Our partners/sponsors will help to ensure that #SMEX18 will be the best yet, do get in touch to discuss how you can be involved. Here are our 2018 partners:

Supported by

  • Comic Relief


    In 2016, Comic Relief set up an open funding programme, the Core Strength grants initiative, for small and medium-sized community based charitable organisations. By providing flexible core funding, the initiative aimed to support organisations to be stronger, more resilient and independent, and as a result better able to meet the needs of the people they support. Grants started in January 2017 and will run until January 2019. The initiative is jointly funded by Comic Relief and the Tampon Tax Fund, a partnership between Comic Relief and HM Government to support women and girls. Grants to a value of over £700,000 were awarded to organisations working primarily with women and girls. Comic Relief supported some of the Core Strength grantees to be part of the Social Media Exchange by providing bursary places. | @comicrelief

  • Paul Hamlyn Foundation


    Paul Hamlyn Foundation was established by Paul Hamlyn in 1987. Upon his death in 2001, he left most of his estate to the Foundation, creating one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK.

    Their mission is to help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives. They have a particular interest in supporting young people and a strong belief in the importance of the arts.

    The Paul Hamlyn Foundation sponsored bursary places for some of their grant recipients. | @phf_uk


  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation


    The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is an independent organisation working to inspire social change through research, policy and practice. JRF want to see a prosperous UK where everyone can play their part.

    They work in partnership with individuals, communities and a range of organisations to achieve their goals. They use evidence and experience, and search for the underlying causes of social issues so that they can demonstrate practical solutions that bring about lasting change.

    The Joseph Rowntree Foundation sponsored bursary places for charities with a direct remit to tackle UK Poverty and people with first hand experience of poverty in order to build confidence around storytelling

  • Lightful

    Masterclass Sponsor

    Lightful help people help people. Specifically, they help beyond-profits (charities, social enterprises, nonprofits, foundations) make technology work for them. They help supercharge social media, turbo-boost digital fundraising and they create innovative tech solutions that the sector hasn’t had access to before.

    Their simple social media management platform and bespoke tech solutions are designed to better serve the beyond-profit sector.

    Lightful sponsored the Social media strategy masterclass.

  • The Legal Education Foundation

    Bursary Partner

    The Legal Education Foundation was originally a law tutorial firm and subsequently merged with The Law Society School of Law to become a charity, The College of Law. Its Object is, “To promote the advancement of legal education and the study of law in all its branches”. It opened Centres throughout England to meet the demand for its courses and also created a number of distance learning courses.

    The Foundation makes grants to a wide variety of mostly charitable organisations working in different social, professional and academic settings and by commissioning research. They funded spaces for their nine Justice First Fellows. | @The_LEF

Become a supporter

We will attract 150 delegates from charities, including staff in PR, Communications, Fundraising, even CEO and commentators interested in the sector. This is a real chance to reach your target audience. To find out how becoming a supporter could benefit your organisation, please get in touch.

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