Old wisdom and new thinking: meet the speakers

On 14 and 15 May 2024, Dublin will host the best and brightest brains in our industry – from academics and campaign founders, to award-winning creatives and savvy planners. And, you!

We've got a stellar cast of speakers all ready to share their wisdom from the part, and new thinking for the future.

The schedule is set, the speakers are ready, all you need to do is choose which session you'll be taking your seat at.

See our schedule at a glance now.

You’ll find all our speakers and their session descriptions below, or you can download all the Summer School session descriptions in a helpful and handy PDF.



Learning from our success (and building on your past feedback!)

We can think of heaps of reasons why you’d want to attend Summer School. Not least because in this great big gathering of fine fundraising minds, we can really start to ask the great big questions about what our industry must do to be better, brighter and ready to change the world.

But don't take our word for it. Have a look at what some previous attendees have to say.

  • I loved the radical call to action feel of it.
  • I love the passion, the spirit, and the enthusiasm of Summer School. I love that people want to be better fundraisers. Thank you for making us proud to do a job that impacts positively.
  • It was amazing to have the time and ability to talk shop with so many fundraisers

A place where fundraisers can come together.

A space where you can hear from some of our sector’s leading thinkers, writers, designers and planners, and share your own thoughts with them.

A time to be reminded why it is we do what we do — and how we can work together to make our industry even better.

And if you need another reason to attend, then did we mention the post conference drinks? After all, Dublin does have a certain reputation to live up to…

Join us in the heart of Dublin

This year, The Fundraising Summer School is asking how we can do things differently. So perhaps it makes sense that we are hosting the event in a brand-new venue: Chartered Accountants House.

Situated in the heart of the city, around the corner from the historic Book of Kells and down the way from the River Liffey, our new venue promises state-of-the-art conference facilities as well as plenty of space to share, discuss, critique and inspire.

And of course, there’s plenty to inspire you in Dublin, too. You’ll be walking in the footsteps of pioneers and innovative thinkers – from writers such as Joyce and Beckett, to climate campaigners like Mary Robinson. There’s no better city to be in, for drawing on old wisdom to meet future challenges.