Adam’s role is to work with AI’s fundraising teams to build and establish legacy programmes all over the world. He has more than a decade of experience in all aspects of legacy fundraising, and he has worked with large and small INGOs to increase their legacy income.
Previously: Legacy programme manager, The Brooke; membership director, Institute of Legacy Management; senior legacy officer, British Red Cross Society
Adam is the director of engagement for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, where he is responsible for fundraising, advocacy and communications to support 150 countries to help 10 million girls worldwide. He has over 15 years of experience in the sector, and most recently grew a corporate, major donor and trust team at Plan UK to increase from £5m to £10m. Previous experience includes being interim head of a £50 million public fundraising appeal and managing the largest ever grant from UK Central Government. As well as big organisations, Adam has also worked in the very smallest – including being the first ever full-time member of staff for an educational charity, which he expanded to reach over 35,000 children across the UK.
Alan Clayton specialises in ‘Great Fundraising’, defined as large scale, sustainable growth driven by donors who are true believers. ‘Great Fundraising’ has been researched academically and through over 350 global case studies.
Alan is chairman of Alan Clayton Associates, based in Scotland and Denmark and currently active in Australia, Finland, Norway, Ireland, Denmark, the Netherlands, the UK, South Africa, Switzerland and the USA, and working with clients in many more countries, recently Serbia, Austria, Slovakia, New Zealand, Spain and Germany.
He is Managing Partner at the Inch Hotel and Inspiration Centre, Loch Ness, Scotland. Alan is chairman of RobeJohn in Melbourne, Australia and has recently launched London based agency Revolutionise FAB. Other roles include directorships of corporate partnerships consultancy Remarkable Partnerships and legacy specialist Legacy Voice.
Alan had previously held major fundraising and leadership posts at national UK charities and served as Chief Executive Officer of three fundraising agencies.
One of the leading consultants, coaches, creative directors and inspirational speakers, Alan has worked with over 350 non-profit clients around the world. His specialisms are creativity, emotional behaviour, board and executive team development, creative strategy, donor insight and motivation and he has published much original research and theory.
Alan is a keen mountaineer, powerboat skipper and golfer and has a reputation for insight, inspiration and for saying things others don’t dare to.
Ali is a digital strategy and communications expert specialising in helping clients reach their goals by creating strategies that build communities, make connections, and inspire people to take action. She was once described as ‘irrepressibly cheerful’, always looking for opportunities to solve problems, support colleagues and play with new ideas in an endless quest to make the world a better place through better communication.
Previously: Senior communications strategist, Blue State Digital; head of digital fundraising, Shelter UK; individual giving manager, English Heritage
Angela is a director of =mc where she is responsible for the fundraising consultancy business. A consultant for 12 years, Angela was the Deputy Director of Fundraising for NSPCC and was instrumental in the design and delivery of the NSPCC’s ground-breaking £250 million Full Stop campaign. Angela now works extensively on fundraising strategy and major giving projects in the UK and internationally for customers and causes ranging from Alzheimer’s Society in the UK to WWF International.
Anne is a senior campaigner for SumOfUs.org, a movement of consumers, workers and shareholders speaking with one voice to counterbalance the growing power of large corporations. She runs campaigns in English and German to curb corporate power worldwide. Previously, she worked as a campaigner with Crisis Action on the protection of civilians in conflict with a focus on Syria and Russia.
Anne-Marie brings more than 25 years of global fundraising and marketing experience, and has led fundraising and marketing programmes for Share our Strength, UNICEF, Save the Children and UNHCR before she joined USA for UNHCR. She has developed and implemented major global CRM programmes and partnerships with Pampers, IKEA, GE, and numerous other brands and corporations. In addition, she has co-authored “The Sponsorship Seeker’s Toolkit” (4th edition 2014) and “The Sponsor’s Toolkit” (2001), both by McGraw-Hill.
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Annie has wide experience as a fundraising practitioner within charities such as Greenpeace, ActionAid and Save the Children – on staff teams, as a trustee, a consultant and now as strategy director at GOOD. She’s worked with large international NGOs and small charities with no staff. At Save the Children she headed up individual giving growth, including proposing and leading on the successful £5 million Christmas UK Aid match appeal. At GOOD, Annie helps charities define, devise and implement successful fundraising strategies and campaigns.
Astrid is head of resource development at EMBL, Europe’s flagship laboratory for the life sciences – an intergovernmental organisation with more than 80 independent research groups covering the spectrum of molecular biology.
Previously: Senior director of development, University of California Santa Cruz; director o library development, Univeristuy of California Santa Cruz; development director, Santa Cruz Waldorf School
Graduated in Antwerp, Belgium, product designer Bart Weetjens has a focus on appropriate technologies for developing countries. After a couple of years of industrial experience in Europe, Bart initiated the use of trained giant African pouched rats as an alternative and sustainable landmine detector, in response to the global landmine challenge.
With support from Antwerp University, Bart created the social profit organization APOPO in 1998, and with a team of researchers he developed detection rats technology (HeroRATS). Since 2000 APOPO’s headquarters are situated at the Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania. In 2003 HeroRATS were firstly tested in the real minefields in Mozambique, and in 2004 they were accredited according to International Mine Action Standards (IMAS). In 2006, the heads of State of 11 African Great Lakes Region Countries (ICGLR) have endorsed HeroRATS for replication in the region. Bart also initiated HeroRATS for the early detection of pulmonary tuberculosis.
While detection rats technology is being standardized in operational R&D phase, HeroRATs have saved already more than 1.600 lives and prevented over 16,000 healthy people from contracting TB. HeroRATS received multiple international recognitions, including the 2003 World Bank’s Development Marketplace global competition.
