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Fundraisers to Converge in Toronto for Congress 2014

October 7, 2014

Fundraisers and sector leaders from across Canada will converge in Toronto from November 24 – 26 for Congress 2014 (, one of Canada’s premier conferences for fundraisers and non-profit professionals.

Mark Douglas Trask, the chair of Congress 2014, hopes colleagues from all parts of the country will attend and bring their own fresh perspective to this landmark conference.

“For the charitable sector to be relevant to donors, the onus is on fundraising leaders and practitioners to discover and apply the incredible and innovative strategies that are out there,” says Trask. “The challenge is to find them!  Congress 2014’s solution is to bring a stellar range of experts directly to delegates – to arm them with new ideas and strategies for their fundraising programs.”

In this spirit of offering new and fresh perspectives, the Congress 2014 program brings together the widest and most diverse network of forward-thinking experts our sector has to offer.  This year’s conference opens with international fundraising star Tony Elischer and his “Futurology 2014 Live,” a dynamic showcase of trends, insights and creativity to change approaches and strategies for fundraising, engagement and communications. 

The early-bird registration deal is open until October 9, 2014.
Act now and register! 

The Inclusive Giving Plenary with Krishan Mehta and his panel of special guests tackles some of our most challenging and interesting discussions in the sector and all of the country: How have Canada’s newcomers and successive generations influenced philanthropy, and how will we continue to foster diversity and inclusion in Canada and in the profession?

Dr. Ivan Joseph’s closing plenary, “The Power of Self-Confidence in Sports, Leadership and Life,” is about the practice of self-confidence, empowering fundraisers to transform negativity into positivity for the benefit of their careers and lives. 

With more than 90 sessions covering all areas of philanthropy, new “Big Room” discussions (town-hall style discussions of sector trends and issues), an exhibitor area, and the largest group of Canadian fundraisers, Congress 2014 offers something for everyone.

“The best conference experiences offer more than seminars and networking opportunities. They spark ideas, introduce you to new and emerging leaders and thinkers, and offer contrasting points of view,” says Trask. “In short, they provide you with fresh perspectives on your important work, and challenge the way you think.  That’s what we offer every fundraiser who joins us at Congress 2014 this year.”

For information on sessions and registration, visit the Congress 2014 website  or contact Chris Ganowski, Program Coordinator, AFP Greater Toronto Chapter, at

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