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AFP International Fundraising Conference: March 29-31, 2015

February 10, 2015

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No two fundraisers are alike, just like no two causes or fundraising campaigns are alike. Fundraising is about what you want it to be—what you want to focus on and what impact you want to have on the world.

What impact will you have on your community in 2015? Get the skills to make it happen—and make a splash in Baltimore, at the world’s largest gathering of professionals dedicated to building the charitable sector: "The International Fundraising Conference."

Don't miss the general session speakers: What a line-up!

Seth Godin

Speeches by Seth Godin reflect the experience and enlightened opinions that this marketing guru has cultivated over his years in the business world.

After completing a degree in computer science from Tuft's University, Godin went on to earn his MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and became one of the most influential names in marketing. Founding a number of projects that concentrate on the spreading of ideas, Godin is the name behind Yoyodyne, an online marketing strategy company, and, which supports interest-based Internet sites.

In addition to being known as an exceptionally successful entrepreneur, Godin has published 12 books—all of which have been incredibly well received. Speeches by Seth Godin are as high-profile and covetable as the marketing master himself. A huge influencer in the new age of branding and advertising, Godin is a magnificently eloquent speaker with big ideas for change.

Whoopi Goldberg

This comedienne has channeled her celebrity into bringing attention to countless causes including AIDS, children’s issues, healthcare and substance abuse. "I fear waking up one morning and finding out that my life was for nothing. We’re here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark," says Goldberg.

Since 1986, Whoopi has been hosting the Comic Relief television specials benefitting charities helping the homeless alongside good friends Robin Williams and Billy Crystal. In 1999, she received the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Vanguard Award for her continued work in supporting the gay and lesbian community.

In addition, Whoopi was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2003, and serves on the board of Garden of Dreams.

Isabel Allende

As a novelist and memoirist, Isabel Allende writes of passionate lives, including her own. Born into a Chilean family with political ties, she went into exile in the United States in the 1970s—an event that, she believes, created her as a writer. Her voice blends sweeping narrative with touches of magical realism; her stories are romantic, in the very best sense of the word. Her novels include The House of the Spirits, Eva Luna and The Stories of Eva Luna, as well as her latest volumes, Maya's Notebook and Ripper. As a memoirist, she has written about the vision of her lost Chile in My Invented Country, movingly tells the story of her life to her own daughter.

Just as vital and compelling is her community work. The Isabel Allende Foundation works with nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay Area and Chile to empower and protect women and girls, understanding that empowering females is the only true route to social and economic justice.

A great location

Baltimore offers world-famous museums, the chance to cruise Chesapeake Bay and memorable places to shop and dine in style, and of course, attend the AFP International Fundraising Conference!

Please note: To reserve a room in the AFP block of rooms at the noted special rates, please visit the conference registration site: The hotels will not take individual reservations via phone or email for the AFP block of rooms.

To access the full schedule of conference events or to register to attend, visit

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