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.

“This was honestly one of the best conferences I have ever been to, with very good speakers talking about things that were very relevant to our charity.” Coventry Resource Centre for the Blind on 2018 Northern Fundraising Conference

Sessions are selected based on demand and feedback in our Small Charity Skills Gap Survey, tailored to small charities and delivered by experts in their field. Find out how to build long-term, thriving relationships with supporters in our Stewardship session and our Keynote on relationship-based fundraising from leading fundraiser Jhumar Johnson. Identify possible hurdles in your fundraising journey and strategise to overcome them with Amber Shotton, and make it as easy as possible for trusts to say yes to your applications with trust specialist David Burgess. And make the most of different fundraising opportunities by maximising digital with Rachel Smith of Global Giving, and our Corporate Relationships panel.




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

My colleague and I thought the conference was one of the most rewarding, informative and relevant gigs we’ve attended since forming our new charity. The sessions were all brilliant, well delivered and excitingly ‘out of the box’ thinking. We would recommend that all charities commit to join FSI and get access to this fabulous resource, insight and value for money events.” The Horsfall Community Trust 

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

Sessions include: 

  • Keynote Session – Relationship-based Fundraising – Jhumar Johnson, Director of Development at Open University
  • Digital Fundraising – Rachel Smith, UK Director of Global Giving
  • Developing Your Fundraising Strategy, Amber Shotton, Head of Accredited Learning, The FSI
  • Stewardship: the secret ingredient – Dana Segal, MC Consulting plus case studies from small charities
  • Making it easy to say yes! Do’s and Don’ts of Trust Fundraising – David Burgess, Trust Fundraising expert Apollo Fundraising
  • Corporate Relationships Panel – hear directly from businesses and charities on what makes it work – featuring Microsoft, Travers Smith LLP, Aviva, and SOS Children’s Villages
  • Understanding UK giving behaviour – insights for small charities – Susan Pinkney, Charities Aid Foundation

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

Date: Thursday 20th June
Venue: Bush House, 30 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BG
Time: 9:00am – 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!

  • Plenary Session: Relationship-based Fundraising

    About the session: Labels confine, constrain and curtail curiosity, thought and innovation. In a world of ever-increasing personalisation, how do we think about fundraising, talent development and teams especially when faced with shrinking budgets, investment and growing pressures. How do we look past labels of direct mail/ major gifts/ individual fundraising and build strong relationships that bear better fruit? How does being small give us an edge? Jhumar Johnson, Director of Development at Open University: 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 ... view full talk outline »

  • Developing Your Fundraising Strategy

    About the session: This session from the FSI’s Head of Accredited Learning, Amber Shotton, will draw upon the experiences of many small charity fundraisers to help you to make your journey a success, and will include: Useful approaches to develop ... view full talk outline »

  • Stewardship: the secret ingredient

    About the session: Research shows that it’s significantly more expensive to recruit new supporters than to retain existing ones. So, when you have limited resources, building long-term relationships with donors is vital to small charity fundraising success. This session, hosted ... view full talk outline »

  • Corporate Relationships Panel                       

    About the session: corporate partnerships can be a transformational experience for both charities and companies, but they often feel out of reach for smaller organisations. We’re bringing together a panel of experts from both the charity side and corporate perspective ... view full talk outline »

  • Digital Fundraising

    About the session: This session from GlobalGiving’s UK Executive Director will explore how small charities can translate this year’s digital fundraising trends into opportunities and will include practical tips and examples for small charities to be able to embrace emerging ... view full talk outline »

  • Making it easy to say yes! Do’s and Don’t’s of Trust Fundraising

    About the session: Do your funding applications have grant makers rushing for their cheque book? Or do you leave them tearing their hair out? The applications we write are often our one chance to convince a trust that they should ... view full talk outline »

  • Understanding UK giving behaviour: insights for small charities

    About the session: CAF’s UK Giving report is the largest study of giving behaviour in the UK. In this talk Susan will share the key findings from UK Giving 2019. Come along and find out how the UK public take ... view full talk outline »