Fundraising Live 2023

22 February 2023 London

We are delighted to announce that Fundraising Live will return in 2023.

This event is in the past! We are exciting to be launching a new fundraising conference, ELEVATE, in 2024. Find out more. 

We are delighted to announce the return of Fundraising Live, now in a new venue, the Royal College of Physicians in Regents Park.

Organised by Fundraising Magazine, this event brings to life the issues facing fundraisers today. We have created a varied agenda that showcases professional fundraising, incorporates storytelling and debate, and focuses on developing practitioner talent.

Fundraising Live incorporates three streams exploring: events, community and individual giving; governance and strategy; and charity technology. The conference will provide you with practical tips and insight to help you effectively prepare for whatever the future might have in store.

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22 February 2023

  • 8.45AM - 9.20AM
    Registration and networking
  • 9.20AM - 9.30AM
    Chair’s welcome
    Stephen Cotterill, editor, Fundraising Magazine
  • 9.30AM - 10.30AM
    Opening panel: From the Director’s Chair

    In these times of perpetual crises, there could be any number of things keeping charity leaders awake at night. The ongoing impact of Covid-19. The post-pandemic shift to flexible working. A crippling cost-of-living crisis and the consequences for giving. An escalating climate emergency. The shifting expectations and skillset required to lead effectively through uncertainty.

    Join Stephen Cotterill, editor of Fundraising Magazine to discuss what’s top of the agenda for our panel of directors.

    Confirmed panellists: Paul Amadi, chief supporter officer, British Red Cross, Emma Revie, chief executive, Trussell Trust, Liz Tait, director of fundraising, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Rachel Grocott, chief executive, Bloody Good Period

  • 10.30AM - 11.15AM
    1A. How to build a community online and beat the trolls

    Using social media puts your brand in the spotlight and opens you up to scrutiny. In challenging times, where to some extent, ‘crisis’ becomes business as usual, this can be even harder to manage. In this session, Athar will share some simple strategies you can adopt to manage reputational risk and confidently create and nurture your online community.

    Athar Abidi, strategic social media manager, RNLI

  • 10.30AM - 11.15AM
    1B. Working With Influencers – Principles for Success
    Social media increasingly plays a central role in charities’ marketing and fundraising strategies and can be an extremely effective way to engage new audiences, widen support networks and strengthen a brand. In this session we consider the role of working with influencers for heightened reach and impact. We consider everything from where to start when considering possible partnerships, as well as the potential risks and ingredients for building mutually beneficial relationships.

    Luke Harris, talent lead, Comic Relief
  • 10.30AM - 11.15AM
    1C. How to do more with less: How to build an event management Microsoft Power App in 30 minutes
    Implementing technology to streamline your charity's processes doesn't need to be expensive and complex. In this presentation, James and Tory will build an event management Microsoft Power App in real-time during the session, demonstrating how quick and simple it can be as a low code/ no code approach – showing how to do more with less.

    Tory Cassie, NfP business development and James Glover, chief technical officer, m-hance
  • 11.15AM - 11.45AM
    Morning refreshment and networking break
  • 11.45AM - 12.25PM
    2A. It starts at the top – engaging, inspiring and empowering your board

    In fast-changing times, it is more important than ever that boardrooms set the cultural and strategic agenda for the entire organisation. With income sources at charities under immense pressure, trustees need to be equipped to advocate for innovation and investment in fundraising, while also understanding apprioriate levels of risk-taking. In this session, Sonya Trivedy, joined by Cystic Fibrosis director Anne Shinkwin, draws on her experience both of leading fundraising teams and sitting on the board, to consider possible strategies for engaging, inspiring and empowering your board to champion fundraising.

