AFP Chicago Breakfast Workshop Series

Learn and link with other fundraisers

Professional education and networking go hand-in-hand at AFP Chicago’s breakfast workshop series.  Several times per year, AFP Chicago brings together thought-leaders who share their expertise and insights on some of the most pressing issues facing fundraising professionals today. AFP Members, in 2018 we're excited to offer you a lower registration rate for all of our breakfast programs! $30 for members and $55 for nonmembers.


A Fundraiser’s Secret Weapon: The Power of Storytelling

March 15, 2019  |  9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Maggiano’s Banquets - 111 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60654

As fundraisers, we are responsible for arousing sympathetic emotions and inspiring action through stories. So often, though, we get caught up in the details… the time and date of the next event, the prospect list for our upcoming direct mail piece, the conversion rate for our website “donate now” button… that we forget to dwell on or even share our success stories. Storytelling can be a powerful tool to attract and motivate donors. A deep emotional connection is a strong motivator to not only donate, but to become the ultimate champion for an organization: a loyal donor, fundraiser, and lifetime supporter.

But what makes your story great? What do you need to include and how should you share it? How can the same story be shared over multiple channels and be successful? Join us to learn how to identify meaningful content within your organization, construct a compelling story, and effectively communicate it to your audience. Attendees will hear from a local fundraising leader about how storytelling has worked for their nonprofit and walk away with techniques they can immediately put to use in their organization.


  Marco Buscaglia
Freelance writer, editor and content strategist
Brian Paff
Director of Marketing & Communications, Erie Neighborhood House

This program has been approved for 1.5 CFRE continuing education credits.




Don't forget to "bundle" your Breakfast Workshop Registrations
4 Program Purchase Deadline is March 8th!

Instead of registering for each event separately, purchase a "bundle," and gain access while you SAVE. Bundling your programs provides you convenience (only register once), savings, and flexibility. To learn more about this MEMBERS-ONLY, education "bundle" pricing click here!

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Save the Dates for our Upcoming 2019 Breakfast Workshops!


Friday, April 12, 2019
Topic: Collaborative Giving

Friday, June 14, 2019
Topic: Ethics and Economics of Diversity

Friday, November 1, 2019
Topic: Venture Philanthropy

 Note: Speakers for the breakfast workshops are typically confirmed six to eight weeks in advance of the program and will be posted as soon as they are confirmed. 

A Very Special Thank You to our 2019 


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