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 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. 

The next AFP ICON will be held from March 29-31, 2020, in Baltimore, Maryland.

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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.

Future AFP ICONs: 

March 29-31, 2020, in Baltimore, Maryland
April 18-20, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minnesota


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 3-5, 2019, in Phoenix, Arizona, while the 2020 Leadership Academy is planned for October 1-3, 2020, in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

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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 next Hemispheric Congreso takes place June 3-4, 2019, in Mexico City.

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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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