IDPE's Professional Development Programme
The UK's only training programme designed specifically to meet the needs of professionals working in schools' development.

 
‘It was the best day of training I have attended in a long time. Every aspect of it was useful and thought provoking.’
2018 workshop delegate
 

IDPE's Professional Development Programme is designed to serve the needs of all our members, from beginners to experienced schools’ development practitioners, as well as for those with experience in fundraising but who are new to schools' development. All IDPE members receive discounted rates.
 

Conferences

Sharing together

Our conferences provide opportunities for development professionals to come together to hear from inspirational speakers, share best practice, network with the wider IDPE community and meet leading suppliers from across the sector.

Conferences offer a broad selection of topics, so there will always be sessions to interest and inspire you.

 

Seminars and workshops

Learning together

Our small group, face-to-face practical training courses are delivered by experts, and aim to develop your fundraising knowledge, keep you up-to-date with the latest trends, and offer you the chance to network with like-minded professionals.

These one-day sessions are tailored to give you an in-depth insight into a specific topic related to schools’ development.

 

Webinars

Discovering together

Our webinars offer information relevant to schools’ development such as trends or changes impacting the sector, the latest tools available to support schools’ fundraising, and practical tips to improve your school’s fundraising performance.
 

These free one-hour sessions provide expert training with minimal time commitment required and can be re-watched by IDPE members at any time.

 

If you have suggestions for 2018/2019 topics or events, please email the IDPE team.  For further information please call us on 01225 829030.
 

   Conferences
 
HMC, IDPE and AGBIS 2020 School Bursaries Conference
Wednesday 29 January 2020
BMA House, London

 
'Transforming the lives of young people' Join us to learn from the UK’s most experienced professionals
on how independent schools are playing an increasingly significant role in breaking down barriers, and helping more young people from modest backgrounds to achieve their academic and life ambitions and both enriching the life of the bursary recipient and the entire school community.

 

Find out more 

Register your place now

Seminars and Workshops

       

Parent power - practical fundraising
steps for this important group of potential donors

Supported by ToucanTech
Thursday 17 October 2019

Caledonian Club, London SW1X 7DR
 

Parents, both current and former, have the potential to be the biggest donors for bursary and capital project campaigns. Join us to discuss how to harness the power of parents in your fundraising campaigns and what practical steps you can take to engage this group of potential donors.

Find out more and register your place now
IDPE fundraising toolkit for state schools seminar
Tuesday 5 November 2019
The Blue Coat School, Liverpool, L15 9EE 
 
Join us for a one-day seminar to explore how development could benefit your school and its community. This seminar will provide you with practical advice and a greater understanding of how to get started with engagement and fundraising in your school.
 
Find out more and register your place now
IDPE essential development toolkit
for schools seminar

Thursday 14 November 2019
Caledonian Club, London SW1X 7DR

 
The IDPE essential development toolkit for schools seminar is the first port of call for anyone new to schools’ development. It provides delegates with the nuts and bolts of how a professional schools’ development office runs and will offer them an opportunity to breakout into small groups, working with experienced Development Directors and their peers, to establish relevant and attainable goals. Find out more and register your place now

Building relationships that last
Supported by Gifted Philanthropy
Thursday 21 November 2019
Caledonian Club, London SW1X 7DR

 

This session will focus on the importance of taking the time to build relationships with your donors in order that long-term giving can be secured, considering the implications of setting up a major gifts programme, the resources it will require and understanding the various motivations for making significant gifts. 
 
Find out more and register your place now
Managing up: getting your Board
on board

Supported by More Partnership
Thursday 28 November 2019
Caledonian Club, London SW1X 7DR
Join us for a workshop discussing how you can strengthen your relationships with your governing body and head and improve their understanding of development, work with them to deliver brilliant results and ensure your senior leaders become your greatest champions. Find out more and register your place now


Book your place online or contact us for further details.  IDPE members receive a discount when booking.

 


Webinars
Sign up for one of our webinars now, or why not join our series of webinars on regular giving with Rux Burton Associates?

If there is a subject or speaker you would particularly like to hear from, or if you would like to present a session to our members, please contact the IDPE team: 01225 829030 / info@idpe.org.uk 

IDPE members can log in and view our previous webinars via the document library.


