FSI Fundraising Conference 2019

The FSI’s popular Fundraising Conference is back in Small Charity Week this June, bringing you relevant and inspiring insights into a range of vital fundraising topics.

Costing just £25 to attend, join us to hear from expert speakers, network with other charities, and come away with practical and useful tips for increasing your charity’s fundraising.

Sessions are selected based on demand and feedback in our Small Charity Skills Gap Survey, and this year will cover Digital Fundraising, Corporate Relationships, Trusts & Foundations, Stewardship, and Developing Your Fundraising Strategy. All sessions are tailored to small charities up to £1m turnover and will contain practical takeaways and inspiration to step up your fundraising.



Plenary Speaker: Jhumar Johnson

As Director of Development for the Open University, Jhumar’s focus is to deliver the OU’s first ever fundraising campaign, Open Up The Future and raise £50 million in five years. She is also responsible for alumni engagement and for delivering all commemorative events associated with the University’s landmark 50th anniversary in 2019/20.

She has a background in major gifts consulting and practice in the not for profit sector. She was previously Director of Kingston Smith Advisers, a boutique major gifts consultancy housed under Kingston Smith LLP, a top 20 accounting firm. She has worked for charities like Marie Curie Cancer Care, Save the Children, NACRO and advised many others including Barnardo’s, Scouts Association, Central Manchester Hospitals Foundation Trust, Refuge Council, Sightlife and Skillforce. She has also advised individuals and families on shaping their philanthropy.

She is an Executive Coach; mentor and trainer. She has coached and mentored over 100 women in career planning, building confidence and gravitas, influencing and negotiating,

Jhumar is Trustee of the Walkabout Foundation, Trustee of Women Leaders UK and an Aspire Foundation Mentor. She is passionate about building talent in our sector and often speaks as CASE faculty, ISME Mumbai faculty and trainer for Conferences. She is an alumna of Said Business School, the University of Westminster, the Open University and the University of Mumbai.

Sessions include: 

  • Plenary Session – Relationship-based Fundraising – Jhumar Johnson, Director of Development at Open University
  • Dealing with Trusts & Foundations, Geoffrey Russell-Jones, Head of Philanthropy at Leathersellers’ Company
  • Digital Fundraising – Rachel Smith, UK Director of Global Giving
  • Developing Your Fundraising Strategy, Amber Shotton, Head of Accredited Learning, The FSI
  • Corporate Relationships Panel
  • Stewardship: the secret ingredient

We also invite you to stay for networking drinks to chat to the speakers and other organisations afterwards.

95% of 2018 attendees rated the conference sessions good or excellent.

“Absolutely brilliant. Keep them coming! An inspiration for us to organise something similar on a smaller scale locally.” – Kingston Voluntary Action

“Really impressed – a super, really informative day and incredible value for money!” – The Hideaway Youth Project

Date: Thursday 20th June
Venue: Bush House, 30 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BG
Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Cost: £25. On booking you will need to pay £50 as a deposit when you book. We will refund the deposit, retaining a £25 fee which contributes to deposit and refund processing and administration costs, upon the full day attendance at the conference. Deposits will not be returned in cases of partial attendance.

With a market value of £295, FSI Members can get all this for just £25!