Bart has been elected an ASHOKA fellow and a SCHWAB fellow to the World Economic Forum. He won the Skoll Awards for social Entrepreneurship in 2009. Bart is a Zen Buddhist priest who lives with his wife and two daughters in Tanzania.
Beate – or Bea as she’s also known – runs the fundraising agency b.bold out of Oslo, Norway. She specialises in digital fundraising: non-profit web design, content strategy and social media. Before starting her own company, Beate headed digital fundraising at the Norwegian Cancer Society for six years. This is where she discovered that her big passion in life is a well-designed donation form.
Bernard serves as the director of the Management Centre (=mc), a management consultancy working worldwide for ethical organisations. He has written four award-winning books on innovation, influence and strategy, including the first fundraising book to be published in China. His new book on behavioural economics in social change was published in March 2018. His areas of expertise include strategic thinking, change leadership, innovation and organizational transformation. Bernard has created global strategies for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent, MSF and UNICEF International. He’s recently been raising money for a range of causes including repairs to the Eiffel Tower, a museum for the world’s largest dinosaur in Patagonia and a scientific base to study the last 800 great apes in Africa.
Bethan is a fundraising and supporter engagement consultant with over 15 years’ experience at the UK’s largest telephone fundraising agency who has delivered fundraising strategies for the UK’s biggest charities, including Cancer Research UK, NSPCC and Marie Curie. She specialises in direct dialogue, one-to-one and relationship fundraising. Bethan has presented sessions at speaker at regional, national and international conferences and is a charity sector expert with press articles published in The Guardian, Charities Management, Civil Society, UK
Fundraising and Sofii.
Brian Fitzgerald is founder and co-director with Tommy Crawford of Dancing Fox, Ltd, a creative agency specialising in mischief, magic, and mind-bombs for artists and activists, helping them craft transformational stories of a more beautiful world. He spent 35 years with Greenpeace in roles as varied as deckhand and canvasser to hot air balloon pilot and communications director. His resume proudly lists arrest for US Federal trespass at ground zero of a nuclear weapons test. He pioneered digital campaigning at Greenpeace International, and collaborated in campaign and communications strategies that shifted the environmental practices of governments, corporations and entire sectors.
Previously: Founder, Technoprisoners, LTD; founding member, Greenpeace Italy; head of digital networking and mobilisation, Greenpeace.
Brian is CEO at Pieta House: Suicide & self-harm crisis and suicide bereavement centres, which provides a free, therapeutic service to people who are in suicidal distress and those who engage in self-harm, as well as to those who are bereaved by suicide.
Previously: Board member and non-executive director, Start360; director of services, Missing People; senior development manager, Depaul Ireland
Burkhard provides advice on international leadership, governance and management to many of the leading international civil society organisations (ICSOs) including Amnesty International, CARE, ChildFund, Greenpeace, Oxfam, Plan, Transparency International, World Vision and YWCA. He has been the executive director of the International Civil Society Centre, the common action platform for the world’s leading ICSOs, since 2007. Burkhard has been board chair or board member of various organisations in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, India, Korea and Japan. He is the author of “The Hedgehog and the Beetle”, a book on the future of ICSOs.
Previously: CEO, Save the Children International; CEO, Greenpeace Germany; CEO, terre des hommes Germany
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Charly White (@vividcharly, www.vividworks.co.uk) is an executive coach and trainer working with leaders and teams in a range of organisations. Her clients include Barclays, Alzheimer’s Research, Animals Asia and Birkbeck University. She is dedicated to helping leaders and teams to excel whilst preserving their wellbeing. Previously, Charly worked in fundraising for over 12 years, specialising in major and mid-value giving. In her spare time Charly loves living in beautiful Bristol and escaping every now and then to the seaside in ‘Earl’ – her trusty and rusty campervan.
Founder and director of Factary, a leading European research consultancy in funding for not-for-profit organisations, Christopher is an expert on philanthropy, a researcher, writer and trainer. He teaches strategy and marketing on the Postgraduate Certificate in Fundraising at the University of Barcelona, and is the author of three books. Importantly, he was runner-up in last year’s IFC Gala Night, where he appeared as one of the BeeGees. Come see what he comes up with this year!
Previously: Director, Elimination of Leukaemia Fund; researcher, House of Commons
Cian first joined nfpSynergy as an intern in January 2011, providing research support for the company’s tracking research, particularly CAM and ICEM, and bespoke projects.
Following his internship, he worked at the British Red Cross, where his responsibilities included internal research projects, responding to sector consultations, analysing supporter groups and assisting with evaluations in the fundraising division. The role also involved information gathering on external developments and sector trends, and contributing to the ethical screening process.
Cian returned to nfpSynergy in 2012 as a researcher and is now head of data science, working across the company’s syndicated and bespoke research. In the past three years he has developed several audience segmentations for charity clients and helped their implementation across the organisations. He is the technical lead on segmentation projects and other in-depth data analysis work, as well as leading analysis of charity sector data. He is also responsible for internal statistics training and ensuring that the nfpSynergy team is fully skilled in quantitative analysis.
Colin is CEO at Resolution, the campaigning family law association whose 6,500 members are family lawyers and practitioners committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. Resolution campaigns for improvements to family law and the justice system to make sure that families get the help and support they need as they move through difficult transitions such as separation and divorce.
