The current cost-of-living crisis has made fundraising harder than ever. Charities face a decrease in donations, a rise in running costs, and an increase in demand for services. Government policies have attempted to make fundraising easier with the Charity Act 2022 making requirements simpler for trustees to follow after “failed appeals”. However, there remains a long way to go and in this climate, voluntary organisations need new techniques to raise funds. Professionals from across the voluntary sector must come together to share best practice and key strategies to improve fundraising streams and sustain donor relationships.

  • Research from the UK Giving Report 2022 found that 1 in 8 donors considered reducing donations to charities in response to rising costs of living
  • The Benefact Group’s Value of Giving Report last year found that donations in the UK were down £5bn from 2021’s £9.3bn
  • In April 2022, 26% of donors donated via a website or app compared to 20% in April 2019, according to the UK Giving Report

Join us at The Voluntary Sector Fundraising Conference 2023 to hear the latest updates and guidance from leading experts on fundraising during the cost-of-living crisis. Engage with high-level keynotes and a range of best practice case studies showcasing strategies to address key challenges such as improving customer interaction, creating a fundraising campaign, and partnership working with private sector organisations. You will also have the opportunity to network with senior colleagues from across the sector to share common challenges and discuss solutions to better measure the success of fundraising strategies.

Why Attend:

✓ High-level keynotes on the latest initiatives and policies to improve fundraising capabilities from leading experts and policymakers
✓ Case studies showcasing best practice in improving supporter engagement, creating a transparent fundraising process, and developing fundraising strategies for smaller charities
✓ Networking with senior colleagues from across the voluntary sector
✓ (Gain 8 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota)


This year’s conference package includes 12-months FREE access to GE Insights, our cross-sector learning resource of case study focused videos, articles, lived experiences and more (RRP £199). Gain unlimited access to our online platform when you purchase your conference ticket.

Key benefits include:

 100s of Exclusive Case Studies – fingertip access to videos and articles covering all key sectors including Voluntary, and ALL CPD certified

 Key Sessions from All Our Conferences – gain valuable insights from our past, present, and future events (160+ pa)

 Articles and Interviews – learn from our network of expert speakers and contributors explore further the key discussions from the conferences

 Additional CPD Hours – automatically earn more for everything you watch, read, and hear

 Your Own CPD Dashboard – charts your progress, allows you to add notes, download your activities, and save/print an official CPD certificate

 Personalised Homepage – only see the relevant content you need to save time

 30+ New Uploads Each Month – we’re adding new content every week to ensure you stay engaged and informed all year round.

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


  • Online Registration

  • Chair’s Welcome Address

    Charlotte Sherman, Growing Giving Policy and Partnership Manager, Chartered Institute of Fundraising (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Key Considerations for Growing Charitable Giving in the UK

    • Insights into giving in the current sector: where are the challenges and opportunities?
    • An overview of emerging ideas on the role of government, societal influencers and charities in championing giving at a national level
    • Key areas of change on the horizon: what will change and how will this impact charitable fundraising?

    Charlotte Sherman, Growing Giving Policy and Partnership Manager, Chartered Institute of Fundraising (CONFIRMED)


  • Questions and Answers

  • Icebreaker Networking

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Tomorrow’s Donors, Today

    • GOOD Agency have joined forces with the CIOF and Eden Stanley to address the decline in giving
    • Our mission is to reverse the decline in the number of people reporting giving in the UK, which is particularly acute among younger generations
    • We created an online community of 26x 18-50s representing the diverse UK, getting under the skin of their perceptions of giving to charity and habits when doing good
    • We’ve identified 5 major themes in the future of good with references and advice for charities on how they can capitalise on them for giving

    Pete Esuola-Grant, Head of Planning, GOOD Agency (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Working in Partnership with Private Organisations to Combine Fundraising Capabilities

    • Advice on choosing and approaching the right organisation to create an effective partnership
    • Developing a successful communication and marketing plan to ensure both parties’ needs are met
    • Tools to identify possible conflicts of interest to manage any risks involved in partnership working
    • Strategies for pooling resources and sharing data to coordinate efforts effectively
    • Tips for creating joint campaigns to support fundraising and raise further awareness of your charity’s cause

    Katherine Woods, Head of Corporate Partnerships, Action for Children (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Tools for Building Financial Transparency in the Fundraising Process
    • Building trust with the public: understanding the importance of transparency in financial data
    • Developing communication strategies to breakdown expenditure and showcase to supporters how their money is spent
    • Advice on carrying out regular financial reporting and auditing to demonstrate good governance and maintain the trust of stakeholders
    • Guidance on developing financial plans to comply with legal obligations and regulations

