Fundraising Live 2019

7 February 2019 London

We are delighted to announce that Fundraising Live will return in 2019.

Fundraising Live, the event specifically designed to give fundraisers a voice on the things that really matter, will return to the ILEC Conference Centre on 7 February 2019.

Join us to celebrate Plan International’s ten-year anniversary with corporate partner Credit Suisse, learn how East Anglian Air Ambulance took their fundraising team to the next level, and access a step-by-step guide from British Heart Foundation explaining how to revolutionise your supporter engagement on a £30 budget. At Fundraising Live you will have ample opportunity to network with your peers during the speed networking session, interactive breakouts and with a complimentary drinks reception at the end of the day.

In order to improve your delegate experience and guide you to the discussions most relevant to your work, each charity speaker is marked according to income size as follows, please download the PDF programme to view the key.

Download the brochure and booking form



07 February 2019

  • 8.30AM - 9.15AM
    Registration, refreshments and networking
    Registration, refreshments and networking
  • 9.15AM - 9.20AM
    Chairperson’s welcome
    Stephen Cotterill, editor, Fundraising Magazine
  • 9.20AM - 10.00AM
    Is "fundraising" dead?
    Plenary presentation
    • Looking to the future of supporter engagement and donor relations
    • Exploring the way British Red Cross is putting people, not money, at the centre of its strategy
    • Examining the language we use and how it impacts the way we engage with supporters and raise money
    Paul Amadi, chief supporter officer, British Red Cross 


  • 10.00AM - 10.50AM
    Speed networking
    A unique opportunity to break the ice, meet new people and make more of those valuable connections early in the day!Take just 3 minutes to introduce yourself and exchange contact info.
  • 10.50AM - 11.20AM
    Networking and refreshment break
    Networking and refreshment break
  • 11.20AM - 12.10PM
    1A. Improve employee retention and build a dynamic team of great fundraisers
    Panel discussion
    • Understanding what drives great fundraisers to move job and what motivates them to stay
    • Keeping fundraisers engaged with the work of the charity
    • Supporting fundraisers to innovate, develop new skills, build confidence and problem solve
    Karen Bolton, head of community and events fundraising, marketing
    and innovation, Mind and Ikhlaq Hussain, head of major gifts, Orphans in Need
  • 11.20AM - 12.10PM
    1B. A trust’s perspective: Building the perfect grant application
    • An overview of what trusts and foundations look for in applications from proposed grantees
    • Bringing the experience of the strategic consultation undertaken by the City Bridge Trust to inform its five-year review of its ways of working
    • Discussing examples of best practice in relationships between funders and grantees and suggestions as to how to create a transparent and efficient approach to grantmaking
    Alison Gowman (Alderman), chair, City Bridge Trust
  • 11.20AM - 12.10PM
    1C. CHOOSE LOVE: How a 3-year-old charity has made giving a lifestyle and instigated a new movement in humanitarian aid
    Case study presentation
    • Keeping fundamental values at the core of fundraising
    • Gauging the motive and capturing the attention of young supporters
    • Building a ubiquitous brand through merchandise and influencers
    • How Help Refugees uses first and third party events in order to promote and fundraise for its cause
    Philli Boyle, head of events and community fundraising, Help Refugees
  • 12.10PM - 12.50PM
    2A. Story of success: Action for Children BAME mentoring
    Fireside chat
    • What lessons can fundraisers learn from corporate mentors?
    • Why is it important to have development schemes specifically for people of colour?
    • What can schemes such as this do for the general wellbeing of fundraising teams?
    Siobhan Corria, head of inclusion, Action for Children, Jaipreet Kaur, philanthropy manager, All We Can SMALL and Justina Omotayo, business development manager, Slaughter & May
  • 12.10PM - 12.50PM
    2B. The role of your personal brand in fundraising
    • Establishing your individual fundraising identity
    • Building a personal network through social media
    • Maintaining the integrity of your organisation while using your stamp of originality
    • Turning your fundraising persona into income for your charity
    • Encouraging your supporters in the development of their own fundraising brand
    Amy Petterson, Head of Community Fundraising, Royal Air Forces Association. 