Sign up to our upcoming webinars now:
 
   
Major gifts part 2 – developing a prospect pipeline
Delivered by Prospecting for Gold
Tuesday 1 October 2019
Online

 

This webinar will provide an overview of the fundamental tools understanding and developing your prospect pipeline. You will learn:

  • How many prospects do you need for your major gift pipeline?
  • How do you differentiate between hot, warm and cold prospects?
  • How do you generate and manage new prospects?
Register your place now
Managing up: governance, leadership, development – key findings and practical tools
Delivered by More Partnership
Tuesday 8 October 2019
Online

 

Having your Board on board is key to development success …  but managing up can be daunting, and it can be difficult to know where to start. Following interviews with heads, governors and development directors, join us to explore the key findings from the IDPE and More Partnership’s project on good governance. 

Register your place now
Benchmarking matters: explore how the latest report can support your school’s development programme
Delivered by Graham-Pelton
Tuesday 12 November 2019
Online
This session will give you ideas and tools to use the benchmarking as a springboard to develop your programme. Whether you need focus, ideas or investment to grow, this session will give you plenty to think about! Register your place now
 

 
   
Rux Burton Associates - regular giving webinar series
 

‘Regular giving is so simple a child could do it. Run out and get me a child; I can’t make head nor tail of it.’ Groucho Marx (allegedly)

Call it regular giving, annual giving or what you will, it’s a deceptively simple activity.  All you need is someone to ask, something to ask for and some way of doing the asking.  But a great case can be constrained by poor data or great data can be wasted on unfocused asking. This series shows where to start, how to set ambitious but achievable objectives and how to get all three essential elements operating together as a well-oiled machine.

What country, friends, is this?
Delivered by Rux Burton Associates
Thursday 7 March 2019
Online

 
Research doesn’t just give you contact details. It gives you clear indicators of engagement and what discrete groups may support. And research isn’t simply a contact form and google. It is the beating pulse of your engagement programme. This session will look at how to find people, how to use events to understand their aspirations and how to analyse your constituency to inform your case and your goals.  Watch this webinar now.
Please log in to IDPE and then click the above link to watch this webinar via the IDPE document library
Towers of gold are still too little...
Delivered by Rux Burton Associates
Thursday 16 May 2019
Online

 
How do we create cases for support we can make so that we can be certain they will inspire constituency? In this session we show how we can use our new knowledge to road test our fundraising goals. We can assess what will work but, more importantly, we can consider alternatives and see which basket of aspirations will create maximum engagement and income. Watch this webinar now.
Please log in to IDPE and then click the above link to watch this webinar via the IDPE document library
It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that
you do it. That’s what gets results.

Delivered by Rux Burton Associates
Thursday 12 September 2019
Online
This session will show how to deploy different solicitations in support of regular giving to maximise results. We will show how you can use your understanding of who you need to ask to select the correct mix and timing of solicitation methods and what considerations are then required to get your ‘ask’ - be it a letter, email, call or meeting - presented for maximum effect. Watch this webinar now.
Please log in to IDPE and then click the above link to watch this webinar via the IDPE document library
     
     

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Securing consent when applying for planning permission
Delivered by Facultas
Tuesday 24 September 2019
Online

 
Obtaining Planning Permission for the development of any facilities is a political process. This webinar will give you a better understanding of the local council planning application process (including local and nation issues which impact political decision-making), and the reasons why engaging with a Public Affairs consultancy like Facultas Associates can help deliver new facilities on time and on budget. Watch this webinar now.
Please log in to IDPE and then click the above link to watch this webinar via the IDPE document library
Benchmarking - the latest trends in schools’ development
Delivered by Graham-Pelton
Tuesday 10 September 2019
Online

 
This session will give a preview of the benchmarking findings ahead of its release in the autumn, and some useful stats to share with your leadership team as term commences! Watch this webinar now.
Please log in to IDPE and then click the above link to watch this webinar via the IDPE document library
Running donor recognition campaigns and exploring creative potential, income expectations, pricing, pitfalls, success and longevity
Delivered by Briconomics
Tuesday 2 July 2019
Online

 
Running a successful donor recognition campaign is crucial Development responsibility. Your supporters are seen to give, helping to create a culture of visible giving. The levels of reward/recognition will also benchmark future giving expectations. Donor boards are a thing of the past; creative, imaginative and long-lasting ‘thank-yous’ will continuously generate goodwill, further donations and spread the word. Find out more and hear about a really successful IDPE school fundraising and donor recognition campaign. Watch this webinar now.
Please log in to IDPE and then click the above link to watch this webinar via the IDPE document library
Major gifts part 1 – how to find prospects
Delivered by Prospecting for Gold
Tuesday 25 June 2019
Online

