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Last Thursday, eight future speaking stars stepped into the spotlight in the inaugural installment of the Speakers Discovery Series.

The Speakers Discovery Series was an idea that has been brewing in my mind for quite some time. I have been a member of the AFP Toronto Congress Education Committee for the last two years before becoming Chair this year. Each year I would have people say to me, “How do I get to speak at Congress? I apply, and I am turned down over and over.”

When I looked at the reasons why many of these applications were being declined, I realized it was their lack of AFP based speaking experience. But how could they get experience if they couldn’t get accepted? There just wasn’t a clear path, and it was deterring new speakers which in turn meant that Congress was continuing to choose from the same pool of speakers. Finally, the idea came to me – why not replicate something that is already working to help create new and interesting speakers for other sectors? Being an avid podcast listener, I thought about The Moth or Risk – real people, telling real stories that connect with the audience. The plan was born!

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In June Statistics Canada released a study called “Projected trends to 2031 for the Canadian labour force”, as part of the Canadian Economic Observer.  The study says that by 2031, roughly one in every three people in the labour force could be foreign born. Between 1991 and 2006, the percentage of foreign-born people in the labour force rose from 18.5% to 21.2%. If recent immigration levels were to continue, that proportion is projected to reach almost 33% in 2031, according to most scenarios.

How will this shift in demographics affect fundraising?  Can you afford to ignore this trend?  Come to the Congress session called “Cultivating Strategic Relationships with New Immigrant Communities”, to learn more about a group that will represent 1 in 3 in the not too distant future.  The report is here: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/110817/dq110817b-eng.htm.

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Thank you too each of the individuals who took the time to send in details about themselves and their interest in attending Congress 2010. The winner of the 3 day Congress 2010 pass is…Jim Martin. Congratulations Jim and we’re confidant that Congress will have a ripple effect for you and the organizations you’re working with.

We in the last few days of preparation for this years Congress and the entire team, both our fabulous volunteers and our amazing staff and busily working to ensure that next week’s conference is a rich learning and networking environment for each of you.

And for the first time we’ve just surpassed 1,000 registered delegates and this milestone is a remarkable one. Thank you for supporting our world-class conference and we know that each of you will play a part in making next week special. If you haven’t registered there still is time: http://afptoronto.org/index.php/congress/registration.

If this is your first time attending Congresswelcome. If your a returning – welcome back. And if you’re part of the Ambassador Club and have attended Congress at least 5 times – thank you for choosing the AFP Greater Toronto Congress repeatedly to increase your knowledge, skills and networks.

I look forward to seeing each of you next week and celebrating our sector together,

Tania Little, CFRE
Chair, Congress 2010
@tanialittle
#afpcongress

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Last week, I had a most interesting conversation with a colleague about the value we get out of conferences.

We spoke about the typical things we go to conference for, like:
“I always take away one or two ideas that pay for the conference 5 times over!” or,

“The networking is great because I can discuss big challenges with my colleagues (…not to mention making new friends and connections!”

I added that the “change of pace” away from the office is important to me, even as I am learning. It helps me take a deep breath and gives me new energy, and a fresh perspective.

“In fact,” I confided, “I often have two pages open in front of me – one for taking notes on the session I am sitting in – and the second, to sketch out a strategy for some work-related deadline I am facing.”

My friend immediately LOL. “You do that too? I wrote one of my best proposals ever during a completely unrelated workshop! And I learned something at the session too.”

While I am not a proponent of being AWOL when at a conference, I was reminded we all need professional time away from the office. It is energizing and gives us a fresh perspective…and a great learning opportunity.

We’ve designed Congress just for this purpose.

I can’t wait for Congress. And you? What are your “other” reasons for getting away to Congress?

Have a great week!

Mark Hierlihy
Congress Chair

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We know this has been a challenging year for many charities and the funds to attend good conferences are not always available. For this reason, AFP works with sponsors to help provide free opportunities to attend Congress on Nov 30, December 1,2 in Toronto. (www.afptoronto.org/congress)

Pareto Fundraising is passionate about helping charities grow. One of the best ways to do that is through training and professional development to help enable you to be a better fundraiser so you can raise more funds and make the world a better place faster.

We are excited that Pareto Fundraising is offering 4 full
AFP Congress passes to fundraisers who would otherwise not be able to attend. Each pass covers the registration fee (excluding travel and hotel) for the full three days of Congress.

We invite you to go to their website to learn more about how to apply.
http://www.paretofundraising.com/events/pareto-fundraising-north-america/

We’d love to see you there so you can learn and be inspired by some of the best speakers in the world on the topics related to fundraising.

Have a great week.

Mark Hierlihy
Congress Chair

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This has to be a question everyone asks themselves at some time or another. It would be a lackadaisical professional who’s not interested in bettering their skill set.

AFP Congress aims to help create highly skilled professionals, better at what they do, more prepared to respond to the twists and turns that we encounter on our daily drive toward our vision.

We’re working with leading thinkers to accomplish our goal. From the moment Matt Flannery – co-founder of Kiva steps to the podium on November 30, Congress will bring to you new and leading thing as well as more traditional training in a great mix of value for you.

Click through to our topics and let us know if you agree. We want to know how we can improve and most of all, we want to give YOU what YOU NEED!

We’re looking forward to spending 3 days with you.

Regards,

Mark Hierlihy
Congress Chair

P.S. The early bird registration ends on Monday. Register by then and save over $100.

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Your Congress brochure should be in your mailbox in the next day or two and we are pleased with the offering our great volunteers have put together.

BUT, we’d like to know what your top 3 expectations are to make Congress right for you.

Many of our speakers ask such questions as they prepare their presentations and we will be happy to include your thoughts as we support their preparation.

We hope to hear form you!

Regards,

Mark Hierlihy
Congress Chair