2021 Online Annual Fundraising Conference
Due to the pandemic, the 2021 Annual Papillon Fundraising Conference was held online. The outstanding line up included: Keynote speaker, Gift of the Givers founder, Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, who received a virtual standing ovation (and went on to win the South African Person of the Year Award). CSI consultant, Reana Rossouw wowed everyone – as usual; Fundraising consultant and regular presenter at Papillon events, Ari Seirlis, spoke about sustainability in the ‘new normal’ and adjusting to fundraising and sustainability strategies to be relevant and successful in a pandemic; Max Herberstein from Click Auction and Kevin Chaplin and Michelle Bagley from the Amy Foundation explained how to raise money from online auctions; Minah Koela from Beautiful Gate shared how they had successfully harnessed their networks for support at the outbreak of the pandemic.
Many delegates from rural areas commented that they had not been able to attend the Johannesburg or Cape Town conferences in the past due to travel and accommodation costs and welcomed the opportunity to participate online.
I am so happy I managed to join.