This year's International Fundraising Congress will not dwell on the sector's economic woes but instead will mark its 30th anniversary by celebrating fundraisers' achievements, according to its organisers.
The four-day conference in Amsterdam, which starts today, will be attended by nearly 1,000 fundraisers. Laura Boulton, events manager at the Resource Alliance, the charity that runs the conference, said it would take a "celebratory tone, looking at all the achievements of fundraising over the past 30 years".
Neelam Makhijani, the charity's chief executive, said more research would be presented at this year's event than ever before.
"I hope this will be something the conference will become known for in the future," she said. "It can help people to understand how they can apply the training they receive to fundraising activities when they return home."
One of the key sessions that has been created for this conference is the Leaders' Forum. Makhijani said a number of charities had requested that a session be created to discuss the role of fundraising in the organisation as a whole.
The Resource Alliance invited 12 directors of fundraising to take part in peer-to-peer discussions on how to make fundraising an integral part of an organisation, as well as considering the impact of new technology.
The conference will also host the first ever Resource Alliance Global Awards, which Makhijani hopes will "set benchmarks for fundraising best practice across the world". Charity winners of national awards from eight different countries have entered.
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