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The world’s brightest fundraisers and philanthropic minds will drop anchor in the booming home of the Golden Gate Bridge, Levi’s and Twitter - where old school meets new school and the vibe is California cool. No better place to take the next step in fundraising, where face-to-face now meets technology to create a deeper impact on the philanthropic world than ever before. Let’s take the next step together. Registration opens this Fall!

Schedule at a Glance

Below are just some of the exciting sessions planned for the 2016 International Fundraising Conference. See the full listing of sessions set for Boston!

Friday, March 18, 2016

8:00 am - 5:30 pm
AFP Pre-Conference Enrichment Workshops (fee extra)

Saturday, March 19, 2016

8:00 am - 5:30 pm
AFP Pre-Conference Enrichment Workshops (fee extra)

Sunday, March 20, 2016

7:45am - 8:45am: Orientation for First Timers
9:00am - 10:00am: Affinity Networking Session
10:15am - 11:30am: Education Session
11:15am - 12:30pm: Expo and Lunch
12:30pm - 1:45pm: Education Session
2:00pm - 3:00pm: Education Session
3:00pm - 4:00pm: Expo Time
4:00pm - 5:30pm: General Session (Speaker: Kofi Annan)
5:30pm - 8:00pm: Community Group Receptions at the Westin Boston Waterfront
7:00pm - 9:00pm: Chapter Event- Take Me Out to the Ballpark

Monday, March 21, 2016

8:00am - 9:15am: Education Session
9:30am - 10:30am: Education Session
10:45am - 12:15pm: Education Session
12:00pm - 1:45pm: Expo and Lunch
1:45pm - 3:15pm: General Session (Speaker: Kumi Naidoo)
3:30pm - 4:45pm: Education Session
9:00pm - 11:00pm: Boston Nights- AFP After Dark Party at the Westin Boston Waterfront

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

8:00am - 9:00am: Marketplace and Coffee Networking
9:00am - 10:30am: General Session
10:45am - 12:00pm: Education Session
12:00pm - 1:30pm: Expo and Lunch
1:30pm - 3:00pm: Education Session
3:15pm - 4:30pm: Education Session

*Schedule subject to change, additional exciting programs, meetings and sessions may be added. Please check back for updates!

General Session Speakers

Kumi Naidoo

Executive Director of Greenpeace International
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Kofi Annan

Chairman of Kofi Annan Foundation / Secretary-General of UN
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Rebels, Renegades & Pioneers

New for 2016, Rebels, Renegades & Pioneers are provocative, leadership-oriented discussions of the glories, the failures, and the future of the nonprofit world. These speakers are innovators, big-thinkers and trouble-makers. You won’t want to miss these uncommon minds for some of the most challenging talks of the conference.

Sponsored by: DRI

Why doesn’t your charity work more like a business, a lean and efficient social change machine that directs resources where they are most needed? It’s increasingly common to hear this language in debates about the future of the non-profit sector, but are such suggestions well founded or misguided? What happens to solidarity, equality, and social transformation when everything becomes a competition around simplistic bottom lines? Is money destined to run our lives in civil society as well as in the marketplace, and can we use money as a positive force to bring people together instead of forcing them apart?
As one observer said, "Fundraising is the biggest industry in the world running on war stories and conventional wisdom." What are the consequences? Many "best practices" remain untested. And far better solutions remain undiscovered. Some would argue that, absent dedicated academic research, fundraising has fallen decades behind other forms of marketing, in terms of innovation and results. This raging discussion of the future of fundraising features two world-class authorities: Gene Tempel, founding dean of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University; and Dr. Adrian Sargeant, Ph.D., co-founder of the Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy at Plymouth University in the UK.
When the speakers for this session began their careers decades ago Nelson Mandela was still in prison. Women were denied student loans, scholarships, and credit cards. Abortion was illegal. There was no Clean Air Act, no Clean Water Act, and the term “environmentalism” was not yet in use. From AIDS to Apartheid, Voting Rights to Human Rights, Gender Equality to Genocide you’ll learn first-hand from these front-line social change veterans the key role fundraising and membership development played in advancing some of today’s great social change movements.
For years, the overhead ratio has been a metric used by ratings agencies to measure a charity’s effectiveness. In the process, better performance indicators, such as impact measurement, have been overlooked leading donors to view the overhead ratio as the gold standard for evaluating a charity’s performance. That, in turn, causes a lack of investment in operating budgets, stifles organizational growth, and ultimately undermines the efforts of nonprofits to achieve our transferable missions. Join Lynn Croneberger, CEO of SOS Children’s Villages – USA, and Steve Nardizzi, CEO of Wounded Warrior Project, for a Q&A session on the truth behind the overhead ratio and what steps you, as leaders, can take to educate stakeholders on the topic and move the conversation forward.
The session will look at the lessons learned from my interviewing and working with women presidents and prime ministers. It will examine the traits of leadership and some of the challenges that women and other historically under-represented groups have faced. The session will bring in some of the research on the value of diversity and how to ensure organizations get that value.
Sexism. Homophobia. Transgender rights. Racism. Class. No matter what the law says, do we yet have justice? And what is justice anyway? Does it really matter? When was the last time you talked about these issues – and how connected they are? When was the last time you examined your own unearned privilege? This is tough stuff. Uncomfortable. Maybe even somewhat confrontational. So why bother? Because it does really matter. And the nonprofit sector – and philanthropy – can make the difference.

