Social, Networking and Wellbeing Programme

Social & Networking Programme

Welcome to First Timers, Tue 15 October, 12:30-13:00, Alegria 1

New to IFC? Then come along to this extra special welcome before lunch! We’ll have a couple of Resource Alliance representatives and IFC old-hands to share some of their conference top tips with you and also lead a quick networking game so you can meet some other new faces.

The Fundraising Escape Room, Mon, Tue, Wed & Thu, Various Times, Cambridge 31

Let’s play a game… You’re a team of fundraisers who have been given a seemingly impossible task: raise €20,000 in the next hour. Not only that, but your CEO has locked you in your office! You and your fellow fundraisers will have to work together to raise the (make-believe) money and get out in the fastest time possible. This “escape room” is a physical adventure game in which players work together to solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives at hand. You’ll use logic, common sense and your existing knowledge while learning fundraising tips and tricks along the way. Yes…the worldwide Escape Room phenomenon has come to fundraising! Can you work together to beat the world’s only Fundraising Escape Room? Pre-booking is recommended as spaces are limited! Individuals and groups should register their time slot on the form outside room Cambridge 31.

Masterclass Drinks Reception, Tue 15 October, 19:00-19:30, Rotonde

With half your masterclass completed, you deserve a drink. Come and join this reception where you’ll get to meet delegates from all the other masterclasses. Jillian Stewart from Peerworks and Puff Story from 3 SIDED CUBE will be hosting, so an entertaining time is guaranteed!

Masterclass Dinner, Tue 15 October, 19:30, South and North Beach Restaurants

An open buffet-style dinner for all masterclass delegates.

Peerworks presents “Networking Pub Quiz”, Tue 15 October, 21:00, Cheers Bar

Win prizes! Make new IFC friends! Laugh until it hurts! The IFC Pub Quiz is back for its 4th year and will be bigger (and crazier) than ever! Even non-trivia-buffs will have tons of fun – and undoubtedly learn a thing or two.

We’ll hand out silly prizes at EVERY round. The overall winning team will earn fame, glory and the coveted (and ridiculous) Pub Quiz trophy!

Already made some friends at IFC? Bring them! Don’t know anyone yet? No problem! We’ll team you up with fundraising colleagues from all over the world.

Taking place in the hotel at the Cheers Bar (one of the hotel’s best kept secrets). Doors open at 8:30pm. First round starts at 9:00pm sharp. Come late and we’ll add you to a team. Stay for as many rounds as you want. Hope to see you there!

DJ & Bar, Tue 15 October, 21:30, The Resource Café (supported by Salesforce.org)

Come join us in the Resource Café for some laid-back beats and a relaxed beverage or two as we settle into the week ahead.

Film Screening “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”, Tue 15 October, 21:30-23:00, The Big Room (supported by Raw LDN)

Head to The Big Room to take in this striking documentary released as a follow-up one decade after “An Inconvenient Truth”. Former American Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight to ring the alarm on climate change, travelling around the world to train an army of activists and influence international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes, in moments both private and public, funny and poignant, as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion. After watching the film, let us know what you think of our new Environmental Policy.

Welcome to First Timers, Wed 16 October, 12:00-12:30, Alegria 1

New to IFC? Then come along to this extra special welcome before lunch! We’ll have a couple of Resource Alliance representatives and IFC old-hands to share some of their conference top tips with you and also lead a quick networking game so you can meet some other new faces.

An evening with FRUTO: Rethinking the relationship between man and nature through food, Wed 16 October, 20:00-22:00, Atrium

More details to follow soon…

DJ & Bar, Wed 16 October, 21:30, The Resource Café (supported by Salesforce.org)

Looking for a boogie and a tipple or two? We have a bar and DJ in the Resource Café, so bring your friends along, or come and make some new ones!

Film Screening “The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind”, Wed 16 October, 21:30-23:30, The Big Room (supported by Raw LDN)

Following the stirring story shared in the Opening Plenary, now is your chance to watch the feature film based on William Kamkwamba’s memoirs. Released via Netflix earlier this year, this is a rare chance to catch the movie on the big screen. This is a fantastic directorial debut from the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Animal Kingdom Gala Night Drinks Reception, Thu 17 October, 19:00-19:30, Marketplace

You’re resplendent in your fancy dress, your makeup is on point and you’re ready to experience the IFC’s famous gala night. Before we open the doors to reveal the Animal Kingdom join us in the Marketplace to toast the final evening at IFC 2019.

