IFC 2020 Speaker Guide

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

H – Code of conduct


A. Deadlines and deliverables

  • Decision on masterclass proposals: by Friday 7 February 2020
  • Decision on workshop proposals: by Thursday 30 April 2020
  • Speaker orientation webinar: by end of June 2020 (exact date/time TBC soon)
  • One-page plan (first time speakers only): by Sunday 12 July 2020
          This should be a breakdown of how you will structure your session at IFC 2019 (case studies, group work etc).
  • Complete the online forms for your personal requirements: by Sunday 2 August 2020
         This is a chance for you to let us know any specific requirements or needs you might have for you session(s) – e.g. room setup, equipment, scheduling.
    Masterclass preferences form
          Workshop preferences form
  • Final amendments to your speaker biography and session outline: by Sunday 16 August 2020
  • Draft presentation submission: by Sunday 16 August 2020
          Even if you are still planning to add in more recent case studies and examples at a later date, we need to receive the draft by this date in order to help you with further feedback ahead of the conference.
  • Final presentation submission: by Sunday 4 October 2020
          Again, you still have the option to add in final cutting-edge content to your presentation in the few remaining days before IFC, we just need a version as final as possible that delegates can access on the day of your session(s).
  • Showtime!: 13-16 October 2020

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B. What’s expected of speakers?

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.


IFC 2020 theme – Accelerating Change

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: 

  • Content and case studies that reflect the conference theme of “Accelerating change” 
  • Innovative and cutting-edge content (something that hasn’t been shared/presented by you elsewhere, case studies from within the last two years); 
  • Proof of concept/evidence to back up theory;   
  • Tangible actions for delegates to take away and implement in their day-to-day work;  
  • Time for debate and Q&As 

IFC 2020 session tracks

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!

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C. Session preparation and content tips

Speaker orientation webinar

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).

Top tips for content

  • Title and description – Include direct statements about what an attendee will learn or gain, try to avoid any jargon, language or turns of phrase that won’t be universally understood
  • Stick to your outline – make sure you deliver what you promised in your session description to meet delegates’ expectations.
  • Make it interactive! – strike the right balance between speaking and participating.
  • Make it different – make sure you use NEW material to keep things fresh.
  • Use a variety of case studies – include examples from organisations large and small from around the world and outside of fundraising.
  • Share results – don’t just mention campaigns, show the results!
  • Keep your audience in mind – what do they know/expect? What can you teach them? What will they find interesting?
  • Focus on the IFC theme – this year’s theme is ‘Time for Action’, consider this when preparing your presentation.

Powerpoint tips

  • All speakers MUST use the official IFC title slide (see below)
  • Keep it simple – the less clutter you have on the slide, the more powerful the message.​
  • The slides should support the speaker, not do their job.
  • Limit transitions and animations – too much can get confusing/distracting​
  • Colour – maximise contrast between background & text. Avoid dark backgrounds. Don’t use too many colours on one slide (three is a good number)​. Use a resource like WebAIM’s Color Contrast Checker to check your colors.
  • Use appropriate charts – visual and simple, avoid excel tables!
  • Use visual aids – Keep delegates engaged with informative pictures, graphs etc.​
  • Use high quality graphics – avoid sub-par clip art images and don’t distort/stretch images.​
  • Use video/sound – internet connection can be an issue, so be sure to download videos to your laptop so you aren’t streaming them in the session​
  • Make sure you have latest version of PowerPoint and other software.
  • Look for opportunities to turn bullet points into visuals.

The perfect slide!

  • White background, black text​
  • Max 6 lines on each slide, max 6 words per line​
  • Max 3 or 4 points per slide, phrases not sentences​
  • Fonts – Use fonts without serifs (e.g. Arial) at 20 points or larger​
  • Case – Keep it consistent, UPPER or lower.

Legal stuff

  • Make sure you have permission before using other organisations or people’s stories, examples and case studies ​
  • When discussing other organisations be aware there may be delegates with connections to that organisation in the room​.
  • You are responsible for any copyright permission. All materials must clearly show the originator’s copyright. Copyright should appear as:​
    © Jane Smith 2020

Presentation template

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. 

Additional materials

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.

Presentation sharing

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.

