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Public Fundraising Symposium: Getting it Right (Regulation & Best Practice)

Public Fundraising Symposium 2024

We are thrilled to announce that the Public Fundraising Symposium is back for another exciting edition in 2024! 

Join us as we bring together top experts from various fields including fundraising, compliance, data protection, marketing, law, finance, and human resources.

Stay ahead of the regulatory landscape.

At the Public Fundraising Symposium, you'll gain a comprehensive overview of the ever-changing regulatory landscape. Our expert speakers will share their insights on best practices for public fundraising, ensuring your organisation remains compliant while achieving outstanding results.

WHERE: Sudima Hotel, Auckland Airport
WHEN: Thursday, 30th May 2024
FORMAT: One-day event

  • 8 am – Registrations - Networking - Coffee & Croissants
  • 10 am – Symposium Starts - Workshops and Discussions
  • 5-7 pm - Face-to-Face Fundraiser of the Year Awards


Early Bird Tickets Available Now!

Secure your spot and make the most of Early Bird savings! Purchase your tickets before March 31, ensuring access to a day filled with valuable insights, networking, and recognition at the Face-to-Face Fundraiser of the Year Awards.

What Will We Cover? 

At this symposium, we delve into the core principles that drive successful public fundraising.

1. Benchmarking and data analysis
Benchmarking and data analysis take centre stage, offering insights on comparing your organisation's performance with industry standards to guide informed decisions and ensure continuous improvement.

2. Deep dive into what makes a great monthly giving programme successful
Together we will explore what makes monthly giving programmes successful, from the supporter journey communications donation processes, and how to cultivate sustained donor engagement.

3. Leadership: Lessons learnt as a fundraiser
Drawing from real-world experiences, we uncover invaluable leadership lessons learned in the dynamic world of fundraising, highlighting the significance of relationship-building, adaptability, impactful storytelling, and team empowerment.

4. How to stay focused on your fundraising

Discover practical strategies on how to maintain focus in fundraising efforts, including goal setting, and the prioritisation of high-impact activities.

Don't miss this incredible opportunity to learn, connect, and elevate your public fundraising efforts. Stay tuned for more updates on speakers, sessions, and registration details!

GET YOUR EARLY BIRD TICKETS

Programme Sessions

Opening Plenary: Benchmarking Data

Fi McPhee Head of Insights from The Benchmarking Project, will share the latest on the top line trends in key regular giving metrics based on data from leading New Zealand charities.

More info below

Lessons Learnt as a F2F Fundraiser

Chris Taylor (Mental Health Foundation) shares lessons learnt as a F2F fundraiser.

More info below

Does quality come from good people or good systems?

Learn more about how to create quality fundraising - is it good people or good systems? Join us for an insightful session with Camilla Bell, a fundraising expert with a decade-long journey, starting as a tele fundraiser at Greenpeace Aotearoa. 

    More info below

    From Creative to Calling

    Hannah Watson-Frank takes us on a deep dive into Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand's Digital Lead Programme

    More info below

    More sessions coming soon....

    Opening Plenary
    Top Trends and Data Insights

    Opening Plenary - The Benchmarking Project | Top Trends and Data Insights

    Fi McPhee Head of Insights from The Benchmarking Project, will share the latest on the top line trends in key regular giving metrics based on data from leading New Zealand charities.

    Session Speaker:

    Fi McPhee

    Lessons Learnt
    As a Face-to-Face Fundraiser

    Lessons Learnt – As a Face-to-Face Fundraiser

    In this immersive workshop, Chris Taylor, Head of Fundraising at The Mental Health Foundation, shares invaluable lessons from 14 years as a face-to-face fundraiser.

    Chris's journey, from a fundraiser to a senior leader, including his role as Deputy Chair of the PFRA board, brings a wealth of insights and experiences to the table.

    In this interactive session, Chris will draw on his extensive career and mentorship experiences to inspire participants to reflect, learn, and craft personalised action plans for the year ahead. Dive deep into group discussions, individual reflections, and practical planning exercises to turn symposium takeaways into tangible steps forward.

    Session Speaker:

    Chris Taylor | Mental Health Foundation

    From Creative to Calling
    A Deep Dive into Amnesty's Digital Lead Programme

    From Creative to Calling | A Deep Dive into Amnesty’s Digital Lead Programme

    In this transformative session: "From Creative to Calling - A Deep Dive into Amnesty’s Digital Lead Programme".

    Hannah Watson-Frank (she/her), is one of the brilliant minds behind Amnesty's digital fundraising success! As a digital maven, Hannah has fueled positive change, playing a key role in last year's record-breaking fundraising at Amnesty.

    In this session, we will explore the dynamic world of digital platforms and discover the power they hold in creating a lasting impact. Hannah, a data-driven decision maker, is set to unravel the secrets behind her successful campaigns, blending experimentation and creativity.

    Session Speaker:

    Hannah Watson-Frank | Amnesty International Aotearoa

    Quality Fundraising
    Does quality come from good people or good systems?

    Quality Fundraising | Does quality come from good people or good systems?

    Learn more about how to create quality fundraising - is it good people or good systems?

