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Fundraising is Changing

Fundraising is Changing
Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 16:30 to 18:00
CO3 Offices (34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast, BT2 7DB)

This session hosted by IOF Northern Ireland Chairperson, Neil Irwin, is a chance to get up-to-speed on some of the fundraising regulation developments across the UK and what it means for Northern Ireland.  While not seen as the most urgent or important of issues to charities here - confidence in fundraising goes to the heart of the sustainability and without raising money there is no charity.  What will new regulations, rules and practices mean for us - can we have any say in the regulations?  This session aims raise the issues and get a feel for how we might respond. This event is provided free of charge.

The session will enable discussion about self-regulation in Northern Ireland among charities considering developments in England, Wales and Scotland.  It will be a chance to find out more, ask questions and have your opinion heard.  IOF Northern Ireland will then seek to have further discussions with the charity and fundraising regulators.

For more comment on this issue read Neil Irwin's opinion piece: Northern Ireland Self-Regulation Limbo, FREXIT and Trust in Charity: http://www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk/groups/national-northern-ireland/news/northern-ireland-self-regulation-limbo-frexit/

To book your place, please contact sarah@co3.bz or Tel: 028 90 245 356.

Meet the Speakers

Frances McCandless

Frances McCandless is Chief Executive of the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, the non-departmental public body which is responsible for regulating charities and their activities. Frances was appointed to the Commission in April 2010 as its first Chief Executive. Prior to taking up this post, Frances was employed as Director of Policy at NICVA, an umbrella body which provides advice, information and policy analysis to voluntary and community organisations in Northern Ireland. Frances’s career in the voluntary and community sector goes back over 20 years and she has worked with young people, women returning to work, in housing, with older and disabled people and as an international volunteer in Prague with the YMCA. She has also been a board member of organisations working in the areas of environment, ethnic minorities, reconciliation, community arts, audience development, mediation and physical activity. Frances has a BA (Hons) from University College, Oxford, an MPhil from Trinity College, Dublin and a Diploma in Public Administration from Warwick Business School, where she has also taught and been an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Governance and Public Management.


Neil Irwin


With over 20 years experience of fundraising Neil Irwin combines his work as Trusts Fundraiser for Northern Ireland Hospice with training, advising and fundraising for local and national causes across NI and the UK with niFundraising - the consultancy he established to help charities raise money.


Neil is Trustee of Victoria Homes Trust, a former BBC Children in Need Grants Assessor, a member of the NI Trusts Group and became Chair of the Institute of Fundraising in Northern Ireland in 2016. Neil specialises in funder research and grant applications (was behind Grant Tracker for 13 years) but also is a leading trainer in NI on Gift Aid, self-regulation and fundraising strategy.