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Mark your calendar now for IFC Pop Ups 2019!

We were so thrilled to see so many friends and clients at the IFC Pop Ups 2018, which took place in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg last month. These one day virtual workshops included some of the best sessions from the International Fundraising Congress (IFC) events in Holland and Asia in 2017, giving local fundraisers access to international fundraising experts. 

At each pop up we were able to choose from 12 roughly half hour video sessions on a range of topics including:
How philanthropy in Europe is changing and how to adapt; how to write for digital; the essentials of major gift fundraising; how to fundraise from US Foundations and how LinkedIn can help you; how to build a legacy programme from scratch; practical ways to use your data to drive results; and fundraising strategy in seven straight-forward steps. 

Several of the speakers were then contacted via Skype to answer questions posed by the audience and when they weren’t available the DMI team was thrilled to help facilitate the Q&A discussion. DMI’s Jenni McLeod, who attended each one of the three IFC Pop Ups shared this feedback on her experience: "Access to information and technology has transformed the fundraising landscape and for some we’re sure it was overwhelming as there is so much one can do. Judging by the animation of the delegates they were more excited, than intimidated. Although I have been in this field for more than 30 years, I came away feeling inspired and invigorated."

Given the success of the IFC Pop Ups, the Resource Alliance is planning to bring them back to South Africa in March 2019 with new content from IFC Asia and the IFC Congress in Holland in 2018. Whilst exact dates are still to be confirmed, we strongly recommend you mark your calendars now so that you don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to attend the IFC in SA!

And, if you are keen to travel overseas to attend IFC Asia or the IFC 2018 in the Netherlands, please contact Sarah Scarth at to find out about the special discounts available to help African delegates attend the live conference.

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