    Sonya Trivedy, executive director of income, Samaritans and trustee, Cystic Fibrosis Trust

    Anne Shinkwin, director, Cystic Fibrosis Trust

  • 11.45AM - 12.25PM
    2B. Trends and benchmarks in Individual Giving 2023
    With the pandemic, closely followed by the cost-of-living crisis, the face of individual giving has changed. How can you ensure you’ve got the information you need to make the best decisions? This session looks at the trends in individual giving over the last three years and explores what this means for 2023. Woods Valldata share the results of their Individual Giving Fundraising survey, alongside sector benchmarks, to help your charity review and compare what’s happening in the sector as a whole with your own experience. You’ll come away with ideas and insights to help inform your current and future individual giving fundraising approaches including elements of best practice and practical advice.

    Helen Daw, head of data strategy and insights, Woods Valldata
  • 11.45AM - 12.25PM
    2C. The future of cryptocurrency and web3 philanthropy
    In this session Nicola Gunn and David Mitchell will explore the potential uses and impact of cryptocurrency, NFTs and the metaverse within the fundraising sector. Drawing from their own experiences at Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, and the wider world of crypto, this session will chart the possible future blockchain technology can bring, and how it could impact both donors and charities.

    Nicola Gunn, director of development and external affairs and David Mitchell, cryptocurrency and digital fundraising manager, Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home
  • 12.25PM - 1.10PM
    3A. The battle for talent – embracing diversity and inclusion
    In a post-pandemic world, competition for talent is fierce and retaining and recruiting good people is key to strengthening fundraising teams. A commitment to coaching and developing staff, alongside a focus on diversity and inclusion has been crucial to the charity MyBank as they have been navigating rapid change and growth. Claire Quigley shares some insight from their journey including developing rigorous recruitment processes, strengthening the board and challenging cultural norms.

    Claire Quigley, business and engagement director, MyBnk
  • 12.25PM - 1.10PM
    3B. Events fundraising in a hybrid world

    The return to in-person events has been a challenging and disruptive one for many reasons. Tommy’s relies heavily on funds raised through places at both third party and their own running events, and have been navigating this disruption as well as trialling hybrid and virtual fundraising efforts. In this talk they will share what they have learnt about what has worked well and what hasn’t. This session stresses the importance of continual learning, failing fast and listening to your community and responding accordingly rather than adopting a one-size-fits-all approach.

    Nicky Butcher, head of community events and Jacqui Clinton, fundraising director, Tommy’s

  • 12.25PM - 1.10PM
    3C. Creating killer user experiences – meeting your users’ needs
    Ever wondered what your users want and whether you are meeting their needs successfully? Or how to create user experiences that keep people coming back time and time again? In this interactive and practical session Digital Wonderlab will share with you some strategies for more meaningful engagement in order to better understand your users’ needs. By engaging, testing, learning and adapting, you will learn how to create seamless digital user experiences.

    Nathan Baranowski, chief executive, Kevin Triggle, creative director and Laura Pinkstone, head of user experience, Digital Wonderlab
  • 1.10PM - 2.10PM
    Lunch and time to visit exhibition
  • 2.10PM - 2.50PM
    4A. Building effective corporate partnerships

    With the rise of the ESG agenda and corporates being held to everincreasing ethical standards, many companies are working harder than ever to demonstrate social purpose. This, coupled with charities needing to diversify income streams in an unstable giving landscape, creates new opportunities for mutually beneficial commercial partnerships. Our panel discuss three very different corporate partnerships and share their learnings and thoughts on the future of this type of fundraising.

    Chair – Jonathan Andrews, founder, Remarkable Partnerships Panellists

    Sarah Moore, development director, SOS Orangutans and Ghalib Ullah, head of commercial partnerships, Parkinson’s UK

  • 2.10PM - 2.50PM
    4B. Fundraising: A direct approach
    For many charities, a direct ask is still the best way to raise funds. Over time, this has evolved to cover many different channels such as direct mail, email, face to face, door to door, telephone and more. However, there is often a conflict between these planned, structured direct campaigns and the more generic campaigns through social and digital channels. But does that need to be the case? How can we use the same direct techniques that have worked well for charities for a long time in a digital and social environment?