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D. Session promotion

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:

  • Post about your session on social media: We have created a social media pack to help you spread the word about IFC within your social networks. The pack includes draft posts for you to share on your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram accounts, as well as graphics for your specific session. Please use these and help us publicise your session on social media.
  • Send us a video about your session: We’re keen to promote your session as much as we can on the Resource Alliance social media channels. Can you help us by filming a one-minute video explaining your session and who you are? Please upload your clip here.
  • Write a blog post for 101fundraising101fundraising is one of the most well-known blogs in fundraising and is curated by the Resource Alliance. With its social media following of 35,000 and monthly readership of 12,500, writing for 101fundraising can boost your profile and draw people to your session. If you’d like to send us a blog post for 101fundraising, please take a look at these guidelines and email your article to digital@resource-alliance.org.
  • Like/follow our social media channels: Facebook, TwitterInstagram, LinkedIn and promote via your LinkedIn and social media pages etc., using the hashtag #IFCHolland.
  • Join the Official IFC 2020 Event Page: Please indicate you are attending byclicking the ‘Going’ box, share the event to your networks and start conversations in the comments to generate excitement. This is also a great way to get ideas and questions for your session.
  • Update your email signature: Using the speaker banner template shared in the Speaker Materials section above.
  • Download and use the IFC 2020 Mobile App: We will share the download link once the app is launched.
  • Mention you are speaking at the IFC: When you are presenting at other events or networking with peers in the sector.

Press and Influencers  

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.

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E. Before the conference

Speaker benefits – attendance/accommodation

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.

  • 3x workshop/Big Room session speaker to also attend two-day masterclass programme beforehand (including accommodation) – £715
  • Masterclass only speaker to also attend three-day workshop/Big Room programme afterwards (including accommodation) – £1000
  • Day pass speaker to attend other two days of workshop/Big Room programme (including accommodation) – £815
  • Day pass speaker to attend other two days of workshop/Big Room programme and two-day masterclass programme beforehand (including accommodation) – £1,500

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.


Travel Assistance

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):

From  £ Sterling
Asia – East & Australasia £1000
Asia – South £1000
Central America and South America £1200
East Africa £700
Eastern Europe £250
Northern and West Africa, the Middle East £600
Scandinavia £250
Southern Africa £800
United Kingdom £150
USA and Canada – East Coast £700
USA and Canada – West Coast £750
Western Europe £150

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.


Speaker registration

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.


Session formats

There are seven main session formats at IFC, all of which are briefly explained below:

    • Masterclass – A long-form, deep-dive session presented over 6.5 hours over two days at the start of the conference. Masterclasses are led by real trailblazer speakers and have a limited number of attendees so you will experience more powerful conversation, more intense exploration, and more deep-dive learning with an intimate group of delegates.
    • Workshop – A 90-minute session delivered multiple times over the course of three days after the masterclass programme. Workshops offer a wealth of practical, strategic learning from some of the leading practitioners in the social impact sector.
    • Resource Café – A subset of the workshop programme, Resource Cafe sessions are more fluid and open. They allow attendees to engage informally with speakers and with each other: big on conversation, small on presentation.
    • Big Room – Six one-off 90-minute sessions delivered at the same time as the workshop programme. Bigger-than-life speakers, in front of a big crowd on a big stage talking about the big issues facing our sector.
    • Power Hour – 60-minute sessions taking place from 17.30-18.30 on Wednesday 14 October. Nearly half the delegates will be returning to their satellite hotels to prepare for the evening, so we only run a small number of these sessions. At the end of a long day, we have short, high-energy presentations, as well as opportunities for structured networking and for first-timers to try their hand at speaking
    • Learn at Lunch – 60-minute sessions providing delegates with the opportunity to keep learning even during the lunch break. Attendees still eat at the restaurant first, then head to the relevant session room
    • Plenaries – 60-90 minute keynotes to start and end the conference. The only time all 1000 delegates attend the same session. We invite ground-breaking speakers to inspire, to educate, and to challenge you to stretch your heart and mind, your ambition and your self-belief.

What’s provided for speakers?

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.


Speaker materials

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:

  • IFC 2020 Speaker Presentation Template – This template must be used by all speakers at IFC. There is an opening slide, a closing slide, and a penultimate slide to remind you to restate the key takeaways from your session before finishing.
  • Masterclass FAQs – A short FAQ document regarding delivering a masterclass/bootcamp at IFC. This is especially useful for first time masterclass speakers.
  • Speaker Guidelines – A very useful PDF document that outlines upcoming key dates and deadlines, and also includes some useful presentation tips.
  • IFC 2020 email signature – Please add this image to your email signature to let your contacts know you are speaking at the conference and ensure you hyperlink it to the IFC website.

