Facilitation: What it is, what it can be used for and how you get really good at it!

Posted on: October 2nd, 2018 by Resource Alliance

Fantastic Studios has trained more than 400 people across the globe in facilitating creative processes. At the Resource Café session, Jonas and Tyra will give you a framework to explore facilitation further and see how these skills can be used in pretty much everything from project leadership to matchmaking.

The future of digital fundraising

Posted on: September 28th, 2018 by Resource Alliance

Want to know what the future of digital fundraising might hold? Join Marco and this panel of leading thinkers in digital for a fast-paced overview of key innovations and trends. Prepare to be inspired and to have your mind expanded! You’ll have the opportunity to hear about blockchain, AI, chatbots, mobile and frictionless giving.

Learning outcomes

  • An overview of the current digital landscape
  • An understanding of how these trends and innovations are relevant to the social good sector, as well as  what risks and opportunities they present
  • Feeling better equipped to embrace new developments in digital

Who should attend: Anyone interested in learning about and preparing for the latest digital innovations

Session style: Short presentations and Q&A time with the speakers

The Unplenary: Together we can, unplugged

Posted on: September 24th, 2018 by Resource Alliance

This is your chance to meet the opening plenary speakers and discuss the issues raised. The Unplenary is not a presentation and not a spectator sport. It’s an informal chance to ask questions, hear diverse views, and share how we can take the ideas from our opening plenary and make them work in practice. Places here are strictly limited. Don’t worry if you can’t be there, as we will share feedback on the issues raised.

Campaign labs

Posted on: September 13th, 2018 by Resource Alliance
Bring your campaign questions to this interactive, hands-on session in our Resource Café. We’ll help you address strategic or tactical challenges to improve your advocacy or campaigning project. Participants will work with experienced campaign strategists from the MobLab and Purpose to apply the latest campaign design and supporter engagement methodologies. To get the most from this session, identify the campaign element you’d like to work on before joining:
  • Vision: You have a broad problem statement: ‘We know we want to work on X, but aren’t totally sure of what success looks like’,  and the group will work with you to build a vision of what you might be trying to achieve.
  • Campaign Story: You have your vision, goal and theory of change, and you need support building a story that will help you achieve change, inspire people to take action, and start to shift the narrative on the issue you are working on.
  • Creative tactics brainstorm: You have your strategy and now are looking for innovative, creative ideas for how to implement it in the most effective way possible. Maybe you’re looking for a range of new and exciting tactics to build out and test, and would love ideas from colleagues.
  • Deepening engagement: You have a sense of your strategy and main tactics, but you are struggling with how to engage people at different levels, how to deepen engagement through the campaign, and how to build more people power.
  • Open and distributed campaigning: You want your supporters to own and build distributed campaigns as leaders and change agents, not as a passive audience. We’ll look at opening up your campaign, building more leadership pathways, and developing effective open campaigns that build the power of your supporters, your organisation and your issue.

Friend or faux: What emerging trends and technology might change the world

Posted on: August 14th, 2018 by IFC Holland

Augmented Reality. Neural Networks. Cryptocurrency. 4D Printing. Smart Dust. We are surrounded by a whirlwind of amazing technological innovations, but which ones will go big and which will go bust? How will emerging consumer trends, technology evolutions and social good sector strategies all come together? That’s what this session is all about. Join Steve and Bernard as they explore the potential perils and possibilities of the not-too-distant future. They won’t just be tossing out buzzwords either – instead, this will be a spirited debate about how trends and tech will impact the social good sector.

Block around the clock: An advanced roundtable

Posted on: July 9th, 2018 by IFC Holland

This is a high level (non-technical) roundtable around blockchain; it’s potential impact, when it will reach the mainstream, and the threats and opportunities it poses to the sector.

As this is a complex topic, attendees should have an understanding around the following terminology:-

  • Bitcoin
  • Blockchain
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Satoshi Nakamoto
  • Smart Contract
  • Proof of Stake
  • Proof of Work

Innovation in fundraising: The Blockchain

Posted on: July 9th, 2018 by IFC Holland

This session will delve into the emerging world of blockchain technology, examining how it could change the way charities work in the future.

