Read below for the latest news and blogs on convention

29 March 2024

What I'm looking forward to at this year’s Convention

by Jade Secker, Convention Board member

With Convention’s theme for 2024 being Learning and Thriving Together, I am looking forward to being a part of a space where fundraisers can openly acknowledge the challenges that a job in the charity world can bring, but also recognises and truly celebrates the opportunities, successes, and togetherness of our wonderful sector.

26 March 2024

Empowering Fundraisers to Thrive: Fundraising Convention's Focus on Wellbeing and Inclusion

Read about how this year's Fundraising Convention's will focus on wellbeing and inclusion for both in-person and virtual delegates.

18 March 2024

Tips for first-time delegates at Fundraising Convention

by Martyn Colebrook, Convention Board member

Convention Board member, Martyn Colebrook, shares some tips for delegates attending Fundraising Convention for the first time to help you get the most out of the event.

11 March 2024

Why Fundraising Convention is important to me

by Donna Young, Convention Board member

In this blog Donna Young, Director of Fundraising at The Air Ambulance Service and Convention Board member, discusses how she found her community through Convention and how it can help others to Learn and Thrive together.

04 March 2024

Why attend Fundraising Convention 2024?

by Lindsay Tilston Jones, Convention Board member

In this blog Lindsay Tilston Jones, Head of Community Fundraising at Shelter and Convention Board member, discusses the benefits of attending Convention, and the opportunity to Learn and Thrive.

01 March 2023

Fundraising Convention: The Power of Connections

by Paul Laird

Fundraising Convention is undoubtedly a highlight for many across the fundraising community, as well as being a special event for us at the Chartered Institute of Fundraising. Now in its 33rd year we're again proud to facilitate an event which brings our members and fundraisers from across the UK, as well as around the world, together to participate in a positive, energising, and creative professional learning environment.

06 December 2022

Fundraising Convention - The experience of being a speaker

by Lorraine Lewis

In this blog, Lorraine Lewis, CEO and Co-Founder of the Lewis Foundation talks about her experience of being a speaker at the Fundraising Convention, and how this has benefited her charity and the doors it has opened for her.

06 December 2022

I miss being part of a team

by Michael Mogan MBE

In this blog, Michael Mogan MBE, discusses how with fundraising sometimes being a lonely place, being a speaker at the Chartered Institute's Fundraising Convention allowed him to network and learn from fellow fundraisers who understand.

06 July 2022

Reflections from Convention: taking fundraising forward together

by Katie Docherty

I feel so privileged and proud to have been able to join over 1,600 people across the fundraising community at the Barbican this week.  

06 July 2022

From pilots to the Poles: inspiration and insight at #CIOFFC 2022

Inspirational plenary speakers discussing everything from mental health to defying expectations proved a big hit at Fundraising Convention 2022.

02 July 2022

Analysis and Asperger’s, data and disability: two pleas for the fundraising profession

by Martyn Colebrook

With Fundraising Convention just around the corner, read Martyn Colebrook, Prospect Research Manager, Cancer Research UK and a member of Fundraising Convention board, on the discussions he is looking forward to at next week's #CIOFFC.

16 June 2022

‘The power of integration’ with James Barker, Head of Marketing and Planning at NSPCC

by James Barker

As Fundraising Convention approaches James Barker, Head of Marketing at NSPCC and Fundraising Convention board member, shares why marketing and fundraising teams need to work together and discusses his hot topics for Fundraising Convention 2022.  

12 April 2022

Fundraising Convention 2022

by Paul Laird

Paul Laird, Director of Learning and Volunteering, discusses what this year's Fundraising Convention will look like, why we are putting people first and how we are reducing barriers to access our event. 

21 September 2021

‘As fundraisers we are resilient and innovative’

Rebecca Mansell, Trusts and Foundations Manager at Sense International, talks about the resilience and innovation of fundraisers, and says that fundraisers need to reflect the communities they serve. Ahead of Fundraising Convention Online she talks about the importance of both accessibility and showcasing diversity with visibility.

28 June 2021

‘It felt incredibly refreshing to share experiences with colleagues from the wider sector’

by Natalie Chan

Last year Natalie Chan attended Fundraising Convention Online with a RAISE bursary. In this Q&A she explains why it was so beneficial to share experiences and challenges with other fundraisers at Fundraising Convention.

16 June 2021

'The bursary made me feel as if Fundraising Convention was dedicated to creating equity’

by Manpreet Dhadda

Last year Manpreet Dhadda attended Fundraising Convention Online with a RAISE bursary. In this Q&A she explains what she got out of Fundraising Convention and why she’d recommend others working at arts organisations apply for a bursary.

08 July 2020

Sir Lenny Henry: 'A big shout out to everybody in the fundraising sector because you rock'

by Institute of Fundraising

Speaking live from home to 1,500 fundraisers at this year’s Fundraising Convention Online, Sir Lenny Henry provided inspiration, motivation, and laughter in equal measures during his opening plenary.

16 June 2020

Why my team is joining me at Fundraising Convention Online

by Catherine Cottrell

Catherine Cottrell, Director of Income Generation at Cats Protection, explains why this year, more than any, she does not want her team of fundraisers missing out on Fundraising Convention, and why in these unprecedented times we must utilise the opportunity to develop and strengthen our skills.

24 May 2019

Why I am making sure to attend Fundraising Convention alongside my team

by Liz Tait

Liz Tait, Director of Fundraising at Teenage Cancer Trust, says that fundraisers are key to her charity’s future success and that their development is crucial, and says that is one of many reasons that she will be attending Fundraising Convention alongside her team.

23 April 2019

Fundraising Convention: Why I budget for my team to attend

by Esther Wakeman

Esther Wakeman, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at Ashgate Hospicecare and Blythe House Hospice, explains why she makes sure to budget for her team to attend Fundraising Convention so they can develop their skills and become better fundraisers.