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F. During the conference

Top tips

  • If you need any assistance from the RA team, head to the registration/information desk in the main hotel lobby
  • Don’t forget your laptop and any adapters required​
  • On the day of your session, once you are in the room, check the AV setup and room layout immediately​ – ask your Session Leader if you need help with anything​
  • Ensure you are comfortable with your positioning in the room.

Keep in mind

  • The IFC attracts a hugely international audience – 1,000 people from over 60 different countries. So….​
    • Keep it slow – English may not be their first language so don’t speak quickly and tell the audience to inform you if they can’t understand​
    • Keep it simple – Delegates will be absorbing a LOT of information in a short period of time, so ask them to speak up if there are any terms or areas they are unsure about. Avoid jargon, acronyms, clever linguistic flourishes. Remember that some terms that are familiar to you may need further definition e.g. An attendee might be familiar with Salesforce, but not know that it is a CRM or what that acronym means.
    • Keep it sensitive – Be aware of possibly culturally sensitive language, terms or imagery. Sexist / inappropriate / offensive comments or materials are unacceptable. If unsure, leave it out!

IFC sessions are a strictly “sales-free zone”

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 willtherefore 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.


  • Don’t make assumptions about gender. If you need to interact with an attendee, refer to them by name, use “they/them” rather than a gendered pronoun, or try something like “keep in mind what our friend from UNHCR said…
  • Remember that “guys” is not gender neutral.
  • Be thoughtful about who you call on to speak.
  • If you have co-presenters, make sure you share the microphone and stage with them.


  • Keep in mind that your session has a limited timeframe, so be willing to politely interrupt someone who might be speaking too long. You can say something like “Apologies for interrupting, I like where you’re going, but because of our short time together we can only spend a few minutes on each comment. Can you give us a quick 15 second summary? I want to make sure we have time to hear additional thoughts.
  • Be ready to intervene if the conversation goes off topic. One technique for doing this is to use the question/topic “parking lot.” Acknowledge that the topic is important but note that you want to keep the group on track. You can say something like “I appreciate your passion/where this is going, but I want to keep us on the topic of [X]. Let’s note [Y] in the parking lot so we don’t forget it and we’ll circle back towards the end of the session.” Make sure someone from the group adds it to the ‘parking lot’ while you move on.
  • Watch out for people who might be dominating the conversation. Instead of calling on the same person, nudge someone who may not be raising their hand. You can say something like “We haven’t heard from you in awhile, what experiences do you have with [X] and would you be happy to share with the group?
  • Don’t always rely on people volunteering to respond to questions. Be willing to call on individuals that look engaged but maybe need a little nudge to be “invited” to join the conversation.
  • Think about your own questions and ideas around this topic. Be ready to pose them to the group if there’s a lull in conversation or to redirect the conversation if it’s getting derailed or stuck on a particular topic.


  • Creating multiple participation paths is a good way to be inclusive of different communications styles. Extroverts may enjoy talking out loud in front of the larger group while introverts may prefer to write answers down and share them anonymously.
  • Think about physical requirements. Will you be asking attendees to get up to write on the flipchart, to walk around the room, to move to talk to a colleague? How can you make these sort of activities accommodating to all participants?


  • Questions show your attendees are engaged. Try to take questions when they come, rather than waiting just for the end.
  • Help everyone hear audience questions by repeating them back before answering.

Session evaluations

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.


Key people onsite at IFC

RA team

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.

IFC Advisory Panel​  

The expert panel who put the IFC programme together. Panel members spend a lot of time attending sessions onsite.​

Session Leaders​

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!

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G. After the conference

After the IFC is over:​

  • You will receive your evaluation results within 8 weeks of the event​.
  • Feedback to the Resource Alliance from speakers is also encouraged and welcomed – you will receive a speaker evaluation form immediately post-IFC.
  • All session slides (except masterclasses) will be made publicly available after the conference – these are due for submission before the conference (see timelines and deliverables section above). If you have made further edits to your presentation, please submit a final version immediately after the conference.
  • If you have delivered a masterclass, these slides will be shared just with those who attended your masterclass – please inform us before the conference if you will be sharing these slides directly, or would like us to do it on your behalf.

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H. Code of Conduct

Being part of the Resource Alliance Community

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.


Events Code of Conduct

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.

Expected behaviours

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

Diversity and inclusion

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!

Resting Speakers 

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

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