Here’s all the important information and materials you need to speak at IFC 2020.
Please note: This Speaker Guide is also available as a downloadable PDF here.
Huge congratulations to all IFC 2020 speakers! We are very grateful to everyone who gives up their time, expertise and effort to speak at IFC – our speakers truly make the IFC what it is. We strive to maintain the highest possible standards across our conference programme and we’ll be here to support you every step of the way through planning, delivery and post-conference to ensure you really get the most out of this experience as well.
This page is a centralised place for all the important information and materials related to speaking at IFC 2020. We will be updating this page throughout the months leading up to the conference week (13-16 October 2020). If you have any questions please contact: James Tennet, Head of Events.
Click the links below to jump down to a certain section of this guide:
A – Key deadlines and deliverables
B – What’s expected of speakers?
C – Session preparation and content tips
(inc. speaker orientation webinar, PowerPoint tips, presentation template)
D – Session promotion
(inc. social media pack and channels, 101 fundraising blog posts, press and influencers onsite)
E – Before the conference
(inc. speaker benefits, travel, speaker registration, session formats, speaker materials)
F – During the conference
(inc. speaking and facilitation tips, session evaluations, key people onsite)
G – After the conference
Proven expertise – You will need to demonstrate a proven track record of experience in your chosen field, as well as great presentation skills
New ideas – We strive to present cutting-edge content and the latest innovations, alternatively fresh takes on the basics
Diversity – New and returning speakers; gender balance; a mix of practitioners, consultants and corporates; and speakers from different regions. We place a high value on including a diverse range of voices in every session, in particular those from underrepresented communities. Sessions proposals are strongly encouraged to reflect this value in both the individuals participating as presenters and in the content delivered.
Balance – Speakers from agencies, consultancies and providers must invite a co-presenter from an NGO client to provide the best balance of theory and practice of the strategies and ideas presented. Two speakers from the same organisation may not speak together in the same session.
We require all speakers to work the theme into their session content when presenting at the IFC. Read a full description of the IFC 2020 theme here.
We chose this theme as we need to confront reality, face up to uncertainty, be ready to maximize emerging opportunities and deal with threats. That we must reignite our passion, to bust bureaucracy stifling creativity; work out what to keep hold of, mutate, radically change.
We selected your session as we felt it could fit this brief. We’d encourage you to stretch people’s thinking to help us deliver the theme. When crafting your session consider what you want your audience to think, feel and do. Aim to shift something in them, so they leave your session changed.
As we strive to ensure that IFC content remains world-class and meets the needs of our audience, we ask all speakers to ensure that their presentations feature the following:
Fundraising & Engagement
If your session fits into this track, think about including content that goes beyond traditional transactional fundraising techniques. Include things we can learn from other sectors.
Leadership & Strategy
If your session fits into this track, think about content that will stretch and challenge conventional thinking such as new models, new insights, divergent thinking, new ways to drive change.
Partnerships & Commercial
If your session fits into this track, think about including partnerships that transcend just fundraising, such as those focused on shared value and true mission collaboration.
Future Gazing & Disruption
If your session fits here, then just go for it and really stretch people’s horizons!
We run a very important speaker orientation webinar that is repeated on two occasions at the end of June 2020 (exact dates and details TBC soon).
The perfect slide!
We require all speakers to use the official presentation template if they are using slides in their presentation. The template includes a standard opening title slide, a standard closing slide with a reminder for all delegates to complete the session evaluation form, a blank template to be used for all other slides in the core of your presentation, and a final content slide for you to provide a summary of the key takeaways from your session.
You are welcome to include additional materials or handouts as part of your session, provided they reinforce the learnings from your session or add value to your topic. In line with our environmental policy, we ask that speakers distribute materials electronically rather than in paper form wherever possible.
We require all speakers to provide us with a final version of their slides before IFC begins – this is so we can make them available for delegates to access on the day of your session delivery. We appreciate that speakers sometimes like to edit or add to their slides right up to the day of delivery, and you still have the option to do that, we just need a version as-final-as-possible by Sunday 4 October 2020.
We would love all of our valued speakers to help in spreading the word about this year’s IFC and your session(s) to your network of contacts worldwide. In the lead-up to IFC, you will receive an email from our digital team with more specific ways you can help promote your session, including pre-written social media posts, but in the meantime please ensure you are doing the following:
We will be inviting a select group of industry press and influencers to attend IFC 2020. These individuals may choose to attend your session(s). We will do our absolute best to let you know in advance if a member of the press or an influencer has signed up for your session so that you can connect with him/her about quotes and important information, but please be aware that a member of the press or an influencer may attend your session(s) without communicating this to us.
During the conference, we may approach you for an interview or quotes on behalf of the press or influencers, or they may ask you directly. Please let us know immediately if you have any questions or concerns about any of these interactions.
