You’re not just a fundraiser. You’re a catalyst for change. Philanthropy doesn’t just happen. It requires knowledge, confidence and a well-maintained toolkit to bring hearts, minds and resources together for the greater good. This conference is your opportunity to sharpen your focus and skills, and to amass knowledge that will bring immediate impact to your organization. Join us in Boston for three days of listening, learning and laughter among the greatest thought-leaders in international fundraising and philanthropy. You’ll come away inspired, invigorated and more certain than ever that fundraising is the hardest job you’ll ever love.


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
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
3:30pm - 4:45pm: Education Session
5:00pm - 6:00pm: Expo Happy Hour
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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Education Sessions

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

In a small shop, human and financial resources are equally precious commodities. Like the little bird in search of his mother, we are often in search of that perfect development staff member that allows us to leverage our limited resources and implement a robust, well-rounded development program. A single full-time employee must be nimble, flexible and capable of tackling the myriad of tasks thrown his or her direction. The optimal employee has a special combination of skills, passion and drive. Finding those perfect individuals can be a daunting task. A single post on Craigslist produces hundreds of responses, but how can you tell if “the one" is in the stack? In this session learn how to determine what your perfect development staff member looks like, how to search for, identify and hire the ideal person and how to create a culture that helps ensure you retain your good people.
In this tedious, insecure, third-hand session I will report on the groundbreaking work of Pareto, the major direct mail and phone agency in Australia. Pareto helped an obscure animal welfare charity in Thailand (Soi Dog) achieve unprecedented levels of giving, now up to a half-million US dollars monthly in donations ... through Facebook marketing alone. Sound simple? Sorry! In fact, it's complicated ... as all high-octane, next-generation fundraising efforts are. You're looking at integrating email, phone, Facebook paid ads and Facebook postings. You'll also need full-time paid social media staff to replicate this animal welfare's success. PLUS US$50K you can risk before you see a penny in return.
Making good solid decisions is an important senior-level leadership skill, one that’s recognized as a requirement for the ACFRE. There’s actually a great deal of solid research on decision-making styles and techniques. In this interactive session from entertaining presenter Bill Bartolini, Ph.D., ACFRE, we’ll look at research on decision making and, using some case studies, apply it to deciding what’s best at work (and maybe your home life, too). Wexner Medical Center and Health Sciences Colleges.
Public Policy in the United States at the federal government level has a substantive impact on philanthropy and the future of fundraising. Beyond this, when you factor in recent trends - and projected developments - in regional, national and International fundraising, there are issues in front of us that we simply must care about as fundraising professionals. This is a session you just don't want to miss. Bob Carter will bring to this discussion a national and global perspective emerging from four decades as a leader in philanthropy and fundraising. He will guide you through the issues that every fundraiser needs to care about. His professional work and volunteer leadership roles throughout the United States and around the world inform his insights and thoughts on these vitally important topics. Your takeaway from this session will be a new way of looking at the state of US public policy regarding philanthropy and the issues that can have a great impact on your work as a fundraising professional, this year and in the years ahead.
"The Know It All." "The Social Butterfly." "The Eternal Pessimist." There are many more "difficult children" on your board than just that, but it’s a start! Whether you are a staff person or a volunteer peer, it can be frustrating and counterproductive to ignore dysfunction on your board of directors. Yet, we often "let it go" since we don't know any other way, or we are conflict averse. In this session, we’ll discuss the troublesome board member archetypes and their fundamental motivations, what an "optimal" board culture might be for your organization, ways to identify and motivate champions of change, and some subtle and not so subtle methods to manage the change process when you're not "in charge."
Much of US fundraising copy hasn’t changed in forty years. It talks about the organization all the time. Donors have little role, it’s often premium-led and it’s now struggling to deliver the results. That’s no surprise to anyone! If you want to know how to write good fundraising copy then this session is for you. We will re-write copy together. You will learn how to structure it, how to spot good from bad and you’ll never have to put up with rubbish again. We will even look at good and bad design. And, in his usual definitive style, Stephen will encourage you to ditch all the people in your organization who tinker with your copy when they should simply be approving factual information!
What if changing donor behavior is easier than we think? This session will introduce you to the science of behavioral economics and the insights it offers—which we are just now exploring as a society. We’ll examine how agencies such as UNICEF and Medecins Sans Frontiers are using these techniques to increase their revenues. We'll look at how tracking and sharing progress with supporters can impact donor behavior. We'll consider the way appeals and response devices can “anchor” gift amounts (and whether that’s desirable). You'll learn how donors’ neurological desire to “complete a story” in a tangible, immediate, and concrete manner can translate into increased giving rates. And, of course, we will discuss the ethical implications of this work. This session builds on the popular topic presented last year at AFP, sharing new examples and case studies.
Since Ken Burnett first coined the term relationship fundraising in 1992 a plethora of organizations now claim to use the approach. Yet there is still little agreement among practitioners about what relationship marketing actually is, what a relationship approach might practically mean for the way in which we steward our relationships with supporters and crucially, whether as an approach it even works. In this session we review the evidence, identifying what it might mean as a guiding philosophy and highlighting the theories, tools or frameworks that should be guiding our approach. We will draw in learning from the domains of marketing, public relations, clinical psychology and social psychology. We’ll scrutinize the evidence, present case studies of best practice and chart a way forward for the development of meaningful supporter journeys and relationships.
Fundraising is a lot like crime scene investigation, except, of course, for the corpses lying around.” – Brian Smith, Custom Development Solutions, Inc. Using the analogy of the steps taken during a 'Crime Scene Investigation' (CSI), this workshop will introduce attendees to the basics of grant writing, using a combination of established research techniques & effective application procedures, thus increasing one's chance at successfully receiving funding.
Advancing technology, social enterprise, and shifting demographics are changing how nonprofits communicate, engage, operate, and serve. While these shifts are creating unprecedented opportunities for nonprofits, they also present new challenges in navigating this new, and ever-evolving landscape. Join Jay Wilkinson as he reviews five major trends that are shaping a new reality for nonprofits:
  1. The fast pace of technological change
  2. Leveraging your eCommunity
  3. Blurred lines between nonprofit and for-profit
  4. Low-cost or no-cost tools to manage your online presence
  5. New ways to engage and collaborate online
You won't want to miss this engaging and informative session led by Jay Wilkinson, one of America's top-rated speakers. Attendees will leave this session with an action plan that can be implemented right away to increase their organization’s capacity and efficiency by effectively leveraging technology.

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.

Conference Hotels

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.

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Complete Listing - All 2016 Exhibitors

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