Big things are coming to the Big Easy in 2018 — and not just the city’s 300th anniversary! We’re talking the world’s biggest and baddest conference for professional fundraisers.

Meet us in New Orleans, the home of jazz and Mardi Gras, for three days of learning, connecting, and culture; with a side of gumbo, of course.


General Session Speakers

Opening Keynote Panel: Building Resilient Communities
Sunday, April 15 at 1:30 PM

A discussion about what it takes to build and foster resilience
with a special focus on New Orleans!

Lean More About The Panel and Speakers

Closing Keynote Speaker: Bryan Stevenson
Tuesday, April 17 at 1:30 PM

Founder and Executive Director
of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama.

Learn More About Bryan


*All activities located at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center unless otherwise stated.

    Friday April 13
  • 8:00am-5:30pm - Pre-Conference Workshops*
  • Fundamentals of Fundraising (2-day workshop*)
  • CFRE Refresher (2-day workshop*)
  • Faculty Training Academy (2-day workshop* - Member Only)
  • (*Additional registration and fees required for pre-conference workshops.)
    Saturday April 14
  • 7:30am-5:00pm – Registration Open
  • 8:00am-5:30pm - Pre-Conference Workshops*
  • Fundamentals of Fundraising (2-day workshop*)
  • CFRE Refresher (2-day workshop*)
  • Faculty Training Academy (2-day workshop* - Member Only)
  • Donor Retention (1-day workshop*)
  • The Major Gift Challenge (1-day workshop*)
  • Story Telling (1-day workshop*)
  • Authentic Leadership (1-day workshop*)
  • Talent Management (1-day workshop*)
  • (*Additional registration and fees required for pre-conference workshops.)
  • 5:15-6:15pm - Affinity Roundtables (Note: Roundtables limited to these self-selected affinities: African American | Arts/Cultural | Faith-Based | Health | Lesbian | Gay | Bisexual | Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) | Young Professional)
  • 6:00-8:00pm - Conference Welcome Reception & Networking at The New Orleans Marriott Hotel, 555 Canal Street (open to all attendees)
  • 6:00-8:00pm - Affinity Networking for ALL groups during the Welcome Reception
    Sunday April 15
  • 7:00am-5:00pm - Registration Open
  • 8:00-8:45am - First Timers Networking
  • 9:00-10:15am - Education Breakout Sessions
  • 10:45am-12:00pm - Education Breakout Sessions
  • 11:30am-5:00pm - Marketplace Hours
  • 12:15-1:15pm - Lunch & Marketplace Time
  • 1:30-3:00pm - Opening General Session
  • 3:00-3:45pm - Coffee & Marketplace Time
  • 4:00-5:15pm - Education Breakout Sessions
  • 6:00-7:30pm - Community Group Receptions
    Monday April 16
  • 7:00am-6:00pm - Registration Open
  • 8:00-9:15am - Education Breakout Sessions
  • 9:00am-5:00pm - Marketplace Hours
  • 9:15-10:00am - Coffee & Marketplace Time
  • 10:15-11:45am - Education Breakout Sessions
  • 12:00-1:00pm - Lunch & Marketplace Time
  • 1:15-2:30pm - Education Breakout Sessions
  • 3:00-4:15pm - Education Breakout Sessions
  • 4:30-5:30pm - Marketplace Happy Hour
  • 6:00-9:00pm - Fundraisers Fest at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
    Tuesday April 17
  • 7:00am-3:00pm - Registration Open
  • 8:00-9:15am - Education Breakout Sessions
  • 9:00am-3:30pm - Marketplace Hours
  • 9:15-10:00am - Coffee & Marketplace Time
  • 10:15-11:45am - Education Breakout Sessions
  • 12:00-1:15pm - Lunch & Marketplace Time
  • 1:30-3:00pm - Closing General Session
    Wednesday April 18
  • 8:00am-12:00pm - Chapter Board Workshop


The 2018 International Fundraising Conference will be held at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Halls C & D, 900 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70130. Use the map below to explore the area and conference-approved hotels.

Click here to see special AFP hotel rates (must be booked through conference registration site).

Free shuttle service to and from the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center will be offered at the following hotels:

  • DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans
  • The New Orleans Marriott Hotel
  • JW Marriott

Shuttle service stops are subject to change.


Housing is closed for the following hotels: Courtyard, JW, Marriott Convention Center, Renaissance, Springhill

**EXISTING RESERVATIONS** To make any changes or cancellations to existing reservations, please contact the hotel directly after March 16, 2018. If you contact them prior, they may still be processing reservations and may not have your reservation in their system.

The following hotels will remain open until March 20, 2018 but have limited availability: DoubleTree, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn, Hilton, New Orleans Marriott, HQ & Board Hotel

**NEW RESERVATIONS** If you do a hotel search and do not find a room, you may continue to check back for availability as we receive cancellations.

Don't forget to explore this great city while you are here! Check out our special Guide to New Orleans!


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


Want to be a part of fundraising’s most influential conference of the year? You’ve come to the right place.

Volunteers Needed!

We need volunteers! Fully registered attendees who volunteer will receive a $40 AFP gift certificate. Please indicate your interest in being a volunteer during the registration process where noted. Review the Volunteer Opportunities page for full details.

Group Registration / Register As a Team and Save!

Register 5 people from your organization and the 6th registration is FREE! Every 6th person registered from your organization after the first 5 paid registrations may attend the conference, pre-conference workshops, or both at no cost.* All team members must be registered by one person at the same time using our special group registration process for the conference, pre-conference workshops, or both. Please review the Registration Policies and Information page for additional terms and conditions.

Click here to start the group registration process.

*Does not apply to AFP Chapters.

Important Note for 2018 Speakers and Exhibitors

If you have been selected to present at the 2018 conference, or are an Exhibitor, please do NOT register using the options below. You should have received an email detailing your registration process as well as a login to either the Speaker Service Center or Exhibitor Service Center. If you have questions, please contact

Housing Notice

Experient is the Official Registration & Housing Provider for the 2018 International Fundraising Conference. Registration and/or Hotel Reservations made by unaffiliated organizations may appear to have lower rates; however they may not be legitimate, not have the hotel rooms to sell, have unreasonable cancellation or change penalties, or be completely non-refundable. Please be aware of, and report any unauthorized solicitation, to AFP or Experient.

Please select the best registration option below. Registration questions? Contact Customer Service at or 800.424.5249 (International: 847.996.5829). For membership questions, please contact or 800.666.3863.

Manage Your Registration

To manage or add new items (such as hotel reservations, pre-conference workshops and chapter event tickets) to your existing registration, please click your appropriate status and log in:

Note to Members: If you registered during Super Early Bird in San Francisco, please click the Nonmember Registration link above and sign in with your selected login.

Become a member before you register for conference to get your special member benefit rate! To join, click here.

ONSITE RATE (Ends Apr. 12) - MEMBER - $1289
ONSITE RATE (Ends Apr. 12) - NONMEMBER - $1589


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