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.

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Ethics, Accountability And Professionalism

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

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

Speakers

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.

Ethical Dilemmas in Crisis Fundraising: Calling All Reflective Practitioners

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

Speakers

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.

Fundraising + Harassment: What No One is Talking About

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

Speakers

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.

Marketing vs. Mission: How to tell the story without exploiting the beneficiaries

Join Mo Waja, fundraiser at Blakely, and Jess Myers, Loyalty Coordinator at Doctors Without Borders (MSF) for a practical exploration of an ethical approach to storytelling, including an approach to collecting content in a way that avoids exploitation and a functional metric to help charities self-assess material for exploitative content.

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Ethics, Accountability and Professionalism

Speakers

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.

Optimizing Your Nonprofit’s Events to Fuel Fundraising Growth

Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a workshop focused on getting the most out of your organization's special events. Chad will review the true purpose and ideal revenue model for events and how to make them even more worthwhile by converting event attendees to annual donors. He will also provide some real world examples of unique fundraising events that have broken the mold and became donor favorites (as well as some tips for virtual/hybrid events). It’s an “all things events” presentation and everything is on the table.

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Ethics, Accountability and Professionalism

Speakers

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 productivefundraising.com.

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.