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Shaping the future together

Posted on: October 17th, 2022 by Cat O Broin

Shaping the future together

Our opening keynote

IFC 2022 will be opened by award-winning journalist, political pundit, and author Anand Giridharadas. The theme for this year’s event is Shaping the Future Together and the event is built around finding solutions to the most pressing issues facing us all, including polarisation, misinformation, and the rise of extremism and propaganda. Anand’s writing holds a mirror up to the work we do in the social change sector, exposing sometimes hidden issues around privilege and inequity that we cannot afford to be blind to.

The keynote will be followed by a bespoke spoken word piece performed by artivist Vanessa Chisakula.

 

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F@ck this Job: Broadcasting truth to power

Posted on: September 15th, 2022 by Cat O Broin

F@ck this Job: Broadcasting truth to power

The story – and the people – behind the award-winning documentary

Broadcast by the BBC in the UK as Tango with Putin, F@ck This Job charts the rise and transformation of TV station Dozhd, the lifestyle channel that was designated a “foreign agent” by the Russian government in response to investigative journalism and the sharing of “provocative material”, including about the war in Ukraine.

Natasha and Vera’s work aligns closely with the theme of IFC 2022. Shaping the Future Together is a bold, aspirational concept; we wanted our delegates to hear from people whose work and whose commitment to speaking the truth is changing the world – and shaping the future – even when it puts them in danger.

Most of us can voice our opinions and speak our minds without fearing the consequences. Natasha and Vera didn’t have that freedom, yet they carried on regardless.

The closing keynote at the International Fundraising Congress has always been designed to motivate our delegates to take what they have learned and apply it out in the world. Tango with Putin is a powerful piece of documentary cinema and Natasha and Vera’s story, told in their own words, will inspire us all in our work.

 

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Moments or movements? Driving momentum by building community

Posted on: March 30th, 2021 by James Tennet

Create the momentum you need to go from performance to action

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About this session

In the pursuit of social change,  every generation faces at least one major moment of challenge and change. The last year has shown us that these moments colliding can be the perfect storm, levelling everything in its path. As we weather the storm, we face a choice: do we treat this as a momentary crisis or do we see it as a catalyst for change? To attract and retain the brightest minds across the sector globally, organisations have to learn from the mobilised groups, hashtags-turned-movements, and organisations and coalitions that are seeking and making change. In this time of heightened awareness and a “calling out” of the charity status quo, Kishshana Palmer will show how building a community can create the momentum we need to transition from the performative to action that moves the needle.

 

Aimed at:

Organisation leaders and those looking to change up their strategy.

 

Learning outcomes

  • How to think about operationalising strategy using community as a lever
  • How community-focused organisations and movements have been able to gain traction in the last 12-18 months
  • What organisations need to change NOW to do things differently if they are really seeking change

 

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Don’t let it happen, make it happen: Engineering the future you want

Posted on: March 30th, 2021 by James Tennet

How foresight can help you remain truly ahead of the curve

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About this session

Overnight, the pandemic forced us to make changes to the way we work and laid bare how woefully unprepared the world was for a deeply transformative societal event. But is it even possible to prepare for once-in-a-lifetime events like this? What about preparing for a host of different futures and innovations (regardless of your inability to actually predict the future!)? Foresight, or futures thinking, gives us this ability, allowing us not only to see popular digital trends that everyone already has their eye on but to scan the fringes for groundbreaking innovation that has yet to hit the mainstream. In this fascinating keynote session, Krizna Gomez will explain how foresight can move you from adapting to what comes to actively engineering the future you want and ground us in the importance of seeing the bigger picture.

Aimed at:

  • Leaders and their staff
  • Comms and advocacy teams
  • Strategists
  • Consultants
  • Funders

Learning outcomes

  • How foresight works and what benefits to expect from making it part of your strategy process
  • What you need to start practicing foresight, from making small changes in things from the way you think to what you read
  • How to gain more support from funders by clearly illustrating the future you envision
  • How to be confident through changes you previously thought were difficult to prepare for

 

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Mobilising for racial justice: Harnessing new technology

Posted on: March 30th, 2021 by James Tennet

The role of technology and digital tools in campaigning for racial justice

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About this session

The campaign for racial justice has a long history of horizontal movement-building and of fostering solidarity across communities. The recent waves of mobilisation have shifted, with a vibrant activist community harnessing new technology to spread the message of their collective actions and foster the inter-country solidarity that resulted in a global outcry of support for justice for black lives. Join Kim M Reynolds, Kelly-Eve Koopman, Masana Ndinga-Kanga, and Sarah Summers for a conversation that will bring together some of the sharpest minds harnessing and challenging technological advancements for the realisation of an intersectional, justice-informed, and inclusive approach to campaigns for racial justice.

