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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. (

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.

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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Are you feeling the pressures of change and not sure where to focus?

We’ve got a series of speakers to help you think through the the challenges of this great time of change.

For example, Dr. Judith Nichols, in her session entitled:
– It’s All About to Change: How Important Trends Are Driving Philanthropy In New Directions

Dr. Nicols will set out to speak to 4 objectives to address issues we know many of you are facing:

1. Rethink assumptions behind your organization’s fundraising strategy

2. Understand the trends impacting philanthropy

3. Understand the implications for fundraising

4. Leave feeling confident to apply to one’s own organization

But…you have to be there to benefit. Hope you’re planning to register soon so you don’t miss out on this very popular session.

Have a fantastic week!

Mark Hierlihy

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As I read some of your responses, I notice a number of you raise the importance of building sponsorship relationships. In my own experience, I have found that philanthropy, sponsorship and cause-marketing are quickly merging. Some call it “strategic philanthropy.”

This is an area of passion for me and have given much thought to it, fueled by experience as well as thought provoking discussions driven by people like Dr. Judith Nicholas and Simone Joyaux, both respected researchers, trainers and presenters. And, by the way, both Judith and Simone are on the roster to speak at Congress.

My question today is, do you feel you need more demographic education relating to how donors and consumers are changing – that ultimately change how you work with companies?

Tell me what you think about this topic and what you need to hear!

Have a fantastic day!