Spreading Our WINGS in Boston!

Posted by 10f on April 05, 2016 · Flag

On March 20, 2016, WINGS joined 4,000 colleagues from nonprofit organizations around the globe at the 2016 Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) International Conference in Boston, MA. Kofi Annan, founding chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation and former Secretary-General of the United Nations, was one of the keynote speakers and a highlight of the conference. Chairman Annan inspired conference attendees to continue working towards positive change in the communities we serve. 

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Since 1960, AFP has inspired global change and supported efforts that generated over $1 trillion. AFP's nearly 30,000 individual and organizational members raise over $100 billion annually, equivalent to one-third of all charitable giving in North America and millions more around the world. AFP has local and regional chapters where colleagues can collaborate, discuss best practices, and learn new techniques to help ensure the financial sustainability of our organizations. 

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Once a year, AFP hosts a three-day conference featuring educational sessions covering a wide spectrum of topics. The 2016 conference featured more than 100 sessions grouped within tracks, including:

  • Management and Organizational Development
  • Governance and Boards
  • Leadership
  • Trends and Innovations
  • Relationship Building
  • Securing the Gift

The individual sessions covered diverse topics, such as working with foundations, using social media in fundraising, the challenges of giving in an election year, trends in U.S. public policy and global fundraising, nonprofit regulation, and annual giving days (e.g., Georgia Gives Day, held each year in November). Members of AFP's Greater Atlanta chapter, which included WINGS, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Georgia Tech, and Piedmont Hospital, among others, gathered for camaraderie and conversation on the first night of the conference. 

As we look to the next 20 years, we understand that a dual focus on program growth and financial sustainability is the only way to ensure WINGS, and most importantly, our kids, will continue to soar high long into the future. 

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