Latest IFC news
New this year - FIRST choice package
If you register for the IFC before 10 May you can take advantage of our newly introduced FIRST choice package, which includes:
- Reserved seating in two Workshops of your choice from our classic programme
- Exclusive first look at the full IFC programme
- Register for the Masterclass programme and get your first choice session
- £60 discount off your registration fee
Winner of the IFC 2012 Kindle Prize draw
At the IFC 2012 we promised to enter all delegates that returned their overall evaluation form to us by 31 October 2012, into a prize draw to win a Kindle e-book reader with 6” screen!
We are happy to announce that the winner of a brand new Kindle is Billie G. Abata from the Philippines.
Billie said: "Attending IFC is a fun learning and networking experience. You get to have everything that's promised by the conference: very well organised, filled with fundraising professionals and enthusiasts and subject matter experts, rich avenue for networking, and more!"
Congratulations to Billie and thank you to everyone that took the time to complete their evaluation form.
The International Fundraising Congress (IFC) 2012 - The world’s showcase for excellence, innovation and inspiration in fundraising.
2 November 2012
This article commissioned by the Resource Alliance is about the IFC 2012, which took place in the Netherlands from 16-19 October 2012. It features comments from IFC attendees and discusses the sessions and the success of this year's Congress.
Read the full article
View pictures taken at the IFC 2012.
Asian Perspectives - Fundraising
30 October 2012
IFC 2012 speaker, Usha Menon who hosted this year's Global Perspectives Asia session has written a blog post on her perspectives of fundraising. The blog includes some insightful points that she presented at the Congress.
Read the full blog post here on Usha's blog 'Asian Insights on Nonprofit Leadership'
FUNDCAST video about the IFC 2012
26 October 2012
Check out this great fundraising video made by Fundcast, which shows footage from the IFC 2012 and includes some of our speakers. Watch the video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJKiLz1rlsk
You can watch more Fundcast fundraising videos at www.FUNDCAST.info
Don’t worry if things go wrong. Failing is fab.
What were the key lessons from the International Fundraising Congress this year? Imogen Ward, Director of Marketing & Communications at Merlin, shares her thoughts, including why we need to fail at least three times a year. Read the full article at institute-of-fundraising.org.uk/blog
Donors ponder cancelling gift for a long time before they do
While presenting research at the International Fundraising Congress (IFC), Martin Paul, of More Management Australia, said that 60 per cent of donors thought for at least a few weeks about cancelling a gift before they do it. Read the full story at civilsociety.co.uk
Charities 'can take ownership' of the internet
Speaking to delegates at the International Fundraising Congress (IFC), Bill Toliver said in his Opening Plenary that as the internet is now reaching adulthood, charities have a unique opportunity to take 'ownership' of the internet for social good. Full story at civilsociety.co.uk
Shared values are vital for corporate partnerships, fundraising congress told
Corporate panel members at the IFC, including representatives from Procter & Gamble, PwC, Skype and the Ikea Foundation, said that charities should study firms' corporate responsibility strategies in order to secure partnerships with them. Read the full story on thirdsector.co.uk (Paywall).
Time to wake up to e-F2F
8 October 2012
IFC 2012 speaker David Cravinho shares his insights on how new technology can help charities using F2F to bring more donors on board and keep them for longer. Read David's latest blog post on 101fundraising.org - the official blog partner of the IFC.
Are you really ready for TV fundraising?
2 October 2012
If you’ve ever considered raising money through direct response television, IFC 2012 speaker Derek Humphries suggests you should consider some key issues. Which ones? Have a look at Derek's latest blog entry on 101fundraising.
The IFC Blog Series:
BSC – the answer to the problem of integration by Bernard Ross
20 September 2012
The International Fundraising Congress (IFC) is a great place to gain a whole host of ideas and inspiration. But the problem is how do you integrate these different ideas and create a joined up and understandable strategy?
For many organisations the answer is The Strategy Map and complementary Balanced Scorecard. (We’ll call them BSC for short after this.) These are a set of contemporary planning tools created by US academics Norton and Kaplan as recently as 1992
Read the full blog to find out more about BSC at http://101fr.org/PyVgM3
Special IFC Blog Series!!!!
18 September 2012
This year 101fundraising is the official blog partner of the International Fundraising Congress (IFC), the world's leading conference on fundraising. This blog post is part of a special IFC Blog Series, where IFC speakers are given a chance to share their wisdom before the conference. Attending crowdbloggers will get a chance to share their views after the conference!
We’ve got some great speaker bloggers involved, including Derek Humphries, Bernard Ross, Lucy Gower, Mitch Hinz and many more.
Find the full calendar of bloggers we’ve got lined up for you at www.101fundraising.org/calendar
Special gold medal offer - register for the IFC now and get a £50 discount!
We've had an exciting summer of sports and jubilation. 50 countries across the world have won coveted gold medals. In recognition of these great achievements we're offering a £50 discount off the IFC 2012 registration fee for a limited time!