Animal Kingdom Gala Night Dinner & Disco, Thu 17 October, 19:30-02:30, Atrium & Rotonde (supported by Blakely)

Are you hungry like the wolf? A bat outta hell? Born to be absolutely ROAR-some!?

Whatever your chosen animal, get ready to unleash it Thursday night at our 2019 Gala!

The theme this year is Animal Kingdom… so pile on the leopard print, bust out that animal onesie, or maybe find someone that you really, really trust to be the tail end of a horse costume.

The evening starts off with cocktails at the watering hole, followed by a feast fit for a king (of the jungle) and, of course, dancing, prancing and preening well into the night.

And don’t worry if the best you can do is to blow the dust off of those little black cat ears from your cousin’s costume party in 1997 – there will be a makeup and costume shop on site to help with a more convincing metamorphosis. (OK, unicorns are acceptable but dinosaurs are borderline… and mermaids are so last year).

Networking Dinner, Thu 17 October, 19:30, Asamblea

If you’d rather avoid the fancy dress and loud music over at the Gala Dinner, this is your chance to spend your last evening at the IFC chatting with friends and colleagues old and new in a less frenetic atmosphere. ?The Networking Dinner? offers a more civilised – but still highly stimulating – alternative to the extravagance of the Gala Night. And, don’t worry, if you fancy joining the party later on, there’s nothing to stop you heading over to the disco after dinner. Pre-sign-up only – please complete this form to reserve your place.

Film Screening “The Lion King”, Thu 17 October, 21:30-23:00, The Big Room (supported by Raw LDN)

If you prefer a low-key version of the Gala Night’s Animal Kingdom theme, we have just the film screening for you. The original Lion King from 1994 – a seminal movie from Disney’s unbeatable back catalogue. Settle down and let the Hans Zimmer score and songs by Elton John transport you to the African savannah and the epic, life-affirming saga of Simba. Hakuna Matata, indeed.

Wellbeing Programme

Aqua Fitness Centre

The hotel boasts a multi-faceted fitness centre that is open 07:00-22:00 every weekday and includes free access to a large gym, swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna. Don’t forget your swimmers!

Running club

Want to run off another day full of buffets and canapes? Sarah Scarth from the Resource Alliance will be leading a running club at 07:00 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Meet at the Registration Desk to join the jogging gang for a 4km round trip – what better way to blow away the cobwebs from the night before!? Don’t forget to bring a head torch as it will likely still be dark outside.

Walking meditation (morning)

For those who want a slightly lower-tempo freshen-up in the morning, the Resource Alliance’s Brazilian Ambassador, Mariana Chammas, will be leading a walking meditation group at 07:00 on Wednesday and Thursday morning. Inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh’s “Guide to Walking Meditation”, Mariana will first give the group a quick grounding in this practice before leading a roughly 40-minute walk through the pleasant natural surroundings of a nearby park. Don’t forget to bring a head torch as it might still be dark outside when the walk begins.

Walking group (lunchtime)

Attending sessions back-to-back for three days can get a little overwhelming, so we encourage attendees to get some fresh air and a little decompression time whenever possible. The perfect time to digest your learning is during lunch with this walking group – led by one of our session leaders, who will guide participants on a short and gentle 30-minute stroll through nearby woodland.


Eva Hieninger from getunik in Germany is a Yoga Alliance Certified teacher who will be leading six yoga classes in total over the course of the IFC – morning, lunchtime and evening on both Wednesday and Thursday. We have a dedicated yoga room for the duration of the conference at the end of the Erasmus corridor (Erasmus 13) where you can find Eva ready to provide some stress-relieving stretching!

Exact timings as follows:

1. Wednesday morning, 07:00-07:45
2. Wednesday lunchtime, 12:10-12:55
3. Wednesday evening, 18:45-19:30
4. Thursday morning, 07:00-07:45
5. Thursday lunchtime, 12:40-13:25
6. Thursday evening, 17:45-18:30

Meditation (TBC)

Days can be long at the IFC, which is why we are providing the chance for you to take a 15-minute break to catch your breath and clear your mind. Use the lift next to the Marketplace to head up to room Cambridge 450 at the start of lunchtime on Wednesday and Thursday. Here you’ll find a quiet spot, away from the hustle and bustle of the conference centre, where you can join a small group of delegates for a revitalising 15-minute meditation.

Please note: These sessions will be pre-recorded audio meditations rather than an in-person teacher.