Conferences & Training

Introduction to Fundraising and Alumni Relations 2018

Nov. 13 - 14, 2018
The Studio, 51 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1FN
United Kingdom

Introduction to fundraising and alumni relations

Are you new to fundraising and alumni relations or the education sector?

Do you need to brush up on the basic principles?

Whether you work in a university, school or an arts and culture organisation, this introductory two-day course will help you better understand your role, acquire the skills needed to cultivate your career, and build a supportive network in the sector.


Delegates attending the conference will discover:

  • Why education advancement matters and why we engage with alumni and donors
  • How to be strategic in setting your goals and priorities
  • Presentation and interpersonal skills
  • How to connect effectively with alumni and donors and the different ways in which to engage them
  • The fundamentals of any advancement programme, from effective database management and mining to achieving the ultimate gift
  • How to advance in their professional careers
  • How to make the ask


Broaden your horizon of educational advancement and gain insights from both senior and emerging professionals, and build your network of contacts to help you develop in your chosen career.


Leave the conference with practical knowledge about the sector, increased confidence in undertaking your role as an advancement professional, and the motivation to develop your career within the sector.

Who should attend?

This conference is designed for new or junior fundraising and alumni relations practitioners in the education sector. It will be the best place to strengthen your advancement knowledge, and make connections with seasoned professionals and peers alike. You will take home essential and innovative ideas for your role within your institute.

What last years delegates said:

Very informative and great networking opportunities. It was professional, well thought out and with really good speakers - I am grateful for them giving up their time to share their experiences.
Sam Benson, Alumni Relations Officer, Royal Vetinary College 

I would recommend this conference to colleagues who are just coming into working in the development/advancement sector. It gives a great overview of the variety of things that development offices do and allows room for interaction with other development colleagues. The best thing about this conference was meeting with others who work in the sector and finding out what sorts of things they do at their institution. I also really enjoyed talking with international peers who came over to find out what the development sector in England offers.
Naomi Fleet, Alumni Groups Coordinator, University of Kent 

Don't miss out - early bird rate ends 14 September 2018