A respected author of seven books on fundraising, ‘a rebel with a mission’ and an emerging fundraising leader will headline FIA Conference 2020.

FIA Conference

Ken Burnett, the world-renowned fundraising, marketing and communications expert, will deliver four sessions offering a goldmine of fresh fundraising ideas and information.

The FIA Conference 2020 will take place at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, 26-28 February.

But time is running out to get your conference ticket. Book today to ensure your place.

FIA chief executive Katherine Raskob said it was more important than ever that fundraisers make time for professional development

“Fundraising is increasingly challenging with declining donor retention and return on investment. Fundraisers need to think about new and innovative ways to engage, nurture and retain their donors for the long term, and FIA Conference 2020 is the place to pick up new ideas for this,” she said.

A line-up of more than 80 local and overseas fundraising leaders will deliver 70 sessions over two and a half days across a seven-track program.

The 2020 keynote speakers are Ken Burnett and Esther Kwaku from the UK and Annabelle Chauncy OAM from Australia.

The program also includes speakers from AgentsC, Black Dog Institute, Mind U Services, Greenpeace International, Multiple Sclerosis Limited, Australian Red Cross, Oxfam Australia, Plan International Australia, Mito Foundation, Variety – The Children’s Charity, Queensland Police Service, Royal Flying Doctor Service, The Smith Family, Save the Children New Zealand, University of Melbourne, the Deloitte Foundation, More Growth and the Fundraising Agency. View the complete program here.

The 2020 theme, It Starts With You, recognises the role fundraisers play in their organisations.

Top fundraising talent on tap

Ken Burnett, the world-renowned fundraising, marketing and communications expert and author of such books as The Zen of Fundraising and Storytelling Can Change the World, comes to Australia for the first time in nine years. He’ll deliver four sessions offering a goldmine of fresh fundraising ideas and information.

Ken will deliver a masterclass on the use and misuse of emotion in the new age; a plenary session on the future of fundraising and building trust with donors; a presentation on maximising the donor experience and a talk on providing a brilliant donor experience.

FIA is also pleased to have Esther Kwaku, founder and chief executive of the UK-based The Nerve Network, speaking at FIA Conference for the first time. The Nerve Network is an agency/social change enterprise that’s supercharging the brilliance of people living in remote, low-income places. Esther is the creative force behind the agency and a self-professed rebel with a mission who wants to change up the way we tell stories.

Esther will give a masterclass on how fundraisers can find the power and magic in their storytelling. She will also deliver the opening plenary of the conference and discuss her storytelling work on the ground with the “young, talented and transformational.”

School of Life founder to deliver Syd Herron Oration

Meanwhile, Annabelle Chauncy OAM, chief executive and founding director of the School for Life Foundation, will provide the 2020 Syd Herron Oration, an annual address given by an exceptional fundraiser.

At 21, the social entrepreneur and leader started a multinational NGO, with operations in Australia and Uganda. Over the past 10 years, she and her 120+ plus team have built three schools in rural Uganda, providing education to 1,000 students and outreach to thousands more. Annabelle has built a national brand and engaged thousands of supporters, raising over $8 million in five years.

New for 2020: Presenting SOFII’s I Wish I’d Thought Of That 

The online Showcase of Fundraising Innovation and Inspiration (www.SOFII.org) features a collection of the most inspiring ideas and content from around the globe, and FIA is excited to have secured SOFII’s I Wish I’d Thought Of That (IWITOT) for the closing plenary session of FIA Conference 2020.

IWITOT is a session that showcases superb short fundraising ideas that fundraisers everywhere can copy. Fast-paced and dynamic, new and known fundraisers present for six minutes on an idea they wish they’d thought of first. Just like in reality TV shows, the audience gets to vote on who has presented the best idea. The session promises to be fun and high energy, a perfect way to close out a conference!

New start-up alley at the exhibition

During tea breaks and lunch, organisers recommend that fundraisers take some time to browse the conference’s annual free exhibition. Featuring 40+ suppliers to the sector, the companies offer a range of technical support and consultancy services for fundraising campaigns.

For the first time, a new ‘start-up alley’ will form part of the exhibition, featuring the latest and best start-up technologies and ideas for fundraising organisations.

The conference also boasts six social events this year. New for 2020 is a speed networking function, ideal for first-time conference delegates.

The popular Fundraisers Gala Dinner, on Thursday, 27 February at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, is a not to be missed conference staple. For 2020, organisers are taking fundraisers back to 1968 with a 60s-themed gala dinner that celebrates 52 years of life-changing fundraising. Get your ticket now.

More details about speakers and sessions are on the FIA website. And keep up to date with conference news on Twitter: #FIAConf2020.






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