Click here to register for the Congress between now and 5 September to claim your gold discount.
Time to sharpen up your proposition - commissioned article
11 July 2012
The increasing number of fundraising channels becoming available are whetting the appetites of fundraisers all over the world, yet they will yield little if the case for support is weak. Lucy Gower, who will be speaking at the International Fundraising Congress (IFC) in October 2012, agrees. "Sometimes we chase the new shiny exciting things and forget the basic principles of good fundraising. As well as looking forward, we need to constantly remind ourselves what fundraising propositions have worked in the past and never forget those lessons, because they are at the core of what good fundraising is all about."
Download the full article.
IFC 2013 dates announced
7 August 2012
We are pleased to announce that the dates of the IFC 2013 are 15-18 October 2013. Later in the year we will provide more information on next year's theme and programme.
CFRE for IFC 2011
22 June 2012
We are pleased to announce that full participation in the International Fundraising Congress (IFC) 2011 is applicable for 12.5 points (19 points for Masterclass delegates) in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.
Please contact us for the forms at email@example.com
Global Perspectives competition
22 June 2012
We want to extend the theme of Global Perspectives throughout the conference by capturing the spirit of fundraising around the world and sharing it with everyone at the IFC 2012. We are offing two people the chance to win 50% off a place to this year's Congress and up to ten runners-up will also have their thoughts displayed around the conference centre at the IFC 2012. Find out more on the Global Perspectives comp page.
The closing date is Wednesday 11 July. We look forward to receiving your entries.
New article by IFC 2012 speaker Mike Colling
21 May 2012
Mike Colling, owner of UK media agency MC&C and speaker at this year’s International Fundraising Congress, has seen online become more important to charities, but as an adjunct to traditional direct marketing channels.
You can read Mike's article about how new technologies are engaging new audiences and revolutionising the mechanics of fundraising here.
The IFC 2012 Gala Night theme!
17 April 2012
In March we asked booked on delegates and members of our social media groups to pick the theme for the IFC 2012 Gala Night Dinner and Disco.
We can now reveal that the winning theme is Masquerade ball, which picked up 41% of the vote. Be prepared to travel back to the 15th century Renaissance, and be our guest at an elaborate costumed dance.
Thank you to all those that part in the vote. We look forward to enjoying another unforgettable Gala Night with you.
Vote for this year's Gala Night theme!
26 March 2012
At the IFC you can let your hair down at our legendary Gala Night Dinner and Disco. What's more, it's up to you to decide the theme for the occasion.You can now vote for one of these themes:
- Superheroes and Villains
- Haunted house / House of horrors
- Masquerade ball
Click here to vote for your favourite theme on our website.
The voting page is now closed.
Stepping out of your comfort zone
28 October 2011
Check out this fantastic blog by Sonya Swiridjuk, an IFC volunteer who speaks about her experiences at the IFC 2011 and how this year she decided to step out of her comfort zone and challenge herself to attend different sessions and hear new speakers.
Read the blog on 101fundraising.
Record numbers and global winners at this year's IFC
24 October 2011
This year’s International Fundraising Congress (IFC) saw the highest ever number of delegates through its doors, attracted by an outstanding programme of events and debates focused on the key issues facing fundraisers today and led by the sector’s most inspirational speakers. Nearly 1,000 delegates attended, taking advantage of the opportunity to learn from the best in the sector and to network with colleagues from all over the world.
Download the full press release.
IFC speaker's blog
23 October 2011
Beate Sorum a speaker from the IFC 2011 has added a lovely post to her blog about her experience as a first time speaker at the IFC. We are glad to hear that Beate enjoyed the Congress and would welcome any other feedback.
Read Beate's blog.
The IFC 2012 - save the date
22 October 2011
Join us at the world's leading conference on fundraising in 2012. Next year's IFC dates have been confirmed for 16-19 October 2012. Put the date in your diary now!
Keep checking our website for updates on the new programme and great line up of speakers.
Thank you for attending the IFC 2011
21 October 2011
Thank you to all those that attended the IFC 2011 and contributed towards making it such a huge success. We hope you enjoyed the Congress as much as we did. The quality of sessions and speakers was outstanding and the networking and social activities where certainly a lot of fun.
Over the four days we welcomed over 960 attendees from 63 countries. We sincerely hope that all delegates benefited from being part of this truly international gathering of fundraisers and have returned home with renewed passion and plenty of new ideas on how to push your fundraising operations forward.
IFC currently taking place in the Netherlands
18 October 2011
Today we were joined by over 360 delegates who arrived for their Masterclasses. We look forward to more delegates arriving tomorrow and for three more days of sessions, networking and fun social events.
Book give-away offer ends! Winners will be notified shortly
30 August 2011
Our special offer of a free book for the first 36 people to register for the International Fundraising Congress (IFC) 2011 between the 15-29 August has now ended. We will shortly be notifying entry winners who will receive a book written by a leading fundraising expert speaking at this year’s IFC.
Thank you to all who have registered and we look forward to welcoming you to the IFC.