    Carrie Reiners, Deputy CEO, akt (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Lunch Break

  • Keynote: Responding to the Impact of the Cost-of-Living Crisis on Fundraising

    • Outlining the current landscape for voluntary sector fundraising: effects of the cost-of-living crisis
    • Tools to evaluate your charity’s financial position to plan short-term operations and enable long-term recovery
    • Strategies to minimise costs and maximise income to improve your charity’s financial position
    • Advice on merging with partners and working collaboratively to avoid reducing services or closing down

    Liz Haigh-Reeve, CEO & Founder, Fundraising Works (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Strategies for Smaller Charities to Raise Funds in a Challenging Environment

    • Effective stewardship; building great relationships with donors
    • Advice on attracting new clients, volunteers, and donors to increase sources of funding
    • Toolkits for guiding local community engagement to build long-lasting relationships with supporters
    • Foundations for growth in a challenging economic environment

    Martin Bisp, Co-Founder and CEO, Empire Fighting Chance (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers 

  • Breakout Networking: Measuring the Success of Fundraising Strategies to Make Improvements to the Process

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the main challenges you face in measuring the success of fundraising strategies, allowing you to share your experience and discuss solutions.

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Raising Income for Organisations and Not Just Projects: New Research on How to Support Charities in the Environmental Field

    • At times as a grant fundraiser it can seem as everything has to be a new project
    • It is certainly easier to raise funds for what people want to give to, but what support do organisations really most need to be successful?
    • This session draws on new research by Pilotlight on the support needs of environmental charities, sitting alongside work by the Environmental Funders Network
    • It will give you an idea of other forms of support that could help your organisation, in the form of skilled volunteers or income generation through social enterprise

    Ed Mayo, Chief Executive, Pilotlight (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Strategies to Improve Supporter Interaction and Experience

    • Developing a supporter-centric culture: increasing the likelihood of supporters becoming beneficiaries, volunteers or donors
    • Using supporter data to improve processes and systems and create a better supporter experience
    • Creating a more inclusive brand, marketing and communication strategy to improve supporter interaction
    • Guidance on interacting with donors and supporters to keep them updated and encourage them to spread the word

    Isla Campbell Lupton, Head of Fundraising and Communications, Cerebral Palsy Scotland (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Chair’s Closing Remarks

    *programme subject to change without notice

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be people who work in the Voluntary Sector.

*This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


We are now taking bookings for our wide range of sponsorship and exhibition packages; we also offer bespoke packages tailored for your organisation.

Why Sponsor and Exhibit at this event:

 Network with key decision makers across the Education and Digital and Technology Sectors.
 Meet your target audience in the Sector
 Listen and Learn from leading industry experts across the Sector
 Opportunity to demonstrate your products or services
 Speak alongside industry leading experts
 Work with your dedicated account manager to generate the maximum amount of leads

Exhibition and Sponsorship Packages:

Strategic Headline Sponsor:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Pre show marketing email to all registered delegates
  • Post show inclusion on presentation email
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or A4 Chair Drop
  • 5 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Speaker Pass

Key Supporter Package:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or Chair Drop
  • 1 Speaker Pass
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes

Exhibition Stand:

  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Power, Wifi, Table and 2 Chairs (If required)
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Stand Manager Pass

Insert or Chair Drop:

  • 1 Delegate Conference Pass
  • A4 insert into delegate pack or A4 Chair Drop

For more information or to discuss your requirements, please contact the team on 0330 0584 285, or sponsorship@governmentevents.co.uk or complete our enquiry form and we will contact you.

  • Public Sector Rate: £449.00+VAT
  • Voluntary Sector Rate: £379.00+VAT
  • Private Sector Rate : £649.00+VAT

Your delegate place at this leading conference gives you access to all of the following including 12-months FREE access to GE Insights, our cross-sector learning resource, and the easiest way for you to prepare for the conference and then stay engaged all year with the ongoing discussions and best practice:

✓ High Level Keynotes

✓ Case Studies Showcasing Best Practice

✓ Panel Discussions

✓ Live Chat and Networking Opportunities

✓ Q&A

✓ 8 Hours of CPD

✓ Speaker Presentations and Videos Ondemand

✓ 12-Months FREE Access to GE Insights (RRP £199)

– 100s of Exclusive Case Study Focused Videos and Articles

– CPD Dashboard

– Personalised Homepage

– 30+ New Uploads Each Month