Third Sector’s Fundraising Conference to be run free online

The virtual conference will take place on 20 and 21 May

Fundraising Conference 2018
Fundraising Conference 2018

Third Sector’s annual Fundraising Conference will be held virtually this year and will be free for delegates from charities to attend.

The conference was due to take place at the ILEC conference centre in London on 20 and 21 May, but the live event has been cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The conference will instead take place online on the same dates, with the places made available for free to delegates who work for registered charities. Staff members who are furloughed from their roles can also attend without charge.

This year’s conference will have the theme of “Fundraising in the Coronavirus Pandemic and Beyond” and will feature debates and presentations from sector experts and speakers from both large and small charities.

More than 20 sessions will take place across the two days, with confirmed speakers including Rhodri Davies, head of policy at the Charities Aid Foundation, Gabby Edlin, founder and chief executive of the period poverty charity Bloody Good Period, and Shabby Amini, executive director of fundraising and creative at Comic Relief.

More than 50 speakers have signed up to take part so far, with additional pandemic-related sessions to be added to the agenda in the coming days.

To sign up for a place, please register your details at https://www.fundraisingweek.co.uk/. Please be advised that we might need to limit the number of spaces depending on the demand.

Those who had paid to attend the live event will be given a full refund.

Andy Hillier, business director of Third Sector, said: “The world as we know it might have been turned upside down by the pandemic, but it’s vital that charities continue to find ways to fund their vital work.”

“This year’s Fundraising Conference will bring together fundraising leaders and experts from across the spectrum of charities to discuss the best ways for organisations to continue to fundraise in this extraordinary period and prepare for the time when life will return to something resembling normality.

“We look forward to you joining us next month.”

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