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Get With The (Donor) Program at FIA Conference 2018

13 February 2018 at 8:17 am
Time is running out to get your tickets to the Fundraising Institute Australia’s (FIA) 41st international fundraising conference, to be held at the Sydney International Convention Centre from 7 to 9 March.

Contributor | 13 February 2018 at 8:17 am


Get With The (Donor) Program at FIA Conference 2018
13 February 2018 at 8:17 am

Time is running out to get your tickets to the Fundraising Institute Australia’s (FIA) 41st international fundraising conference, to be held at the Sydney International Convention Centre from 7 to 9 March.

Donors for Good: Build Relationships That Last will focus on strategies for enhancing donor engagement and retention for the long term. View the conference program and remember: there’s only three weeks left to register!

“The conference is the sector’s premier professional development and networking event, giving fundraisers the opportunity to hear about the latest trends from some of the world’s leading fundraising practitioners,” FIA CEO Rob Edwards said.

“Fundraisers should put aside their work for these few days and take the chance to explore what’s new in the sector. It’s the year’s best opportunity to upskill and gain the confidence and inspiration needed to take your fundraising and career further.”

Marcus Blease, FIA Conference 2018 Program Committee chair, added: “Fundraisers at all levels are experiencing the challenge of keeping donors motivated and engaged for the long haul. So, the Conference Program Committee has put together the year’s best opportunity to get inspiration and fresh ideas about how to manage this conundrum as well as all the other good advice you could want from the leading fundraisers and changemakers of the day.”

Learnings from #IceBucket Challenge, Uni of Sydney, Facebook and more

In 2018, there will be close to 60 sessions led by 80-plus international and local fundraisers, CEOs, academics, government representatives and consultants.

On the international front, FIA is bringing over three highly regarded fundraising authorities from the USA and Singapore to keynote: ALS Association CEO Barbara Newhouse, who will discuss the global phenomenon that is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge; Doug Dillon, a major gifts expert who will give a masterclass on sparking donor joy and securing big gifts; and Jack Sim, founder of the Singapore-based World Toilet Organisation, on his global movement to address the sanitation challenge.

Closer to home, Tim Dolan, the University of Sydney’s vice-principal of advancement, will deliver the annual Syd Herron lecture on the country’s largest and most successful capital campaign, Inspired. FIA has also secured Jacqui Cole, Facebook’s industry head of eCommerce, to share inspirational and practical tips about using Facebook’s tools and products to build communities, raise awareness and activate supporters via mobile.

On track at the conference

FIA will once again offer six specialised conference tracks, allowing delegates to choose among a range of topics. Tracks for 2018:

  • Strategy and Leadership
  • Securing the Gift
  • The Toolbox
  • Trends and Innovation
  • Digital and Events
  • Direct Marketing.

Topics include collective giving, how to build great relationships with your supporters, the power of real-time digital storytelling, overcoming fundraising challenges with innovation, the future of fundraising regulation, strengthening the commitment of gifts in wills supporters, and much more.

Also noteworthy: the two new big room sessions which will explore where fundraising will be in 2025. You can view the full program here.

Socially aware

As always, the conference will provide a myriad of networking opportunities for delegates. These range from welcome drinks for all attendees to tailored events for emerging leaders and those with CFRE accreditation. The ultimate networking event is the annual Fundraisers’ Gala Dinner, to be held on Thursday, 8 March at Doltone House (theme: tropical oasis).

Making an exhibition of themselves

No FIA Conference would be complete without the exhibition, where delegates will have the chance to meet more than 45 sector suppliers to learn about the latest products and services to assist in solving fundraising challenges. Can’t make the conference but want to attend the exhibition? You can now register for exhibition-only passes on the conference registration page.

Go to the head of the (master) class

Finally, FIA has organised nine pre-conference masterclasses to be held from 9.00am-3.00pm on Wednesday, 7 March. Choose from:

  • Higher education
  • Gifts in wills masterclass
  • Major gifts: seize the opportunity
  • Regular giving
  • How to become a master storyteller and raise more dollars
  • Practical journey mapping
  • Trusts and foundations. Grants success
  • Surviving and thriving in faith-based organisations
  • Corporate philanthropy is dead!?!

Discounts are available for FIA members and for bookings of groups of five or more.

For more information, visit the conference website. You can also follow the conference on Twitter (@FundInstituteAu #FIAConf2018; Facebook (@FundInstituteAu); and Instagram (fundinstituteau). See you there!

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