Conferences & Events

AFP offers several conferences as part of its professional development programming, with most sessions are eligible for continuing education credit toward the CFRE and ACFRE credentials.

Every year AFP holds the largest gathering of fundraising professionals in the world — AFP ICON — plus other important events like AFP LEAD, our Leadership Academy. AFP conferences offer not just an opportunity to learn, but also to network, engage, share ideas, and connect with fundraisers from across the globe.



AFP ICON, AFP’s flagship “International Conference,” is held each spring and brings together nearly 4,000 fundraising professionals to discuss important trends and issues related to fundraising and philanthropy, with a focus on fundraising practice and technique. AFP ICON VIRTUAL is the companion online component of this conference, offering an opportunity for those unable to travel to virtually join us at the event!

The next AFP ICON/AFP ICON VIRTUAL will be held from April 18-20, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minnesota! Registration will open in September 2020.

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Selecting AFP ICON Education Sessions -- Explained!

To better understand the selection process for AFP ICON education sessions, watch this thorough video featuring AFP's CEO Mike Geiger and Director of Professional Development Kendall Joyner.


April 18-20, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minnesota


2020 Baltimore/VIRTUAL: CE Tracker | Schedule | Handouts 
2019 San Antonio: CE Tracker | Schedule | Handouts 
2018 New Orleans: CE Tracker | Schedule | Handouts 
2017 San Francisco: CE Tracker | Schedule | Handouts
2016 Boston: CE Tracker | Schedule | Handouts

Audience at Leadership Academy


AFP LEAD (formerly the AFP Leadership Academy), held each fall, is focused on leadership development for fundraising professionals. 

The next AFP Leadership Academy will be held October 1-3, 2020, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Registration will open in June 2020.

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Hemispheric Congreso

AFP partners with the Junta de Asistencia Privada and Tec de Monterrey in Mexico to offer the Hemispheric Congreso every few years for individuals and organizations focused on developing fundraising capacity in Latin America. The 10th Hemispheric Congreso was to take place in June 2020, but has been postponed due to COVID-19.

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AFP Chapter Conferences

Many AFP chapters offer their own conferences at various times around the year.  Please consult the Upcoming Events page or individual chapter websites for details. 

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