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page 20 . January 2012 . 3he UK charity, association and not-for-profi t sector faces a new and challenging landscape. The government has cut the funding available to the public sector, while simultaneously calling on charities to be more engaged in public service delivery. In the drive to reduce the budget defi cit, this sector is being asked to step up to the plate. Membership organisations are seeing member numbers squeezed, most noticeably the ultra-large unions. This shift comes off the back of the UK's deepest recession since post-war years. Almost 8,000 UK charities ceased activity from 2008-2009 and association closures and mergers are becoming a regular occurence.However, savvy non-profi t organisations will be aware that events provide one of the most signifi cant sources of potential income, aside from membership dues or donations. Many commercial organisations are keen to engage with charity, association and non-profi t membership and donors. Events provide a major opportunity for them to engage and to enhance the bottom line. Whether sponsorship of an event, taking an exhibition stand at a conference or some other form of joint venture, the Step up to the plateThe charity and association sector reportedly accounts for up to 40 per cent of the UK domestic conference market. CN reports with Conference House, the organiser of The Charities and Associations Exhibition (CHASE), has produced this supplement recognising the signifi cance of a sector reportedly accounting for up to 40 per cent of the UK domestic conference market.We hope to offer tangible information and illuminate a sector that can offer maximum return for the benefi t of members and donors. key to success is through mutually benefi cial partnerships. Membership organisations have been more forward in recognising the opportunities via events to generate income. Examples include: The British Marine Industry Federation via the London and Southampton Boat Shows. But events can generate income for even modest-sized organisations; you just have to play to your strengths.Conference News, in partnership TNOT-FOR-PROFIT

The essential business-to-business event where suppliers meet association and charity decision makers.20th AnniversaryFor more information contact us at: . +44 (0) 3707 - The Charities and Associations Exhibition is the premier business-to-business event for everyone involved in the not for profit sector. For 2012, we are aiming to attract well over 2,500 delegates and over 90% of visitors are of director, senior management, professional or trustee status. As the leading forum for the NFP sector, CHASE represents a highly cost effective marketing investment. A key feature and major visitor draw at CHASE is the programme of free educational seminars, which offer a variety of presentations on topical subjects of interest to Charity and Association managers. The seminar streams at CHASE 2012 will incorporate seminars, workshops and case studies covering, for example, fundraising, finance, IT, membership, event management, trustees, human resources and general management.Business Design Centre London N1"Conference News has seen an opportunity to help its readers maximise their understanding of the not for profit sector in CHASE 2012 and is delighted to be partnering with the event. Not for profit organisations represent 35 and 40 per cent of the UK domestic conference market which continues to grow."Lead Sponsor andStream Sponsor (IT)Media SponsorAudio Visual SponsorStream Sponsor(Online Services)Stream Sponsor(Finance and Legal)Registration Sponsoraudio visual hireevent registration & ticketing20th AnniversarySPONSORS of