2016 New Pilot Educational Programs

Inspired by member feedback, AFP Chicago is excited to announce two new pilot educational programs!
An Annual Giving Symposium and a Major Gifts workshop coming this summer and fall.  These half-day sessions, delivered by the best and brightest in our field, are designed to be interactive deep-dives, while delivering strategies that can be taken back and immediately applied to both small and large development shops.  These new half-day workshops will replace the traditional Midwest Conference on Philanthropy. Click here for more information on this new programming and all of the incredible 2016 educational offerings and events. 

Thanks to our generous 2015 Midwest Conference Sponsors

2015 Conference Highlights | See photos from 2015

Opening Plenary Session
You Say More Than You Think: How To Use The New Body Language To Achieve Greater Success in Fundraising!

Presented by: Janine Driver
Founder of the Body Language Institute and New York Times Bestselling Author

Read our Q&A with Janine

This session was sponsored by Advocate Health Care


Closing Plenary Session
Work Smarter, Not Harder

Presented by: Carson Tate
Nationally Renowned Expert on Workplace Productivity

This session was sponsored by The Chicago Community Trust 

Leadership Track
Understanding and Leading an Organization Through Continual Growth and Change

Co-Presented by: Robert A. Vitas, Ph.D., CAE, CFRE,
Executive Director of the American Academy of
Periodontology Foundation 
Ariel A. Medoff, Intern and Awards Coordinator
at the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation

Change is not new. However, change has not always been implemented as smoothly as possible and some have viewed it as downright overwhelming. This course seeks to help make change management part of your organization’s culture.

Separate advanced registration is required for this session
and registration is limited to the first 50 participants. Register for the Leadership Track here

Read our Q&A with Bob

This track was sponsored by Relationship Science 


What Chicagoland fundraisers say about our Midwest Conference

"I know I will be able to take what I have learned and raise more funds for our mission."

"Excellent, diverse mix of panelists."

"Extremely applicable...This was practical information that I'll use throughout my career."

"Definitely exceeded my expectations."

"A fresh look at these topics. Made me step back and think differently."


“The entire experience at the conference was remarkable. It was my first year attending and all of the hype from colleagues was confirmed. Great job!”

“I really liked the networking lunch. Having the option to sit with others and learn about a particular subject was very helpful.”


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