This annual event acts as a reminder to all fundraisers in Northern Ireland and our guests of the Institute’s mission, to support fundraisers, through leadership, representation, standards-setting and education, while championing and promoting fundraising as a career choice.
As chair of IoF Northern Ireland, I’m committed to ensuring this mission is maintained across all of our activities and this year’s Convention is no exception.
It’s a perfect opportunity for members, and those keen to become members, to learn from industry thought leaders and be inspired with new fundraising ideas and techniques, while catching up with old friends and networking with new ones. And as 2013 also marks the IoF's thirtieth year we won’t be short of celebrations, starting with a ‘Staying Alive’ theme as we look at some of the best campaigns the past 30 years of fundraising has delivered.
We’ll also be taking this chance to look forward to another fantastic 30 still to come, and Convention attendees will be spoilt for choice with more than 16 sessions hosted by experienced fundraisers, who will share their enthusiasim for and opinions on some of the very latest in fundraising excellence.
The Convention is aimed at community and voluntary groups and fundraisers to inspire them with new fundraising ideas and techniques and to support training for the third sector. You’ll be able to mingle with other fundraisers from Northern Ireland to discuss and decide just what is and what isn’t working in the current economic climate.
I’m delighted with the buzz building around this year’s Convention, and I’m looking forward to welcoming the crowds of fundraisers, and anyone involved with fundraising, through the doors.
Marcus Cooper is chair of IoF Northern Ireland
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