What to Expect at NAHF ’19

Down the rabbit hole of hospice fundraising, we sometimes find ourselves at a loss for a community to share the load – a friend who knows the score, with fresh ideas and new solutions. The National Association of Hospice Fundraisers Conference – NAHF – bridges this gap. It’s a chance for fundraisers to get together, talk shop and get pumped for the upcoming year. And we can’t wait to see you there!

NAHF in Bristol, 2018

What we’ll be bringing

It’s been a huge year for Pebblebeach, so this time around our vault of wisdom is just that little bit bigger. With pebbles and seagulls to boot, Ash will be leading a session in the main exhibitory room on Capital Appeals and of course, touching on our personal journey of growth since NAHF 2018.

The necessity for big Capital Appeals is growing; hospice care is changing and across the board we’re needing rebuilds, relocations and refurbishments (check out our presentation from last year’s NAHF, which touches on new equipment). Ash will be giving us the expert insight – ‘how tos’ and ‘how to definitely nots’ – when tackling these larger (sometimes terrifying) campaigns.

The year ahead

After a turbulent couple of years, fundraising tremors (to say the least) are being felt by everyone. We predict that NAHF will be a good place to unpick the concerns surrounding reduced income and Brexit nerves.

Other, more positive trends we’re expecting to see are digital fundraising and individual giving. We’re hoping to see how both can be utilised to modernise and maximise an appeal’s potential, as well as discussions to determine the importance of incorporating digital fundraising.

Getting the most out of the conference

Our top tip to get the most out of the conference? Get stuck in and make the most of it! At NAHF we’re surrounded by allies and mentors, non-competitive and helpful friends. It’s the advantage hospices have over big national charities; we can be truly transparent, share it all.

Every year we’ve met great people, received great advice and after applying it to our work, thrived. So – have that coffee, ask those questions, don’t be shy!