Why Conferences are a Key Part of the Fundraising Landscape

Next week, along with more than 400 fellow speakers and delegates, I’ll be packing my bags and travelling to Glasgow to attend the Scottish Fundraising Conference and, for me, it is a wonderful opportunity to meet and engage with those who are as passionate about our sector and the work we do, as I am.

The Scottish Fundraising Conference has grown dramatically over recent years – the 2017 event was the biggest ever gathering of fundraisers in Scotland, and was also one of the largest fundraising conferences in the UK.  Not surprising really, given the  importance of the charity sector in Scotland and the generosity of donors there.

THINK is proud to be the Headline Sponsor for the fundraising awards, held alongside the conference, this year.  We are delighted to be able to acknowledge the fabulous achievements of all who have been shortlisted, and recognise the contribution they have made to excellent fundraising.

In Scotland, I’ll be delivering a workshop about starting community fundraising from scratch – an area that’s close to my heart, having worked with numerous charities of various shapes and sizes, who have effectively used this fundraising discipline to engage their supporters and advance their cause.

Conferences are a key part of the fundraising landscape in the UK and across the globe, offering a chance to share knowledge and experience, connect with old and new friends, celebrate all that is great about the profession we have chosen to be in and perhaps most importantly step out of our daily routine to find new inspiration and reflect on how we take a new approach to our day to day roles.  I always come back from a conference feeling inspired, motivated and galvanised.  It’s a vital injection of energy in a profession that is ever more demanding.

However, your conference experience will only ever be as good as you make it – so I will repeat some of my advice from a blog earlier this year: plan your day, keep an open mind, talk to other delegates and turn off your emails!

Hope to see you in Glasgow, the Netherlands or even Toronto over the coming weeks as the 2018 conference season reaches a climax.

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