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‘Be Inspired’ by the FIA’s 34th International Fundraising Conference

25 January 2011 at 2:52 pm
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Sponsored Article | The FIA’s International Fundraising Conference will be held in Melbourne 24 – 27th February 2011.

Staff Reporter | 25 January 2011 at 2:52 pm


‘Be Inspired’ by the FIA’s 34th International Fundraising Conference
25 January 2011 at 2:52 pm

The FIA’s International Fundraising Conference will be held in Melbourne 24 – 27th February 2011.

With over 80 sessions on offer and an extensive list of international speakers, the conference is sure to live up to its theme of ‘Be Inspired’.

If you work in the Not for Profit area, are a manager, fundraiser or development professional, then the FIA’s 34th International Fundraising Conference is one of the year’s best professional development experiences.

Conference Highlights::

The Syd Herron Oration: Inspiring Donors – John Jeffries from CBM Australia
For the past 18 years, John Jeffries has been CEO of CBM Australia – the largest organisation working with people with a disability in the developing world. When he joined CBM 28 years ago, the fledgling organisation was raising less than $250,000 annually.

During Jeffries’ time at CBM, the number of donors has grown from a few thousand to around 200,000. And in the last 10 years fundraising income has grown from $5million a year to over $20million annually.

Jeffries also serves on the boards of the Centre for Eye Research and Vision 2020 Australia (the peak body representing blindness agencies).

What Inspires Philanthropists, Future of Philanthropy and the Role of Fundraisers – Dr Mary Archer, Chairman, Cambridge University Hopsital NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Mary Archer is chairman of Cambridge University Hospitals on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. She is described as a driving force in the campaign to support the £1billion 2020 Vision to develop the campus as one of the world's leading academic health science centres.

Archer taught chemistry in the University of Cambridge for ten years before developing a wider portfolio of interests in business and public life. She is currently president of the National Energy Foundation, the UK Solar Energy Society and the Guild of Church Musicians, and a board member of Cambridge University Health Partners, the East of England Stem Cell Network, the careers development organisation CRAC and the Britten Sinfonia.

The Innovation and Inspiration Show: Ken Burnett

Ken Burnett is an author, lecturer and consultant on fundraising, marketing and communications for Not for Profit organisations worldwide.
Burnett has worked closely with several communications and marketing agencies in the UK, Australia, North America and India. Burnett is partner in the transformational development consultancy Clayton Burnett Limited, a director of specialist publishers The White Lion Press Limited and is currently working with fundraisers worldwide to build and develop SOFII, the Showcase of Fundraising Innovation and Inspiration.

Burnett is a former vice chair of The UK's Institute of Fundraising and is a former trustee of and the International Fund Raising Group (now The Resource Alliance). Ken is a fellow of the Institute of Fundraising and an honorary fellow of the Institute of Direct Marketing.

Ken is author of the worldwide best seller Relationship Fundraising, its sequel Friends for Life: Relationship Fundraising in Practice, How to Produce Inspiring Annual Reports, Tiny Essentials of an Effective Volunteer Board and the Zen of Fundraising.

The conference also offers individual tracks, enabling participants to choose to attend sessions that suit their interests. Here are the tracks on offer at Be Inspired:

Fundraising Fundamentals
For those new to the fundraising sector this track provides a solid foundation across all areas of fundraising.

Executive Leadership and Management
Being a successful manager is about more than just your abilities as a fundraiser. Let this track take your fundraising career to the next level.

Bequests: Planning for the Future
The ultimate gift – this track looks at integrating bequests into your existing fundraising programmes. There are some really practical sessions to get the ground work right and some exciting new opportunities for your bequest programmes.

Relationship Marketing and Direct Response
A really practical track covering the spectrum of direct response activities. Come and hear from charities who are doing this differently.

Major Gifts and Corporate Partnerships
If you are about to embark on a major gift campaign or are looking for corporate support for your cause this track will inspire you. We look at the who and the how of making the ask.

Foundations and Philanthropists
This track is about more than just why foundations and philanthropists give. It is also about how fundraisers can most effectively, ethically and legally collaborate with foundations and philanthropists towards achieving your organisations goals.

The conference also has a social program with a range of events aimed at providing networking opportunities for delegates, including drinks to kick-off and the gala event President Dinner.

Master Classes

As well as this, 3 post -conference Masterclasses are on offer, to be held on Sunday 27 February:

  • Working as one: implementing a perpetual motion total development fundraising program for your cause.
  • Finding and articulating a clear and exciting fundraising proposition – getting the case and the branding right.
  • Online fundraising – from good to great.

Register four or more staff members for the conference and FIA will take 20% off the final total.

For more information, or to register for the conference, please visit

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