Conference Circuit: Fundraising Fundamentals

The Association of Fundraising Professionals’ 2017 International Fundraising Conference kicks off in San Francisco this weekend. Close to 3,000 attendees are expected.

Around 3,000 global fundraisers and nonprofit executives are headed to the City by the Bay in the new few days to learn best practices, expand their networks, and refine their skills to generate greater impact.

Organization: Association of Fundraising Professionals

Conference: 2017 International Fundraising Conference

Venue: Moscone West

City: San Francisco

Following Saturday’s preconference workshops and Sunday’s education sessions, Shiza Shahid will take the stage to formally open the 2017 International Fundraising Conference. Shahid, cofounder of Now Ventures and the Malala Fund with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, will discuss leveraging philanthropy, venture capital, technology, and the media to drive scalable social impact and women’s empowerment. Also on the agenda:

Find your peeps. The AFPeeps—AFP’s savvy social media mavens—will be bringing AFPeeps U (a.k.a. “The Peep Show”) to San Francisco. These lunchtime tutorials are specially designed to help attendees jumpstart and enhance their online and social media success. Attendees can also stop by the AFPeeps Nest at any time to get their social media questions answered.

Time to rebel. Back by popular demand for 2017 is Rebels, Renegades, and Pioneers, a series of seven provocative discussions on the glories, the shortcomings, and the future of the nonprofit world. The speakers featured in this “conference within a conference” are guaranteed to be innovators, big thinkers, and troublemakers who “don’t just think outside the box … they burn the box and scatter the ashes.”

Get a little culture. Attendees can stop by the AFP Diversity Art Showcase and enjoy prize-winning works by students at the local Oakland School for the Arts depicting their interpretation of philanthropy. Also featured will be Avana Ivery, a local artist, along with AFP member art and poetry. On Sunday afternoon, attendees can also speak to the artists about their depictions of the many faces of diversity.

Want more info? Head to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (#afpfc).


Samantha Whitehorne

By Samantha Whitehorne

Samantha Whitehorne is editor-in-chief of Associations Now. MORE

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