INSTITUTE OF FUNDRAISING: Convention seeks fresh perspectives

People are moving in ever- greater numbers from the private to the voluntary and public sectors, adding fresh ideas to a workforce which is immensely dedicated and whose workers do not feel they are "just doing a job".

However, there are many that would say that this new injection of expertise is not enough. For UK fundraisers, it is increasingly important to learn about what is happening internationally. This year's Convention will be host to high-profile speakers from the US and Canada, including Mal Warwick, Steve Thomas, Barbara Talisman and Michael Rosen.

These sessions will be marked with the "Wider World" symbol. This symbol highlights sessions which look outside the confines of our boxes, whether this be by geography or topic. As well as international perspectives, these sessions will offer cutting-edge analysis of new technology, explore ethical dilemmas, analyse the implications of economic change and bring delegates up to date with issues of continuing professional development and work-life balance.

So is passion for your cause enough? Delegates should come to these sessions ready to be challenged but also ready to join in the debate.

This column features one aspect of the Convention.

For further information, visit www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk.

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