  • 12.10PM - 12.50PM
    2C. Transforming charitable funding and fundraising through digital
    • Highlighting the potential of digital technology to connect grants, donations and fundraising activities
    • Assessing the influence of the fourth industrial revolution on fundraising
    • Forecasting how digital integration is driving fundraising change
    • Innovating to create a joined-up society, that consolidates the work of local and national charities, policy makers, volunteering networks, businesses and money to solve sector challenges
    Ed Gairdner, chief operating officer, The Good Exchange
  • 12.50PM - 1.50PM
    Lunch and networking break
  • 1.50PM - 2.35PM
    Innovation to accelerate growth and supporting the new fundraiser
    Plenary presentation

    Sandra Luther, head of growth accounts, consumer solutions, JustGiving Blackbaud
  • 2.35PM - 3.10PM
    3A. Using strong leadership to take fundraising teams to the next level
    Case study presentation
    • Learning how to build and shape new teams - moving from a flat to a dynamic structure
    • Implementing the three Es in team development Emotional intelligence Employee wellness Effective team working
    • Convincing trustees of the long-term benefit of employee investment
    Sarah Atkins, head of HR and Joanna Dew, director of fundraising, East Anglian Air Ambulance
  • 2.35PM - 3.10PM
    3B. Plan International & Credit Suisse celebrate 10 years of partnership

    Case study presentation

    • Key efficiencies to long term partnering 
    • How a partnership prevents complacency 
    • Managing account manager turnover 
    • Securing internal support for long term partnerships with NGOs 

    Sam Davies, head of major partnerships, Plan International and Eva Halper, director, corporate citizenship, Credit Suisse

  • 2.35PM - 3.10PM
    3C. Turning stories into pounds and projects
    • Why WWF has invested in storytelling to boost the bottom line
    • How to tell stories that make people want to give
    • How to make supporters feel connected to the work on the ground in the digital world
    Kerry Blackstock, director of relationship marketing, WWF-UK and 
    Nicole Itano, director of media and content, WWF-UK
  • 3.10PM - 3.40PM
    Networking and refreshment break
    Networking and refreshment break
  • 3.40PM - 4.25PM
    4A. Fundraising standards and accessibility
    • Highlighting the motivation and benefits of improving accessibility to The Code of Fundraising Practice
    • Reviewing changes made to The Code of Fundraising Practice
    • Assessing the importance of setting strong fundraising standards
    Gerald Oppenheim, chief executive, Fundraising Regulator
  • 3.40PM - 4.25PM
    4B. Don’t reinvent the wheel, just realign it
    Case study presentation
    • Examining how Meningitis Now turned around the income of a declining community event
    • Operating on a budget
    • Reinventing an established event
    • Getting back to core values
    Tracey Lee, community fundraising & events manager, Meningitis Now
  • 3.40PM - 4.25PM
    4C. Why it’s important to put lived experience at the heart of your organisation

    Panel discussion

    • This panel discussion will explore the reason why it is vital that people with lived experience are at the heart of your organisation
    • Those who have experience of a condition/ situation that your organisation is supporting will be able to share experience and knowledge with your board and staff, allowing real change that will make a difference to take place
    • People should always be in the Lead, and organisations should be people led to achieve maximum impact

    Moderator: Graham Finegold, director of finance and resources, Locality
    Speakers: Derek Bardowell, senior head of UK portfolio, Big Lottery Fund
    Balijeet Sandhu, Clore Social Leadership
    Peter Atherton, founder and managing director, Community Led Initiatives CIC

  • 4.25PM - 5.00PM
    Diversifying the way we work and fundraise
    Plenary presentation
    • Diversifying income streams through local and international partnerships and philanthropic fundraising
    • Setting and achieving ambitious fundraising goals
    • Highlighting how diversity of individuals contributes to better and more productive fundraising teams
    Jhumar Johnson, director of development, The Open University
  • 5.00PM - 6.00PM
    Drinks reception
    Drinks reception

Sponsors & exhibitors

Headline sponsor:

Just Giving

Associate sponsors:



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We're excited to announce that Momentous Photo Booth will be joining us on the day and offering photos and GIFS for you and your colleagues to share on social media with the hashtag  #fundraisinglive


Great ways to save!

