I’m delighted to invite you all to Cardiff for our 2017 UKCF Conference, which runs from Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 September.

The Conference theme is ‘Leading for Local Good’, and while that’s something that you all do on a daily basis, conference is an opportunity to learn, reflect and share best practice on what we can all do better to serve our communities.

This conference will be the most important learning experience you have in 2017 and one of your best investments. You can expect to be informed, challenged and motivated.

Community Foundations are ambitious as a network to grow, achieve more and deliver more. At the same time, the world is constantly changing and we need to keep up with those changes so we can deliver the best results for our communities. I’m confident that Conference 2017 will give you the confidence, the ideas and the inspiration to do that.

You will have the opportunity to hear from a range of experts, drawn from both within and outside the third sector and, most importantly, from each other.

We have taken feedback from the last Conference and the Symposium to put on three days of plenary sessions, workshops and lots of fun – and a few surprises. We truly believe that there is something for everyone. Whether you’re a grants professional, development manager or you work in finance; whether you are new to the network or have been involved for many years; whether you are a trustee, volunteer or other stakeholder – there will be workshops that cater to your needs and give you the opportunity to learn from others and grow your skills and knowledge.

We understand the value attendees attach to networking opportunities and we have given this special emphasis. We will be arranging informal gatherings of subject specialists over lunch and drinks. Let us know if you have ideas for this (

I’d like to thank Community Foundation in Wales for hosting the conference this year and for being an integral part of the planning and organising. I’d also like to thank all our sponsors; whose generous support makes the whole thing possible.

We are hosting the European Conference on Monday 11 September and some of our friends from the European Community Foundations will be staying in Cardiff to join us for the UKCF Conference. I hope you take the opportunity to build strong networks with them.