Previously: Director of youth and volunteering, London Development Agency; director of development and department CEO, YouthNet; deputy marketing director, The Multiple Sclerosis Society
Courtney Lawrence is a Southeast Asia based founding CEO and curator of Designing for Social Innovation and Leadership (DSIL) Course- a global endeavor that unites international multi-stage entrepreneurs with a constellation of tools, networks and field immersions with local innovation communities to accelerate major impact in their own context. Today, she now co-runs DSIL Global, a social innovation company that includes consulting with an international development focus with two her co-founding team.
Currently Courtney serves as Adjunct Facultat Thammasat University, School of Global Studies and Social Entrepreneurship (GSSE), teaching leadership and Human-Centered Design for Social Innovation. She is also on the faculty roster for the THNK School of Creative Leadership in Amsterdam for in-company programs. Her academic research focuses on the intersection of sustainable economic development, social enterprise and design thinking, you can learn more about her research in the 2014 Design Management Review issue dedicated to Social Innovation.
Since 2012 she has taught Global Studies at Japan based Hiroshima Jogakuin University where she also initiated and scaled the foundation funded ‘HJU Global Studies, Peace and Leadership Summer Seminar’; a program that has included fieldwork with participants from more than 40 countries to India, Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines.
From 2006-2014 she served on the Executive Committee of the of the Swiss-based NGO, World Alliance of YMCAs. Previous to cofounding a US social enterprise, Green Loop Nashville, dedicated to restructuring an old ironworks factory into a hub for closed loop systems and green sustainability entrepreneurs in 2011, she worked with Ashoka’s Full Economic Citizenship initiative in the Washington, D.C. area.
She has facilitated multiple trainings across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, North and South America. She holds a Master’s in Sustainable Economic Development and Responsible Management from UPEACE, the UN Mandated Graduate School of Peace and Conflict Studies and has lived, worked and traveled across more than 60 countries. In her spare time she is on a quest to explore the unknown, travel and have an amazing time in general with her husband JB.
As the Global F2F specialist for UNICEF, Daniel supports operations in 49 countries that collectively are close to recruiting one new donor every 60 seconds. Starting as a street fundraiser while pursuing a masters in psychology, he worked his way up to head of operations for one of the UK’s largest in-house F2F operations, then went on to work in 22 countries over two years as an independent consultant for organisations such as S.O.S, Oxfam International, UNICEF and UN Women, as well as some multinational F2F agencies.
Previously: Director, D.T. McDonnell Ltd.; head of national operations, Shelter UK; operations manager, The Street Academy
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After starting his career in advertising, David spent over 16 years working in integrated marketing agencies leading client service departments and creating strategic marketing campaigns for clients in the financial services, automotive, sport & recreation, professional services and public sectors. With experience across the marketing mix, he is a specialist in brand communications.
David joined HOME Fundraising in 2013, as a member of the senior management team to develop and execute the strategic communications programme for the International group that includes HOME Fundraising and HOME India. As a panellist and speaker at fundraising events, he spoken on a range of issues including public trust & media perception, fundraising regulation and creating effective charity and agency partnerships.
As creative director/strategist at DTV Group, Derek develops creative fundraising campaigns for organisations worldwide, and is part of a team helping 30+ great causes raise money worldwide through television campaigns. He has been a fundraiser for 25+ years, before which he was an artist. He is a trustee of the Galapagos Conservation Trust, and a volunteer organiser of the International Fundraising Congress (IFC).
Previously: Director and creative strategist, THINK; managing director, Burnett Associates
Emily is Co-Owner and Director of Strategy & Analysis at Daryl Upsall & Associates, where she specialises in supporting non-profits from around the world with planning for international growth, new market entry and optimisation of global fundraising strategies. Her global view of fundraising comes from working on projects in over 30 markets across North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa, with both large international and smaller national organisations. Her prior experience was in international investment and expansion strategy planning with private-sector consultancies of Accenture and Deloitte.
Gabrielle is an exuberant, empathetic humanitarian who is passionate about supporting positive change towards a more equitable and sustainable world. Since completing her formal education, which culminated in a Master of Philosophy in Development Studies at the Univesrity of Cape Town, Gabrielle has focussed her career on finding enabling solutions to address the systemic and intractible barriers that hinder socio-economic development and prosperity.
Gabrielle has played a number of leading roles in organisations and projects primarily in Southern Africa.
Most recently, she returned to GreaterImpact in 2015 to fulfill roles as impact advisory services manager and Hhad of innovation, leading a dynamic team that continues to pioneer in the field of impact advisory services, and partners with clients to prove and improve their important work in solving the wicked problems of our time.
Gabrielle also guest lectures on impact management and measurement on Masters and Executive Education programmes for the Bertha Centre for social innovation and entrepreneurship and the University of Cape Town, Graduate School of Business.
Gautam Raju is passionate about how technology can be used to create social change. Gautam is a Campaigns Director at Purpose and leads a number of projects across Kenya, India, and the US. Gautam joined Purpose from Oxfam International, where as Head of Digital Campaigns he led an ambitious agenda to build the digital campaigning capacity of Oxfam and partners. Under Gautam’s leadership, Oxfam mobilized of 2.5 million supporters around the world and built tools and resources that were accessible to over 2,000 partners.
Previously, Gautam co-founded OurSay.org – an independent organization started by a team of young people passionate about harnessing the power of social media to revitalize critical participation in democracy. He has also worked on public policy and external relations for Teach For Australia and in the Australian public service.
Gavin is an experienced consultant and social researcher who has helped many charities develop strategic approaches to fundraising communications and consumer-led culture change. As a specialist in branding, corporate partnerships, innovation strategy and new product development, his advice is based on a deep understanding of supporter insights generated from multiple market research projects. During a diverse career, Gavin worked in various brand, communications and fundraising roles in the UK and Australian charity sectors, as well as developing charity licensing programs for markets in Europe, the US and Japan. However, Gavin’s most important achievement is that his two teenage sons still talk to him and don’t think he’s a complete idiot!
