Third Sector unveils activities planned for Fundraising Week 2017

Events including a panel discussion, a conference and the Business Charity Awards will take place between 22 and 26 May next year

Third Sector will hold a series of interactive events aimed at educating and celebrating the role of fundraisers as part of Fundraising Week 2017, which takes place between 22 and 26 May.

The week starts with Big Questions Live, a panel discussion taking place on Monday 22 May at the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce in London.

Questions to be debated include whether the charity sector has responded adequately to last year’s fundraising crisis and if regulatory reforms have affected the ability of charities to raise funds. The event will be streamed live on the Third Sector website and subscribers can apply for free tickets to attend.

On Tuesday 23 May and Wednesday 24 May, Third Sector will hold its Annual Fundraising Conference at the Royal College of Physicians. More than 40 sessions will take place across the two days, covering a wide range of themes including major donors, digital giving, trusts and foundations, corporate partnerships and thinking creatively.

Confirmed speakers include Lindsey Crompton, head of UK community at Tesco, and Sarah Jane O’Neill, head of major gifts at Stonewall.

The conference is aimed at mid and senior-level fundraisers and will include a combination of plenary sessions, case studies and fun workshops.

Discounted early-bird tickets are now available to purchase from the website.

The week includes a drinks reception on the evening of 22 May for the recipients of the inaugural Fundraising: The New Generation awards, which identify up-and-coming, talented professional fundraisers and managers, and an invitation-only Leaders in Fundraising dinner on the evening of 24 May for senior figures working in the sector.

Other activities include the annual Business Charity Awards, which will recognise the contribution UK businesses make to the charity sector at a black-tie awards ceremony at the London Hilton Bankside on Thursday 25 May.

For full details about the week and how to book places, please visit

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