In an effort to ensure that all published materials are accurate, we will be in close communication with our network of press and influencers before, during, and after IFC 2020. We cannot, however, guarantee that all materials will be approved by you or the Resource Alliance before publication.
If you have questions about press or influencer communications, please email me and I will put you in contact with our Resource Alliance PR manager.
We ask that speakers make themselves available for interview pre-, during or post-IFC, if requested. In agreeing to speak at the IFC, you accept that you may be photographed or filmed for use in brochures, emails, press features, social media, videos and on the Resource Alliance website.
All speakers benefit from being able to attend IFC and enjoy other sessions as a delegate. The number of days attendance and accommodation they receive varies depending on their speaking role.
Speakers who deliver a masterclass followed by two 90 minute workshop/Big Room sessions will receive a free four-day place at the IFC, including four nights full board accommodation at the conference centre (NH Leeuwenhorst Hotel) from Monday 12 to Friday 16 October 2020.
Speakers who deliver a masterclass only will receive a free two-day place at the IFC, including two nights full board accommodation at the conference centre from Monday 12 to Wednesday 14 October 2020.
Speakers who deliver minimum of three 90-minute workshop/Big Room sessions receive a free three-day pass for the IFC 2019 at the NH Leeuwenhorst Hotel, including two nights full board accommodation at the conference centre from Wednesday 14 to Friday 16 October 2020.
Speakers delivering one or two workshop/Big Room sessions receive a free day pass to attend the IFC on the day(s) of their session(s) but not including accommodation.
Any speakers requiring any additional nights’ accommodation, we can assist you with the booking, but you will need to cover these costs. Speakers who deliver a masterclass and 3x workshop/Big Room sessions receive a full place across the entire conference programme. All other speakers who wish to remain at the conference to enjoy the remainder of the programme, are able to benefit from a greatly reduced registration rate.
These additional registration options will be explained in more detail with invitations to speak.
Mode of transport and discounted travel offers
As part of our improved environmental policy, we are asking all IFC participants to travel overland, ideally by rail, whenever possible. Amsterdam Schiphol rail station is a travel hub that is very well serviced from most other European cities, including a four-hour direct Eurostar service from London. Starting in April 2020, Eurostar will also be running the same direct service back from Amsterdam to London!
New for 2020, we are delighted to announce a travel partnership with Eurostar which will allow all IFC delegates to receive 10% off Standard tickets and 15% off Standard Premier tickets. This offer is valid across the entire Eurostar network for journeys up to seven days before or after the conference. We will share this special booking link once the partnership is finalised before the end of February 2020.
If you must fly, we also have a travel partnership with Air France and KLM. Both are kindly offering up to 15% off flights to and from Amsterdam Schiphol if you are attending IFC. The offer is valid for return flights in the period 5-23 October. The link to book is here. In this scenario, we would urge you to pay a small contribution to offset the carbon emission from your flights using the Gold Standard organisation atmosfair.
As a not-for-profit, we have a very limited travel reimbursement budget. As such, we can only reimburse travel expenses for speakers from registered not-for-profits, or sole consultants. If you wish to claim travel assistance, you must arrange this with the Resource Alliance in advance. Travel assistance agreed in advance is for economy class travel to/from the Netherlands only.
We have strict regional limits for travel reimbursement, which are outlined below. Please note that these limits are for your total travel claim (including any taxis, for example):
|Asia – East & Australasia||£1000|
|Asia – South||£1000|
|Central America and South America||£1200|
|Northern and West Africa, the Middle East||£600|
|USA and Canada – East Coast||£700|
|USA and Canada – West Coast||£750|
All expenses will need to be approved via a claim form before 31 December 2020 and must have valid receipts. Please note that we cannot cover subsistence costs for speakers, above and beyond the catering provided on-site at the conference.
To confirm your place at the IFC, all speakers must register themselves on our event database. This is important to secure any complimentary accommodation and to capture other important information like dietary requirements.
Instructions and links for speaker registration will be shared on this page before the end of March 2020.
There are seven main session formats at IFC, all of which are briefly explained below:
We provide: Projectors/screens, speakers, flipcharts, pens, post-it-notes, clicker to change slides, microphones (on request)
You provide: Laptop, any adapters required that aren’t standard HDMI or VGA, anything else required for your session.
We have created a Dropbox folder to share important speaking materials with you. This folder will continue to be populated over the coming months and documents include:
Participants and their organisations invest a lot in being at the IFC to learn, to share, to grow. They don’t go to sessions as sales targets. We thus have a strict ethos of not allowing speakers to use sessions as a sales pitch. Please do not devote time or visual materials to selling services, books, or promoting any commercial organisations. Evaluations show us time and again that your audience will react very negatively to any sales pitch. We simply cannot allow overt and excessive promotion of books, services, logos etc., and will therefore request that slides be amended if we consider them too commercial or sales-oriented.
