education sessions

More than 100 total educational sessions* are waiting for you at AFP ICON Virtual 2021. Whether you want to master leadership, relationship building, securing the gift, trends and innovation, or all of the above, AFP has the latest and greatest information to unlock your fundraising potential.

*Sessions and speakers subject to change.
*Session times, dates and assigned rooms subject to change.


Ethics, Accountability And Professionalism

June 28

1:20pm - 2:35pm

Ethical Dilemmas in Crisis Fundraising: Calling All Reflective Practitioners

(Session Run Time 84-minutes) (Eligible for 1.25 ACFRE credits in Ethics) In the context of crisis fundraising, how do we do the right thing and do it now? Investigate multiple case studies, face multi-faceted challenges, and determine what you think is best and why. Receive multiple tools for ethical reflection. Participants from various sectors will benefit from this interactive presentation.

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Ethics, Accountability and Professionalism

Kate Kiser

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Kate Kiser serves the IU Health Foundation as the Director of Development Operations. She manages a statewide team: leveraging analytics for strategy development through actionable business intelligence. Kate led the data-driven integration strategy in the 2018 formation of IU Health Foundation, bringing together foundations across Indiana. Kate practices root problem identification and solution-finding in her daily work and believes that the most effective fundraising is a result of combining science and art.

Jessica Journey

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Jessica Journey, MPA, CFRE serves the IU Health Foundation as the Director of Donor Experience. She manages a statewide team: annual fund, strategic events, stewardship, and donor relations. Jessica drives revenue production by creating meaningful donor experiences. She sets strategy and influences stakeholders for the overlapping constituencies of patients, team members, volunteers, prospects, and donors. Jessica believes that the best gifts protect and maximize both the donor’s intent and the organization’s mission.

June 28

3:45pm - 5:00pm

Dementia, Philanthropy, and the Audit: What to know, what to have, and what to plan

(Session Run Time 69-minutes) (Eligible for 1.25 ACFRE credits in Leadership or Ethics) Don't risk litigation, loss of institutional reputation, and upset donors because you were not prepared for increased incidents of dementia among donors! Participate in a session that walks you through case studies and lessons learned that helped a community foundation, frontline fundraisers, and professional advisors become aware and fully prepared.

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Ethics, Accountability and Professionalism

Lani McCollar

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Lani A. McCollar, Associate Vice President at BWF, focuses on campaigns, board engagement, and fundraising assessments and strategies. She brings over 20 years of experience leading multiple nonprofits in Minneapolis/St. Paul, holds a B.B.A. with honors-University of Iowa, and an MBA in Nonprofit Management-University of St. Thomas. Some current clients include: The Bakken Museum, Summit Academy OIC, Wayzata Conservancy, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester, and Basilica of St. Mary.

Tara Adams

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Tara Adams is the Assistant Director of Advancement for the University of Illinois College of Law where she has served in alumni relations and development roles since 2017. Prior to this, Tara worked for the Judicial Education division of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts and for the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She received her JD at the University of Illinois in 2013, and her Ed.M. at the University of Illinois in 2020.

Robert Hofmann

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Robert Hofmann, M.A., CFRE, has worked for the University of Minnesota Duluth since 2007 as a senior development officer, raising more than $20M for student scholarships and programs. Before returning to his native Minnesota, Robert was appointed by Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri to the Rhode Island Economic Monitoring Collaborative, and as a member of the Rhode Island Workforce Development/Education Council of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce.

June 29

10:25am - 11:40am

Fundraising + Harassment: What No One is Talking About

(Session Run Time 74-minutes) Fundraisers have experienced harassment in various forms and levels forever. This session will address the topic head-on and provide real-world solutions to put an end to a pervasive problem that has been ignored for far too long.

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Ethics, Accountability and Professionalism

Kirsten Anderson

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Kirsten Anderson has spoken throughout the country and consults organizations and victims to help empower and inspire them to effectively and efficiently end workplace harassment. As a victim turned advocate, she openly and honestly discusses the complexities of workplace harassment, bullying and retaliation in an effort to create more engaging and productive workplaces. Kirsten is the author of More Than Words: Find Your Voice, Regain Your Power.