A thought leader in his field, Leboff’s main focus is to address the massive changes that are taking place in a world that is constantly being introduced to new technologies and an evolving World Wide Web. He continually challenges Sales & Marketing conventions that become accepted wisdom, but don’t necessarily deliver results.
Leboff is a regular contributor to many business magazines and newspapers. Amongst others, he has been featured in the Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Financial Times, The Daily Mirror and The Sun. He has appeared on BBC Radio on numerous occasions as well as being featured on a significant number of US radio networks.
From elementary school in Belgium, Griet questioned the status quo and aspired to be a changemaker. Her fearless curiosity led to a personal and professional journey, spanning oceans and continents. Griet thrives on spotting opportunities to build intentional community and on bridging geographic, cultural and sectoral boundaries.
Griet pioneers across sectors and disciplines. After graduating from law school in Belgium, followed by International Relations studies at Johns Hopkins University in Bologna and Washington, DC, she established the first European-American Chamber of Commerce in the United States and developed a novel impact strategy. She moved on to become an award-winning communications consultant for Burson-Marsteller, before her appointment as representative of the Flemish government in Boston, where she successfully attracted American companies to invest in Belgium.
In 2005, Griet started her private international fundraising practice, Dehandschutter & Associates, based in Boston to counsel continental nonprofits how to capitalize on strategic opportunities. She recognized the urgency to diversify their income in a rapidly changing world of shrinking government support and increased global competition. She advises leaders across the nonprofit sector in 15 countries to transform their organisations and engage in strategic private fundraising, locally and globally.
The strategic fundraising roadmap is her most recent brainchild. CFRE certified, Griet is writing a book on the subject and speaks locally and internationally. She is an active volunteer leader, loves to travel with her family and enjoys painting abstract cows.
Helena is co-owner of leadership and team development consultancy Sharpstone Skinner. She’s an experienced facilitator, mentor, coach, speaker and writer working with leaders, teams and individuals to improve performance and impact. A licensed practitioner of insights learning and development, Helena’s specialties include leadership coaching, management development, team spring clean, personal effectiveness, presentation skills, and interview techniques.
Previously: Speaker, The Parent Company; head of training, Help the Aged; sales and management training consultant, Brook Street PLC
Jacob is an international speaker who has worked across many charities, from small to large – national to international. His main focus is innovating processes, products and implementation of campaigns. Currently the area that inspires him and his clients is moving charities into the digital space and ensuring digital leaps in there proficiency. Jacob owns 3 agencies in Denmark and the UK. And has spoken across conferences all over Europe – and enjoys the audience at the IFC the most.
Jan has 20 years of experience as a consultant, coach, trainer and researcher in the field of philanthropy, resource mobilisation, leadership and management of civil society organisations in more than a dozen countries around the world, primarily in Central and Eastern Europe. He is the co-founder of the Czech Fundraising Center and the Chair of NETT – the Civil Society Think Tank. Jan serves as a trustee on several boards of leading non-profits in the Central and Eastern European region.
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Jan helps organisations to reach their fundraising goals, focusing on major gifts and digital fundraising. He started his professional fundraising career right after school, working at an orphanage in Guatemala. Continuing for the same organisation in Germany, Jan learned all facets of traditional fundraising from scratch, starting as a trainee. Later he focused on major gift fundraising, and worked as director of fundraising at NPH Germany. He is now Community Manager at RaiseNow, a digital toolset that supports ambitious fundraisers to grow their online fundraising. In 2012 he also co-founded the Major Giving Institute, offering a qualification program for major gift fundraisers. Jan is an author, (video-)blogger and member of the Advisory Board at the German Fundraising Association.
Previously: Project manager, Swissfundraising; fundraiser, director of major gifts and director of fundraising director, nph deutschland e.V.
Jason is the CEO of THINK Digital Solutions. He’s worked in digital media in the international non-profit sector for over 20 years. In 2012, he set up THINK Digital to help INGOs drive growth and embed digital thinking and channels within their organisations, including Amnesty International, UNHCR, IRC, the National Trust, Christian Aid, and the British Library. Jason is widely recognised as an innovative and pioneering contributor to the development of digital thinking and channels in the nonprofit sector and continues to inspire and lead the way.
Previously: Owner, Think Consulting Solutions; art director, Burnett Associates
Agent Jen Love is a storyteller. And not in a poetic sense. In a fumbling, arm-waving, half-sentence-speaking, let’s-get-to-the-heart-and-the-feelings sense. Write drunk, edit sober… even if you’re only drunk on emotions. Inhaling an attitude of gratitude and exhaling #donorlove, Jen’s title is partner at Agents of Good, a collective of donor champions.
Jillian got her start in peer-to-peer (P2P) fundraising working at Pallotta TeamWorks in 2001, then continued her career working for Event 360 and optimising the revenue performance for the top charity events in the US. In 2014, she founded PeerWorks Consulting so she and her colleagues could share their knowledge about P2P fundraising with the rest of the world. When not at work, Jillian is usually out exploring in nature and possibly hugging a tree or a dog.
Previously: Director of Fundraising and Marketing, Emolife Events & Consultancy; Event Fundraising Consultant, Event 360; Program Manager, Pallotta TeamWorks.
