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, not to mention a number of new, exciting virtual components to each. AFP conferences and events offer not just an opportunity to learn, but also to network, engage, share ideas, and connect with fundraisers from across the globe.

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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 Monday-Wednesday, June 28-30, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minnesota! Registration will open Fall 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.


 June 28-30, 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

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AFP ICON Summer Sessions

AFP ICON Summer Sessions bring you 3 more days of AFP ICON’s top-tier quality content in a virtual format, taking special consideration of the current landscape to help you get back on track and make a bigger impact with your fundraising. Join us August 4-6 for the latest tips and tricks, engaging and constructive conversation, presented by some of the best and brightest minds in fundraising. Purchase a single day, register for all three days - just be sure to (virtually) be there.


AFP ICON Deep Dives

AFP is proud to bring you AFP ICON Deep Dives—virtual sessions modeled after AFP ICON pre-conference workshops. Presented by some of the brightest minds in fundraising, these Deep Dives will take an in-depth look at relevant and important fundraising topics. AFP Deep Dives run July through September 2020.

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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 VIRTUAL! Mark October 14-15 2020 in your calendar - registration will open soon.

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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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