Come to Fundraising Camp and spend a day learning, talking about and maybe even solving the issues and challenges you face in your fundraising. Learn from other fundraisers in your area, find out how they’ve dealt with similar problems, and share your experience.
Make some useful contacts and maybe even enjoy a very practical day of sharing fundraising advice.
Think of it as those often valuable networking chat sessions you have at normal conferences but for a whole day.
No tents involved
Fundraising Camp is a one-day ‘unconference’-like event for fundraisers, one of the first of its kind for fundraisers in the UK. The first one took place on 24 September in Oxford.
An unconference is an unstructured conference: there are no set speakers and no set topics. As a participant you are invited to suggest a topic at the beginning of the day. It could be something you know about, it could be a problem or a question you have and you want help on.
Be prepared to speak on it – not with a Powerpoint or anything like that (but let us know if you want to). When we all agree the topic sessions at the beginning of the day, chances are there will be others who can join you in the session.
Fundraising Camp is informal and relentlessly practical. No-one is coming to judge the quality of how you present. Everyone will be there wanting to improve their fundraising.
What does a Fundraising Camp look like?
The day will be planned out between us in the first half-hour. After that, there will be two, three or four short sessions (30 -45 mins) at any one time running throughout the day.
Go to the ones that interest you most. If it's not quite right for you, you're allowed to leave and go to another session. (Try doing that at a regular formal conference!).
We encourage participants in each session to take notes of what gets shared and learned, and then for these to be shared online - as a blog post, a video, a photo, or send it to us at UK Fundraising if you prefer.
Rules of Fundraising Camp
If there are any rules, then these probably cover it:
do join in rather than expect to hide at the back of a conference hall
share what you know at the event
afterwards, share what you learn from the event online e.g. via a blog post
be nice to others, enjoy a different kind of event
no commercial selling - only paying sponsors get to run a session about what they offer (and you don't even have to go to those sessions if you don't feel they are relevant)
To each Fundraising Camp we'll invite half a dozen or so local fundraising, business or grantmaking experts to help ensure we've got even more practical fundraising knowledge and experience available at the event.
More Fundraising Camps
We plan to run one about once a month all around the UK, including in towns that don't often get a fundraising training course or conference. Can you provide a venue for one in your town?
Why 'Fundraising Camp'?
We were inspired to run an event like this for fundraisers by events such as Barcamp Nonprofits and MuseumCamp. These focus on the ideas, skills and experience that conference delegates themselves have, but which seldom get shared while they all listen to the speakers.
So, we called this new kind of event Fundraising Camp.
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