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 works as an independent fundraising consultant and also as Principal Partner Consultant at The Management Centre (=mc). She is based in London UK, and works with national (within and outside the UK) and international organisations on a wide range of projects, especially in the areas of fundraising strategy and major donor fundraising.
She has 25 years experience in frontline fundraising roles, and as a consultant working for organisations including UNHCR, Amnesty International, WWF International and WWF UK, Prostate Cancer UK and IRC.
Before consultancy, Angela headed up major donors at the NSPCC and was a key member of the team that created and implemented the Full Stop Campaign that successfully reached its £250m target.
Angela is also a Trustee of Oxfam GB where she chairs the Fundraising Committee.
Anna is a freelance fundraiser and development consultant. Her fundraising favourites are storytelling, deep meaningful chats with donors and writing that’s fun to read. Her background is mostly trusts and major donors, with a recent passion for doing all of the fundraising at really tiny charities, but she’d really rather talk about how we should all move to New Zealand.
Anne is a campaign manager 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. In 2017, Anne founded a new political party in Germany, “Demokratie in Bewegung”. 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 over 30 years’ experience as a fundraising practitioner leading mass market teams, as a Trustee and as a fundraising consultant. Annie helps charities define, devise and implement successful fundraising strategies and campaigns, specialising in individual giving.
But you’re only as good as your last gig. And experience is only useful if it’s applied to the here and now. At GOOD Agency, Annie helps develop new fundraising thinking and strategy approaches to meet today’s needs. In the context of ever increasing pressure for fundraisers to deliver constant growth in unrestricted income, she’s passionate about enabling a strategic approach, whatever the size or resources of the cause.
Annie also sings, grows and cooks a lot of stuff, is a semi-professional Baby Boomer stereotype and takes inspiration from dystopian fiction.
Aroon has worked in fundraising and marketing for a range of non-profit organisations over the past 12 years. She has vast experience, both at a hands-on level, leading on fundraising campaigns across a range of channels and audiences, and at a strategic level.
In the five years prior to joining THINK, Aroon specialised in digital fundraising and strategy and her last role in the non-profit sector was as CEO of a crowdfunding charity in London.
Aroon joined THINK Digital in January 2016 and provides strategic consultancy and project leadership to a range of INGOs. One of her highlights during her time at THINK was running an online donor recruitment campaign which achieved a 15:1 ROI at the point of recruitment.
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 delivering fundraising strategies for the UK’s biggest charities, including Cancer Research UK, NSPCC and Marie Curie. Now heading up Stratcom UK, she specialises in direct dialogue, one-to-one, and relationship fundraising. Bethan has presented sessions 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
Brian is the principal and sole practitioner of Structured Empathy. He provides consulting services for Customer Experience Strategy, Corporate Training, and Business Transformation, with a focus on customer experience design based on journey mapping. He is a Masters-prepared professional engineer with a background in customer experience technology, design, and public speaking.
Over the last seven years he has introduced thousands of people to the emerging discipline of consumer journey mapping to design better experiences of all types for customers, employees, donors, volunteers, students, citizens, suppliers and partners. He has presented and led hands-on sessions at over 50 multi-customer events, and facilitated one-on-one engagements for over 100 organizations, for front-line staff to the CEO. He won Best New Speaker at the International Fundraising Congress in Amsterdam in 2016, and so far in 2018 has facilitated workshops in Canada, the US, the UK, Australia, Japan, Korea and China. Current fundraising clients include Save the Children, Geneva Centre for Autism and the UNHCR.
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, from 2007 to 2018. 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
Caroline Riseboro is President & CEO of Plan International Canada, one of Canada’s largest charities working in over 70 countries to help children, especially girls, realize their rights. Caroline is well respected for being a champion of innovation and is credited with launching ground-breaking and award-winning campaigns that have engaged Canadians on some of the world’s toughest issues. In 2017, Caroline was named Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the trailblazer category. Before joining Plan International Canada, Caroline was Senior Vice-President, Marketing & Development at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation, where she played a key role in expanding CAMH’s reach among Canadians. Caroline has held several senior executive positions over the years, more recently as Senior Vice-President, Marketing & Engagement at World Vision Canada where she was responsible for raising $270 million annually. In addition to serving as President of the GTA chapter of AFP, Caroline is serves on the Boards of the Humanitarian Coalition and the Canadian Partnership for Children and Women’s Health (CANWACH). Caroline holds a Bachelor (honours) degree from McGill University and has been pursuing a Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Carleton University.
