2018 AFG Conference Call for Speakers

The Association Foundation Group is the only organization dedicated to advancing the knowledge and education of association foundation and association fundraising professionals. We are now looking for engaging speakers with exceptional content that will lead to dynamic dialogue our 16th Annual National Conference: Doing Good By Association

If you have valuable learning experience to share with your peers, please follow this link to submit your speaker application.

Registration/Travel Costs
AFG is not permitted to pay honoraria or expenses including travel costs. All speakers must register for the conference at the reduced rate speaker rate or attend just for his/her session. Speaking engagements may qualify for CAE and CFRE credit. The session leader will be asked to adhere to a timeline that will be provided by AFG, and provide AFG with handout materials in advance of the conference.

Selection Process
To apply to be a speaker, please complete the application form and include the name of the session leader and the name of the second presenter, where applicable. (Please note that the maximum number of presenters for a session is two.) Please attach a brief description of your proposed session including two to three learning objectives. A typical breakout session/workshop is 50 minutes, including Q&A.
Consultants and vendors are invited to submit. However, we will only consider proposals from consultants and vendor if an association/foundation executive is the co-presenter. Sessions must be educational in nature and not sales orientated. Sales pitches or distribution of marketing materials is strictly prohibited. In fairness to those who submit proposals, please note that speakers are limited to participation in one session at the conference.

Session Topic Suggestions

The objective is to have sessions that are appropriate for beginners in development (100 level), those new to association foundation fundraising (100 level), those who are intermediate (200 level), and those with many years of experience (300 level). The following topics are suggestions for your consideration as you prepare your application.

  • Diversifying Donors Beyond Members
  • Giving Tuesday
  • Collaboration between Foundations
  • Career Planning
  • Website Design
  • Annual fund strategies
  • Donation tracking software
  • Board Performance
  • Project Management as a One-Man Shop
  • Launching/Re-invigorating an association Foundation
  • Raising money for and structuring a scholarship program
  • Donor recognition/stewardship



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