Tyler Timko

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Tyler has worked in fundraising for over 10 years, beginning his career at the University of Iowa Center for Advancement where he held annual and major gift roles. Following his time at Iowa, Tyler completed his MBA at Indiana University in 2015 and began working as a fundraising consultant. He is currently a Senior Consultant with EDEN+ in Des Moines, and serves as the president of the Central Iowa AFP chapter.

June 29

3:50pm - 5:05pm

Marketing + Social Impact: How to tell stories that uphold the dignity of communities

(Session Run Time 66-minutes) Join Mo Waja Fundraising Strategist & Digital Integration Specialist at Blakely, and Jess Myers, Fundraising Content Officer at Doctors Without Borders (MSF) for a practical exploration of responsible fundraising storytelling — including an approach to develop content that avoids exploitation and a functional tool to help self-assess your own material.

Education Track
Ethics, Accountability and Professionalism

Jess Myers

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Jess Myers is a Marketing & Communications specialist and Fundraiser at Doctors Without Borders Canada with diverse experiences in the charitable sector working with international and arts organizations. She studied International Development and Theatre at the University of Guelph and holds a post-graduate certificate in Project Management for International Development from Humber College’s Business School in Toronto. She’s a passionate advocate for the responsibility we carry as storytellers and fundraisers to the communities we serve.

Mo Waja

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Mo Waja is a professional speaker, fundraising marketer, podcast host and producer, the Host of 15 Minute Fundraising, and is a fundraiser at Blakely. Mo has worked with personal, not-for-profit, and for-profit brands developing successful storytelling strategies and has spent tens of thousands of hours training professionals and organizations in professional speaking and communication. Mo has delivered sessions on topics ranging from marketing ethics, to digital storytelling strategy, to e-philanthropy, to personal and professional branding.

June 30

10:25am - 11:40am

DEI Data Guide: How to ethically collect, store, and use identity information

(Session Run Time 37-minutes) (Eligible for 1.25 ACFRE credits in Management or Ethics) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) data is complex and sensitive. This presentation will discuss ethical ways of collecting, storing, and using DEI data, so you can feel comfortable and confident with the data. Members of Apra’s Ethics Committee have a live Q&A to answer questions and drill into the complexities.

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Ethics, Accountability and Professionalism

Megan Horton

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Megan has been with UC San Diego Advancement since 2015. She works with fundraisers across the university, and specializes in CFR research and portfolio management. Previously, she worked in Washington, DC and El Salvador where she worked in social justice. Megan serves as Chair of Apra’s Ethics and Compliance Committee. She has a BA in International Affairs from George Washington University and an MA in Latin American Studies from UC San Diego.

Erin Osborn

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Erin Osborn is the Prospect Development Director at Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation. She started at the Foundation in 1997, working as a coordinator in a variety of departments, including planned giving, major gifts and special events. Erin has worked in prospect research since 2001. She is a past president of APRA-Rocky Mountains, Erin has presented for APRA, APRA-Rocky Mountains, AFP Colorado, AHP Rockies & Southwest, Community Shares of Colorado and the Aspen Development Group.

Lori Hood Lawson

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Lori, VP, Advancement Insights, UC Innovation, has spent over 20 years helping the fundraising sector harness the power of actionable data. Lori began her career at Florida State University Foundation. She then joined Prospect Information Network (P!N) and transitioned its flagship product, ProfileBuilder, to a SaaS CRM solution post acquisition by Kintera. She is a co-founder of and the editor of Big Good: Philanthropy in the Age of Big Data & Cognitive Computing.

June 30

11:45am - 1:00pm

Uncomfortable Conversations with Donors

(Session Run Time 71-minutes) Ever dread calling a particular donor out of fear that they might make an inappropriate comment about race, politics, or gender? This has happened to many of us, and there is no avoiding these uncomfortable conversations. Learn some key takeaways and how to identify a potential conflict from this discussion.

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Ethics, Accountability and Professionalism

Quentin Moore

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Quentin Moore serves as the Director of Development at Project for Pride in Living – PPL. A Twin Cities non-profit dedicated to building the hopes, assets, and self-reliance of individuals living with lower incomes through transformative housing and career readiness services. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas, and currently serves as AFP-MN’s Resource Development Vice-President. Quentin also serves on the Board of Directors for Ascension Catholic Academy in North Minneapolis.

