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We're heading back to York!

May 16, 2019 - by Mark Higgitt

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Last modified on May 28, 2019

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Two great days at IoF Yorkshire... predictably 

The donorflex team is back at the Patrick House headquarters in Birmingham after an inspiring couple of days at the IoF Yorkshire Conference full of insight and great networking.

Our role as signature sponsor at York’s Principal Hotel allowed us to broaden our existing relationship with the IoF by building an even bigger presence on a regional basis.

The successful two-day event on Thursday-Friday, May 23-24 capped a busy period for us that coincided with the second half of our season of regional user group roadshows during May with the final three starting in June.

We caught up with a special visitor, our bursary winner Emma Pears, SELFA Children’s Charity. We’re excited to hear how much the conference will make a difference to SELFA’s work in Yorkshire.

You’re very welcome, Emma. It was lovely to meet you!


"I’d such a fantastic two days of learning and networking - it was so valuable to me in my role and also lots of fun! I have been buzzing in the office this morning with new ideas and sharing all that I learnt".

Thank you for an incredible couple of days to all of the IoF Yorkshire team.

See you next year!

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We can feel the anticipation rising as the Institute of Fundraising Yorkshire’s annual conference draws closer, with the donorflex team ready to play a part as signature sponsor once again – and preparing to welcome a special visitor to the stand, as an added extra.

The lead sponsor role includes providing a bursary for one delegate to attend for free.

SELFA-logoThis year, that means a delighted Emma Pears, Chief Officer at SELFA – a Skipton-based charity that nurtures and supports vulnerable children and young people through clubs, workshops, trips and residentials – will be able to soak up the insights and inspiration on offer at York’s majestic Principal Hotel.

Her objectives for the two-day gathering – on Thursday-Friday, May 23-24 – struck a particular chord with the donorflex team, which already supports many small charities that know the daily challenges of serving needs in their local communities.

“Attending the conference will help me in my role as principle fundraiser through strengthening organisational leadership and management,” she says.

“As the charity continues to expand, my role’s becoming less operational and more strategic. To enable me to do this effectively, I need to upskill both myself and my team through providing mentoring and coaching to them, encourage better planning and strategic thinking.”

Her goal is simple. Increasing the team’s skills will help to build the financial resilience SELFA needs to secure funding, manage grants and report on performance.

That, in turn, will help them to reach more children and their families through developing new services and activities for vulnerable, disadvantaged and disabled children.

“We’re looking forward to meeting Emma and comparing her thoughts with what we hear from our existing clients, pretty much every working day of the year,” says donorflex managing director Brian Todd.

“It’s not every conference we attend that runs a bursary scheme, so we’re delighted to provide SELFA with this chance to learn and thrive. It’s going to be interesting to see where it takes them, over time.”

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