Development & Alumni Relations Office 


04 May 2017

The fifth annual Philanthropy Fortnight – a celebration of altruistic giving in Northern Ireland – will take place from 08-19 May 2017, when the Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Queen’s, Norma Sinte, will take part in a panel discussion exploring how to nurture major donors.

The event is part of a diverse programme of workshops, lectures and other activities looking at the many aspects of philanthropy, including the importance of its heritage, legacy fundraising and the importance of philanthropy to the arts, details of which were recently unveiled at Clifton House in Belfast.

Philanthropy Fortnight, which is organised by Giving Northern Ireland, involves close collaboration between a range of partner organisations including Belfast Charitable Society, Arts & Business, the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, NI Environment Link, Will to Give and the Fermanagh Trust.

Speaking at the launch of the Philanthropy Fortnight Programme, Sandara Kelso-Robb, Chief Executive of Giving Northern Ireland, said the diversity of the programme and the breadth of organisations involved reflected the need to unlock more philanthropic funding at a time when funding streams were being cut or significantly reduced.

Ms Kelso-Robb added: “This year’s programme is varied and challenging, exploring the importance of philanthropy in today’s increasingly complex society. All of us are acutely aware of the proud traditions of philanthropy in Northern Ireland but we are also looking to the future, exploring the latest global trends.”

On Tuesday 16 May (6pm-7.30pm) Norma Sinte will join a number of donors along with panellists from Giving Northern Ireland and the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, to explore how best to nurture major donors.

At a time of economic austerity, relationships with those who support charities (which includes organisations like Queen’s University Belfast) are more crucial than ever, as successful stewardship often leads to long-term and beneficial relationships.

Other highlights of Philanthropy Fortnight 2017 include:

  • Legacy Fundraising hosted by Will to Give (09 May)
  • Women and Philanthropy (10 May)
  • Youth and Philanthropy (17 May)
  • Heritage and Philanthropy (18 May)

Philanthropy Fortnight aims to celebrate altruism in Northern Ireland and to promote new ways of developing the concept of strategic giving.

To find out more about the range of opportunities to support Queen’s University Belfast please visit the Queen’s Foundation web page or contact Norma Sinte by telephoning +44 (0)28 9097 3114.

For further information on Philanthropy Fortnight go to the Giving Northern Ireland website or contact Sandara Kelso-Robb on telephone +44 (0)28 9044 6407.

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