The problem of racism is intimately linked to extractive capitalism, misogynoir, homophobia, and perpetual displacement. At the forefront of highlighting these trends have been activists who recognise the power of technology to bring together the voices of many for collective action, but who remain wary of how technology has been used for surveillance, online harassment, and the intimidation of racial justice champions. This conversation brings together some of the sharpest minds harnessing and challenging technological advancements for the realisation of an intersectional, justice-informed, and inclusive approach to campaigns for racial justice.

 

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Biden-Harris: The inside story of the record-breaking campaign

Posted on: March 30th, 2021 by James Tennet

How the Democratic National Committee broke half a billion dollars in two months

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About this session

We all know how the story ended: after a fraught campaign that broke all fundraising records, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris took the White House. Their team achieved astonishing figures, breaking the one-month fundraising record in September 2020 with $364.5 million, and topping that figure with $383 million in October. So, how did they do it? And what can charity fundraisers learn from the campaign? Elana Firsht, Online Fundraising Director for Biden for President, joins us to give you the inside track on the Biden-Harris fundraising campaign.

 

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Business as usual has to change: An overview of the why, what and how of innovation within fundraising​

Posted on: March 23rd, 2020 by Resource Alliance

Business as usual has to change

An overview of the why, what and how of innovation within fundraising​

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About this session

Society is changing. Fast. The fundraising propositions that worked yesterday, will not work tomorrow. And the organisations that are able to anticipate and meet these new donor needs will succeed. The rest will fall by the wayside. And in the context of COVID-19 innovation in this sector is needed more than ever.

Come to this session to find out why fundraising business as usual has to change. Featuring sector trends, research, benchmarks and insights from the innovation index; take away ready-made slides you can use to convince senior leadership to invest in innovation.

Learn in what ways you and your organisation could innovate to be more relevant; from embracing new ways of working and developing new products, to changing departmental structures and even pivoting your charity’s purpose. And leave with a box full of tools for how to get there; from identifying the right insights using root cause analysis, solving problems using ideation techniques and human centred design principles, through to setting up innovation pipelines and creating a culture of innovation within your workplace.

Packed with examples from the charity sector and business world, this session will also include links to books, podcasts, and free online courses where you can learn more. 

 

Aimed at

Attendees looking to get behind the buzz words and understand what innovation truly means Delegates form small organisations looking to harness their agility to be bold to large organisations looking to find a way through the tape of bureaucracy, for career fundraisers looking to keep the inspiration alive to people new to our sector looking to understand how things are done and how they can do things better. This session is everyone driven to be best we can be to change the world. 

 

Learning outcomes

  • What’s happening in fundraising ​(and why it’s a problem)​
  • Why is it happening? (our analysis)​
  • What can we do about it? (innovate)
  • Types of innovation​ 

 

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Australia: The Bushfire effect

Posted on: March 23rd, 2020 by Resource Alliance

Australia: The Bushfire effect

 Responding to a national crisis in a globalised world

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About this session

How did the Australian Red Cross respond to the Bushfires? And what can you learn from them? 

$200 million was raised and Belinda and her team are just coming up for breath. In this session she’ll explain how the organisation responded to a crisis unlike any they’d seen before and how they operated in an environment where nothing was normal.  

A phone call from Kylie Minogue, David Beckham sending messages and Ellen DeGeneres launching a fundraiser on her show. Together with local children saving their pocket money, people hosting bake sales and digging deep into their pockets.    

Hear how new platforms were created to support the response, how donations from overseas were handled and how the organisation was able to support global events and concerts. And ultimately, how the Australian Red Cross was able to deliver the support to the people who needed it most. 

 

Aimed at

  • Everyone wanting to engage new audiences 
  • People from global organisations or interested in global fundraising 

 

Learning outcomes

  • Taking advantage of an event around you  
  • Quick thinking and fundraising responses  
  • Communicating effectively  
  • Engaging an audience and pre-empting when sentiment shifts 

 

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Ireland: The historic campaign which legalised abortion

Posted on: March 6th, 2020 by Resource Alliance

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Ireland: The historic campaign which legalised abortion

How reframing a narrative can change opinions

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About this session

Hear, first-hand from Ailbhe, about the Together for Yes campaign which galvanised huge numbers of people to give, canvass, campaign and vote for historic change in Ireland. Specifically how some people were influenced to change their vote.

On 25th May 2018, Ireland voted by an overwhelming majority to overturn its constitutional ban on abortion.. This session will tell the story of how the campaign radically re-framed the narrative of abortion so as to encourage a change in perspective of the many thousands of voters who were either opposed to abortion or confused and undecided.

You’ll learn about the two-year pre-campaign research process which involved conversations with a wide range of stakeholders and activists. And lessons will be shared about the careful drafting and testing of messages as well as the ‘on the ground’ training with canvassers, social media influencers and activists.

