Sole Fundraisers Conference On-demand

04 November - 03 December 2021
09:15AM to 03:15PM

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2021 saw the first ever Sole Fundraisers Conference.

Sole fundraisers have to wear many hats in their organisation, to ensure they have a diverse income stream and maintain strong relationships with all donors.

With this in mind, we curated a conference that touched on various aspects of fundraising and gave attendees the opportunities to ask their burning questions of our panellists.

This resulted in some engaging discussions and if you missed the live event, you can still purchase an on-demand ticket to view all content and resources.


09.20-10:10 Developing a Fundraising Strategy

Being tasked with writing a strategy for fundraising can be really daunting. Where should I start? How long should it be? What tools can I use? As a sole fundraiser, there can be little support inside an organisation to set you on the right track.

Join Beth Nicholson for the first session of this exciting day of events tailored for sole fundraisers to see how she built an initial strategy four years ago that has evolved and is still delivering five years on.

10:10-10:30 Break
10:30-11:20 Digital & Virtual Fundraising Inspiration for the Sole Fundraiser

In this session, you will hear takeaway top-tips for sole fundraisers and small charities to help you in your digital fundraising. Since 2019, Carers Network has raised nearly £22,000 through Global Giving through online promotion, targeted campaigns and a little good luck, Annwen Bates will share her experiences of digital and virtual fundraising at the Carers Network.

We also hear from Paula Senior of Burton YMCA on how they managed to take their in person fundraising, digital, to reach a wider audience and hit higher fundraising targets.

11.20-11.40 Break
11.40-12.30 Corporate Fundraising Success for Small Charities & Sole Fundraisers

Find out how sole fundraisers and small charities can have success with large corporates, and how being small can actually be an asset. In this session Nikki Bowbidge will talk about the success The Tom Bowdidge Foundation achieved with Sainsbury’s and SCOR and Insurance Company and how both parties got so much more than they expected out of the partnerships.

We'll also hear from Sue Thorn on how to secure a corporate partnership and how to manage this relationship.

12.30-13.15 Lunch
13.15-14.05 Attracting New Donors on a Small Budget

Join Rosie Milson and John Parman as they take you through some activities and frameworks they have used to hook in potential new supporters, and the steps you can take to convert them to new donors.

Whether you’re starting from scratch or growing an existing base of givers, we hope you’ll come away with some ideas and inspiration for your organisation.

14:05-14.25 Break
14.25-15.15 Choosing the Right CRM for your charity

Finding the right CRM system that works for your organisation is key to ensuring you give all your donors the best experience. In this session our expert panel will outline the key things to consider and what is best for your budget and fundraising.

On-demand programme

Engaging corporate support – What is available to you beyond simple grants and financial offerings

Joe Green is an experienced fundraising consultant specialising in helping charities of all sizes utilise the tools at their disposal to access corporate partnerships through different means.

Trust fundraising, sharing experiences

The Trusts and Statutory Special Interest Group discuss what they have learnt during the pandemic and what they are hearing now from funders and the wider sector.

Pick up hints and tips from this group of experienced fundraisers all sharing their experiences in the new world. 

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