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Denny Young

Denny Young

This year at Congress you’ll find it easier to create a learning experience that suits your individual objectives.  Understanding that people learn in different ways, we’ve refined curriculum delivery by segmenting sessions into four formats:  workshops, lectures, case studies, and discussions. 

Workshops are designed to help you learn or upgrade specific skills.  Led by skilled professionals and featuring a variety of interactive learning methods, these sessions will give you the chance to discover and practice new techniques.

Lecture sessions offer an opportunity to hear from an expert on a particular topic.  Unlike workshops which feature an interactive environment, lectures give you an uninterrupted, thought-proving one-hour period to hear from, learn, and be challenged by, some of the top people in fundraising today.

Discussions are your chance to speak up and explore a topic with other professionals. Led by a skilled facilitator, these sessions give participants the opportunity to discuss ideas and share opinions.  It’s you chance to explore the complexities of a topic and to discover and better understand various points of view.

Case Studies. There are many exciting projects going on in fundraising and so we’re devoting the entire second morning of Congress to Case Studies.  With a wide variety of topics and speakers, each presented for just 30 minutes, you can choose four sessions that are most interesting and relevant to you.  Each will follow a common format with the speaker describing the objectives, methods, and outcomes of a particular project or research study.

Whether you’re a veteran of Congress or considering your first visit, this year’s event promises you an unparalleled opportunity to design a learning plan that fits your style.  Please join us!

Denny Young, CFRE

Education Chair, Congress 2011

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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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As we look to the future, there is no doubt that some who are presently in their formal educational years, will be the leaders of the future in our sector.

AFP believes in cultivating and supporting young and emerging professionals as part of its mission to advance philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice effective and ethical fundraising.

To engage students and to enhance their educational experience, AFP offered special student rate to make Congress accessible to these emerging young leaders.

This year, over 50 students joined us as part of the over 960 Congress delegates and we’d love to learn about their Congress experience.

I hope some will share it here!

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We’re listening!

At past conferences you have told us that you not only value the great education and thought provoking discussions at the formal sessions at Congress. You have also said that networking is important. (We’re a community, after all!)

We know it is not always easy to simply walk up to someone and start talking. Last year, I was talking to one young professional who expressed hesitance to introduce herself to an experienced executive she wanted to meet. After introduced them, they ended up having great discussion and the more senior of the two also said she appreciated the introduction.

The Congress Committee wanted to figure out a way to enable many more such introductions and decided to introduce a new door opener.

Our new name badges will clearly show your name but also space at the bottom where you can fill in.
“Ask me about…”
1.
2.
3.

What will your three topics be? They can be serious, or something you’re passionate about.

Here are some I am thinking about.
Ask me about…
1. Engagement marketing
2. Cause-consumers
3. My passion for chocolate

We are looking forward to seeing you on Monday! It’s going to be a great conference!

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For those who don’t subscribe to “The Agitator” news blog, yesterday they wrote about the results of their 2010 Fundraising Plans (where charities plan to invest in 2010). While this study was broader than Canada, I thought it interesting that among their respondents:
– 55% said they will spend more on online giving
– 51% on major gifts
– 33% who plan to spend more on DM
– 22% on events.

Some questions that crossed my mind relating to the line up for our educational conferences include:
– How does Congress education line up to your needs?
– From your perspective, are your priorities changing?
– Where is your organization investing in 2010?
– Do we need to add new topics to meet the areas where you are investing?

Congress is almost here. We have tried to listen to your past comments but we want you to keep them coming.

Thanks and have a great weekend!

Mark

P.S. You can find The Agitator article I referenced above at http://www.theagitator.net/

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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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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.