About Congress

For those who are new to Congress, you’ll quickly learn that this 3-day conference is unlike any other! With over 85 sessions to choose from, each day is different with something to offer for everyone! Congress is also the largest conference on fundraising in Canada! Whether you’re new to the profession or even if you hold a different kind of role in the non-profit sector, you’ll find that Congress is a great way to connect with other like-minded professionals, explore new ideas, upgrade your skills and knowledge, and gain key practical takeaways from industry experts to help you meet your professional development goals and advance your career.


The Value of Congress

From November 19-21, 2018, join over 1,000 non-profit professionals in attending Congress where you can hone your skills, exchange ideas, harness new technologies and build your network to ensure you’re at the forefront of philanthropy.

This is a once-a-year event that you won’t want to miss! Here’s what you can expect from Congress 2018: all-new DiSruPtiVe sessions that tackle the most relevant sector topics and trends, fresh perspectives from a curated lineup of speakers, prime networking opportunities and the ability to interact with the latest sector products and services in our Exhibitor Hall, and practical tips on how to put all of your new learnings and ideas into action once you get back to the office! Plus, the chance to advance your career by earning credits to put towards getting your CFRE.

Congress offers a top return on investment and to help you make the case to attend this year’s event, we’ve put together the following sample letter and benefits summary that you can present to your organization. We also recognize the importance of creating opportunities for all sector professionals to attend and are proud to offer bursaries to help off-set costs.


Congress 2018 – DISRUPT Philanthropy

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Toronto Chapter’s annual Congress is back and bigger than ever! This year, it’s all about DiSrUpTing Philanthropy – challenging old ideas to ignite inspiration, innovation and conversation! How can we continue to engage and grow as fundraisers? How far have we come and where are we going?

…Find out with our amazing lineup of diSrupTiVe sessions!


2018 Plenary & Registration Information 

This year, we’re dIsruPting philanthropy with the help of an all-star lineup of speakers who will deliver inspiring sessions that range from building your personal brand to fundraising from scratch to working with high net donors & more! Learn more about each of our registration options here, plenary speakers here, and see an overview of the schedule here.        


Coming to Congress from Out-of-Town?

We appreciate all of our out of town guests and are so happy that you have decided to join us for Congress! This year, we are pleased to offer special AFP Toronto group rates at the Delta Hotel and the Toronto Marriott City Centre (both downtown Toronto and walking distance from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre). In order to take advantage of this rate, reservations must be booked in advance online or by phone by October 17 (Delta) and October 26 (Mariott). When calling to book, please request the Association of Fundraising Professionals group rate.


Get a discount on your travel with UP Express!



Just visit UPexpress.com before November 19, 2018 and use promo code AFP2018 to get your 25% discount on adult return tickets (round-trip) from Pearson Station to Union Station ($18.50 CAD). Tickets expire 1 year from date of purchase.

  • select “From Pearson To Union,”
  • select an adult return ticket for your round-trip
  • Add to order then click the ‘Buy Now’ button and then Checkout to pay for ticket

At checkout…

  • apply the promo code AFP2018 during purchase

UP Express connects Toronto Pearson International Airport to Union Station in the heart of downtown Toronto in just 25 stress-free minutes—less than half the time it often takes by car. Trains leave every 15 minutes with the first train departing Pearson Station at 05:27 and the last train departing at 00:57. There’s no easier or more convenient way to get to or from Toronto Pearson.


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