  1. Be an early bird!
    Book your place now to save £50.00 off the ticket price.
  2. Attend with your team!
    Ensure your whole team benefits from a great day's learning. With the Charity Team Ticket you can send up to four people for less than £150 each, saving your charity £197.
Ticket type Early bird (before 30 November)
Post early-bird
Charity delegate £199 £249
Charity Team Ticket (up to four places) £599 £649
Non-charity delegate £699 £749



ILEC Conference Centre
47 Lillie Road
SW6 1UD 
Tel: 020 7666 8470
Email: [email protected] 


  • Fantastic opportunity to share with colleagues in the fundraising world – Sara Wheater, The Joshua Tree
  • Very informative and inspiring – Yoana Barakova, Christian Aid
  • Inspiring, valuable – Evelyn Len, MyBnk
  • Great to find out what is happening outside the silo of my charities – Clive Tulloch, Tax Volunteers
  • Well worth the cost and time – Sarah Cochrane, HALO Trust
  • One of the best fundraising conferences currently available – Nicky Paterson, Toybox
  • The networking opportunities are outstanding and the content brilliant – Jesper Juul Jensen, BetterNow
  • It was my first fundraising conference and was very enjoyable. The sessions were interesting and informative – Isobel Watson, Family Holiday Association
  • Today was a great chance to hear from other organisations and individuals. My challenge now is to pick out the very best ideas and apply them to a very small organisation! – Sarah Browning, ABC to Read
  • A great opportunity to network and share ideas with others in the industry. The talks were engaging and useful. I left feeling very motivated to grow our charity – Katie Hale, Born Free Foundation
  • Really interesting and enlightening speeches but thought the best bit was the networking opportunities – Nadia Martini, Team Margot
  • My first time attending Fundraising Live and it was just great. Inspiring presentations and plenty of opportunity to meet other fundraisers, I’ve come away feeling refreshed with lots of new ideas – Liz Gunson, Kidney Research UK
  • It was brilliant. I learned a lot, heard some very interesting talks and met some great people – Harry Owens, Sepsis Trust
  • Best fundraising conference there is. Most relevant subjects and more insights than other conferences – Joanna Dew, East Anglian Air Ambulance
  • I always hesitate at taking a day away from work to attend an event such as this but am a complete convert. It was an invaluable day and I have taken loads of ideas and wisdom away as well as having made some great contacts. Thank you! – Jane Backlog, Magic Bus UK
  • Really good day with lots of interesting discussions – Ruth Crane, St Helena Hospice
  • Definitely worthwhile. Good to get a cross-sector view – Tom Dixon, Oxfam
  • Good spread of topics and an interesting mix of people to talk to.  I haven’t been to these sorts of events for a while and was pleasantly surprised – Kim Gutteridge, RSPB
  • A conference lives and dies by its speakers… and I found the vast majority of those I listened to engaging, knowledgeable and interesting – Sally Barney, Royal Parks
  • Good value and content for a small charity. Cannot always get that at the IoF Convention! – Mervi Slade, Arthritis Action


For sponsorship and exhibition queries contact Yvette Micallef

For speaker queries contact Jenni O'Donovan

For registration queries contact Carys Pugh

For media partnerships and marketing queries contact Kirsty Brown

Terms & Conditions

Please note that speakers and topics were confirmed at the time of publishing, however, circumstances beyond the control of the organisers may necessitate substitutions, alterations or cancellations of the speakers and/or topics. As such Civil Society Media Ltd reserves the right to alter or modify the advertised speakers and/or topics if necessary. Any substitutions or alterations will be updated on our web page as soon as possible.

Substitution and cancellation policy: On receipt of your booking form, your place is confirmed. Delegate substitutions are allowed. Refunds on cancellations will only be issued (less a 15% administration charge) up to and including 14 days prior to the event. Refunds will not be issued after this date. Confirmation of cancellations MUST be in writing and sent or faxed to Civil Society Media at 15 Prescott Place, London, SW4 6BS 020 7819 1200 (fax: 020 7819 1210).