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AFP 2018: 7 Things To Get Excited About in New Orleans

The world’s biggest conference for professional fundraisers is headed to New Orleans! April will mark the 2018 International Fundraisers Conference, or AFP 2018, presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. And major things are in store, from powerful opening and closing keynote addresses to panel discussions and breakout sessions that are sure to bring about new ideas and new connections. In addition, the Giveffect team will be there to meet and greet attendees!


If your team of fundraisers is headed to New Orleans for AFP 2018, we’ve put together a list of 7 things you should look out for while in attendance:

Pre Conference Workshops

The AFP 2018 Pre-Conference workshops will be a great way to get build on previous experience, gain new information and get refreshed on some of the most important fundraising issues. Topics include Donor Retention and Fundamentals of Fundraising. Before the conference officially kicks off, there’s a lot of potential for success.


2018 AFP International Fundraising Conference App

Released on March 28, the official AFP 2018 Mobile App has everything attendees need to keep scheduled appointments, make it to breakout sessions, and even discover New Orleans. Everything conference related will be at a participants’ fingertips and available for iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry. And the best part is that it is co-sponsored by Giveffect!


Skilled, Experienced Speakers

The wide range of speakers include development directors, vice presidents and entrepreneurs who will speak on everything from building and maintaining fundraising relationships, to gender equity and grant writing. Fundraising professionals have stories of all kinds, and they will be sharing their experiences, ups, downs and other professional lessons on the AFP 2018 stage.

Conference Marketplace

With approximately 4,000 fundraising professionals in attendance, relationships will be made, grown and cultivated. Exhibitors will display innovative products that can help take a nonprofit organizations’ fundraising and donation efforts to the next level. Overall, this is a chance for both exhibitors and attendees to make deals and get what they need to make fundraising easier and more effective.


Opening Keynote Panel Discussion: Building Resilient Communities

This panel discussion will focus on what it takes to build resiliency in the face of natural and man-made disasters, with special emphasis on the city of New Orleans. Moderated by Ellen Lee, director of the Office of Community Development for the city of New Orleans and include some true experts in their field when it comes to preparation and resilient strategies.


New ideas for fundraising efforts

With so much networking, catching up with old friends and colleagues and meeting many new people, AFP 2018 is sure to be a hotbed of creative thinking in fundraising. Especially with professionals from around the world in attendance. You never know who will inspire your next fundraising or donation campaign idea, so be on the look out.


Closing Keynote Speaker: Bryan Stevenson

As founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, AL, Stevenson’s work in fighting poverty and racial discrimination is known the world over. Stevenson has been featured on at TED, at the 2017 Obama Foundation Summit, on Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday, and on CBS This Morning.He will close out AFP 2018 on an educational and inspirational note.


What are some things you and your team are most looking forward to at AFP 2018?

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