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IOF Technology Special Interest Group – 2017 Conference

A stalwart of the annual fundraising calendar for those with a technological bias, the Institute of Fundraising Special Interest Group (SIG) Technology Conference is back.  Friday 12 May will see hundreds gather at 1 America Place to talk through a varied agenda which includes keynotes from Just Giving and the Direct Marketing Association.   Three streams sit alongside three keynotes – Nuts and Bolts of Compliance, New Fundraising New Tech and Technology Management – speaking each other’s language.

Register today via their Eventbrite link:

New Fundraising New Technology Stream – 14.15 Digital Thinking – Human Decisions

In this session Mags (Purple Vision) will speak with Matthew Warnock-Parkes (Disasters Emergency Committee) will talk about the fast-paced changing tech landscape that impacts the DEC and their appeal cycle.

DEC  are the highly respected charity that engages its effective fundraising operation only in times of disaster, generating millions of pounds seemingly overnight.  DEC have been looking at the challenge of fundraising with multiple fragmented data sources and the changing trends in fundraising channels, considering how tech can help with their unique challenges.



Salesforce events in May

This May brings a Salesforce bounty for event attendees.   If you are immediately thinking these events don’t apply to you as you are not a Salesforce user (or not yet a Salesforce user), think again.

Salesforce World Tour – 18 May (Excel)

Registration link via:

The Salesforce World Tour brings the full power of what is usually a 5 day tech conference (Dreamforce for Salesforce, F8 for this year’s Facebook) to a town near you.  It’s a lot of marketing – but you’d expect that really.  But it’s also a chance to see for yourself some of the tech that is on the market now and hear about (and see) some of the innovations on the horizon.

If you’re already a Salesforce user, it is a great chance to see what’s happening with your tool and see for yourself what’s coming next.

If you are not a Salesforce user, it’s a chance to see what other tools are up to, get some new ideas about the future, new ideas about how you can handle or solve data problems and gain some fresh insights on problems and opportunities.

Added bonus for 2017

Mags (Marketing) and Antonina (Lead Consultant) are speaking in the Non-Profit Theatre with a short presentation Ready, Set, GDPR which showcases how Salesforce can help you be prepared and meet some of the key DPA requirements that these regulations will require.  Time to be confirmed.

NPSP Day – 19 May

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It is important to note that NPSP Day is not organised by, it’s the brainchild of the team that work hard behind the scenes to keep NPSP – the non-profit success pack – on track.  For those that don’t know, NPSP is essentially an open source development or collection of features on the Salesforce platform. It’s free for non-profts to access (for the first ten users).  To keep it up to date, users, developers, partners and all chip into a development process and regularly release new features and updates.

NPSP day is about a range of things – it’s about how people use NPSP, why people use NPSP, what needs looking at – how to do certain things, how not to do other things (best practice), and really a chance to get together and share in what it is all about.

It’s a no fixed agenda ‘unconference’ format – so the attendees lead the way the day progresses.

There’s a charge to attend of $40, which basically covers lunch and refreshments.  And it’s in dollars because the team who organise these all across the US are heading to London to host this day and bring the style and format to life in the UK.

The astute among us will notice it’s the day after World Tour London so don’t get too frazzled at the drinks reception!

Our notes: 

We’ve never been to one of these – they’re  new to the UK – but they sound interesting.  Our view is that existing NPSP users would probably get the most out of these, rather than those of you still at the stage of considering NPSP.






Fundraising Convention 2017

We’ll be at Fundraising Convention in the Barbican, London from 3-5 July 2017.

As well as exhibiting (stand 25 right next to the coffee ….), Steve Thomas will be speaking on Wednesday 5th on the topic of  Aquisition, with Permission.



IoF Tech SIG

We’re speaking at IoF Tech SIG Conference in London on 12 May.

Our topic is in the new technology/new fundraising stream, and we’ll be speaking with Matthew Warnock-Parkes from the Disasters Emergency Committee.