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Alright everyone, it’s time to be heard.

on Jan 14, 2015

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If you hadn’t noticed, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Toronto Chapter announced today that speaker applications are open until February 27th for their annual Congress.

Here’s why this is important:

AFP Congress in Toronto is one of the best educational offerings for fundraisers in the country, and amongst the largest in the world. Speakers and delegates come from all over the country and world, and for good reason. I’ve attended six times, and even did a short presentation once which was an honour.

I’ll let you in on a secret though…

You can be one of the presenters! And I don’t mean that in a cheesy motivational poster way. I mean anyone can submit a proposal for any topic you want, and as many as you want. The education team reads and considers every one.

Even if your session doesn’t get accepted, you’re saying to a committee of your peers “this is important to me, and I think it will be of interest to others.” That’s powerful.

My challenge to you, and a bit of help:

  1. If you’re a fundraiser reading this, go submit AT LEAST one session application regarding where you live, if you plan on going, if you think you’ve got enough experience, etc.
  2. Tell your network that applications are open, and encourage any and every fundraiser you can to submit an application.

Need help getting started? Just tweet at me (@brockwarner) and ask me to give you a session name. Then, you write up the description and submit it. Or don’t, but if I can at least get you rolling, that’s a start.

If it’s presenting that has you nervous, don’t let that hold you back from submitting an idea, because that can be dealt with later. If you want any advice, tips, feedback or or just an sounding board – I’ll help, send me a DM on Twitter or a message via Linkedin and we’ll talk.

This post was by Brock Warner. Hailing from Toronto, Brock works to foster and place value upon the act of philanthropy, no matter the size of gift. As a professional, he values the ‘how’ as much as the ‘how much’ and desire to see the fruits of my labour and energy be a catalyst for positive change. Connect with Brock on Twitter at @BrockWarner.

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