Charles Williams is Head of Content at Marie Curie, the UK’s leading charity caring for people with any terminal illness.
He previously spent five years leading on content for the British Red Cross. Before moving into the non-profit sector a decade ago, he worked first as a business journalist and then agency-side for clients including BP, Transport for London and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
He also sits on the Board of the Dons Trust, owners of professional football club AFC Wimbledon, advising on youth engagement and communications.
He is a specialist in content strategy and brand development, and generally likes helping charities tell the right stories, in the right way, to the right people.
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
Corine Aartman has built strong and innovative fundraising programmes with INGOs such as UNICEF and Cordaid, along with women’s and children’s rights activist groups. She founded BLOOM Consultancy to work with social change-makers globally as a consultant and trainer. Her focus is on building people’s capacities to make SCOs more autonomous, sustainable and healthy.
Corine is currently working with Wilde Ganzen Foundation, where she is developing a hybrid learning programme for community philanthropy. Co-created with local Southern partners, small NGOs and CBOs in ten low and middle income countries can learn how to fundraise and mobilise support within their own communities at little to no cost.
Corine co-founded the Dutch Fundraisers Association and has trained extensively in Europe and worldwide.
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.
Diana has 16 years of working experience, both in the private sector and non profit sector, 10 of which have been in international fundraising.
She is currently the Global Donor Development Manager in UNHCR, at its headquarters in Copenhagen. Previously she was responsible for private sector fundraising for the World Food Programme in Spain and was an international consultant at Daryl Upsall & Associates. She has also worked in the private sector in a brand consulting firm and in television.
Diana has presented in national conferences in Spain, Ireland, France and Portugal and in international conferences such as the AFP in the US and IFC in Holland. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University and a Masters in Conflict Resolution from the Universidad Oberta de Cataluña (UOC).
As CEO of 3 SIDED CUBE, Duncan inspires the global digital agency to build tech for good. A leader inspired by impact, he and his team strive to create award-winning and life-saving apps for clients including RSPB, RNLI and Mind.
His vision to change the way people donate blood saw The American Red Cross revolutionise the donation process into a digital system that has created over $70 million of revenue. Recognised for his drive to improve global disaster preparedness, he was invited to The White House to present the agency’s work on the world’s largest alerting app, which saves millions of lives in areas affected by tornados, earthquakes and other natural disasters every day.
Ellen brings over 25 years of marketing and fundraising experience, always with a focus on combining new technological opportunities with innovative ways to involve the supporter base.
She is now working as an Innovation Manager for the Dutch Heart Foundation, where she is developing both new products as well as partnerships to co-create new products to accelerate the fight against cardio-vascular diseases. She strongly believes in the necessity to innovate across the entire organisation, to come up with new fund- (or friend-) raising propositions that truly engage and inspire our supporters.
Ellen has presented sessions at regional, national and international conferences, both on Innovation Management in general, as well as on specific expertise, like e.g. Crowdfunding and Open Innovation.
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.
Eve Liebetrau has been involved in Business and the Aviation Industry for a number of years and until recently held the position Executive Manager Human Resources for Comair Ltd, a private sector airline company, which is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Comair operates two airline brands, British Airways and kulula.com, and serves 10 destinations in the SADEC region. Comair also owns and runs Airport Lounges (Slow Lounges), an online Travel Agency (kulula Travel), an airline catering company (Food Directions) and a Pilot simulator training centre (CTC). Comair generates approximately R6 billion worth of revenue per annum and carries approximately 5 million passengers per annum.
As one of the team of original pioneers of Comair Ltd, Eve set up and evolved the Cabin Crew Operations Division, and after completing her MBA was appointed to set up an Human Resources Division for the organisation. As an outcome of the development and formalisation of people best practice in service of business sustainability, in 2017 Comair Ltd was certified by an international certification body (Top Employers) as an “Employer of Choice” due to the structures, governance, best practice which she was instrumental in introducing into the organisation.
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!