    Join us for an insightful session with Camilla Bell, a fundraising expert with a decade-long journey, starting as a tele fundraiser at Greenpeace Aotearoa. Camilla's expertise in individual giving and philanthropy has shaped her passion for fundraising, driven by the power of people, captivating stories, and a collective ambition to spark creativity and improvement.

    In this session, Camilla will guide us through finding the balance between recruiting the right people and implementing effective systems that foster quality fundraising.

      Session Speaker:

      Camilla Bell | St Johns

      Programme Speakers

      We are delighted to introduce our amazing speakers for this event! Our panel of experts come from a variety of backgrounds, including fundraising, law, data insights and more. This is an incredible opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and expertise from some of the best in their respective fields. Don't miss this unique chance to learn from the best!

      Fiona McPhee | The Benchmarking Project

      Co-Founder and Director of Insights, The Benchmarking Project

      Having led Australia & New Zealand’s largest fundraising benchmarking and analytics programs for over 15 years, Fiona’s insight into the fundraising market is unparalleled. Having started as an on-the-tools fundraiser with WWF-Australia Fiona has spent the last 24 years with non-profits from around the globe across fundraising, organisational culture and strategic planning, and program implementation.

      As a Director of The Benchmarking Project and Director of global consultancy Revolutionise, Fi combines her love for analytics and insights and her facilitation and consulting skills to drive culture change, strategic development and execution of strategic plans and campaigns with fundraising boards, leaders and teams.

      Speaker Session: 

      The Benchmarking Project:

      Hot off the press the latest real data on regular giving, donor retention, acquisition and ROI from Australia & New Zealand

      Chris Taylor | The Mental Health Foundation

      Chris Taylor has been a member of the PFRA board for 6 years, 3 years as Chair and currently as Deputy Chair. His career began as a face-to-face fundraiser 14 years ago in the UK and has led him to his current role as the Head of Fundraising at The Mental Health Foundation.

      His experience working in the face-to-face industry from the role of a fundraiser, to leading and managing teams and programmes for agencies and charities in-house and working as an International Face-to-Face Consultant for Oxfam International has given him the unique opportunity to see the industry from all sides and across multiple countries.

      Speaking Session:

      Lessons Learnt | As a Face-to-Face Fundraiser

      Hannah Watson-Frank | Amnesty International Aotearoa NZ

      From Creative to Calling | A Deep Dive into Amnesty’s Digital Lead Programme

      Hannah Watson-Frank (she/her) is a digital maven with a passion for creating positive change in the world. Hannah heads the successful digital fundraising programme at Amnesty International and was part of raising the most the organisation has raised in its 60 year history last year.

      Hannah is passionate about the power and possibilities that digital platforms have. She is data-driven decision maker that is always bring experimentation and creativity to her campaigns. The foundation of Hannah’s approach is to focus on fostering authentic connections with different audiences by creating content that speaks to feels genuine, is responsive to current trends & events and adds value to their lives.

      In this session, we will explore the dynamic world of digital platforms and discover the power they hold in creating a lasting impact.

      Speaking Session:

      From Creative to Calling | A Deep Dive into Amnesty’s Digital Lead Programme



      Camilla Bell | St Johns

      Camilla Bell started her fundraising career learning the ropes as a tele fundraiser at Greenpeace Aotearoa. In the decade since, she's developed her fundraising expertise and specialises in individual giving and philanthropy. She loves fundraising because of the people, stories, and the shared ambition to get creative and make it better.

      In this session, Camilla will guide us through finding the balance between recruiting the right people and implementing effective systems that foster quality fundraising.

      Speaking Session:

      Does quality come from good people or good systems?

      Event Infomation
      Sudima Auckland Airport
      Accommodation

      Sudima Auckland Airport is an award-winning 4.5-star hotel set in a quiet location just 2.5kms from New Zealand’s main airport. As the country’s first Toitū carbon zero certified hotel it exemplifies the best in sustainable architecture and systems, along with world-class features, facilities and services.

      Rooms are subject to availability, so book now. Enjoy a comfortable stay in an amazing location complete with great amenities!

      Sudima Auckland Airport
      Getting there

      The Yellow Bus

      Sudima Auckland Airport  makes transport to and from the airport convenient. Just book your Yellow Bus ticket here and you'll be good to go!

      The Yellow Bus operates independently as a transfer service for the local hotels in the area and believe it or not with Auckland's traffic it can be faster than waiting to be picked up. Plus it will drop you off right at our doorstep.

      Please note: this is a service operating independently from Sudima Auckland Airport and booking a ticket online is the best way to catch a ride with the yellow bus.

      Alternatively, you can catch a local taxi which is available right outside the terminal doors.

      Parking

      Sudima Auckland Airport makes parking for event attendees so much easier with their free parking service. You can drive in and be sure to find a spot wherever you like.

      Sponsorship Opportunities

      If your organisation is committed to promoting best practices and would like the chance to sponsor this event, we encourage you to contact us today. 

      We value partnerships with organisations that share our vision for a thriving charitable sector, funded by long-term sustainable fundraising.

      We provide a range of sponsorship opportunities tailored to meet the specific goals and budget of your organisation. These opportunities include branding, speaking engagements, and much more. 

      Contact us today to find out more.