21st March 2012, National Fundraising Conference

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Host: Fundraising Ireland
The Convention Centre
Date: 21st March 2012
Time: Full Day Event

National Fundraising Conference for 2012 – Fostering Fundraising Excellence – is on sale NOW!

Attending this conference is an important investment; it will help you to learn new skills and raise more funds for your organisation.

When is it?

  • Main conference day: Wednesday, 21st March 2012.
  • Masterclasses will take place on the eve of the Conference, Tuesday 20th March 2012.
  • **New for 2012** A Networking Dinner will also take place on on the eve of the Conference, Tuesday, 20th March 2012.

Where does it take place?

  • Conference and Masterclasses: The Convention Centre, Dublin 1 (North Wall Quay).
  • Networking Dinner: The Mansion House/Fire Restaurant, Dawson St, Dublin 2.

Book now and avail of the Early Bird rate!

About the Conference:

This unique conference has been designed for fundraisers by fundraisers who understand the challenges facing our peers in today’s challenging environment.

We have hand-picked a line-up of fantastic fundraising and charity experts from Ireland and overseas who will provide practical advice, tips and essential ‘know-how’ to help you navigate through these difficult times.

Our speakers insights will benefit you regardless of whether you work in the health, community development, overseas aid arts & culture, education or sports fields of the sector and will equally apply to your organisation whether it is staffed by three volunteers or has a full time staff of 300!


On the eve of the conference, Tuesday 20th March, three Fundraising Masterclasses will take place. These intensive sessions have been developed for fundraisers who want to take part in an in-depth, challenging workshop.

This year’s Masterclasses will feature Mike Johnston (Founder and President of HJC, Canada) speaking on Integrated Fundraising; Damian O’Broin (Managing Director at Ask Direct, Ireland) and Aline Reed (Head of Creative at Bluefrog, London) on what makes a good direct mail appeal and Beate Sorum (Fundraising Adviser, Digital Communication at Norwegian Cancer Society) looking at the relationship between digital fundraising and social media.

Each of the Masterclasses are restricted to a maximum of 30 participants so early booking is essential.

Read the full agenda, book your place today and avail of the Early Bird rate!

**New for 2012** Networking Dinner

This year, for the first time, we are hosting a Pre-Conference Networking Dinner & Reception on the eve of the Conference. The Reception will take place at The Mansion House on Dawson Street (the official residence of the Lord Mayor) and will be followed by dinner at the adjoining restaurant ‘Fire’. This event will provide an excellent opportunity for you to get to know some of our Irish and international conference speakers – we will have at least one speaker on each table – catch up with old acquaintances and meet some new ones too!

Again, we have a limited number of places available for this networking dinner and places will be granted on a first come first serve basis.

All bookings for this networking dinner must be received in advance of March 2nd.

Add this unique networking opportunity to your conference package: Members: €50; Non-members: €60

Who should attend the conference?

  • Anyone engaged in charitable fundraising and donor development across the not-for-profit sector.
  • Those new to the sector looking for a kick-start to their careers and those individuals who have significant experience who want to hone their skills and knowledge of specific areas.
  • Anyone who has a role in income generation for their organisation regardless of whether they are the Chair, CEO, Finance Manager or Fundraiser.

How much does it cost?

This year we have increased the member discount to 25%! We are also offering a further 15% Early Bird discount to anyone who books before 2nd March.

In addition, we have set an exceptionally low rate (Members: €65; Non-members: €85) for the five-hour optional masterclasses, in order to offer maximum value to our supporters.

Conference Early Bird Rate (Book before Friday March 2nd)

  • Member: €170
  • Non-Member: €230

To avail of the Early Bird rate, payment must be paid in full by 9th March 2012.

Conference Regular Rate (All bookings after March 2nd)

  • Member: €210
  • Non-Member Rate: €270

Masterclasses: Add a half-day Masterclass on 20th March to your conference programme. Members: €65; Non-members: €85

Special discounts are available on group bookings of over 5 delegates. Please contact us for more details.

Book your place today and avail of the Early Bird Rate!

Fundraising Ireland would like to ackowledge the support of the following sponsors and exhibitors: MyCharity.ie, Total Fundraising, Persona, Appco, Blackbaud, Idonate, Irish Greyhound Board, Neopost, PCC, Spark Marketing Communications, Fat Beehive, Quadriga Art, Baker Tilly Ryan Glennon, ThankQ.

For sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities, please contact Ed Hurrell, Business Development Manager at:

T: +353 (0) 1 407 1613 or
E: ed@fundraisingireland.ie