Geoffrey is an internationally-recognised expert in fundraising using many channels. His teaching credentials include more than 11 years of teaching at the graduate school level, presentations at more than 100 continuing education programs, (he has also published more than 50 articles, book chapters, and monographs on various topics), and regular contributions to courses on fundraising and direct response marketing. Geoffrey is past-president of Creative Direct Marketing International, a firm that raised funds or consulted in more than 20 countries outside of North America. He has more than 30 years’ experience fundraising in all channels including as a college president, head of a research institute, volunteer for multiple charities, and a professional fundraising consultant.
He is past president of the Direct Marketing Association of Washington and was a board member of the AFP-DC Metropolitan Chapter. He has served as vice-chair of the DMA Nonprofit Federation and has been awarded the Max Hart Award as well as the DMA-Nonprofit Federation’s Public Service Award for his various volunteer efforts on behalf of the nonprofit community. He was recognised as Volunteer of the Year by the Direct Marketing Association of Washington. He has twice been cited by The Nonprofit Times as one of the 50 most influential leaders in the nonprofit sector in the United States and by Fundraising Success as one of the top ten men in fundraising in the USA. He has received the George T. Holloway award for public service from the National Catholic Development Conference.
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.
A senior fundraiser with 25 years’ experience within the charitable sector, I have acquired my experience within both agencies and charities. During my career I have provided both strategic and practical leadership to grow income for a number of organisations and have managed income in excess of £35 million per year and teams of up to 100.
In a voluntary capacity, I am a trustee at RoSPA, who have been at the heart of accident prevention in the UK for 100 years. I am also a member of the Institute of Fundraising Special Interest Group on Donor Experience and also serve as a Treasurer for the PTA at Park School for Girls.
Since 2017, I have set up my own business providing interim support for a number of charities, including Diabetes UK, Christian Aid and Dementia UK.
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 innovation and business intelligence in fundraising. Currently the area which inspires him and his clients is moving charities into the digital space and ensuring digital leaps in there proficiency.
Jacob’s educational background is a master in philosophy and business administration. Recently he has applied his research background in leading benchmarking analysis in the sector. Finding insights that we all need for our strategic decisions, and finding out what good performance actually is. If you need to know more, get in touch!
Jacob’s never had a proper job 🙂 He set up his first company in 2014, and has been an entrepreneur ever since. But one thing he knows, is that doing the same thing over and over again – wont bring social change about. As the world needs to change, so do we.
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.
Jenny Hodgson has been the executive director of the Global Fund for Community Foundations (GFCF) since 2006 when it was first established as a pilot project. Over the course of the past twelve years, she has overseen the emergence of the GFCF as the leading global voice on community philanthropy as a core strategy for people-led development and shifting power closer to the ground. The GFCF is a champion of this largely overlooked but rapidly emerging global field, using grants, research and convenings to support thought leadership and the emergence of a global community philanthropy (#ShiftThePower) movement.
Jenny moved to Uganda in 1992 and never returned to her native UK, setting up home – with cats, dogs and family – in Russia, Kenya, Singapore, Thailand and South Africa, where she has been based for the past decade. Jenny has a BA (Hons) in English from Emmanuel College, Cambridge and an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins School Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She is on the board of the African Philanthropy Network.
Jillian has developed, executed, and managed award-winning fundraising and communications strategies for some of the largest peer-to-peer fundraising events in the USA and, more recently, in Europe.
In 2014 she founded Peerworks–an international consultancy based in Amsterdam–in order to meet the demands for this fast-growing, innovative form of fundraising. The team at Peerworks has over 30 years of experience helping charities inspire and empower their supporters to raise significant funds and awareness on their behalf. Not only does Jillian and her colleagues love giving advice about peer-to-peer fundraising but they also enjoy doing it! Jillian has personally raised over €20.000 for a variety of causes and charities she cares deeply about.
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 has over a decade of experience as a digital leader in the charity sector. Her consultancy practice focuses on people and culture as the pivotal success factors for digital change. Recent clients include Dementia UK, Goodenough College, Resource Alliance and Teach First.
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 Voluntary Sector Digital Maturity Matrix – to date the tool has helped over 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.
Agency-side, Jo has been managing director for London at prosocial digital agency Reason Digital, overseeing their work with national charities. Earlier in her career, she directed charity accounts for Glasgow-based agency tictoc and opened their London office.
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 both the Intersticia Foundation and 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, Government of Japan; head of digital communications, Girlguiding
Julie joined Amnesty International as their first Senior Director of Global Fundraising and Engagement at the end of 2014.
