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2013 Call for Education Session Proposals

2013 Education Session Form

About AFP DC

Thank you for your interest in presenting to the AFP DC, Washington DC Metro Area Chapter (AFP DC).  AFP DC is the local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals which represents 30,000 members in 231 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs.  The chapter has more than 750 members and fulfills its mission through educational and networking opportunities.

Each year, volunteer leaders of AFP DC work diligently to put together an education calendar that offers members the best professional educational opportunities in the region.  This call for education session proposals is meant to give all interested parties an opportunity to share their expertise and lead an educational session during 2013.

Session topics and presenters are selected by the AFP Education Committee and all decisions of the committee are final.  The following guidelines are established to ensure these objectives are fulfilled. 

Session Proposal Submission Guidelines

1) Presentation Submission: All proposals must be submitted using the AFP DC Session Proposal Form and must be received at the AFP DC office by close of business on Monday, October 1, 2012. Proposals submitted after the deadline will not be considered. 

2) Profiles of Presenters: If more than one presenter is involved, the lead presenter should be identified as the primary presenter and additional presenters as co-presenters or panelists. All required information should be furnished by all presenters in this proposal.

3) Partnering: Presenter panels are encouraged where appropriate. However, panels should be limited to four (4) members.

Experienced presenters are encouraged to partner with individuals who have not made presentations at AFP conferences or AFP DC Chapter educational sessions.

Consultants and for-profit partners are required to include non-profit clients as co-presenters to demonstrate an example through actual case studies.

4) Honorariums/Speaker Fees: Presentations made to AFP DC are considered contributions to the profession and all related expenses are the responsibility of the presenter/s.  

5) Presenter Substitutions or Revisions: Substitution of primary or secondary presenters after the proposal is accepted should be approved by AFP DC. If emergency or time constraints prevent evaluation of a substitute presenter, AFP DC reserves the right to cancel the session, and/or assign it to another available presenter whose approved proposal is on file.

6) Session Day and Time.  Proposed session times should be a minimum of 60 minutes and not more than one half day, including time for questions and answers discussion with the audience. Presentations are scheduled monthly between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013 and requested dates cannot be guaranteed.  AFP DC will work with the presenter/s to find a time that is mutually convenient. 

7) AFP DC Speaker Agreement Form: All accepted presenters are required to sign and accept the AFP DC Speaker Acceptance Form (appendix A), as required by the AFP DC Speaker Policy. 

8) Eligibility for Submitting Proposals: While the objective is to provide the latest information that will enhance the professional knowledge of members, the following guidelines will be used:

  • AFP encourages and welcomes proposals from new presenters to bring new ideas and learning opportunities to the members
  • Preference will be given to presenters who are AFP Faculty Training Academy/Master Teacher graduates, ACFRE, CFRE, AFP Members and reciprocal members.
  • Members of the AFP DC Education Committee and members of the chapter board are eligible to submit proposals, and will be held to the same standards as all applicants. However, members may not participate in discussions or vote on the choice of presenters that include their proposal.

9) Session Topics and Structures: AFP DC educational programs are geared towards fundraising professionals of all levels of experience and all areas of fundraising. Submissions should indicate the level of fundraising experience the presentation is designed to attract, i.e. beginner, intermediate, experienced.  Presenters are encouraged to be creative in their session topics and presentation styles.

Examples of topics that could be covered are:

  • Annual Giving
  • Board Development
  • Capital Campaigns
  • Corporate Relations
  • Direct Response
  • Donor Relations & Stewardship
  • Endowment
  • Ethics & Public Policy
  • Foundation Relations
  • Leadership Growth
  • Major Gifts
  • Management Opportunities
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Planned Giving
  • Social Networking and Online Strategies
  • Special Events
  • Volunteer Leadership

 Presentation styles may include (but are not limited to):

  • Case studies
  • Panel presentations
  • Round table discussions
  • Webinars
  • Moderated discussion with attendees
  • Lecture with Q&A

10) AFP DC’s Commitment to Diversity:  AFP DC defines diversity as the seeking and achieving of a broad representation of experiences, perspectives, opinions and cultures.  AFP DC also values inclusiveness as an essential source of vitality and strength for the effective pursuit of the chapter’s mission.  All presenters should hold this commitment to diversity in mind as proposals and sessions are prepared. 

11) Proposal Submission Schedule and Deadlines: All proposals must be submitted using the AFP DC Session Proposal Form and must be received at the AFP DC offices by close of business on Monday, October 1, 2012.  Proposals submitted after the deadline will not be considered.  

AFP will advise presenters about the selection of their proposals in October 2012.

Presenters must confirm their acceptance and program date by Monday, November 5, 2012.