Microaggressions are small, subtle, often subconscious actions that marginalise people in oppressed groups.
Receiving feedback on your session from delegates is hugely important to the Resource Alliance. We dedicate a lot of time to ensuring we get quality evaluative data for all sessions and speakers. Previous session and speaker scores can have an influence on whether you are invited back to speak again at IFC – so, make sure you include the closing slide template that reminds people to fill in the session evaluation form on the mobile app and also make sure you personally remind delegates to do this at the end of the session before they leave the room.
Onsite before, during and after the conference and able to help with any general conference-related queries you may have. Team base is the ‘Secretariat’ room, but you’ll also find us at the registration/information desk in the main hotel lobby.
The expert panel who put the IFC programme together. Panel members spend a lot of time attending sessions onsite.
The first point of support and assistance for speakers immediately before, during and after sessions. You’ll spot them easily thanks to their bright, matching t-shirts.
Country/Region specific IFC-experts who can help you with booking your IFC space and any general or logistical queries you have. Ambassadors often organise drinks receptions or lunches for delegates from their part of the world!
The Resource Alliance is committed to accelerating change in the social impact sector. By being part of the Resource Alliance community you commit to complying with a standard of conduct at all events, activities and social media interactions. These standards of behaviours are required in relation not only to our supporters, colleagues, and volunteers but also to the sector and those we support more widely. Every person who volunteers with, works for, or comes into contact with us should be treated with dignity and respect.
The Resource Alliance is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for everyone involved in our events. We believe that more diverse teams achieve more, and diverse representation at our events creates an even stronger community (read more below about our approach to diversity and inclusion). We follow a Code of Conduct for all our events in order to create the best experience possible for everyone. Before you participate in a Resource Alliance event, please review the Code of Conduct below. We invite you to help us create a safe and positive experience for all.
The Code of Conduct will be enforced across all events and applies to anyone who engages with the Resource Alliance including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, sponsors, vendors, partners and volunteers. The Resource Alliance events are working conferences intended for professional learning, networking and collaboration within the social impact sector and wider community. They exist to encourage the open exchange of ideas and expression and require an environment that recognises the inherent worth of every person and group. To that end, our goal is to create an environment where everyone feels welcome to participate, speak up, ask questions, and engage in conversation.
Every Resource Alliance event is dedicated to providing a harassment-free environment for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Anyone asked to cease inappropriate behaviour is expected to comply immediately and failure to comply may result in being removed from the event, without a refund at the discretion of the organisers. This Code of Conduct may be revised at any time by the Resource Alliance and the terms are non-negotiable. Your registration for or attendance at any Resource Alliance event indicates your agreement to abide by this policy and its terms. We expect participants to follow these rules at conferences, events and conference-related social events.
How to report an incident
If you experience harassment, discrimination or a violation of any form whilst participating in a Resource Alliance event or activity, or if you are made aware that someone else may be affected by inappropriate behaviour, please let us know. Reports can be made onsite at any event or by contacting us. All reports will be treated in confidence and investigated in accordance with the Resource Alliance complaints procedures.
To report an incident, please connect with one of the following Resource Alliance staff members, who can help address your questions or concerns. You can either find them onsite in the IFC Secretariat or email them on the contact details below:
|Sarah Scarth||Nyree Woolston||Ajay Mehta|
Our approach to diversity and inclusion at IFC
As the Resource Alliance, we curate content and events to accelerate social change by inspiring collaboration and innovation within the non-profit sector around the world. Through events like IFC, we help ideas to take root and then blossom in the fertile minds of fearless and innovative change agents from every corner of the world.
When we say we want to inspire everyone to take action, we really mean everyone. Equality is at the heart of creating the social change we’d like to see in the world. We have a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and we strive to drive equality for all, including our staff and the wider changemaker community. Together, we continue to build an inclusive culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates diversity.
In line with our commitment to inclusion across race, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, ability, and religion, everyone is welcome at IFC. We place a high value on including a diverse range of voices in the sessions, in particular those from underrepresented communities. We are committed to ensuring IFC is a safe space for all – please bring your authentic, whole selves to the event and enjoy being you!
We do not invite any speaker or volunteer to be part of the IFC programme for more than three years in a row. If you do speak for three years in a row, we will then give you a rest for a year. For that year you may not speak in any capacity, including as the guest of another speaker. This is one way in which we create space for new and diverse voices at the IFC.
Thank you for taking the time to read this IFC 2020 Speaker Guide.
If you have any questions about anything within this pack, please contact:
James Tennet, Head of Events