Joe is director of supporter impact and income at The Children’s Society, a national charity that runs local services to help children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable, and have nowhere left to turn. Working in the charity sector for over 15 years, Joe has focussed his efforts on helping people to achieve as much impact as possible for the causes that inspire them.
Previously: Director of engagement, Friends of the Earth; head of fundraising strategy, RNIB; senor account manager, Pell & Bales
Jonas is one of the founders of and an innovation and leadership consultant at Fantastic Studios, a creative consultancy dedicated to innovation, organisational transformation and strategic learning. He has been facilitating educational workshops for more than 15 years, and during the last three years has taken more than 350 people through the advanced facilitators training “Leading Creative Collaboration”. What Jonas is really passionate about is raising creative confidence and making people smarter together.
Previously: Workshop designer and facilitator; film and media coordinator, Subtopia
Jon has been involved in fundraising and marketing for the last 13 years, and is one of the world’s top digital fundraising and campaigning experts, having honed his craft in digital-first organisations. He’s passionate about sharing his knowledge with as many people as possible to raise standards in the nonprofit sector to increase our impact.
Jon is a true global fundraiser, having raised tens of millions of pounds in nearly every country in the world for human rights, health care, advocacy and campaigning, education, hospitals, and community organisations. He currently lives in London, via New Zealand and Canada.
Jo is managing director for London at prosocial digital agency Reason Digital, overseeing their work with charities based in the south. Jo has over ten years’ experience as a digital leader in the charity sector. Jo’s most recent in-house role was as Assistant Director of Digital for Breast Cancer Care. As the charity’s digital lead, she developed innovative online support services for people affected by breast cancer. Working collaboratively across the sector, Jo created the Third Sector Digital Maturity Matrix – to date the tool has helped almost 800 charities understand their current digital capability and set goals for the future.
Before Breast Cancer Care, Jo was Girlguiding’s first Head of Digital Communications, initiating a programme of digital transformation. She has also directed digital strategy and managed campaigns and products for vInspired and Action on Hearing Loss.
In 2014, Jo was voted #1 woman in digital under 30 by The Drum. In March 2017, she was named one of 10 inspiring women in charity digital by Third Sector. Jo is a Trustee for Sadler’s Wells – world leaders in contemporary dance. She is a Fellow of the RSA and a graduate of the prestigious CharityWorks programme. Jo blogs for Third Sector on all aspects of charity digital.
Previously: Assistant director of digital, Breast Cancer Care; UK delegation leader — Community Core Leaders Development Program, cabinet office, Government of Japan; head of digital communications, Girlguiding
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As director of engagement and fundraising, Kath brings to Diabetes UK significant senior management experience in fundraising and communications from a range of roles in charities and higher education. She’s also a Trustee of the Institute of Fundraising and has previously been a Trustee of the charity Freedom from Torture.
Previously: Executive director, fundraising and supporter development, King’s College London; director of engagement and income generation, Breakthrough Breast Cancer; development director, NSPCC
Kay Sprinkel Grace has worked with hundreds of boards and thousands of board members from all kinds of organisations across the globe. She is familiar with the many ways that non-profit professionals must work with the forms, functions, issues, challenges and joys of boards, and has shared her thinking in several books – most notably The Ultimate Board Member’s Book and The AAA Way to Fundraising Success. Kay lives in San Francisco, USA, and her clients represent the full spectrum of non-profits from arts to education, health and welfare, youth services, public media and the environment.
When it comes to building high value donor relationships, Kimberley’s energy, enthusiasm and original thinking is unparalleled. With over 30 years of experience in both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors, she is a sought after speaker on the topics of high value giving and the sector. Kimberley is a fundraiser and a marketer who is the Donor Journey Champion at Blakely. She has a 30 year background in business and not-for-profit development. Kimberley believes we all have a responsibility to engage and inspire donors throughout their journey with our organisations. In her role as VP, Client Relationships & Donor Journey Champion, she brings vision and leadership to the organisation. Leading a team of high-performing individuals, she instills both the importance of superior customer service for our clients, as well as the foundations of using the Donor Journey as a framework. She ensures we put our clients and their donors at the centre of everything we do. Her passion for high value donor development, coupled with her entrepreneurial spirit, has led to the development of UPLIFT – Blakely’s new partnership in Mid-level giving with Mark Phillips, and VISION, a marketing program for legacy giving.
Liza has over 20 years of experience in developing and leading fundraising programs at well-respected healthcare organizations in Toronto. Over her career, Liza has been involved in implementing innovative fundraising strategies that have significantly grown revenues. She has led public awareness campaigns that have helped change people’s views on mental health, developed integrated direct marketing programs to improve donor loyalty, and established data mining techniques to identify revenue opportunities. Her previous roles at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation, Holland Bloorview Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation and SickKids Foundation provided her the environment to innovate and take risks to drive revenue growth. Liza is a board director at Willow Breast and Hereditary Cancer Support, has served on the AFP Board, and chaired the Not-for-Profit Council of the Canadian Marketing Association. Liza is highly regarded in the fundraising profession as a valued speaker and educator and has been praised for her ability to improve fundraising programs through her analytical skills, team-work and innovation.
Lena is the senior fundraiser at Amnesty International. She joined the fundraising team at Amnesty in 2013 and became legacy manager in 2015 before taking on her current role.
Previously: Marketer, National Opera and Ballet of the Netherlands; marketer, The Dutch Opera
Loretta is a consultant with THINK Consulting Solutions and a senior fundraising leader, based in the UK. She has a
background in fundraising in large and complex organisations, including Cancer Research UK, Action for Children and NSPCC. Loretta led the national Relay For Life series at Cancer Research UK.