Blockchain and cryptocurrencies like bitcoin are the hot topic in the industry right now, and many people don’t understand their potential. We will demystify the technology, and show how all the scaremongering and bad PR actually cover up a world of opportunity and new hope for fundraisers. By using the tech for good, we could change the world for the better.

Future-proof your fundraising with strategies from successful start-ups

Posted on: April 27th, 2018 by IFC Holland

Our whistle-stop tour of the “Start-Up Fundraising Playbook” will give you practical tips to raise your fundraising innovation game straight away.

What can cash-strapped startups teach fundraisers? We’ll take you on a whistle stop tour of the “Start-Up Fundraising Playbook”. Designed to give you practical skills you can use to raise your game straight out of IFC 2018. Inspired by digital and technology, these techniques will power an audience-centric, integrated fundraising offer across online and offline.

5 tools to disrupt fundraising and raise more money today:

  • Set a singular, motivating vision. Learn to write a powerful vision and deliver an ask people can get behind.
  • Understand your audiences. Create a useful, usable persona in 10 minutes.
  • User research on a shoestring. Free, DIY, hassle-free user interviews anyone can do.
  • How do we prove success in innovation? Develop a Boston Matrix to assess your current product performance and discover gaps for innovation.
  • Build and test a Minimum Viable Product (MVP). Whip up a product hypothesis and write an easy-to-use test plan.

Learning outcomes

  • A laser-like focus on your charity’s vision and the ask you’re making
  • Tools to get to know your donors and how to reach them like never before
  • A roadmap of how to develop new projects through innovation without blowing your budget or risking your reputation

Who should attend: Any fundraisers responsible for finding new donors and supporters, creating new products and revitalising your fundraising strategy. If you know you should be doing things differently, but don’t quite know where to start, this is for you. It will be especially useful for anyone with a remit around individual giving, community engagement or innovation.

Harnessing the restorative power of anger for systems and social change campaigns

Posted on: April 11th, 2018 by IFC Holland

In this session, we’ll explore behavior science for reframing and leveraging cataclysmic emotions.

Can emotional awareness and management fuel creativity and be leveraged to generate positive, high-impact outcomes? How might this approach be applied to systems and social change campaigns?

In a world riddled with polarities, this session aims to tap into the fuel that sparks change – yet converted for the greater good. This workshop will walk participants through classical theories of anger in philosophical and psychological literature that have led us to believe that the emotion comes from specific parts of the brain triggered by the world around us, But we depart there and will explore the most recent advances in neuroscientific research challenging this view and suggest that emotions are psychological experiences that each of us constructs based on our unique personal history, physiology and environment. These emerging perspectives have serious implications for how we – and ultimately, our organisations – may embrace anger-fueled action in society. The workshop will be taught in a train-the-trainer format that includes theory of constructed emotion and a tool for decoding personal irritations to unlock increased empathy and creativity that can be applied to organisational campaigns striving to create systems and positive social change.

Learning outcomes

  • Train-the-trainer tools for reframing anger in a personal and organisational sense
  • Updated versions and interpretation of the latest theories and research in terms of emotional and cognitive processes in regards to human behavior
  • New approach to conventional challenges fundraisers may face in terms of developing and delivering high-impact organisational campaigns

Who should attend: Organizational strategists, connectors, thought leaders, influencers.

