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Virtual Fundraising Festival

Proudly sponsored by KCS and the Rectory Foundation

Following the pandemic, it is more important than ever for organisations to diversify their income streams and learn how different methods of fundraising can help build a stronger and more resilient organisation in both short and long term.  

From 4th – 13th October, Community Impact Bucks will be running a Fundraising Festival, offering four free interactive sessions which will provide a comprehensive overview of a key area of fundraising income. These sessions act as a great bite size introduction or refresher to a core fundraising option which an organisation should consider. 

 The four sessions will cover: 

Each session will be led by professionals who are experts in their chosen fundraising area and can draw on their experiences of working for, or advising, local not-for-profit organisations. You will have the chance to learn from their successes as well as find out about common mistakes.  

Who are these sessions for?

These sessions are for:

  • Trustees
  • Charity leaders, Heads or Directors of Fundraising
  • Fundraisers

Next Steps

If your organisation serves Buckinghamshire and you would like to join one of these free sessions, please follow the booking link for the relevant topic.  Bookings are per session so if you want to attend all four,  you will need to book on each separately.

Please note that places are limited and that priority will be given to charities and not-for-profit organisations with income under £100,000.

Further details and book here

For any questions about this event please contact 0300 1111 250 or 

Further funding resources can be found on our dedicated Funding support for groups pageLocal funding opportunities page or book a one-to-one support session with one of our VCSE officers.



Session 1: Introduction to Legacy and In Memory with Frankie Hockham, Community Impact Bucks and Sally Swann, Muchloved 

Tuesday 4th October 2022, 12:00 – 13:30 

In Memory and Legacy donations are such an emotive yet important way to generate income. In the UK every year about half a million families suffer from a loss, with over £80m being given in memory each year by family and friends.

While In-memory giving has grown rapidly in recent years, charities still struggle with this sensitive subject.  How can we make it easier for families and friends to donate? How can we support them on their journey to ensure that our relationship with them continues every step of the way?

This session, the first in our Fundraising Festival, offers answers to all the above and provides useful links to other resources.

Further details and book here

Session 2: Trusts & Foundations Fundraising: how to write a successful application with Lee Lloyd, Florence Nightingale Hospice and Jennie Gillions

Thursday 6th October 2022, 17:30 – 19:00 

The UK has nearly 13,000 grant-making foundations which come in all shapes and sizes, and offer support to a variety of causes.  Competition for these funds is high and this is increasingly the case since the pandemic.

So how do you identify who you can approach? And when you have identified them, what do you ask for and how? And how do you maximise your chances of success?

This session offers answers to all the above and provides useful links to other resources.

Further details and book here 


Session 3: Introduction to Corporate Fundraising with Rosalind Lee, Hospice of St Francis and Emma Carroll, Florence Nightingale Hospice

Tuesday 11th October 2022, 12:00-13:30

Do you want to increase your knowledge of Corporate Fundraising? This session will cover the different ways that companies can support your organisation (spoiler alert: lots of them do not involve them giving you large cheques!) By the end of this session you will have an idea of how to research potential supporters, make the approach and grow the relationship.

Led by highly experienced corporate fundraisers, this session will share friendly expert advice and help you build your Corporate Fundraising confidence.

Further details and book here 


Session 4: Introduction to Community and Events Fundraising with Leah Lewis, Civitas Consulting 

Thursday 13th October – 17:30 – 19:00 

This is a session for those who want a beginner’s guide to events and community fundraising, providing an overview of these two streams of fundraising and how they go hand in hand.

This session will not focus on how to plan an event and the practicalities of events planning per se, but will look at what is involved in events and community fundraising, how to make use of your volunteers, and how to approach this type of fundraising in a strategic manner.


 Further details and book here 


Sally Swann – Introduction to Legacy and In Memory Fundraising

Head of Partnerships, Sally Swann has been an instrumental part of the MuchLoved Charitable Trust team for 15 years, helping to build and shape MuchLoved to become the UK’s leading online tribute fund platform.  

With a wealth of experience in tribute fund management, Sally aspires to make tribute funds accessible for all, by empowering charities to fully maximise their in-memory fundraising potential and supporting the funeral industry to offer tribute funds to improve bereavement journeys. 

Sally has supported some of the UK’s largest charities to implement and grow their tribute fund schemes and has worked across the charitable sector to improve in-memory giving and care. She has also helped change the landscape of funeral giving, working with some of the UK’s largest funeral director companies and helping them not only process donations online but also offer their families lasting bereavement care and support through tribute pages.  

 When not at work Sally can be found with her head in a cookery book, planning her next culinary delight, on the beach or exploring the South Downs. 

