The Polish Fundraising Association’s 14th International Fundraising Conference takes place on 17 and 18 November in Warsaw, and will be this year’s largest gathering of Polish fundraisers.
The 2022 conference focuses on “Adaptation” with three thematic conference tracks: image, social and digital adaptation.
A masterclass on 16 November led by lecturer and trainer Jerzy Mika will precede the conference track sessions, which include well-known fundraising experts Ken Burnett and Ken Phillips in the line-up.
Ken Burnett is a writer, speaker and author of several books on donor relationship development and communication, including the 1992 classic Relationship Fundraising. Thanks to the efforts of the Polish Fundraising Association, this book has been translated into Polish and will be premiered at the conference. Burnett’s session is entitled ‘The Future of Fundraising’.
Ken Phillips has 55 years of experience in nonprofit projects, having worked with hundreds of foundations and associations from the US, Eastern Europe and elsewhere. He will be leading a number of sessions, with a session titled Essential Strategic Responsibilities of the Fundraiser on day one, followed by two on the second: Drafting Your Own Leadership Development Plan of Action, and Identifying the Right Strategies for Your Fundraising.
There will also be many other prominent fundraisers and consultants from Poland at the conference, with more than 20 speakers in total.
Association organises training sessions for ORLEN Foundation beneficiaries
In other news from the Polish Fundraising Association, it recently, and for the second time, organised a series of training courses for ORLEN Foundation beneficiaries.
The ORLEN Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations operating in Poland. Affiliated with the ORLEN oil company, its work includes donating to those in need, supporting local communities through grant programmes and awarding scholarships to talented young people. It also makes donations to firefighting units for the purchase of equipment and supports Polish hospitals.
The Foundation runs the ORLEN Foundation Academy programme, which provides NGO representatives, mostly from smaller towns and with smaller budgets, with access to professional training. This is conducted by trainers from the Polish Fundraising Association, and as well as covering how to raise funds, the recent courses included how to build an organisation’s marketing strategy, and how to resolve conflicts in a team. The Polish Fundraising Association also held additional training sessions on storytelling, fundraising and working with journalists. In total, the programme included 15 sessions and lasted for a number of months with the last one held in September 2022.
Commenting, the association’s director Marcin Chmielowski said:
“The results of the evaluation are promising. Participants write that the trainings gave them a lot and allowed them to implement new knowledge and skills. Such projects measurably strengthen the NGO sector in Poland.”
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