Prior to this she worked with UNICEF International for four years, developing and providing strategic advice, leadership and support to their Global Fundraising Services team as well as to their 60 national committees and country offices.
From 2003, she worked as the Fundraising Director for the Netherlands Red Cross where she significantly expanded the fundraising department before moving to Greenpeace International in 2008 as Head of Global Fundraising.
Julie has global experience across a wide range of markets and fundraising disciplines. During her career, she has been responsible for a range of innovative cross media campaigns and the integration and development of fundraising activities on a national and global scale.
Currently, Julie is responsible for rolling out the global fundraising strategy and realizing ambitious goals for growth in income and membership. She and her team support Amnesty International sections and structures worldwide to develop and enhance their Fundraising and membership activities.
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Kath is Director of Engagement & Fundraising at Diabetes UK, the leading charity in the UK for people affected by diabetes. She is also Vice Chair of the Institute of Fundraising in the UK. She has worked in the charity sector for 20 years and brings significant senior leadership and management experience in fundraising, marketing and communications from a range of roles. Kath is strongly committed to engaging and inspiring people with causes by building great relationships with them.
Previously: Executive director, fundraising and supporter development, King’s College London; director of engagement and income generation, Breakthrough Breast Cancer; development director, NSPCC and a Trustee of the charity Freedom from Torture.
Khaled Khalifa is a professional humanitarian with 20 years of experience in relief and development. He led humanitarian operations in various settings of natural disasters and complex emergencies. Khaled has worked in several senior managerial positions with major international organizations in a number of countries including Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Indonesia, Malaysia, Libya, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Switzerland, and KSA.
He holds an MA degree in English Literature & Humanities from Minia University in Egypt, an MSc in Sustainable Development from the University of London, and a Project Management Diploma from Aalborg Technical School, Denmark. He is a wellknown international trainer in disaster management, and a member of the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination team (UNDAC).
Currently Khaled Khalifa is the Regional Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to the States of the Gulf Cooperation Council.
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.
Kyla Shawyer provides overall leadership to the Resource Alliance, working closely with various stakeholders, including institutional partners and the global volunteer network as well as engaging with the wider philanthropic sector. She has spent 20 years in fundraising, marketing and resource mobilisation both within the international non-profit community, as well as inside the commercial sector.
Most recently, Kyla’s experience has included leading the international fundraising, marketing and programme delivery for Operation Smile International, a global children’s non-profit organisation with programmes in over 60 countries.
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 senior fundraising leader, with a track record of successful strategic and operational delivery across national and complex organisations, including Cancer Research UK, Action For Children and NSPCC. She has led on the strategic development of community fundraising groups and Relay For Life, a national programme of volunteer-led fundraising.
She has designed and delivered high profile people and organisational change programmes and has significant experience of Learning and Development in charities. Loretta has achieved impressive results in transforming ways of working, creating high performing teams, culture design, leadership development, talent and succession management and sales capacity in fundraising teams. Loretta is a qualified business coach with a passion for developing fundraisers skills.
Loretta is a consultant at THINK Consulting Solutions.
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 Stojanović is the Executive Director of Civic Initiatives, non-profit in Serbia. She is also President of the Board of Directors for the Human Rights and Democracy House in Belgrade. 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, philantrophy and human rights. Maja has over 19 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. She has over 10 years of experience in providing training for organizations and individuals in the areas of human rights, strategic planning and management, fundraising regional cooperation, activism and networking on national and international levels.
Maja initiated or was part of wide variety of campaigns in Serbia, most of them organized through in-kind fundraising, resulting in putting on government and international agenda the issues of Srebrenica genocide, human rights and media freedom.
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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Managing Director of Bluefrog Fundraising with decades of experience in direct marketing, legacy, mid-value and digital fundraising and research into understanding what makes donors tick. Proudly been described as a “brand-grump” and as “offering tough love to the sector”. Everything he does is focussed on responding to what donors actually need from charities. Works and regularly presents in the UK and internationally. Partnering with like-minded agency Blakely in Canada he has been driving the strategic and creative development of the UPLIFT product. Loves fundraising and shares thoughts and ideas through queerideas.co.uk
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 mobilisationlab.org, 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 Philanthropy & Partnerships at The Children’s Society. She previously worked at the British Museum and before that, at WaterAid, where she contributed to transforming the major donor team, doubling income in a year and engaging employees across the organisation. She also has really, really nice handwriting, and believes the best fundraising ideas can be found on Pinterest.