 

This webinar will cover:

· Wealth and prospects in the UK – the context

· Desk research – tips and practices

· Wealth screening as a tool for identifying major donor prospects

· Research resources
 
Watch this webinar now.
Please log in to IDPE and then click the above link to watch this webinar via the IDPE document library
Navigating the new Code of Fundraising Practice
Delivered by the Fundraising Regulator
Tuesday 18 June 2019
Online

 
In this practical session, join the Fundraising Regulator to learn how to use the new Code of Fundraising Practice, what it covers, and how we have made the fundraising standards more accessible for charities. Watch this webinar now.
Please log in to IDPE and then click the above link to watch this webinar via the IDPE document library
The IDPE and IoF certificate in
Fundraising - why gain accreditation

Delivered by IDPE and IoF
Tuesday 21 May
Online

 
Are you interested in completing the IDPE and IoF Certificate in Fundraising, the only qualification specifically designed for those working in schools’ development? This webinar, delivered by IDPE and the IoF, will detail the benefits of completing the Certificate in Fundraising, explain what the course involves and share experiences from past graduates to help you understand how the Certificate can support your fundraising. Watch this webinar now.
Please log in to IDPE and then click the above link to watch this webinar via the IDPE document library
Creating successful fundraising events with easy online bookings
Delivered by Trybooking
Tuesday 7 May
Online

 
Explore how you can increase fundraising and reduce the admin, time and money spent on your fundraising and alumni events through using a robust and flexible online events’ booking system.  Make it easy for your guests to book quickly and then easily share with their friends/guests.  Trybooking is your new 24/7 team member. Watch this webinar now.
Please log in to IDPE and then click the above link to watch this webinar via the IDPE document library
Graduway product showcase: secrets to increasing your alumni engagement
Delivered by Graduway
Thursday 11 April 2019
Online

 
In an increasingly global world, keeping up with your alumni can be difficult, if not impossible. You need to constantly find ways to connect with them and create engagement. Join us for this exclusive webinar, using the case study of The Manchester Grammar School’s MGS Global Connect platform. Watch this webinar now.
Please log in to IDPE and then click the above link to watch this webinar via the IDPE document library
Why donor recognition is an essential
element in the development office
armoury for income generation, pupil
and parent bonding

Delivered by Briconomics
Tuesday 2 April
Online

 
This webinar will give you an introduction to the thinking behind donor recognition and planning your relationship strategies including setting up a tradition of ‘visible philanthropy’ to make it much easier to ask in a culture of giving. Watch this webinar now.
Please log in to IDPE and then click the above link to watch this webinar via the IDPE document library
Rethinking surveys, how to keep
your communications and fundraising relevant

Delivered by Socius
Tuesday 19 March 2019
Online

 
This webinar will examine a case study from Bedford School to better understand how to use surveys
with creative intentionality to form a valuable engagement touchpoint with your audience and ensure meaningful outcomes and insights.
Watch this webinar now.
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Measuring success: join Bolton School
to explore successful alumni engagement and how we can start to measure it

Delivered by Graduway
Tuesday 26 February 2019
Online

 
Join Chris Marshall, President, Graduway North America, and Laura Rooney, Development Manager for Bolton School, as they review emerging industry standards on measuring alumni engagement and take a close look at the Bolton School as a case study for how they are using this data. Watch this webinar now.
Please log in to IDPE and then click the above link to watch this webinar via the IDPE document library
Regulation and legislation - getting it
right for major gift fundraising

Delivered by Prospecting for Gold

Tuesday 5th February 2019
Online

 

This webinar will give you the basic information you need to conduct your prospect research in compliance with data protection and other requirements. Kerry Rock, Director of Business Development for Prospecting for Gold, will guide you through:

  • How you can do prospect research and still comply with GDPR?
  • Legitimate Interest – what does it mean and how do you demonstrate it?
  • Data Protection Impact Assessments – why, how and when?
  • Getting Fair Processing information right
Watch this webinar now.
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Streamlining your data to make it work better for your alumni, fundraising and marketing efforts
Delivered by ToucanTech
Tuesday 29 January 2019
Online

 
In this webinar, Sam Bellringer, Data Director at ToucanTech and former Development Manager and Database Manager at Mill Hill School and Harrow School, and Kate Jillings, Co-Founder at ToucanTech and former corporate marketer and director of consumer data company TruRating, will cover the following practical areas of data management, using real-life examples, intuitive flow-charts and handy check-list. Watch this webinar now.
Please log in to IDPE and then click the above link to watch this webinar via the IDPE document library
How can an alumni and development database measure engagement
successfully?

