1st Feb 18 Austin Clark
Cancellation of the Summit conference
The Summit conference, due to take place on 22nd April with the aim of improving donor communications to increase fundraising, has been cancelled after concerns over gender imbalance on the speaking panel.
The Summit conference, due to take place on 22nd April with the aim of improving donor communications to increase fundraising, has been cancelled. Ten expert speakers were due to speak at the event to discuss how charities should reinvent the way they fundraise. The cancellation follows co-organiser Giles Pegram’s reaction to public comments about gender imbalance on the speaker list, as there was one female among ten males. Pegram faced an online backlash that although the event promised to change the rules of fundraising, it would not be representative of the entire sector due to the lack of female input.
In response, Pegram tweeted that the speaker list was “more about wisdom, rock-solid experience and years of practice – sorry, but I don’t believe in quotas” and that many women in the sector did not occupy “thinking” roles. He later apologised for any offence caused.
Read co-organiser Adrian Sargeant’s statement regarding the cancellation on the summit’s website.