 

Aimed at

  • Changemakers
  • Campaigners
  • Non-profit leaders
  • People who work with sensitive or contentious issues

 

Learning outcomes

  • The importance of working strategically to find the right messaging approach for a campaign 
  • The practical steps involved in achieving an effective campaign narrative and messages

 

Speaker bio

Ailbhe has been a feminist, LGBTQ+ and socialist activist for a long time. 

Most recently, she was involved in two historic, ground-breaking referendum campaigns in Ireland. She was the Strategic Executive of the victorious Marriage Equality campaign in 2015 and the Co-Director of the Repeal the 8th Amendment campaign which legalised abortion with a landslide win in 2018. 

Alongside others, she has been campaigning for women’s right to choose for over 35 years and describes being part of the campaign as an ‘honour and privilege’.

 

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Hong Kong: The self-organisation of a leaderless movement

Posted on: March 6th, 2020 by Resource Alliance

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Hong Kong: The self-organisation of a leaderless movement

What can we learn from the digital organising and campaign strategies?

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About this session

Be inspired by the digital organisation and strategies of the Hong Kong protestors who managed to engage the world and attract nationwide support.

Since the summer of 2019 a mass movement has grown in Hong Kong to fight a government proposal to allow extraditions to mainland China. As fundraisers, what can we learn from the protestors?

In this session activist and researcher Sophie Chen will share her observations of how the movement was so successful in gathering support. You’ll learn how people from both moderate and radical flanks came together in solidarity to offer strength and what digital tactics were being used to keep them united.

 

Aimed at

  • People interested in the formation of social movements
  • People who want to know more about engaging and organising supporters digitally

 

Learning outcomes

  • What strategies the Hong Kong movement used to mobilise and organise people
  • How different kinds of people can be part of the same movement

 

Speaker bio

Sophie is an activist and researcher based in Centre for Social Innovation Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is researching the current movement in Hong Kong, and interested in building international solidarity.

 

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Hong Kong: The self-organisation of a leaderless movement

 

 

 

Lean impact: How to innovate for radically greater social good

Posted on: May 3rd, 2019 by Resource Alliance

Lean impact: How to innovate for radically greater social good

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About The Session

Do you want to tackle one or more problems facing people and the planet, but are not sure how to make a meaningful dent? Transformative change will not come from business as usual.

Far greater impact at far greater scale is possible if we adapt the best practices of innovation: setting audacious goals, taking measured risk, running lightweight experiments, driving fast feedback loops, and focusing on the metrics that matter.

The result will better address real needs, improve cost-effectiveness, and unleash the possibility of true scale.

 

Through inspiring stories drawn from her interviews with over 200 organizations across sectors and geographies, Ann Mei will share both the theory and the practice behind successful social innovation.

 

Aimed at:

For anyone seeking to dramatically magnify the depth and breadth of their social impact.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the difference between invention and innovation
  • Understand the three key pillars of a successful social innovation
  • Learn how quick experiments can accelerate your learning
  • Know how to identify the metrics that matter.

The end of the beginning for online giving: What we know from 20 years of online giving

Posted on: April 27th, 2019 by Resource Alliance

The end of the beginning for online giving: What we know from 20 years of online giving

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Online giving has now been around for 20 years. Let’s stop acting like online giving is still a new thing – it’s not. Let’s start embracing the fact that the next 20 years will bring tremendous digital transformation in the nonprofit sector. Join Steve MacLaughlin, vice president of data and analytics at Blackbaud and bestselling author of Data Driven Nonprofits, as he explores where we’ve been, where we are now, and the future of online giving. We’ll explore several key milestones of the last two decades and what the data tells us about the future of digital giving and engagement.

 

Aimed at:

  • Digital Fundraisers
  • Digital Marketers
  • Nonprofit Leaders.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand historical context for online giving
  • Understand proven best practices
  • Understand where digital is going next.

The importance of building community: Getting the most from your comms and fundraising efforts

Posted on: April 27th, 2019 by Resource Alliance

Wednesday 12 June
08:00-08:30 (UK BST)
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This session will explain how changes in digital and communications affect fundraising and how to engage with stakeholders and donors effectively in order to get the most from the time and effort spent. Tune in to learn how the communication landscape has changed with the advent of the digital age, and the implications for your organisation and your fundraising. 

 

Aimed at: 

  • Senior executives, senior management and Board members 
  • Personnel in marketing and communications 
  • Fundraisers. 

 

Learning outcomes: 

  • Have a really good understanding of the changes in communications going on in the world and what that means for your organisation 
  • The three rules to ensure your fundraising efforts and communications engage, have impact and get results 
  • Ideas that can be used straight away to improve your marketing, communications and fundraising