Session style:

  • Contemporary presentations: the latest research and trends in anger as a lever for behavioral change in relationship to systems and social change campaigns
  • Facilitated networking: social capital community building and idea networking
  • Transferable skills building
  • Futurecasting and next steps: converting your ideas into reality, taking it forward as a collective
  • Wrap-up and reflection

Digital fundraising: What’s new, what’s working, and what’s a waste of time

Posted on: March 22nd, 2018 by IFC Holland

A review of recent digital engagement strategies, tools and tactics

The Internet is chock-full of new tools and unexpected tactics – you’ve probably seen a dozen come across your desk in the last week alone. It’s inspiring! But, it’s also overwhelming, and it can be challenging to figure out which ones are worth your limited time and investment. This session will cover what’s working *now* … and what’s not in areas like digital advertising, mobile fundraising, crowdsourcing, gift catalogues, data, social media, acquisition, and many more. Expect a little bit of fun, a lot of examples, many answers to your burning questions and most of all, TRUTH about what’s really happening out there and what’s just hype.

Learning outcomes

  • A glossary of new digital tools, what they do, and what’s known about their effectiveness
  • More than a dozen examples of real-world applications of new tools and tactics
  • Honest answers to real situations or approaches workshop attendees are considering

Who should attend: The audience for this session is broad! Relatively new folks and small groups will benefit from honesty about which tools and tactics are worth their time. And larger NGOs and more experienced people will receive validation (or brutal honesty) about where to invest and take some risks.

Session style: This session will be in a highly interactive format with Q&A and discussion throughout. In addition there will be humor, irreverence, and an honest style for keeping audiences engaged, inspired and informed.

Innovation Camp 2018

Posted on: January 22nd, 2018 by Resource Alliance

“Mind blowing, inspiring, fun can’t wait for the next one”

“Really great masterclass. Gave the wow to think, reflect, share and be inspired”.

Think freedom, metamorphosis, breakthrough and ‘I can do that too’ insight.

At Innovation Camp we seek to generate ideas for changemakers driven by the future of engagement, fundraising and communications, with a pinch of ‘How to innovate’.

In today’s dynamic world, new social trends and technologies move us in new directions; NGOs need to adapt to, and alter, these directions. This third edition of Innovation Camp will help you figure out how to be a catalyst for innovation within your NGO and across the sector, helping you rethink your vision, strategy, product and technology for public mobilisation and fundraising.

You’ll be inspired by people from outside and inside the NGO sector. This year We have a speakers lineup that you will love: Katherine Macklin (Head of Innovations, Unicef UK), Duncan Cook (CEO, 3 SIDED CUBE), the wonderful Marco Gerris (choreographer and creative director of ISH company) and many more. And we promise: You will never, ever forget the taste of ‘sweet’ methods of visualisation and mobilisation we have in store for you ….



Working with innovation managers at leading NGOs, along with guest speakers from start-ups, innovation labs and trend hunters, you will:


  • Be immersed in 2018’s main trends in fundraising and public mobilisation
  • Get concrete tools and strategy on how to innovate inside your organisation
  • Get new ideas to transform supporters into active stakeholders
  • Design disruptive products for public engagement and fundraising
  • Network with other people who want to think and act, driven by ideas

Learning outcomes

  • Disruptive thinking
  • Ideas to prototype new fundraising and engagement products for your cause
  • How to think like a start-up
  • How to imagine the future of your work from the perspective of current and prospective donors

Who should attend: The masterclass is for:

  • NGO innovation managers
  • Experienced fundraisers who want to do things differently (and better)
  • Digital activists
  • NGO leaders/CEOs/executive directors and board members

Teaching style: Short talks, interactive sharing, brainstorming. Informal interactive style, cases and demos with a lot of delegate participation. Register only if you want to be an active participant! In earlier editions we worked with an orchestra director revealing the secrets of Beethoven, a McKinsey consultant turned Internet-of-Elephants entrepreneur, a Brazilian photographer who is debunking race for National Geographic, and an Italian team measuring donors for emotional fundraising.

Please note this masterclass has a premium of £149.

Fast-track fundraising innovation with tools from successful start-ups

Posted on: January 22nd, 2018 by Resource Alliance

Are you looking to innovate in your charity fundraising? What’s holding you back? Worried about the costs of experimenting? Fearing the risk of failure? Not sure where to start or how to spot a good idea?

This masterclass will give you five tools to help you develop new fundraising products and strategies that you can put into action straightaway – and give you top tips on when and how to use them.

