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Not Just Onsite—New Education Opportunities Before, During AND After AFP’s 50th International Conference!

November 13, 2012

We’re anticipating an engaging and energizing AFP Annual International Conference on Fundraising. And why not – it’s the big five-oh!  We listened to your comments, made changes, brainstormed new ideas and created new content and programs for our 2013 conference in San Diego, April 7-9

But this conference shouldn’t just be a two-and-a-half-day sprint where you pack in as much education, networking and experience as possible. Your conference participation should be a year-long marathon that builds the excitement and knowledge leading up to the big event, and then keeps the inspiration strong and connections blooming through to the next year! Learn how AFP enhanced the experience for 2013 so that you can prepare for, thoroughly enjoy and maintain that conference high!

Getting Prepared

Before you even step foot in sunny San Diego for the 50th AFP Annual International Conference on Fundraising on April 7, 2013, your conference experience has begun! For the first time, AFP offered even more incentives to take advantage of the Early Bird Registration—on top of the already reduced conference rate—by adding the 2-4-6 Pack of AFP Archived Webinars.

The earlier you signed-up for your Early Bird Registration, the bigger the pack! After receiving your email confirmation for your conference registration, you were directed through a link to your 2, 4 or 6-pack, where you were able to access the FREE Archived Webinars and download them to your desktop. Though Early Bird Registration has come and gone, you will still be able to access the Webinar pack you received in your Early Bird Registration confirmation email until April 6, 2013 – the day before the on-site conference event – so you can maximize your pre-conference experience!

If you didn’t get in on the Early Bird Registration incentive, don’t fear! You still have time to register with the Advanced Registration, which continues to offer a reduced conference rate.

The pre-conference involvement certainly doesn’t stop there. The regular education conference speakers have taken to Twitter! AFP’s 2013 conference speakers will be getting involved on social media to not only prepare you for their session, but also to involve you in tailoring their session FOR you! Interested in a session, but hoping the speaker will emphasize a particular topic? Join them on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. to help them hone their presentation and tailor the conference experience to YOU. While on Twitter, make sure to use the hashtags #afpmeet and #afpICON to get in on the pre-conference conversations!

Making the Most of Your On-site Experience

So, you’ve finally arrived in San Diego. You’ve prepared for this day, you’re at the San Diego Convention Center, and you’ve picked up your handy registration packet—now what? Well, for starters, if you’ve arrived in San Diego with some extra preparation time, why waste a second of your on-site experience? Jump right into one of AFP’s pre-conference courses: The AFP CFRE Review Course, the AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course, or the *NEW* AFP Planning to Keep Your Donors Workshop!

Whether you have a half, full, or two-day time period to spare for the pre-conference workshops, there is an option for all scenarios, and they’re all offered at a reduced rate for conference attendees! The AFP CFRE Review Course will prepare you to sit for the CFRE exam, while connecting you with others who also have five-plus years of fundraising experience.

New to the fundraising field? Develop and sharpen your fundraising skills in the two-day experiential learning program, the AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course, which includes case studies and projects for groups and individuals, making the learning experience both substantive and enjoyable.

If you only have a half-day to kick-off your conference experience early, the *NEW* AFP Planning to Keep Your Donors Workshop, which is officially launching at the 2013 conference, will give you an inside look at developing a donor retention plan and show the value of tracking overall gains and losses in gifts and donors. Whichever pre-conference course or workshop you choose, register before you go to secure your seat!

The 2013 conference officially kicks off on Sunday, April 7 at 10:30 .a.m with keynote speaker Marcus Buckingham. However, if you are an AFP International Conference on Fundraising First-Timer, you’ll want to hop out of bed a little early for the can’t-miss First Timer’s Meet-Up at 9:00am! Thumbing through the conference program and wandering around the San Diego Convention Center can be a daunting task. But at the First Timer’s Meet-Up you’ll join peers to learn the nuts and bolts of the “don’t-miss” opportunities at conference and build a networking team that you’ll carry throughout the entire event. After you’re oriented, join the ranks of the attendees for Marcus Buckingham’s keynote speech on What the World’s Best Managers Do Differently.

You spoke, and we listened. Throughout the conference you’ll notice that we took your comments and concerns from the 2012 conference into deep consideration, and put measures into place to ensure an even better educational experience! To address the need for more Advanced sessions the ACFRE Board and AFP worked together to restructure and redefine the ACFRE Track to the “Advanced Track” – no longer just for ACFRE’s, but also for ACFRE’s-in-the-making, CFRE’s and all experienced fundraising professionals.  Not only will you find an entire track (Advanced Track) dedicated to senior-level fundraising professionals that contain sessions which are all ACFRE approved, but you will also find a plethora of sessions sprinkled throughout the program that fall under the Advanced Experience Level.

Whether a first-timer or a repeat conference-goer, the 100-plus sessions with more than 150 speakers tailored to the Novice, Intermediate or Advanced Experience Levels are sure to offer a full conference education program for each individual attendee. Start building out your personal conference education schedule by perusing the offerings by title, speaker, experience level, track or sector on the conference education webpage:

Taking a Piece of San Diego Home With You

The knowledge you’ve gained, the memories you’ve created, and the business cards you’ve collected will all travel home with you. To stay energized and engaged in the profession once the 50th AFP Annual International Conference on Fundraising has sunset, tap into the conference recordings of the sessions you were unable to attend, or the ones you simply must hear again! With so many session offerings, it’s impossible to attend them all...on-site. But who’s to say you can’t “attend” them post-conference?

The conference recordings offer you the chance to carry your learning experience all the way up until the 2014 conference. It’s your choice! You can purchase an individual Podcast of a session or speaker you missed; indulge into an entire track that pertains to your sector of fundraising; or bundle the entire conference education experience in the full conference recording package. Get your post-conference fix on your desktop during lunch, while in the car on the way home, on your iPod at the gym, or on your PC while in flight to the 2014 AFP Annual International Conference on Fundraising in San Antonio. The options, the CFRE points and the knowledge are endless!

Start preparing for the 2013 AFP Annual International Conference on Fundraising: Doing The Right Things…Right. Register today, connect with the 2013 conference speakers, start building your personalized education schedule and get energized! See you in San Diego!

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