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This summer, go back to school

Rated 8.8/10 by last year's delegates!

After a wildly successful debut event last year, the Ask Direct Fundraising Summer School is back.

Widely regarded as one of the best fundraising conferences of 2016, Tom Ahern commented he had “never attended a more loving, passionate or pissed off professional gathering.”

It’s a lot to live up to but we know we can make 2017 even better. We’ve got more sessions that will encourage innovative thinking. We’ve got more boundary-pushing speakers. And we’ve got you - people who are willing to colour outside the borders and challenge our preconceptions on fundraising.

If you want to be at the forefront of fundraising and part of the community who are going to push the way we approach charity marketing into new territories, then you need to be in Dublin this August. Book now for your chance to go back to school and learn from the biggest brains in the industry.

This is a small, intimate conference. Places are strictly limited, so unless you want to be disappointed, book now!

Trinity College Dublin - 24th & 25th August 2017

Meet our world class speakers...

Why Attend?

If you want to help shape the future of fundraising, not simply hear about it, then this is the event for you.

Why? Because Ask Direct Summer School is an opportunity to create collaboratively and debate industry issues with some of the most exciting minds in the business.

It’s a space that encourages original thought. Where you are encouraged to colour outside the borders. To break out of orthodox thinking on charity fundraising. To innovate, create, and to rip apart the rule book. We want you to push the boundaries and step out of your comfort zone. We want you to bring your ideas, your passion, and your inspiration.

Some of our amazing speakers are travelling from as far away as Canada and California to share their expertise. Some have never presented in Ireland before.

Whether you’re a CEO or just starting out in your career this promises to be a game-changing event that you can’t afford to miss. All you need to bring is a passion for fundraising and a desire to be the best. Leave the rest to us.

So if you’re hungry for success and not afraid to colour outside the borders, you need to be here. Places are limited. Your potential isn’t.

See some of the incredible things people said about last year’s event!

Mark Phillips

“One of the most exciting fundraising conferences I’ve ever attended"

Tom Ahern

“I've never attended a more loving, passionate or pissed-off professional gathering.”


“One of 2016’s best world-class fundraising conferences”

Getting here ... it's so easy

Trinity College Dublin sits on a historic site in the heart of the city. The college, which was established in 1592, is home to the world famous Book of Kells.

Every day thousands of students and visitors flood through Trinity’s famous archway.

And, because of its city centre location, Trinity is really easy to get to.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles - you can find all the info below.

Dublin Bus - Plenty of buses stop near Trinity. You can find more details here on the Dublin Bus website. Grab a seat upstairs if you can and take in some of the city’s sites on your journey!

From Busáras - You could stroll (15-20 mins) or take the 128 Dublin Bus from the Connolly Luas stop to Nassau Street.

By Luas - Both the St. Stephen’s Green stop on the Green Line and the Abbey Street stop on the Red Line are within easy (5-7 min) walking distance.

From the Airport - Numerous buses run from the airport to the City Centre. The best stops to get off at are O'Connell or right on College Green.

Alternatively you could treat yourself and get a taxi right to the door for €25-€30.

Programme at a Glance

Introducing our new Wild Card programme
sessions to make you think differently