The Institute of Fundraising National Convention is only a few days away. I've written before on how to get the most out of conferences, but as this year will be the first time I've been to the IoF I've decided to put together a quick guide to pick out some of the best sounding sessions and speakers.
Do let me know if you have any other recommendations. I'm sure I've missed load of good speakers and great insight. Whatever sessions you decide to go to, enjoy the conference and have a great three days.
The Standing Room Only Sessions
These sessions feature some of the best fundraising speakers about and are likely to be jam packed so make sure you get there early.
Ken Burnett, Alan Clayton and Giles Pegram on thinking BIG!
Bernard Ross and Paula Guillet de Monthoux from =mc talk about becoming great. As an aside, usually all the Management Centre speakers are good speakers and worth seeing.
Richard Radcliffe is an entertaining and insightful speaker. If you're interested in legacies then don't miss his session.
I'm a fan of Q&A panels at conferences and there should be more interactive sessions. If you do go then it's really important to have a question in mind that you need help with and then don't be afraid to ask it!
Mark Phillips is on the panel of the online fundraising showcase.
A number of direct marketing experts are going to be answering questions.
I've been invited to an event hosted by direct marketing agency TW-Cat that is going to present the results of some quantitative and qualitative research they've done on attitudes to giving by generation. I'll report back on this next week.
Prof Adrian Sargeant has three sessions presenting research findings on major givers, legacies and philanthropic psychology.
I asked my Twitter followers to recommended sessions and this is what came back:
Lucy recommended Rob Woods the NSPCC's in-house trainer. He is doing four sessions! I know a few people who work at the NSPCC and they've all praised the training they've received, so you might be able to benefit to.
Steven George and Kevin Kibble both have a wealth of experience and their session on legacy and in-mem fundraising should be worth a look.
I'm doing a session with Paul Stein of World Jewish Relief on relationship fundraising in small charities. It's aimed at fundraisers with under five years experience and working in charities with less than £5million p.a. fundraising income. We're going to try and show some simple, low cost ways that you can use to try and improve your donor retention and increase their lifetime value.