Christina DeVries

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Christina DeVries, she/her, is an artist, Minneapolis transplant and activist. She earned a Masters in Advocacy and Political Leadership from Metropolitan State University. She currently works as the Director of Development for Students United, which advocates alongside the 50,000+ Minnesota State University students. Prior to working at Students United, she managed grants for a large human services nonprofit, organized donors and worked internally in the Peace Corps as a health volunteer.

Elodie Lee

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Elodie Lee (she/her) is driven to tackle systemic issues with transformational hospitality that inspires giving. Elodie has 10+ years of experience creatively connecting resources with community needs as a relationship builder, fundraiser, and donor organizer. Currently fundraising with individuals and families as Donor Engagement Officer at Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative, she’s an alum of the Giving Project and a part of community-based grantmaking at Headwaters Foundation for Justice and is a Community Centric Fundraising enthusiast

Mina Kobayashi

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Mina Kobayashi is the Development Manager at Genesys Works Twin Cities. She has worked in education and arts spaces locally as a fundraiser, and a board member. Mina was born and raised in New York City, attended college in Maine, and has called St. Paul home for five years.

Sarah Staiger

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Sarah is the Director of Advancement for Beacon, an organization working to advance equitable housing in MN. She especially values the organizing and advocacy work happening within the Beacon collaborative and in the MSP community. Sarah holds a Master’s in Advocacy and Political Leadership (MAPL) and crafts relational fundraising strategy that engages people in social change. Sarah is the Chair of AFP-MN’s education committee.

June 30

11:45am - 1:00pm

In Conversation with ACFRE’s: The Credentialing Process

(Session Run Time 75-minutes) Listen in as five development professionals share how they became ACFREs. Through conversation and storytelling you will become familiar with the requirements of the ACFRE credentialing process, as well as learn tips and insights from their personal experiences.

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Ethics, Accountability and Professionalism

Alphonce J. Brown

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Alphonce J. Brown Jr., ACFRE, consults traditional and nontraditional U.S. and international nonprofit organizations on fundraising strategies tailored to their needs. He was chairman of AFP’s board during 2005 and 2006.

Joy C. McKee

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Joy C. McKee, ACFRE, MBA, is an experienced fundraising, marketing and communications professional with a demonstrated 20 years working alongside non-profits to build collaborative relationships with individuals, community, corporations and foundations.

Sanae Tokumura

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Sanae Tokumura, ACFRE, APR, provides hands-on, full scope fundraising and public relations consultation for non profit organizations.

Aaron Sanderson

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Aaron Sanderson, ACFRE, has more than 13 years of nonprofit experience, and was named “Top 40 Under 40” by the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy in 2018 and selected as a “Difference Maker ” by the Rick Hansen Foundation during its 25th anniversary national relay.

Barbara Tartaglia-Poure

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Barbara Tartaglia-Poure, ACFRE, CFRE, MLS, is an AFP Master Trainer and a recognized presenter. Her expertise is in Philanthropy, Capital Campaigns, Stewardship, Alumni Relations, Volunteer Management, and Public Speaking.

June 30

2:20pm - 3:35pm

Hack Your Fundraising – Tips from 2 Productivity Nerds

(Session Run Time 69-minutes) There are countless fundraising tasks but only 24 hours in the day. How will you get it all done? Fundraising master trainers and productivity nerds Alice Ferris and Chad Barger will help you refine your personal productivity system and maximize your time, energy and attention for fundraising success.

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Ethics, Accountability and Professionalism

Chad Barger

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Chad Barger helps nonprofits overcome the barriers to fundraising success. He is a sought after nonprofit fundraising consultant, speaker and coach with over 20 years in the field. Chad shares actionable nonprofit fundraising tips and free resources at

Alice Ferris

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Alice L. Ferris, MBA, CFRE, ACFRE, is the founder of GoalBusters, providing hands-on, comprehensive fundraising leadership for small to medium-sized charitable organizations. Alice has 30 years of experience in the philanthropic sector, focusing on strategic and development planning, board development, annual giving, nonprofit operations, and small shops.