At Fundraising Space we aim to create a warm and welcoming environment for sharing and learning, creating a space for fundraisers to learn from one another, build their network and become better, braver, bolder fundraisers.
As a place where we share ideas and experience, challenge each other and learn, it’s important that we create a space where participants feel safe and supported to be vulnerable, and able to share and explore challenges and failures but also brave enough to put forward views or ideas that may challenge others.
What makes Fundraising Space special? Two key principles:
- We each take responsibility for our own experience
Unlike most events, at a Fundraising Space event you are free to craft your own conference by proposing, shaping and attending Open Space sessions on topics you want to see. You’re free to leave these sessions and join others, or sit out when you like too – and accept others doing this. And the same can apply to other aspects of the experience: if there’s something that you wish was different, think about what you could do to make it happen, whether that’s speaking up to get a conversation back on track, or asking if you can open a window.
- We share responsibility for the whole experience
At least half of the agenda and content is proposed by participants. The event therefore depends on everyone supporting the open space sessions through participation: sharing knowledge and experience, helping to define a question, offering to take notes, or suggesting that a group should split, or close at the right moment. We also take collective responsibility for the overall environment – encouraging and supporting one another’s learning and wellbeing.
From these principles flow these values about how we interact:
We come to give as well as gain. Everyone gains when we’re all ready to be open and share ideas, case studies, test results, resources and more in a spirit of lifting the whole sector. Reflecting on and sharing your own experience can be as valuable a learning experience as scribbling notes from someone else’s case study.
We support each other to be vulnerable. We learn most when we feel safe and supported, ready to reflect on mistakes, or be open to doing things differently. We help each other to work through challenges and be open to change.
We take the time to help one another learn. Everyone who attends a Fundraising Space event brings experience they can share, and bringing together people with different knowledge, skills and experience is one of the strengths of the event. Everyone needs to feel free to ask questions about an area or topic if it isn’t something they have experience of. We encourage all participants to be mindful of having conversations without leading or dominating them. Be aware of fellow participants struggling to follow or join-in with the conversation and take the time to help people catch up or speak up.
We contribute in different ways. Along with our experience, we also bring different personalities and skills we can use to support each other, whether that’s confidently proposing open space sessions, noticing and supporting others who are hesitant or struggling to find space to talk, or offering to take notes.
We’re respectful with the information people share. In general Fundraising Space runs on the ‘Chatham House Rule’ – you can share without attribution (Presentations are normally open for sharing unless the speaker specifies otherwise.) Open space sessions are between the participants only, and they only need to write up the notes they agree together that others can see.
Don’t be a jerk. Our experiences of organising and attending Open Space events is that conflict is unusual, but disagreements can happen. In all our interactions at the event, we ask that you treat others respectfully, including when disagreements arise. Be mindful of the fact that your words and actions may cause another person to feel silenced or harmed – even if unintended. If you feel able to, call out someone’s disrespectful behaviour. If you can see someone is uncomfortable or stressed by someone’s words or actions, ask them if they’re OK and/or gently intervent on their behalf.
With thanks to more onion and Impact Space for providing the inspiration and template for this.
Code of conduct
We are committed to creating a welcoming, inclusive and safe space for everyone to share and learn from one another in, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, age, race, or religion.
We ask that all participants:
- Respect the boundaries of other participants
- Use ‘Chatham House Rule’ and respect confidentiality requests by speakers and other participants
- Do not forcefully promote your own services, products or causes
- If you feel comfortable doing so, use your chosen pronoun when introducing yourself.
Harassment or bullying are not tolerated at Fundraising Space events and participants who behave in such a way will be asked to leave.
We hope Fundraising Space will be an enjoyable and safe experience for everyone. But if you experience harassment, bullying or disrespectful behaviour, or have any other concerns you can speak to anyone in the facilitation team for support. If you have any questions, comments or feedback regarding the event please use our event evaluation form, sent after the event, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org