Since 2011, Louise has held the position of CEO of the Children’s Hospital Trust, which fundraises for paediatric healthcare through the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. Louise has a Business Science Honours degree in social marketing from UCT and over 20 years of development and corporate experience. She was MD of GreaterCapital, part of the GreaterGood SA group, where she developed and implemented effective corporate social investment strategies for over 60 corporate clients.
Louise researched and wrote the book: How to Help: A Guide to Worthy Causes in Durban, which provides a beneficiary resource for private and corporate funders. In 2012 she won the Regional Businesswoman of the Year Award in the Social Development category and in 2013 won the South African Institute of Fundraising award for Southern Africa Fundraiser of the Year as well as the Resource Alliance 2013 Global Fundraiser of the Year at the IFC in the Netherlands. In 2017 Louise won the SADAC regional and South African CEO Global award for Africa’s Most Influential Woman in Business & Government.
Louise has spoken at many conferences over her career on topics ranging from effective corporate social investment strategies to successful fundraising strategies and maximizing stakeholder involvement.
Madeline has been raising money, organising, and leading internet strategies for 25 years, and figuring out creative ways to do it for most of that time. She is currently Principal + Creative Director at M+R, a digital engagement firm serving clients which include Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Mercy Corps, PETA, Oxfam, World Food Program, Wildlife Conservation Society, AARP, Red Cross, and many more. She wrote one of the first books on raising money with email back in 2005!
I am a fundraising strategist. That means I work with charities and help them develop strategies to meet their goals and inspire donors to fund the amazing work that they do. That strategy is expressed through creative — emotional letter copy and engaging art — that excites the donor, or prospective donor, and motivates them to take action and make a gift. Outside of the office, fundraising and philanthropy are still my biggest passions. I can regularly be found on Twitter @fundraisermaeve, tweeting about fundraising, and I also keep a blog on fundraising called www.whatgivesphilanthropy.com.
Maja is the executive director of Civic Initiatives, Serbia, and leads a staff of 17 people in three offices. She is also President of the Board of Directors for the Human Rights and Democracy House in Belgrade, and a board member of the Serbian Philanthrophy Forum. In addition, Maja is a member of Team Europe, a team of experts for the European integration process in Serbia, set up by the EU Delegation in Serbia and various non-profit and state working groups in the areas of education, civil society development, philanthrophy and human rights. Maja has over 18 years of experience in the non-profit sector, including work in the anti-Milošević movements and other issues through the Students’ Union of Serbia, and serving as executive director of the Youth Initiative for Human Rights (a regional organisation working in Serbia, Kosovo, Croatia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina). She has over 10 years of experience in providing training for organisations and individuals in the areas of human rights, strategic planning and management, fundraising regional cooperation, activism, and networking on national and international levels.
Marcelo is an innovative marketing professional with over 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector. He leads his own international creative consultancy, providing social marketing and public mobilisation strategies powered by innovation.
Marcelo was one of the global pioneers of digital mobilisation in the social sector, leading the design and implementation of cyberactivism and fundraising at Greenpeace International. His clients include Greenpeace, UNICEF, UNHCR, Action Aid, Médecins Sans Frontières, SOS Children’s Villages, and other major international and Latin American organisations. Virtual reality is his new obsession to drive social change.
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Mark started out working at the overseas development charity, ActionAid UK in the late 1980s and later became head of fundraising at the youth welfare charity, YMCA England. He set up Bluefrog in 1997 with one simple goal – to be the agency he would have wanted to employ. One of the most influential fundraisers in the UK and around the world, Mark combines his academic background with hands on experience of research, marketing and fundraising for some of the best and most respected charities. He works alongside Bluefrog’s clients conducting research, developing and planning their fundraising strategies, products and creative. Mark is a passionate advocate of putting donors and their needs at the heart of all we do in fundraising. Mark shares his ideas and findings on sofii.org and through his blog, queerideas.co.uk. He is currently partnering with like-minded agency Blakely in Canada to share learning and expertise particularly across mid-level giving fundraising programmes.
Mary Lynn (ML) is an unapologetic fundraiser, communications professional and shameless idealist with more than 25 years of experience creating compelling and award-winning actionable content. She loves it when the good guys win. (Hint: You are the good guys.) As global fundraising engagement manager at UNICEF in Geneva, she helps shape the narrative for fundraisers and has led storytelling missions to at least 17 countries. Along with colleagues around the world, ML helped drive a central galvanizing moment for UNICEF on 20 November 20 2017 (World Children’s Day), with a story that resonated in 140 countries, was re-tweeted by the Pope and trended #2 on Twitter globally.
With a strong focus on relationship management, Matt provides support and direction to the partner organisations that have Relay For Life programs and are situated in Europe and the Middle East. It is also his responsibility to bring more partners into the program. He facilitates training, idea sharing and networking across the region in order to promote best practices and to seek joint opportunities to further the work of all organisations in the fight against cancer.
Matt first got an appetite for Relay whilst travelling in Australia, where he worked with several Relay events. Whilst in Australia, Matt met his now wife and moved to her native Ireland. Keen to rekindle his work with Relay, he became the director of the Irish Cancer Society before taking on his role at the American Cancer Society.
Meredith is the executive director of fundraising and engagement at Marie Curie UK, an organisation that provides care and support for people living with any terminal illness, and their families. In 2017, Marie Curie cared for more than 40,000 people across the UK.
Michael has been a fundraiser for 30 years and has worked with hundreds of social impact and charitable organizations in Canada, the U.S., Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific. He’s an expert in fundraising innovation and integrated fundraising – especially in the use of digital technologies and their effective integration with traditional and new fundraising methods. He had a hand in creating some of the first digital fundraising tools and campaigns in the late 1990s.
