Hubbub Digital Giving Day – Dec 6th

A day of presentations and discussions on digital giving innovations, led by a fantastic group of speakers from the education and nonprofit sectors.

Who we are

Hubbub is the leading provider of crowdfunding and digital giving programs in Europe. Our founder, Jonathan May, is one of the top digital fundraising consultants in the world.

Who should attend?

This conference is for anyone interested in learning about innovations in digital giving for universities, and how to create or improve your digital strategy.

Key Takeaways

Crowdfunding best practices from your peers

How to run a successful giving day

Digital ambassador programs for campaigns

Effective social media in campaigning

How regulations, such as FPS, will affect your digital programs

Innovations from across the pond


10:00 Coffee


10:30 Welcome from Jonathan May

10:40 Innovations from around the world – Bob Burdenski


11:15 Coffee break


11:30 Social media: are we getting it all wrong? David Pearce
12:15 Social ambassadors: utilising their influence – Lewis Clayton

 13:00 Lunch


13:30 One day, 300 donors – Diana Curran
14:15 Evidence-based strategy and new regulations – Adrian Beney


15:00 Tea break


15:15 Crowdfunding lightning talks and panel – Susie Braithwaite, Brett de Gaynesford, James Martin, Jonathan May
16:00 Networking session – in pub


Bob Burdenski

Consultant and CASE Author

Bob is a CASE Crystal Speaker and an internationally-recognised annual giving consultant, author and trainer. He has served more than 200 institutions throughout the world, and is the author of three CASE bestsellers including Online Innovations in Annual and Regular Giving: Ten Dozen Departures That Worked

Jonathan May

Founder and CEO, Hubbub, and Associate, More Partnership

Jonathan is a Director of the UK Crowdfunding Association, an avid fundraising and alumni relations strategist and technologist. His wealth of experience comes from delivering fundraising solutions to over 50 universities and nonprofits in Europe and the US.

David Pearce

Director of Fundraising and Marketing, Dignity in Dying & Compassion in Dying

Before his current role, David was Digital Media Executive at Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, where he created MDC’s Twitter account, digital analytics, and sent their first marketing email. In total, David’s campaigns raised £3.1m from 27,115 donors. David also writes an excellent digital strategy blog:

Adrian Beney

Partner, More Partnership

Adrian has coordinated the 6 years of the Regular Giving Benchmarking project which analyses 10 years of lower level giving data for a consortium of universities. 35 British and Irish universities have taken part since 2010, and the most recent exercise involved over 60,000 donors and the solicitation of 3.8 million people.  Adrian has been deeply involved in the response to the “Olive Cooke” affair and subsequent Etherington Review and establishment of the new Fundraising Regulator.


Diana Curran

Assistant Director of Annual Giving and Digital Fundraising, Worcester State University

Diana is responsible for the deployment of new programs and emerging disruptive technologies: crowdfunding, online giving, creative stewardship and text-to-donate campaigns. Diana ran Worcester States’ first giving day, achieving 300 donations!

Susie Braithwaite

Deputy Director in the Office of Philanthropic Partnerships and Alumni, University of York

Susie is responsible for developing the strategy and growth of the University’s participation giving programme, including new fundraising and student engagement initiatives under the department’s award-winning YuOpportunities programme. Dedicated to enhancing student experience and employability, it centres around YuStart, which was the first bespoke HE crowdfunding platform in the UK.  YuStart has supported 82 fundraising campaigns, and with a 94% success rate.


Brett de Gaynesford

Deputy Director Development, Somerville College, University of Oxford

Brett created the first crowdfunding program at the University of Oxford. She has a broad knowledge of various fundraising sectors, from NGOs to political campaigns, and now oversees Somerville’s digital giving program.

James Martin

Regular & Planned Giving Officer, University of Essex

James has transformed the University’s regular giving program, aligning it to university’s strategic priorities, including supporting employability, entrepreneurship, and enhancing the student experience. He led the development and launch of Click, Essex’s crowdfunding program, which in less than a year has enabled more than 37 projects to achieve their fundraising goals, making it one of the most prolific university programs in the world.

Lewis Clayton

Head of Consulting, Hubbub

Lewis recently advised Southern Adventist University and  Texas Christian University on their giving days. He created Ambassadors, a solution these universities used to maximise the impact of their student and volunteer network.

Join us on Dec 6th

  • 10:30am – 4pm
  • Tea, coffee and a buffet lunch will be provided
  • Networking til late!

Sponsored by


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