    Scott Logie, customer engagement director, Sagacity
  • 2.10PM - 2.50PM
    4C. Embedding a digital workplace and the role of tech in creating more inclusive organisations

    Driven by Covid-19, the abrupt shift to remote working has permanently altered the way we work. This session will reflect on the practicalities involved with embedding a digital workplace and why now is an opportune time to embed digital skills and literacy throughout the workforce. We will also address how leaders can navigate the challenges involved with adapting to hybrid working models and how tech might be used to bridge the gap between different parts of the organisation to enhance organisational culture, improve diversity and inclusion and drive sustainable growth.

    Liz O’Neill, head of technical development, Charities Aid Foundation and technical leadership coach

  • 2.50PM - 3.35PM
    5A. Meet the funders
    The impact of the pandemic and a costof-living crisis has created a plethora of societal problems which has increased demand and pressure on UK charities, and in turn their need for funding. The trust fundraising climate is tougher and more saturated than ever. On the other side of the fence, trusts and foundations are being challenged on how they are managing grants as well as issues of accessibility and equity in funding. Join this session to hear directly from grant makers if/how their funding decisions are evolving in an ever-changing world.

    Chair – Carol Akiwumi, founder, Money4YOU

    Panellsits – Mark Purvis, deputy director for England, National Lottery Community Fund and Sam Grimmett-Batt, funding director, City Bridge Trust
  • 2.50PM - 3.35PM
    5B. Macmillan Cancer Support case study: Growing legacies through digital and new media

    The coming years present a huge opportunity for legacy giving, as we are on the brink of the biggest intergenerational wealth transfer of all time. Macmillan Cancer Support has launched a refreshed strategy, recognising the changing fundraising landscape and the importance of investing for the future. In this session, Helen Hamer will share some learnings from both tried and tested channels and new campaigns, as well as reflecting on the evolving role of digital and new media to acquire new legacy supporters. 

    Helen Hamer, Senior Legacy Marketing Manager, Macmillan Cancer Support

  • 2.50PM - 3.35PM
    5C. Cybersecurity in focus – safeguarding your charity from harm

    According to the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), malware (including ransomware) is the biggest threat to British organisations, with attacks becoming increasingly sophisticated and targeted. This hands on session will consider the level of risk for charities operating in an increasingly digital landscape and explore practical steps you can take to help protect your data or sensitive information, and mitigate the risk of attack. 

    Tarquin Folliss, vice-chair, SASIG Events - The Security Awareness Special Interest Group

  • 3.35PM - 4.00PM
    Afternoon refreshment and networking break
  • 4.20PM - 4.50PM
    Closing keynote: Mechanisms for building global movements – lessons from the American Cancer Society
    In 1985, Gordon Klatt, a surgeon from Washington spent 24 hours on a track, inviting friends to run or walk alongside him through the night and raised $23,000 for the American Cancer Society. This was the beginning of Relay For Life. In this inspiring keynote, Iris Pendergast will share her experience of building Relay For Life from a community-based fundraising event in Spokane Washington with one man running around a track into a global movement. Today, more than 5,000 events are held in over 26 countries and 6 continents annually. Iris believes that organisations of any shape or size can harness their community as a powerful force for support, and that today more than ever, charities must find new ways to move their supporters from interest to action.

    Iris Pendergast, managing director, Global Relay For Life, the American Cancer Society
  • 4.50PM - 5.00PM
    Chair's closing remarks
  • 5.00PM - 5.50PM
    Networking reception


Great ways to save!

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    Book your place now to save £50 off the ticket price.
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    Ensure your whole team benefits from a great day's learning. With the Charity Team Ticket you can send up to four people  
Ticket type Super early-bird (before 16 December) Early-bird (before 27 January) Final release tickets (after 27 January)
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Location and accessible entrance

The building is situated on St Andrews Place opposite Regent’s Park. It is a five-minute walk from Regent’s Park station or Great Portland Street station. There is a lift platform for wheelchair access at the entrance.


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