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AFP Emerging Fundraisers Academy


Thank you to those who participated in the 2016 Emerging Fundraisers Academy! This page is now a resource for those wishing to learn more about this event.


The Emerging Fundraiser Academy was June 2 – 4, 2016, at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Palace Hotel in Orlando, Florida.


Conference Schedule


Speaker Bios


The Power of Storytelling - Ty Bennett

Passion, Impact, Legacy: A Professional Fundraiser’s Journey - Grant Martin

Leading Amongst Differences: How to lead and influence effectively when challenged with different personality styles - Denise McNerney

From Intention to Impact: Mission-aligned Strategic Thinking and Leadership - Denise McNerney

Back to the Future - Valerie Mardle

Deliberate vs Accidental Fundraiser: The Art & Science of Managing Donor RelationshipsBirgit Smith Burton

Careers & My Journey - Karen Revels

Professional Development Exchange

Speed Mentoring Session

Non Profit Leadership Alliance Information


Network with other conference attendees before, during, and after the conference.

LinkedIn Group

Facebook Group

Attendee Roster

Emerging Fundraisers Orientation Webinar - Full Webinar | PDF

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will explore current trends in philanthropy and the multiple dimensions and opportunities for leadership roles within the nonprofit sector.
  2. Participants will engage in structured learning opportunities and learn about principles of effective management and ethical fundraising.
  3. Participants will examine best practices in traditional fundraising methods, and emerging trends in giving and fundraising approaches.
  4. Participants will gain Career Development knowledge to help kick start their career after graduation
  5. Faculty Advisors will learn effective Chapter Management practices through networking and learning from their colleagues and AFP Staff.

Program Goal

To encourage students continuing commitment to a career in the nonprofit sector as the next generation of leaders and professional fundraisers who will build the capacity of philanthropy.

The Academy will create a model for collaborative education, leadership training and structured networking opportunities and a mentoring module for a prospective cadre of fundraising professionals that would serve the growing needs of the philanthropic community. 


Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Palace Hotel
1850 Hotel Plaza Blvd
Orlando, FL 32830


The AFP Emerging Fundraisers Academy was made possible through a generous grant from the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation. Additional support was provided by the AFP Central Florida Chapter and the AFP Florida Caucus. 

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