Michael is the author of “The Fund Raiser’s Guide to the Internet” and “The Nonprofit Guide to the Internet” and the editor of “Internet Strategies: Best Practices for Marketing” and “Direct Response Fund Raising: Mastering New Trends for Results.” He was a founding board member of the Washington-based e-Philanthropy Foundation, and the founding foundation chair for the first global charity online lottery, globelot.com. He has helped to found, and chair, the industry-leading Integrated Marketing Advisory Board, a collection of leading fundraising agencies and other related industry associations.
Michael is a current board member of the The Resource Alliance and was the first chair for the Resource Alliance’s Fundraising Online web conference.
Michael Silberman leads the Mobilisation Lab, a global learning and collaboration network powering the future of social change campaigns. Amidst growing threats — to people, the planet, and the very right to advocate for change — MobLab equips progressive movements and leaders to adapt and thrive in the digital, people-powered era.
A senior digital campaigns strategist, Silberman is recognized as one of the U.S.’s 50 most influential leaders by The NonProfit Times and one of LinkedIn’s “Top Professionals 35 and Under” transforming the social impact sector. He teaches digital-era advocacy and campaigning to graduate students as adjunct faculty with George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. Silberman cut his teeth on Governor Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign where he built one of the first successful digital organising programs in American politics and mobilised over 200,000 grassroots volunteers through “meetups”. Prior to launching the MobLab at Greenpeace International, Silberman was a partner and co-founder at Echo & Co, an award-winning digital strategy firm.
Michelle is the director of fundraising at the Commonwealth Secretariat. She has worked with major donors across the international development, faith community, and arts and heritage sectors and has trained fundraisers in the UK, Australia and South Africa. She is also known for her really, really nice handwriting and distinctive purple ink.
Nick has been a digital marketer for 20 years and has worked in a crazy diverse range of sectors – from the music industry where he helped bands like Franz Ferdinand, Muse, The Killers and Keane build communities of fans using online tools and websites like MySpace to the charity space where he has been involved in strategies that have generated well over $1 billion in online donations with brands like Christian Aid, UNICEF, WWF and Greenpeace.
Nick launched and sold a social network in the music industry in 2003-2005 and ever since has been an advocate of social media for fundraising – especially Facebook.
In 2017 he set up a Mastermind programme dedicated to helping Non-profit Organizations build a sustainable digital fundraising programme using Facebook’s tools. In the past six months this “done with you” accelerator programme has helped over 40 Non-profit clients from over 25 countries scale their Facebook fundraising – including Save the Children, UNICEF Oxfam, Greenpeace, Care International, IRC and more.
Nicola first started working for Greenpeace Australia Pacific between 2004 and 2007, returning to the organisation in 2014 as the director of fundraising and marketing. Nicola has over 16 years of experience in donor engagement, specialising in regular giving programs and developing fundraising teams. Nicola has dedicated her career to increasing fundraising revenue for several NGOs including Greenpeace, the Heart Foundation and Amnesty International.
Phil is Vice President – Strategic Growth, at International Rescue Committee. His current portfolio of work includes; global digital, new market development, emergency fundraising, departmental project management and governance, data and analytics.
Prior to working with IRC, Phil was an international fundraising consultant, advising on new market development and global investment strategy to INGO’s and UN Agencies in 35+ countries.
One of the key driver of IRC’s private sector 2020 fundraising strategy, is data driven decision making, Phil has accountability for this driver and is constantly evaluating key business metrics and KPI’s, in order optimize IRC’s fundraising investment.
Rachel Hunnybun is a fundraising professional specialising in individual giving and donor experience. She has worked in various charities in the UK as well as more recently working with US, Canadian and European charities on projects to improve donor experience and supporter retention. Passionate about change and improvement, she has spoken at a number of UK and international conferences sharing her experience and tips to help fundraisers at all levels drive change through not for profit organisations.
Ruth is a career fundraiser, having worked in professional fundraising since graduating from university 17 years ago. She has worked in NGOs big and small, in the UK and Australia and is now working on the consultancy side – providing her the opportunity to view the industry from many different angles. Most recently she was at Amnesty International Australia heading up the fundraising team to grow income by 50 percent over eight years.
Working for a leading section of an INGO gave Ruth fantastic insight into the Australian market but also into how
it compares to others around the world.
Ruth’s specialisms include mass marketing individual giving acquisition, retention and development; experience management; events; bequests; and high value donor strategy. She now works for one of Australia’s leading consultancies: More Strategic – an agency obsessed with insight-driven fundraising and understanding more about what drives donors to do what they do. In the past year she has worked with NGOs large and small from Red Cross Australia to Ronald McDonald House, helping them develop robust and data-lead fundraising growth strategies, manage and design experience-based customer-centric journeys, and researching donors to help understand more about the ‘why’ of giving.
Ryan is the founder and CEO of Raw London, a specialist branded content agency creating campaigns designed to change perceptions. Raw London partners with international charities to develop effective video content strategies, winning 14 awards in 2017 for communication effectiveness and impact. Ryan is a regular speaker at digital marketing industry events across the world, specialising in content marketing strategy.
Simon is a professional fundraising consultant, coach, trainer, board member and practitioner. He received Fundraising Ireland’s “Small Budget, Big Impact” award in 2016 and has previously won Supplier of the Year, Eircom’s Start-up Award and the Toastmasters UK & Ireland International Speech Contest. A board member of a small nonprofit, Making Connections, he also sits on the advisory panel of Rogare, the international fundraising think tank, and is a member of the Institute of Fundraising and the AFP. Simon also offers consultancy to some of the biggest and smallest charities in Ireland and abroad. He is the only person in Ireland with a CFRE, and both a diploma and certificate in Fundraising.