Delivered by 
The Access Group
Tuesday 22 January 2019
Online

 
This webinar will help you appreciate the many factors that contribute to an engaged alumni and how these can help achieve your strategic goals. You will also learn about how a modern Alumni and Development CRM should track these key data points and enable you to report on them. Watch this webinar now.
Please log in to IDPE and then click the above link to watch this webinar via the IDPE document library
Fundraising Feasibility Studies:
Preparing for success

Delivered by Gifted Philanthropy
Tuesday 15 January 2019
Online

 
This webinar will provide information about the importance of conducting a Feasibility Study before embarking on a major fundraising campaign, what a study entails and what it will deliver. It will help you to decide what your next steps are in your fundraising plans to take your development programme to the next level. Watch this webinar now.
Please log in to IDPE and then click the above link to watch this webinar via the IDPE document library
Using the benchmarking: a case study
Delivered by Graham-Pelton Consulting and
Cheadle Hulme School

Thursday 10 January 2019
Online

 
Cheadle Hulme School have actively used the Survey to benchmark their school performance and set achievable targets. Becki Mckinlay and Frances Kennedy share how to use the benchmarking and provide tangible steps for every School to consider. This webinar demonstrates how to create change and provides real-life insight in to why Benchmarking matters. Watch this webinar now.
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Benchmarking and your CRM: How
they work perfectly together

Delivered by Blackbaud
Thursday 6 December 2018
Online
Your alumni relations and fundraising CRM is a key tool as you participate in the IDPE and Graham-Pelton Consulting’s Schools’ Alumni Relations and Fundraising Benchmarking Survey. Using Raiser’s Edge and eTapestry as examples, this webinar will show you how you can extract relevant data from your CRM to guide your Benchmarking submission, and some tips and tricks for maximising the accuracy and value of your data. Tim Bowden and Dan Keyworth will also share recommendations for how you can then track many of these key performance indicators across development on an ongoing basis, and prepare ahead for harnessing the Survey’s insights in 2019 to advance your future programmes for long-term success.
 
Watch this webinar now.
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The value of Benchmarking for
Leadership teams

Delivered by Graham-Pelton Consulting
Tuesday 20 November 2018
Online

Benchmarking is not only an invaluable resource for Alumni and Fundraising professionals, but an increasingly important resource for Heads. Now more than ever, it is essential to engage and partner with our communities and understand the important role they can play in the future of Schools. Becki Mckinlay and John Claughton will explore the ways in which the benchmarking can be used in decision making, raise aspirations and establish the role of leadership in this increasingly important function within our Schools.
 
Watch this webinar now.
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Accelerate your parent and alumni            fundraising with JustGiving
Delivered by Blackbaud
Tuesday 23 October 2018
Online
In an increasingly consumer-driven, digital, mobile and social world, how can small development teams best utilise the resources they have available to grow fundraising whilst simultaneously delivering greater engagement and value for their school community?  Using practical case studies, this webinar will offer fresh ideas and practical temps on how to harness the reach and power of JustGiving online to communicate with and solicit new audiences, stimulate lively and fun engagement, and create truly dynamic experiences.
 
Watch this webinar now.
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Best practices in alumni engagement
Delivered by Graduway
Tuesday 9 October 2018
Online
What does ‘good’ look like for alumni engagement? Join Chris Marshall, President North America for Graduway, to explore best practices in alumni engagement, including working with young alumni, measuring alumni engagement, and managing volunteers. Drawing upon examples from across the UK and US, this webinar will explore some of the essential components to create a successful alumni engagement programme in your school.
 
Watch this webinar now.
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Your CRM should be the golden thread
that ties together your development        programme 

Delivered by Blackbaud
Tuesday 18 September 2018
Online

 
The webinar will discuss 3 hot topics of focus for schools; prospecting, alumni engagement and going digital. We will cover why these points are imperative to all educational establishments, regardless of experience or resource, and why they needn’t be complicated.

The webinar will be hosted by Phillip Rothwell of Warwick Independent Schools Foundation, and Fiona Watts of Blackbaud.
Watch this webinar now
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‘I really enjoy all of the IDPE sessions - a fantastic networking tool and it is great to hear about case studies from other schools’
2018 workshop delegate


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