Press Release, November 2019
1,000 fundraisers and changemakers from 60 countries and representing global organisations gather for IFC 2019
1,000 changemakers from around the world convened in the Netherlands in October for the 39th annual IFC. They brought with them a thirst for knowledge and learning and left with fresh strategies, new connections, inspiration and a renewed passion for the critical work that they do.
James Tennet, Head of Events for the Resource Alliance, the charity that curates IFC and other social impact events, explained why 2019 was a success and what to expect in 2020:
“We were delighted with what was an incredible IFC! This year we worked hard to further increase the diversity of our speakers and content, with speakers from 35 countries across 6 continents, many from outside the traditional fundraising sector, delivering sessions on new and emerging trends, and an innovative environmental policy for the conference.
We’re hoping to follow this success into 2020 – IFC’s 40th year – where we’ll be building on all the positives from this year and reaching a greater number of people, to affect and accelerate more vital positive change across the globe, at a time when we need it the most!”
IFC 2020 is a milestone year as it is the 40th time the event has taken place. To celebrate, those registering for the IFC 2020 before 31 December 2019 will receive a £400 discount on their ticket. Those interested in taking advantage of the offer should head to www.resource-alliance.org/ifc to register for IFC 2020 and enter the code HAPPY40 when prompted.
IFC 2019 garnered positive feedback from participants, with 95% of attendees rating the overall IFC experience as “good” or “excellent”.
IFC is internationally known for its lineup of powerful speakers and this year was no exception. IFC 2019 kicked off with an opening keynote by William Kamkwamba, better known as ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’, whose life-changing story garnered 2.2 million TED views and launched a new Netflix film starring Chiwetel Ejiofor.
IFC 2019 ended with a trio of young activists who, though facing completely different sets of circumstances, shared the desire to be the change they wanted and needed to see in the world, as well as the energy, enthusiasm, and conviction to do it:
- Srishti Bakshi, who embarked on a 2,300-mile walk across India to educate people in local communities on gender-based violence and inequality.
- Elvis Eze, an outspoken emergency medicine physician dedicated to ending the terrible plague of malaria.
- Joanna Sustento, the human face of the climate crisis. After losing her family in Super Typhoon Haiyan, she travelled the world to highlight the devastating impact of climate change.
In the intervening days between opening and closing plenaries, IFC attendees heard from scores of global disruptors from every aspect of the fundraising, nonprofit, and social impact realms, along with a healthy dose of input from the corporate world – with more than 100 speakers in all, representing more than 60 countries.
IFC 2019’s speaker and session lineups were carefully crafted to address this year’s ambitious theme: ‘Time for Action’. Highlights included:
- I Wish I’d Thought Of That (IWITOT): The fundraising campaigns that have inspired the sector
- Safeguarding the news, protecting the public sphere: The Guardian’s journey to becoming supporter-led
- Videogames and livestreaming
- Trends and opportunities for charity video
- Ninja tactics to raise more from Facebook fundraisers and get the data
- Fundraising for introverts: Better networking, phone calls and face-to-face connections
- Demystifying supporter insight: Top tools and tricks you can use to understand your supporters better and do something about it
Those interested in more information about IFC 2020 or wanting to book a place can do so at www.resource-alliance.org/ifc