Inspired by proven start-up strategies, our ‘Start-Up Fundraising Playbook’ will disrupt old thinking, revitalise your approach to fundraising and give you practical skills that you can use to raise your game straight out of IFC 2018. These techniques will help you develop audience-centric, integrated fundraising offerings and products across online and offline.

Here’s a sneak peak of the tools you’ll learn to raise more money today:

  • Setting the mission: Revitalise your ask with a laser-like focus on what makes your organisation amazing.
  • Understand your audience: All good innovation starts with your audience needs. Learn how to create useful, usable audience personas.
  • Uncover insight without investing the world: User research and product testing is invaluable to successful product development, but it doesn’t have to cost the Earth. Learn about delivering audience research on a shoestring.
  • Identify areas for development: Develop a Boston Matrix to assess your current product performance and discover gaps for innovation.
  • The Minimum Viable Product is your Most Valuable Player: Find out what you really need to test to prove a concept, and how to keep costs low as you go.

Learning outcomes

  • A laser-like focus on your charity’s vision and the ask you’re making
  • Tools to get to know your donors and how to reach them like never before
  • A road map of how to develop new projects through innovation without blowing your budget or risking your reputation

Who should attend: Any fundraisers responsible for finding new donors and supporters, creating new products and revitalising your fundraising strategy. If you know you should be doing things differently, but don’t quite know where to start, this is for you. It will be especially useful for anyone with a remit around individual giving, community engagement or innovation.

Session style: Throughout the masterclass, your facilitators will share knowledge and inspiration points, but the majority will be made up of highly participatory, structured group activities where tools are outlined and put into practice. Attendees will leave the masterclass with tangible work they can take back to their charities.

Creating people-powered change: Campaigning theories, strategies and tactics to engage and mobilise people to action

Posted on: January 22nd, 2018 by Resource Alliance

This masterclass will provide attendees with a practical overview of the latest advocacy and campaigning methodologies that can engage millions and inspire them to act. We’ll examine a range of examples from the global campaigning landscape to introduce participants to key themes and trends in 21st-century campaigning. The training will focus on three key practice areas:

Campaign Strategy: How to develop a strong vision and effective supporter-centred theories of change, including:

  • Defining a problem through systems and root-cause analysis
  • Mapping targets: who has the power to unlock change
  • Segmenting and defining key audiences and clear roles for people
  • Developing creative campaign briefs that enable effective creative and tactical ideation

Creative Campaign Tactics: How to develop participatory campaigns that engage supporters in meaningful action, including:

  • Beyond petitions: building an engagement pyramid that goes ‘beyond the first click’ to deepen engagement
  • Linking online and offline action
  • Exploring full potential of people-powered tactics – from digital volunteering to distributed organising

Storytelling and Culture: How to inspire new audiences and motivate supporters to act, including:

  • Crafting compelling campaign narratives and story frames through testing and experimentation
  • Building a toolkit of creative assets for deployment
  • Developing distribution strategies that reach target audiences via both earned and paid digital media strategies
  • Participants will also have the opportunity to workshop campaigns based on problems and issues that delegates bring into the session. The session includes hands-on skill and experience sharing focused on learning from one another to build capacity and foster innovation.

Learning outcomes

  • How to develop public mobilisation campaign strategies that engage supporters and motivate them to take meaningful action
  • How to leverage culture to develop stories that inspire supporters
  • How to design outreach strategies and tactics to recruit new supporters and reach existing ones effectively

Who should attend

  • Delegates who want to learn how to practically build campaigns focused around generating public action
  • Fundraisers seeking to understand how to deploy new engagement tactics in their work
  • Leaders looking to learn about innovative approaches to building strong supporter bases through blended digital and offline strategies
  • Delegates who have specific campaign ideas that they would like to collaborate with others to co-create.

Session style: At the core of the approach is a hands-on, participatory session where delegates will be invited to apply new principles and frameworks to real campaign challenges or scenarios