Complete Listing - All 2016 Education Sessions

Welcome to Boston!

This vibrant, thriving city is renowned for its cultural facilities, world-class educational institutions, champion sports franchises, as well as its place at the very forefront of American history.

The 2016 AFP International Fundraising Conference will take place March 20-22 at the
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, located at 415 Summer Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02110.

Please Note: Do not call the hotels directly to make reservations. Hotel reservations at the conference rates should only be made during the conference registration process.

WARNING: Conference housing scam! AFP has received reports that unauthorized companies, including "EHM/Exhibitors Housing Management" and "Convention Housing Services," are calling AFP members to offer housing services for AFP's International Fundraising Conference, often under the pretense that our block of hotel rooms is filling up fast. Please note, these companies are *NOT* authorized to operate on AFP's behalf, and you should consider them fraudulent. The Experient company is AFP's only official registration & housing provider, and will never solicit you directly regarding hotel or travel arrangements. We strongly encourage conference attendees to book hotel rooms through the official conference website: afpfc.com. Please report any unauthorized solicitation to info@afpfc.com.

Conference Hotels

* Please Note: The deadline to make a housing reservation through AFP for a conference hotel is February 23, 2016. To add a housing reservation to your conference registration, please visit the Register page and click the appropriate button to log into the registration site and select your hotel.

Hilton Boston Downtown/Faneuil Hall
89 Broad St, Boston, MA 02110
Special AFP Rate: $229 Single, $254 Double
*Free shuttle service to/from the Convention Center
Omni Parker House
60 School St, Boston, MA 02108
Special AFP Rate: $229 Single/Double, $249 Triple, $269 Quad
*Free shuttle service to/from the Convention Center
Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel
606 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210
Special AFP Rate: $265 Single/Double
Seaport Boston Hotel
1 Seaport Ln, Boston, MA 02210
Special AFP Rate: $237 Single/Double
The Westin Boston Waterfront (AFP Board Meetings)
425 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210
Special AFP Rate: $240 Single/Double
Hyatt Regency Boston
One Avenue de Lafayette Boston, MA 02111
Special AFP Rate: $229 Single, $254 Double
*Free shuttle service to/from the Convention Center
Element Boston Seaport
391-395 D Street Boston, MA 02210
Special AFP Rate: $219 Single/Double, $239 Triple, $259 Quad
Aloft Boston Seaport
401-403 D Street Boston, MA 02210
Special AFP Rate: $219 Single/Double, $239 Triple, $259 Quad

Why Exhibit at The International Fundraising Conference?

Build your future as a resource partner with the most visible, prestigious nonprofits! The International Fundraising Conference attracts approximately 4,000 of the profession's decision makers each year.

Supporting AFP gives your organization effective marketing power and valuable exposure. Fundraisers worldwide will recognize your organization, including thousands of development professionals outside the AFP membership. Together, we can support organizations making a difference in our world.

For more information on exhibiting at The International Fundraising Conference call (717) 430-2248 or click below. To get the member rate see the Business Membership Brochure and Application

Become An Exhibitor

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Complete Listing - All 2016 Exhibitors

AFP would like to acknowledge the following Sponsors for the 2016 International Fundraising Conference:

Presenting Sponsor:

Blackbaud logo

Supporting Sponsors:

Official Program Sponsor
Renegades & Pioneers Sponsor
Official Badge Sponsor

Thank You To The Following Event & Service Sponsors:

  • Blackbaud: Sunday General Session

  • Abila: Conference App, Key Cards, Head Rests, Charging Stations

  • iDonate: Monday General Session, AFP After Dark Party, Conference Wi-Fi

  • Wiland: Conference Badge

  • Z2 Systems: Conference Program

Interested in becoming a Sponsor? Contact the YGS Group:

Marshall Boomer/ Eastern U.S./ 717.430.2223 - marshall.boomer@theYGSgroup.com

Natalie DeSoto/ Western U.S. and Canada/ 717-580-8184 - natalie.desoto@theYGSgroup.com

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