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.
Ourania Dionysiou is a former diplomat of the Republic of Cyprus and UN official, with over 15 years of experience consulting to, and serving in senior management positions in government international organizations (UNICEF, UNHCR, WFP, OCHA, EU, WHO, IRC) and private sector multinationals in Europe, the United States and the MENA region with a focus on global philanthropy and values-based investing, growth and market development strategy, negotiation (Harvard University), external positioning (Thomson Reuters), resource mobilization, impact investing and management consulting. She has also worked in the Division of Multilateral Affairs and Common Security Policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Parliament of the Republic of Cyprus in the Office of EU Affairs.
Ourania currently advises the C-suite (leadership and board) of several public and private sector organizations worldwide on strategy, global scale and social impact.
Omar is the Chief of Market Knowledge at UNICEF Private Fundraising & Partnership (PFP) division. He has 30 years of research experience in the private sector and international organisations, in country, regional, and global positions. He was involved in new product launches and brand equity building for some of the world’s top brands; Ariel, Oil of Olay, Pampers, Pringles, Ovomaltine, Isostar, and UNICEF. Omar writes for research journals and is a frequent speaker at conferences and business schools on behavioral economics, neuroscience, decision making, marketing, branding, and innovation. Some of Omar’s work won international awards and is taught at universities.
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.
Rafia is the Executive Director of The Womanity Foundation. Rafia has over 12 years of experience in the field of social and economic development, working both in the private and public sectors. Most recently, Rafia was with Gatsby Africa, the Africa programmes division of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, where she managed the strategic review process of the Foundation and led the development of a new practice focusing on portfolio impact and learning. Prior to Gatsby, Rafia was at J.P. Morgan for six years, where she oversaw the JPMorgan Chase Foundation’s social investment programme in emerging markets, and supported the development of the Foundation’s broader strategic and operational development in Europe, Middle East and Africa. During her time at J.P. Morgan, Rafia expanded the Foundation’s footprint in the Middle East and Sub Saharan Africa, designing the Foundation’s largest investments in these regions and garnering their support by private and public sector players. Before J.P. Morgan, Rafia spent two years working with an international development consulting firm focusing on USAID and DFID-funded private sector development programmes in South Asia. Rafia’s career started in the venture capital space, working for Dow Jones venture capital research, and a start-up venture capital firm in London. Rafia holds a BA in International Relations and Business Administration from Boston University and an MSc in Population and Development from the London School of Economics.
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.
Shoni Field is the Chief Development Officer at the British Columbia SPCA, the largest animal sheltering and welfare organization of its kind in North America. She runs a full spectrum fundraising program raising more than $30 million annually. Shoni has been fundraising for more than 21 years, specializing in direct response, for organizations such as The Arthritis Society, EcoJustice and The Pembina Institute. She has presented sessions at local and national conferences in Canada. When not fundraising, Shoni advocates for electoral reform and citizen engagement nationally, provincially and locally.
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
Sonia Jalfin is the founder and director of Sociopublico, a communications studio that spreads complex ideas. She has partnered with the World Bank, UN agencies, IADB and many other global knowledge producers to put out ideas that resolve challenges of our times and improve people’s lives. Sonia has been Cultural Director at Telefe, an Argentine TV broadcaster and currently writes a column on innovation at La Nación newspaper. She received the Merit Award from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she took her masters degree in Communications. In this TEDx talk she presents some of what she is doing these days.
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 MacLaughlin is the Vice President of Data & Analytics at Blackbaud and the bestselling author of Data Driven Nonprofits. MacLaughlin has been featured as a fundraising and nonprofit expert in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and on National Public Radio.
MacLaughlin has served on the board of the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) and is a frequent speaker at conferences and events. He is a published author in multiple books and his original articles have been featured in many publications, including Advancing Philanthropy, Philanthropy Journal, Fundraising Success Magazine, The NonProfit Times, and Civil Society. Steve is currently an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University’s nonprofit management program.
He earned both his undergraduate degree and a Master of Science degree in Interactive Media from Indiana University.
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).
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
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