Thursday, November 1, 2007

'007 Tracks and Track Leaders- UPDATED

Track 1
Thunderball - Annual Giving

Joseph Ferraro, VP, Marketing & Business Development, Carl Bloom Associates, Inc.

Track 2
Goldfinger - Major Gifts

James Link, President, Greenwich Philanthropic Advisors

Track 3
For Your Eyes Only – Donor Research and Technology

Carl Pitruzzello, Director of Advancement, University of New Haven

Track 4
You Only Live Twice - Planned Giving

Deborah Rothstein, Director of Development, Jewish Community Foundation

Track 5
Diamonds are Forever - Corporate, Government, and Foundation Giving

Jack Hickey- Williams, President, Empowering Resources

Track 6
The World is Not Enough - Board and Volunteer Management

George Ferguson, Ferguson Development Group

Track 7
Casino Royale - Exhibits Buzz Theatre

Donna Schmidt, Fundraising and Grant Research, Diocese of Bridgeport, Bishop's Office

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Registration Information:

Register online

Fees: (Member of AFP, PGGCT or CAN* / Non-Member**)

Early Bird (Before 10/8/2007)
$130 / $160

Regular (10/9 to 10/31/2007)
$150 / $180

On-Site (After 10/31/2007)
$170 / $200

* Members are classified as in good standing (having paid current dues to AFP, PGGCT or CAN – Connecticut Association of Non-Profits).
** Board, Volunteers or CEO’s who sign up with an AFP or PGGCT member receive the Member Rate.


  • Cancellation before 10/25/2007 100% Refund

  • Cancellation between 10/25/2007 and 10/31/2007 50% Refund

  • Cancellation after 10/31/2007 No refund available


Room reservations may be made at the Trumbull Marriott Hotel by calling 1-800-682-4095. Be sure to reference the AFP Connecticut Conference. The AFP Conference rate is $129.00 per night.

Special Needs Registration and Information

All conference attendees with special needs (handicap accessibility, hearing impaired or vegetarian diets) must register by 10/25/2007, and must contact Tom Jansen at 203-869-8424, ext. 3007 to identify your special needs, so that they can be met.

'007 Keynote Speaker :: Penelope Burk

Penelope Burk, author, trainer and President of Cygnus Applied Research, Inc., has over 30 years experience in not for profit management, fundraising, marketing and research. She has held management positions in both fundraising and communication in arts, social service, and sport/recreation charities and is today one of the most sought-after trainers in the sector. A native of Montreal, Canada, her in-depth and varied career established her as a senior professional fundraiser, advocating innovative approaches to fundraising and marketing.

A highly sought-after presenter and researcher, Penelope has written two books and more than fifty seminars, training programs, articles, and plays especially for not for profit organizations. Her presentations are widely acclaimed as unique, engaging and among the most effective training programs in the sector today.

Penelope’s leading edge research in donor communication resulted in the publication of Donor-Centered Fundraising in 2003. The book is the only statistically based research ever published on the effect of meaningful communication on donor retention and gift value.

Scholarships :: Requests Due September 28

One of the core values of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is Education. Professional development and increasing the knowledge base of fundraising professionals is central to our goals and objectives.

An important part of the work of the local AFP chapters is to provide scholarships to those who might not be able to attend the conference without some financial assistance.
Preference is given to individuals serving small organizations with limited resources.
Scholarship requests must be received no later than September 28, 2007.

To request a scholarship application, please contact the Scholarship Chair in your area:

Connecticut Chapter:
Susan Stoppelman
(860) 541-5022

Fairfield County Chapter:
Dave Crandall
(203) 254-2044, ext. 132

Monday, September 10, 2007

Conference Day Schedule

7:00 am- 4:00 pm
Registration and Information—Nonprofit Bookstore

7:00-8:30 am
Exhibits , Networking and Continental Breakfast in Exhibitor’s Hall

7:45-8:30 am
Affinity Networking Sessions

8:30-9:15 am
Morning Keynote Address – “Donor Centered Fundraising” by Penelope Burk

9:15-9:30 am
Exhibits and Networking

Breakout Sessions A – Seven Topic Tracks

10:30-10:45 am
Exhibits, Networking and Coffee Break in Exhibitor’s Hall

Breakout Sessions B – Seven Topic Tracks

11:45 am-Noon
Exhibits, Networking, and Gather for Lunch

Noon-1:30 pm
Lunch, Afternoon Keynote Speaker, and AFP Professional Fundraising Award

1:30-1:45 pm
Exhibits and Networking

1:45-2:45 pm
Breakout Sessions C – Seven Topic Tracks

2:45-3:00 pm
Exhibits and Networking

3:00-4:00 pm
Breakout Sessions D – Seven Topic Tracks

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Philanthropy Day is always a great time to network and to learn. Some of the best people to learn from are the folks at the booths in the Exhibition Hall. They have years of experience, loads of knowledge and can save you an immense amount of time and energy as you push forward with your campaigns.

For exhibitors too, Philanthropy Day is a learning experience. Putting faces to names and email addresses is vital, but hearing from past, present, and potential customers about their needs, frustrations, and happy resolutions of problems is also important. It’s how the exhibitors learn to tailor their products to best serve the not-for-profit community and the fundraisers making their best effort to generate needed dollars.

This year’s Philanthropy Day has a great theme and a terrific group of speakers and presenters, so a large crowd is expected. And this year marks a great opportunity to present your products, because a separate track has been created for Exhibitors! Right in the Exhibit Hall, there will be a Buzz Theater, so that you can give a presentation about your product without having to go to a small off-in-the-corner room. You’ll be right there and easily seen, heard, and recognized!

If you’re a potential exhibitor and you haven’t made your plans yet to be at Philanthropy Day, now’s the time to jump in and make sure you’re represented.

Contact Ned Hogan, Sponsors Chairman, and sign up for your spot in the Hall and your place in Track 7 for the Buzz Theater!

Contact Ned Hogan at

Who We Are

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is an international voluntary membership association of more than 27,000 professionals working to secure financial support for nonprofit organizations. AFP enables people and organizations to practice effective and ethical fundraising. AFP fulfills its mission through education, training, mentoring, research, credentialing and advocacy. The Connecticut Chapter and Fairfield County Chapter comprise more than 400 members.

The Planned Giving Group of Connecticut is a professional association that provides ethically-focused charitable gift-planning education, training and advocacy, and is a member of the National Committee on Planned Giving.