History of student fundraising

Timeline of NaSFA

We're working on bringing you more information about the history of student fundraising, but for now here's the (relatively short) history of NaSFA.


RAG Conference 2011 – Durham

  • NaSFA was created at the RAG conference held in Durham in 2011 to bring student fundraising groups from across the country. It was set up initially by 16 student fundraising groups and is open to any student fundraising group across the UK.

  • Work was done, by the then DUCK Officer (from Durham), and other founding members to establish the NaSFA Facebook Group for all fundraisers, as a trouble shooting and networking environment

RAG Conference 2012 – Loughborough

  • The next NaSFA Committee was elected

  • The year was spent assessing NaSFA’s viability as an entity separate to NUS

  • Durham DUCK Officer held a regional meeting and worked on a fundraising project with Children In Need

  • NaSFA Strategy was created with short and long term goals.

RAG Conference 2013 – Birmingham

  • Election of the next Committee with non-portfolio roles (instead of specific role descriptions) at the NaSFA AGM

  • Committee vote Anna-Therese McGivern to Chair, and regular committee meetings established

  • Time spent re-assessing the NaSFA Strategy

  • NUS continue to support the work of NaSFA

  • The NaSFA survey was sent out and answered by around 30 Unions, telling us what they need from NaSFA

  • Committee members work on key projects, such as the newsletter, the resource hub, branding, regional meetings, and the website

  • Bluesplat designed the new brand for NaSFA

  • NaSFA committee attend NUS Conference Fringe and launch new website

RAG Conference 2014 - York

  • 'RAG Awards' are re-named the National Student Fundraising Awards

  • Institute of Fundraising are invited by NaSFA to attend and give a keynote speech

RAG Conference 2015 - Leeds

  • NaSFA AGM vote in favour of new NaSFA strategy

  • Awards go back to being called the 'RAG Awards'

RAG Conference 2016 - Hertfordshire

  • First regional officers are elected so that NaSFA can engage better with student fundraisers

  • NaSFA Constitution is passed by NaSFA AGM

RAG Conference 2017 - Southampton

  • Standardised methodology to calculate a national student fundraising total created. 
  • University of the West of England Students Union applied to host the 2018 National Student Fundraising Conference 
  • New working structure for NaSFA regional representatives adopted

RAG Conference 2018 - UWE

  • Three year NaSFA strategy announced 
  • NaSFA committee elections took place for nine positions 

RAG Conference 2019 - Birmingham 

  • NaSFA committee structure transformed. Volunteer staff and student committees established

Student Opportunities Festival 2020 - Online 

  • Due to the impact of COVID-19 the 2020 National Student Fundraising Conference, scheduled to be hosted in Lincoln, was cancelled. The NaSFA committee worked in collaboration with Organised Fun and 4 other student volunteering organisations to host the 2020 Student Opportunities Festival. 
  • The 2020 Student Opportunities Festival included a wide range of guest speakers to give guidance, knowledge and support to RAGs and student fundraisers that woud traditionally be provided at a National Student Fundraising Conference. 
  • NaSFA's 2020 AGM was held on a seperate date to the Student Opportunities Festival. Motions passed included establishment of an elected Co-Chair role, creation of a challenge partner accreditation mechanism and a NaSFA rebrand to allign the organisations brand with its new identity and strategy.