The winner of a free place at the IFC 2012 is announced!
22 August 2011
We recently ran a prize draw that offered anybody that registered for the IFC 2011 between 4-14 August, the chance to win a free place at the IFC 2012.
We are happy to announce that the prize draw has been conducted and the winner is Adela Makashi from Albania. When told of her prize Adela said "To the IFC Team I say Thank You. I registered for the first time for this congress and here I come with a gift. What a wonderful way to make me feel welcome from the beginning! I have just started in the fundraising industry and I see this opportunity as a real help for me to learn and grow with you. I look forward to being part of the IFC 2011 and 2012 and develop Albania with the experience won!"
Congratulations Adela and we look forward to welcoming you to the IFC.
The IFC Speaker Poll results
11 August 2011
The results of our online poll allowing fundraisers from around the world to shape sessions at the International Fundraising Congress (IFC) have been announced, giving us a fascinating insight into the views of the fundraising community.
For further information on the results read the press release below.
Download (24KB) the press release: Results of online poll give speakers at the International Fundraising Congress (IFC) 2011 something to think about.
IFC 2011 Speaker Poll now closed!
8 August 2011
Thank you to all those that took part in our online poll. We value your feedback. The results of the poll will be shared on our website and through our social media networks shortly. We'll keep you posted.
Gala night theme revealed!
4 August 2011
This year, for the very first time we asked you to choose the fancy dress theme for the Annual Gala Dinner and Disco. With 42% of the vote, the winning theme is Prohibition and Gangsters!
Get ready to join in the celebrations and be transported back to 1920's America at the IFC Gala!
Thank you for voting and we look forward to seeing your costumes in October.
The Great Debates Competition winners announced
28 July 2011
In May we offered 2 people the chance to win 50% off their place at the IFC. We received loads of entries from fundraisers who shared their views on the important topics that will be raised at the IFC 2011 Great Debates.
Congratulations to Tania Cohen, and Francesca Lucci who the judges chose as the winners.
Thank you to everybody that took part. Regardless of whether you are a winner or not - your entry will be used to shape the IFC 2011 programme.
The IFC 2011 Speaker Poll
15 July 2011
We have launched an online poll in which six IFC speakers, including Karen Osborne, Stephen George, Anne-Marie Grey, Fiona Duncan, AJ Leon and Nick Allen – have submitted questions to gauge the opinions and experiences of the global fundraising community.
They would love you to take part, as your answers will help shape the content of their sessions at the IFC.
The poll closes on Monday 8 August 2011.
The Great Debates Competition
We are offering 2 people the chance to win 50% off their place at the IFC. To win one of these fantastic prizes, worth over £1,000, we are asking fundraisers around the world to share their opinions on the topics of the IFC 2011 Great Debates.
Download the press release.
The Great Debates Competition is now closed.
New Chair announced
Geoff Peters of CDR Fundraising Group in the USA has been appointed Chair of IFC Advisory Panel for the IFC 2011, taking over from Amanda Seller. Paul Farthing of Age UK will become Vice Chair. The Advisory Panel are currently developing a fresh, exciting programme for this year's IFC. More details about this year's programme as well as confirmed speakers and sessions will be available online shortly.
Gain CFRE Continuing Education points if you attended the 30th IFC
For those of you who are working towards your Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE™) credential or already have your CFRE designation, we’re delighted to let you know that participation in the 30th IFC qualifies for CFRE Continuing Education points.
Full participation in the 30th International Fundraising Congress is applicable for 19 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or re-certification if you attended a Masterclass, or 12.5 points if you attended the 3 day core programme only.
Please see the CFRE Continuing Education Points Tracker document for eligible sessions.
The Resource Alliance is pleased to be working with CFRE International to make these continuing education points possible.
A full round up of the highlights of last year's IFC is now available. We hope it will bring back some good memories if you were able to attend, or give you some insight into what you missed if you were unable to join us.
See you soon!
This year IFC will take place from Tuesday 18 – Friday 21 October 2011, so put the dates in your diary now. And don’t forget to include this in your training budget.
About 40 fundraisers from countries including the UK, the Netherlands and Australia, attended a session on Face-to-face across international borders. Convened by the UK's Public Fundraising Regulatory Association, the debate took place at the IFC on the afternoon of Thursday 21 October. A website where face-to-face fundraisers from different parts of the world could share best practice was one of the suggestions made during the session. Read more on the Third Sector website.
Winners announced for the Resource Alliance Global Awards for Fundraising
The winners of the Resource Alliance Global Awards for Fundraising – the world’s first global awards for fundraising - were unveiled at a glittering ceremony at the 30th IFC. The awards are endorsed and supported by national fundraising associations from around the globe and reward creative work that demonstrates best practice in fundraising.
Did you know?
Fundraising Online 2013, the world's best 100% online digital fundraising conference will be back in May 2013. Get direct access to the sharpest thinking and latest insights in digital and online fundraising from expert speakers in this arena. Visit the Fundraising Online section to find out more about our 2013 conference.