INSTITUTE OF FUNDRAISING: Countdown to Convention

Consisting of 22 practitioners and specialists from the fundraising world, the Institute Convention Board for 2003 has been working tirelessly since September last year to co-ordinate sessions for the National Convention.

Responsible for sessions relating to community fundraising and working with volunteers, Bridget Cluley, consultant, and Louise Jagger, head of fundraising at Scope, have focused on current trends and best practice in community fundraising, whether it be management of staff, creating strategies to develop community support or working to optimise volunteers' efforts.

"These sessions explore how community fundraising networks can lead to high-level donors and key volunteers being developed to work across all aspects of fundraising," says Cluley.

"Sessions led by senior managers within the community fundraising world will include case histories both good and bad. Many will have volunteers co-presenting with the staff with whom they work. We want to demonstrate good partnerships with volunteers and to hear from volunteers themselves," she says.

This column features one aspect of the Convention.

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

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