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2017 AFP Conference Recap

Wednesday, May 24, 2017  
Posted by: Tracy Akinade
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2017 AFP Conference Recap

Last month we shared the hopes of three of our conference scholarship awardees. Now that the conference has ended, we wanted to check in with them to get their feedback and experience.

Remember, there are still scholarships available for the 2018 International Conference, Ask the Experts, AFP Membership and more! Check them out here.

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Audra Jesudason, Nick Stinson and Lauren Peterson at the 2017 International Fundraising Conference


  1. What was your favorite session? Why? 


“So hard to choose! If I must, I think the very last session of the conference was my favorite: Empowering Your Board with Meaningful Metrics by Laurel McCombs. The session, of course, talked about board management and goal setting, but more specifically, Laurel talked about reporting process metrics and quality metrics. She also encouraged the audience to educate their board members by providing tools and training related to the organization’s expectation of the board.”

– Audra Jesudason


“Making Mobile Work for Fundraising. The presenters’ (Nick Allen, Paul de Gregorio, and Joanne Wilson) passion, knowledge, and strategic framework was absolutely inspiring. Bravo for the work they do on a massive scale.”

– Nick Stinson


“My favorite session was The Major Gift Challenge: How to Get Started, because the speaker was not only entertaining but also provided concrete steps on how to be successful. Our organization currently doesn’t have a major gift program and I am hoping to help them get one started, and I feel like this session gave me a lot of the tools that I needed to do that.”

– Lauren Peterson


  1. Was there a takeaway that you’re excited to incorporate into you work? If so, what? 


“I went to a session titled Seeing 2020: Predictions in Nonprofit Technology by Taylor Shanklin. There were so many takeaways. Taylor went through applications for project management, strategy, planning, etc. The application I would like to look into more is Klipfolio. The application allows you to upload data and display real-time business on dashboards. It also provides a data visualization platform for any kind of data.”

– Audra Jesudason


“Tom Ahern led a phenomenal session on donor communications. While at the conference, I needed to edit an appeal Rice was sending to the printer the next day. After Tom’s session, I went back to the hotel and made a few tweaks that strengthened the appeal. Immediate impact!”

– Nick Stinson


“I am excited to start practicing Marcy Heim’s artful ask with our donors. I’m also looking forward to implementing Amy Eisenstein’s advice on how to start a major gifts program.”

– Lauren Peterson




  1. What was your favorite SF attraction? 


“I loved the Ferry Building!”

– Audra Jesudason


“Twin Peaks Tavern.”

– Nick Stinson


“The redwoods in Muir Forest.”

– Lauren Peterson




  1. What was the best thing you ate in SF? 


“For breakfast, I had coffee from Blue Bottle Coffee and cheese toasties from Cowgirl Creamery Sidekick and Milk Bar. It is the breakfast of champions.”

            – Audra Jesudason


“The Peking Buns at Fang. Delicious.”

– Nick Stinson


“Dinner in Chinatown.”

– Lauren Peterson



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