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The Association of Fundraising Professionals, St. Louis presents:

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What instead of attending a conference to learn new ways of doing things, you attend a conference to learn new ways of thinking?

We want to blow your mind. Give you a day full of 'aha!' moments. It is not about thinking outside the box, but not even having a box. This is a conference like none you have attended before. This is less about people at podiums telling you how to do things differently, and instead more interactive sessions teaching you how to think differently. A day full of big ideas to change more than how you raise money, it will help you change how you think about your work, your organization and your community. It will recharge you, reignite you and most importantly, help you do your work more effectively.
Rev. Starsky Wilson will start out the day by rethinking the role of philanthropy in St. Louis, the way only Starsky, president of Deaconess Foundation and co-chair of Ferguson Commission, can. His big ideas are changing how St. Louis cares for its children, and will change how you see our city.

At lunch, our keynote speaker, Jason Bockman, will share his story of overcoming some crazy odds to become the co-founder and owner of Strange Donuts. It is an amazing and inspirational story to motivate you to see yourself and those around you differently. Oh did we mention, he's founded a non-profit, is devoted big brother at Big Brothers and Sisters, husband and new father.
Jason's amazing story was recently featured as character profile on KMOX.
Event Details
St. Charles Convention Center 
One Convention Center Plaza
St. Charles, MO 63303 
7:30 am Breakfast and Networking
8:00 am Welcome and Resource Fair
8:30 am - 4:30 pm: Conference Sessions
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Happy Hour 

Members $ 150
Nonmembers: $ 195 
 Click here to register

Over 15 breakout sessions including:

Major Gifts for Small Shops
Jay Love
Co-founder and CEO, Bloomerang 

Leadership from the Inside Out - Up, Down and All Around
Martin Leifeld
Vice Chancellor for Advancement, UMSL
Work Your Fundraising Funnel: Leveraging the Power of Relationship Management
Sheila Burkett
Founder and Managing Partner, Spry Digital, LLC
Charting the Course - Managing Your Career Path
Faith Maddy, Vice President - Development and Campaigns, Forest Park Forever &
Ellen Howe, Senior Consultant, The Rome Group

Planned Giving - It's All About the People!
Barbara Carswell
Philanthropic Advisor, YouthBridge
How to Know if Your Non-profit is Codependent and Why It Makes Your Brand Boring
Maryanne Dersch
Strategist, 501(c)reative
Gamifying Your Volunteer Boards: Getting Twice the Participation with Half the Work
Jarel Loveless
Associate Director of Development, UMSL
What Would Your Mother Think? Ethical Decision-making in Today's Non-Profit Sector
Bret Heinrich
Chief Development Officer, St. Andrew's Charitable Foundation
Proven Strategies to Increase the Retention Rates of 1st Year Donors
Greg Johnson
Thumbs Up Marketing
We're on Your Side: Making Fundraising Matter to Those Who Matter
Elizabeth George, Senior Consultant, The Rome Group &
Ashley Holmes, Associate Consultant, The Rome Group

The Lily Pad: Upgrading Donors Through Mid-Level Gift Strategies That Work! 
Linda Haley
Principal, Let’s Build Hope

Designing Social and Civic Change:  A Creative Problem Solving Workshop
Antionette Carroll
Founder & CEO, Creative Reaction Lab

We are also throwing out the traditional roundtable format and giving you some new ways of small group learning, including campfire sessions - small group discussions driven by the topics you want connect with others about. Bring with you your big questions and ideas and we will help you make connections with others to build new thinking and ideas to move your work forward.

Scholarships applications for Conference, CFRE Review Course, and Fundraising 101/102 are being accepted through July 15th.  Details here.

The conference qualifies for 6.5 hours of CFRE credit. 

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Click here to sign up to receive flyers about the conference, as well as other informational programming presented by AFP St. Louis. 

AFP St. Louis CFRE Review Course

AFP’s CFRE Review Course offers advanced development professionals an opportunity to review the main elements of a comprehensive fundraising program.

It is an intense, two-day course designed to review skills, techniques and program components professionals typically mastered after five years.

This course is the best, most effective way to prepare for the CFRE exam.

  • AFP Members: $400
  • Non-Members: $500

AFP St. Louis Fundraising 101 & 102 Course

This full-day, introductory course is designed to give beginners the tools necessary to understand the basics of fundraising and development.

Topics include prospect research and management, cultivation techniques, annual giving strategies, special events, budgeting and goal setting, donor relations and more.

  • AFP Members: $99
  • Non-Members: $125
  • Young Professional / Collegiate Chapter Members: $85   

Apply for Scholarships

AFP has a wide range of scholarships available for both the conference and individual courses. Apply today by clicking below.  Applications due July 15, 2016.

Thanks to our 2016 Conference Sponsors!
Leadership Sponsors
Youthbridge 501Creative Logo
Luncheon Sponsor Happy Hour Sponsor

Lets Build Hope Logo
Pacesetter Sponsors
Bender Inc. Logo
Gabriel Group Logo
Missouri Botanical Garden Logo
The Rome Group Logo
Changing Our World  
Resource Fair Sponsor