Have there ever been more challenging times for fundraising? Markets crashing, the world at war, consumer confidence falling fast and massive changes proposed by the Government for the sector.
This year's Convention more than meets these challenges. The programme addresses the background and context for them, debates and outlines changes to the legal environment, profiles radical new benchmarking initiatives within the sector, gives you the chance to assemble the tools you need to build the fundraising strategy for the future.
We are all responding to these demands to raise ever greater sums through fundraising. We need to ensure that the Convention is accessible to as wide a range of fundraisers as possible. We are offering more bursaries this year than ever before. One hundred of them. Forty residential bursaries available to members of the Institute and 60 day bursaries open to all.
These bursaries provide substantial savings to delegates - up to half the cost of a residential place, while day bursaries give you free access to the Convention.
All you need to do is make your case. Download a form from the web site and show us why the Convention can't do without you.
This column features one aspect of the Convention.
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