Conferences & Training

Major Gifts Conference and Asking Workshop 2019

Jan. 16 - 17, 2019
Park Plaza Hotel
Nottingham, United Kingdom

Major Gifts Conference and Asking Workshop

This two day event is split into two parts; one day focusing on the fundamentals of major gifts, and the second on the pratical element of how to 'make the ask'. We recomend attending both days for the complete training; however, both days can also be attended on their own. 

Major Gifts Conference

Are you involved in raising big donations for your school, organisation or institution? Do you want to raise your sights to the next level? Then join us for this junior seminar for a practical learning experience and expert advice on major gifts. At this seminar you will learn how to effectively work with your colleagues and volunteers to secure and steward large donations and return to work with new ideas and renewed confidence to secure major gifts that make a difference to your school, organisation or institution, and the lives of your donors.

The event will be co-chaired by Stephanie Lear, Head of Individual Philanthropy, and Hannah Joyce, Deputy Director of Philanthropy, The Institute of Cancer Research who will bring together a wealth of experience from the education and not-for-profit sectors.

Asking Workshop

Of the many aspects within the fundraising life-cycle, solicitation and making the ask can be the most daunting for any advancement professional. Getting this part right makes all the difference when engaging with donors.

Attending the Asking Workshop will inspire you to find new ways of engaging with your donors through team-based exercises that take you through the life-cycle of cultivation, from identification of a donor through to solicitation and beyond.

Chaired by Mary Haworth, Director of Philanthropic Partnerships and Alumni, University of York, and Gavin Maggs, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, University of Bath, the Asking Workshop is a combination of theory and interactive role-plays that will leave you feeling confident and equipped to successfully 'make the ask' as part of your fundraising strategy.

With thanks to The Giving Collaborative for their sponsorship of the Asking Workshop.

The Giving Collaborative

  • Hear from expert speakers with vast experience in major gifts
  • Learn tips and tools on how best to embark on major gift solicitation
  • Explore how to successfully engage faculty colleagues and volunteers

Join us!

  • Discover how to interact with your donors through a combination of theory and role-play exercises
  • Experience first-hand how others do it right (and wrong!)
Who should attend?

Junior fundraisers or those new to the profession. We recommend booking for the two days, and there is a £100 discount in doing so.

Two day event registration:

Major Gifts Asking registration

To register for just one day, please email