Previously: Peace commissioner, The Office of Peace Commissioner; head of fundraising One in Four Ireland; founder, Toastmaster for Good Dublin
Stephen George is a fundraising and leadership coach who specialises in helping charity leaders become entrepreneurial leaders who change behaviour and raise more money. He is currently working on a global legacies strategy for international NGOs and runs a leadership and coaching programme. He has over 30 years’ experience at all levels at RNIB, Action on Hearing Loss, Maggie’s, the NSPCC, UNICEF and Scope. He was chairman of Remember a Charity, a consortium promoting gifts in wills and is now Vice Chairman of the UK’s Institute of Fundraising.
Steve is a committed and passionate career fundraiser and consultant, with over 17 years’ experience as a professional fundraising and marketing manager within the charity sector in the UK, Europe, Australia and Asia. Principally specializing in individual giving fundraising, Steve has held several senior leadership roles managing both consultancies and leading charities including Australian Red Cross. Currently the national direct marketing manager at the iconic Fred Hollows Foundation, he is responsible for the strategic planning and implementation of all multichannel national direct marketing, regular giving, supporter engagement, retention and bequests programs, as well as the expansion of F2F fundraising operations into new international markets in Asia.
Born in Scotland, raised in London and now living in Sydney, Steve has seen the positive global impact of charities first hand, and understands the value of sharing skills, knowledge and tools across borders to help grow the income, profile and success of charitable and philanthropic organisations. Having benefitted from attending the IFC as a delegate, Steve wanted to return to contribute as a speaker this year. (Not to be confused with the American comedian, so sessions won’t involve balloons, banjos or bunny ears – Soz).
Susanne has built a career in fundraising and marketing over more than 25 years and has held senior positions at charities including the Heart Foundation, Arts Centre Melbourne, Monash University and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
During her career, she has helped raise more than $80 million towards medical research, youth and arts charities. In addition to leading successful fundraising teams, Susanne’s focus is securing major gifts by creating compelling cases and delivering high-quality stewardship. Her key achievements include securing one of the largest single gifts to the performing arts ($5M), securing one of the largest corporate gifts for the Reach Foundation ($3M), and almost doubling fundraising revenue at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in just three years.
Susanne is currently Head of Fundraising at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute where one of her main responsibilities is overseeing the organisation’s $50 million Centenary major gifts campaign. This campaign received the Fundraising Institute of Australia’s National Excellence Award in 2016.
Susanne is a CFRE, and delivered the FIA’s Certificate of Fundraising in Victoria for three years. She is a board member for the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.
Recognized as one of America’s Top 25 Fundraising Experts, Tammy is an inspiring international speaker and trainer in the discipline of transformational philanthropy and an innovative fundraising practitioner. She has trained, coached and led nonprofit teams to raise more than $450M including a single gift of $27.1M. She moved to Detroit in 2008 determined to fundraise in the most challenging economy in the U.S. and has turned those experiences into strategies, tools and processes for skyrocketing fundraising results in any economy. She also serves as Chief Philanthropy Officer at The Children’s Center in Detroit. When she’s not speaking at conferences or fundraising, she’s leading webinars, e-courses, private workshops and retreats or hosting an episode of ZTV on her fundraising video channel.
Thetis is the first engagement manager at Greenpeace. She’s a highly experienced and passionate fundraiser, with specialization in face-to-face fundraising and volunteer coordination. Previously she held a variety of positions around F2F and volunteer coordination with Greenpeace in London and in Greece.
Thomas Kurmann joined MSF in 2004, first as communications and fundraising director of the operational center in Switzerland and then as fundraising director in Germany. Since 2013, he has been director of development at MSF USA. Prior to joining MSF, Thomas was the communication director of Terre des hommes, a children’s aid foundation. Thomas is member of the international MSF fundraising executive platform. Before his fundraising career, Thomas worked as a freelancer in journalism and public relations and as a dramaturg for a small theatre.
Tony is principal & senior counsel at Myers & Associates. He is a passionate fundraiser, consultant, strategist, author, speaker and coach who loves to raise money and help others to do the same. He is a self-proclaimed student of philanthropy and leadership who continues to learn and practice his craft internationally.
Previously: Advisor to the president, University of Calgary; principal gift officer, SAIT
Tsepiso is a certified digital marketing professional, a certified change management practitioner, and a BA Corporate Communications graduate from the University of Johannesburg.
She has experience in both the private and public sectors. Her current role entails strategic management of Comair’s employer brand, research, strategy formulation, stakeholder management, change management, as well as the marketing and communication of various wellness offerings. She has been project leader for the following projects: Top Employers, Nestle Employer Branding, Medical Aid migration, and many other wellness projects that entailed communication, stakeholder engagement and project management as well as change management.
Tyra is an innovation and leadership consultant at Fantastic Studios, a creative consultancy dedicated to innovation, organisational transformation and strategic learning. She’s an all-around creative whose passion is exploring new ideas and seeing new connections. She’s a big believer in Chaordic (Dee Hock), so as a counterweight to her creative side she is very fond of structuring things (in general) and if possible, simplifying. In her studies, she’s investigated the relationship between employee engagement, creativity, nature, interior design and group culture. She’s also a LEGO SERIOUS PLAY facilitator.
Previously: Student, KaosPilots Switzerland; process consultant, Happy M Kitchen