11 Jul 2011

Fundraisers crucial role highlighted

Institute of Fundraising’s National ConventionThe Institute of Fundraising’s National Convention held in London at the beginning of July has underlined the important work carried out by fundraisers.

This year’s theme was ‘all about you’ encapsulating the important role fundraisers play within charities. Fundraisers don’t just do an important job raising money, they are often ambassadors for their causes helping to steer their organisations to success.

What’s more, it’s clear that fundraisers are also responsible for generating many of the new ideas associated with their charity’s activity.

The National Convention also gave people the opportunity to keep up to speed with the latest rules, regulations and fundraising techniques.

The event included more than 108 seminars with speakers including PR guru, Max Clifford, UN Special Advisor Steve Chalke MBE, and chief executive of Save the Children International, Jasmine Whitbread.

“As well as interactive training sessions, recognition for the very best fundraisers at our National Awards and opportunities to learn about the latest trends in the sector, National Convention is also quite simply a way for fundraisers to get together and compare notes,” said Diana Mackie, a spokesperson for the Institute of Fundraising.

“The supportive, friendly environment means professionals can share mistakes as well as achievements for everyone’s benefit, and ultimately help to motivate each other to continue the good work and keep the money rolling in to good causes across the UK,” she said.

Well done Rhyannon!

Congratulations go to National Convention attendee Rhyannon Burman-Day from the Children's Society who won an iPad 2 while at the event. Rhyannon's business card was picked out from a draw held on the MyDonate stand.

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