IWITOT London on April 21st 2020 has been cancelled due to coronavirus but the new virtual event will take its place. 

Please join us!

With the ongoing and increasing concerns around COVID-19 (coronavirus), you may have been wondering what will happen to our planned IWITOT London day event. With the safety of our speakers and attendees in mind, and to alleviate any worry or concern about attending a large gathering, SOFII has decided to cancel the London day IWITOT and focus solely on our virtual IWITOT

In order to make our online event the best it can be, the virtual IWITOT will now be held on April 21st between 12.30pm - 5pm GMT. If you already bought a virtual ticket prior to this change, we hope you will still be able to log in a day earlier - your ticket is still valid.

IWITOT virtual will be online for one month post-April 21st so you’ll have the chance to watch back or watch in your own time, whatever is convenient for you. 

Our virtual event 

We have arranged for the virtual event to be an online conference experience. You will watch all eighteen talks and our speakers and campaign owners will also be live and online ready to answer your questions. You can even have your say on your own IWITOT idea!

Our live stream will be hosted via Fundraising Everywhere+ and there is a chat function available for you to chat to us, and your fellow delegates, throughout the live stream.

We would LOVE to have your continued support and have you join us on this revised date of April 21st. Because IWITOT virtual will now be our only event this year we’re planning on making it the biggest ever; with 1000+ fundraisers from all over the world joining together online to connect, network and celebrate brilliant fundraising ideas.

We really hope you’ll be able to join us for this new global fundraising event! 

Buy your ticket to the virtual IWITOT here. 

Your IWITOT host this year is the wonderful Camille St-Omer Donaldson of British Red Cross.   

The confirmed speakers so far include:

  • Mike Bartlett (Money Tree Fundraising)
  • Chloe Green (Forward Action)
  • Tahera Mayat (#Charity Hour)
  • Erin McGuire (SickKids)
  • Joe Nicholson (Consider Creative) 
  • Diveesha Shahani (JustGiving)
  • Rima Sonigara (Greenpeace)
  • Felicity Spencer-Smith (Institute of Fundraising)
  • Lyndall Stein (ActionAid International)
  • Alyssa Sweetman (Twitch)
  • Saleem Tejani (DTV Group)
  • Julia Worthington (Amber Consulting) 

To uncover new voices auditions were held for up-and-coming speakers. The following winners have earned their places at IWITOT and will receive support from a mentor to hone and polish their presentations: 

Audition winners: 

  • Megan Townshend (Marie Curie)
  • Lara Joyce (Irish Cancer Society)
  • Jennifer Ruthe (freelance copywriter)


  • Damian O’Broin (Ask Direct)
  • Gráinne Callan (Greenpeace)
  • James Briggs (Open Creates)

Tahera Mayat

Tahera Mayat is Social Media Manager at Harrison Mann digital marketing agency. Her role is facilitating #CharityHour, which is a weekly themed Twitter chat (Wednesdays 8-9pm). As host of #CharityHour since its inception in February 2014, Tahera grows the hour, learns from and engages charity professionals all the while connecting with organisations and individuals across the sector.

Mike Bartlett

Mike Bartlett (MinstF) is a successful fundraising leader, consultant, mentor and trainer, with 20 years’ experience in the voluntary sector heading up high performing fundraising teams at regional, national and international causes. Mike has coached hundreds of professional and voluntary fundraisers in the art and science of high value fundraising, making strategic decisions, managing teams and donor communications. He is a regular speaker at fundraising conferences across the UK and Chaired the 2018 IoF Major Donor Conference. His sits on the IoF South West Committee as EDI representative and has been an IoF mentor for the last six years.

Jennifer Ruthe

Jennifer Ruthe has almost 10 years’ experience as a fundraiser in health and international development. Starting out in Programme Funding, she has worked with some of the biggest foundations in the world. Expanding her experience outwards, roles have gone on to include broader fundraising and communications across all major income streams. She now freelances as a Charity Copywriter (Written by Jen) and loves to share the benefit of her skills and experience with others.