in order to maximize your ROI. During this session, you will learn how US based non-profits use modeling to identify current donors that have a high propensity to become a mid or major donor.

Finance Sector Prospects – Tony Duggan, University of Cambridge

Why should we as prospect researchers pay particular attention to the finance sector in London? What is the difference between hedge-funders, private equity partners, fund managers and tech sector venture capitalists? What is the easiest way to spot them if you are working in a University fundraising department with access to an alumni database? This session is intended to help researchers narrow their search criteria and feel more comfortable in analysing what they find.

APRA Bursary Winner – Hannah Bishop, Art Fund

Join  Hannah Bishop (the winner of the 2016 RIF APRA bursary, along with a panel of APRA 2016 attendees  to hear what they learnt and experienced  at APRA’s 29th Annual Conference in Music City.

Session 3: 2.40pm – 3.40pm

Please choose one of the following:

How to get what you want and prove your impact – Jason Briggs, University of Sheffield

Ever struggled to get your research heard, prove your research worth or show why you need more resources? We may have a solution. This session will describe how to set up a Research Log to prove your impact and describe simple tactics to place research at the heart of senior decision making at your institution.

Ethical Reviews – Hannah Clarke, Imperial College London

Over the past few years, ethical reviews have become a significant part of the solicitation cycle. This workshop will give an insight into methods and practices of ethical reviews and the roles researchers can and should have in the process. It will cover who has responsibility, what triggers the process and how to carry out the essential research without disappearing down a rabbit hole.

Freelancing and consultancy - is it for me? – Matt Ide, Giving Insight

For many prospect researchers, the idea of becoming a consultant is very appealing. Yet, the difference between idea and reality can be remarkably different if you don't know what you're doing, or more importantly, why you're doing it. This session will seek to uncover the realities of becoming a consultant.

Data Protection - Victoria Cetinkaya, ICO (repeat session)



Book early to avoid disappointment!

The RiF Conference attracts a growing number of delegates each year. In 2015 the conference was attended by over 200 individuals from over 100 different organisations. Limited space is available at some workshop sessions, so register now to secure your space.

Ticket Prices

The ticket price includes entry to the conference, plus lunch and refreshments. The ticket prices shown are for individuals working in the charity and not-for-profit sector. If you represent a company please contact Leanne White, RiF Treasurer, at or RiF Co-Chair to  to purchase a ticket.

To keep administration costs to a minimum, RiF requests that attendees pay by card. The payment card does not need to be registered to the individual attending the conference; organisational purchasing and procurement cards are also accepted. If you are unable to pay by card, please request an invoice from Leanne White.




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The Barbican Centre
Silk Street
EC2Y 8DS London
United Kingdom

Monday, 21 November 2016 from 09:00 to 17:10 (GMT)

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Researchers in Fundraising

Researchers in Fundraising (RiF) is a special interest group of the Institute of Fundraising and the official representative body for professional prospect researchers in the UK. From its beginnings as an informal networking group, RiF has grown to become the leading forum for the exchange of ideas and best practice amongst prospect researches in fundraising and development departments throughout the UK.

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