INSTITUTE OF FUNDRAISING: Countdown to Convention

Deciding how best to develop your team and getting best value out of training and development time is a difficult task in the current climate.

This week Gill Astarita, director of development at Action for Blind People, looks at why the Convention is important to the organisation, which regularly incorporates this event into its staff development strategy.

"The Institute of Fundraising Convention is an important part of our fundraising team's training and development," says Astarita.

"We also use it as a team-building event and to network with fundraisers in other charities. We think that the Convention offers fundraisers a chance to broaden their knowledge, learn about new techniques, what other charities are doing and what works. It also gives them the chance to let their collective hair down.

"The plenary sessions and debates are often thought-provoking. The awards are a good way of celebrating the often unsung success of the fundraising community in helping to change people's lives for the better. We remain committed to ensuring our fundraising team receives the opportunity to benefit from everything that the Convention has to offer."

This column features one aspect of the Convention.

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