Institute of Fundraising: Make room in your diaries for National Convention

Now that next year's calendars are on your desks, here's a key date for the diary. The 2005 National Convention for Fundraisers is to take place from 11-13 July in London. The Convention is moving from its traditional Birmingham home to London in a concerted effort to make the convention more accessible.

Traditionally, the Convention has been a largely residential event lasting two and a half days. In 2005, it will be three full, non-residential days.

Delegates can choose to attend for one, two or all three days. However, for those who wish to stay the night, reduced price accommodation is available (at the Hilton London Metropole at £124 per night).

This new structure, combined with the move to a non-residential rate, has enabled the Institute to substantially reduce delegate fees. A one-day pass will cost less than £200 (down from £300 in 2004) and three-day passes are down from almost £600 to just over £450.

With content created by fundraisers for fundraisers, the Convention is a unique training opportunity. The Convention Board is overseeing the development of 170 streamed sessions. Few sessions will be repeated, ensuring that each day offers fresh opportunities to explore the most prevalent issues and initiatives.

The Convention has been enhanced to include new 'Focus On' sessions, which will offer an in-depth analysis of key issues and a unique conference stream. The Giving Debate, a legacy from The Giving Campaign, will also be incorporated. Panellists will debate whether Victorians were more successful philanthropists than modern-day fundraisers. The introduction of a motivational plenary session will inspire the audience to take fundraising efforts to a new level.

The Institute is committed not only to increasing networking opportunities but to improving the quality of the experience. The social programme has been re-energised with new events such as a jazz club, alongside the existing Awards Dinner and drinks receptions, while the party will be open to all fundraisers, not just delegates.

The Convention offers an exceptional opportunity to learn about the latest initiatives and from best practice. The programme and booking details will be published in March.

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