Frankie Hockham – Introduction to Legacy and In Memory Fundraising

Frankie Hockham has over 10 years’ experience in fundraising spanning all income streams.  She has worked for both small local and larger national charities in senior fundraising roles as well as setting up and running her own charity, UK Astronomy. She also has a track record of In Memory and Legacy fundraising for local hospices and medical charities. 

She is currently VCSE and Community Development Officer for Community Impact Bucks, offering support and guidance on all aspects of running an organisation including leadership, funding, and governance, with priority given to those with income of less than £100,000. 

When not at work or running her own charity, you can find Frankie at the local pig sanctuary. 

Lee Lloyd – Trusts & Foundations Fundraising: how to write a successful application

Lee Lloyd has been a professional fundraiser since 2002.  He is currently Head of Fundraising at Florence Nightingale Hospice in Aylesbury and has also successfully carried out Trust fundraising for a variety of causes including medical research, vulnerable families, older people and bereaved children, doubling trust income in nearly every organisation he has worked in.

Lee is passionate about supporting junior fundraisers and raising standards in the sector, including presenting at four consecutive National Fundraising Conventions, tutoring more than 20 new fundraisers, mentoring experienced fundraisers and setting up a thriving Chilterns Trust Fundraising Network.  Lee is an associate of Fundraising Training Ltd’s renowned Fundraising Training Programme and a former treasurer of the Institute of Fundraising, Chilterns Region.

Alongside his professional roles, Lee has consistently volunteered for local causes encompassing mental health, older people and animals.

Jennie Gillions– Trusts & Foundations Fundraising: how to write a successful application

Jennie Gillions started as a Trusts fundraiser in 2008, after five years running grant-funded volunteering projects. Since then she has raised millions of pounds from Trusts and Foundations for causes including mental health, medical research, refugees, youth, and international human rights.

She is currently freelance, specialising in grant writing, fundraising strategy, supporting organisations to get their fundraising foundations right, and the relationship between fundraising and communications. She also volunteers with a European refugee network.

Outside of Trusts work, Jennie has a Philanthropic Psychology qualification and a background in writing successful Lottery and EU proposals. She is a keen supporter of anti-poverty charities, libraries, and her local dog rescue centre.

Ros Lee – Introduction to Corporate Fundraising

Ros has been a professional fundraiser for over 8 years. She is currently the Supporter Engagement Manager at The Hospice of St Francis in Berkhamsted, specialising in Individual Giving (fundraising appeals, donor stewardship and donor acquisition).

In additional to working in the Hospice sector she has also worked in the Arts and Culture sector, for a charity focusing on young people. As a volunteer fundraiser Ros has organised fundraising events for the PTA at her children’s school and for a local sports club. For several years Ros was the Corporate Fundraising Manager at Rennie Grove Hospice Care, working with companies across Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire raising c.£300,000 annually.

 Emma Carroll – Introduction to Corporate Fundraising

Emma Carroll has recently joined the National Paralympic Heritage Trust as their Corporate Fundraiser after spending 7 years in fundraising at Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity in Aylesbury. First as the Community Fundraising Manager and for the last 4 years as Partnerships Manager. This followed lengthy spells as both a Parish Councillor and a School Governor which first sowed the idea that helping in the community and being able to make a positive contribution were very satisfying things to do.

At Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity Emma developed the fundraising strategy around the core principle of building long term meaningful relationships with local businesses and organisations. Emma is a regular business networker and has collaborated with contacts to organise and host workshops on a range of themes that benefit businesses and charities.

In her new role, Emma is busy learning all about the Paralympic Heritage and why the people of Buckinghamshire should be very proud of the county’s role in the creation such a huge international sporting event.

Emma is delighted to be speaking at the fundraising festival – it’s her first official conference slot and it promises to be an informative and interesting session.

Leah Lewis – Introduction to Community and Events Fundraising

Leah has over 8 years of experience working in the third sector and specialises in supporting Community Fundraising income streams for small and local charities. Leah has spent recent years working closely with local businesses, organisations, community groups and schools to develop community fundraising relationships and income, providing her with a wealth of knowledge in these areas

Leah Lewis has recently started a new role with Heart UK, as Fundraising Manager responsible for Sporting Challenges and Individual Giving campaigns. Prior to this, during the pandemic, she was furloughed like most fundraisers and, set up a Facebook group to support fundraisers who were dealing with the challenges of fundraising in lockdown, the group “Community Fundraisers Network” now has over 1,300 members. From here she made the leap into freelancing and in September 2020 launched Civitas Consultancy, where her aim was to provide solutions to enable charities to build key relationships and increase their public presence and raise funds in their community!

Leah was awarded Highly Commended Fundraiser of the year in the Chartered Institute of Fundraising Chilterns Fundraising Awards 2020.

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