NOVEMBER 2014: VSSN Day Conference 27 November 2014
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When: 11/27/2014

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VSSN Day Seminar will take place in central London on 27 November 2014, 10.30 am to 4pm.

Please put the date in your diary now.


The topic of the seminar is “Money, money, money! Getting and spending in the voluntary sector”.

This is a broad and challenging topic and includes any and all aspects of voluntary sector life touched by money – different sources, different uses, different impacts. For example, fundraising; philanthropy, major giving, legacies and all other giving by individuals, businesses and foundations; investments – social, ethical or traditional; venture philanthropy; sponsorships; trading and enterprise; statutory and quasi-government grants, contracts and new funds; partnership and EU funding; charitable spending and charitable finance; regulation and the role of new technology. We anticipate that speakers will approach the topic from different perspectives and use different methodologies – and that synergies will emerge.  


The convenors are: Meta Zimmeck, Practical Wisdom R2Z; Cathy Pharoah, Centre for Philanthropy and Charitable Giving, Cass Business School, City University; and David Kane, NCVO.


Submitting an abstract

If you would like to propose a paper for the day, please submit an abstract of around 250 words and a brief biography by email to no later than 15 August 2014.

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We welcome presentations from researchers, academics, doctoral students and practitioners in voluntary organisations (including infrastructure bodies and foundations) who are doing research in areas relevant to the voluntary sector or civil society in the UK. 

Your abstract should contain a question, problem or dilemma arising from practice, theory or earlier research findings.  Papers are usually based on completed or on-going research (qualitative or quantitative) or a review of the evidence or literature in an area of interest to voluntary sector researchers.


Attending the event

VSSN aims to promote an understanding of the UK voluntary sector through research. The event is aimed at researchers, academics, doctoral students and practitioners in voluntary organisations or foundations interested in the UK voluntary sector. We also welcome policy makers engaged in the voluntary sector. We are always pleased to meet, and receive contributions from, colleagues from similar settings in other countries who are involved in the field. The working language is English.


Booking will open once the programme is finalised.


We look forward to welcoming you on 27 November 2014.