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The 2018 Bridge to 
Integrated Marketing & Fundraising Conference

July 31 - August 2, 2018

Gaylord National Hotel and Conference Center

The AFP DC chapter was pleased to partner with the Direct Marketing Association of Washington (DMAW) for one MEGA CONFERENCE on July 31 through August 2, 2018 at the Gaylord National Conference Center National Harbor! Bridge Conference draws thousands of influential attendees each year.  

Bridge Conference sessions are expertly designed to provide you with:

  • education and research on the most cutting edge fundraising trends
  • solutions to your tactical and strategic marketing challenges …
  • practical insights and user-friendly ideas to improve your ROI …
  • steps you can take immediately to improve your ROI and have an impact on your mission


  1. You will discover new tools, insights, and inspiration to energize and elevate your work;
  2. You will be invigorated by the world’s leading marketing and fundraising experts your peers and colleagues;
  3. You will hear from dynamic thought leaders who will give you new perspectives and insight as a marketing and non-profit professional;
  4. You will meet over 2,000 of your peers (well, perhaps not all 2,000!) who are also passionate about their work. This will be your chance to collaborate and share best practices with them.
  5. You will go home with new connections and concrete, actionable ideas to inspire your team, implement and explore right away!

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As a benefit to members, the AFP DC chapter is offering scholarship opportunities to make the conference more financially accessible. Check out the application for eligibility requirements and volunteer commitments we ask of all our scholarship recipients (like being a room monitor, and sharing about your experience with others).
Why should you apply?
  • The Bridge Conference assembles nearly 2,000 fundraising professionals in the DC metro area, and from across the country, to share ideas and learn from the best.
  • Bridge is local! No plane ticket to purchase or hotel room required. And for the applicants selected, the registration fee (a $575 value) will be covered in full.
  • There are 12 different education tracks, and you can mix and match sessions as you like. No matter what kind of fundraising you do, you're bound to find something that speaks to you.

APPLY HERE - Application Deadline is Friday, April 20

2017 Bridge Conference

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2016 Bridge Conference

2016 Bridge Scholarship Winners

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2015 Bridge Conference

2015 Bridge Scholarship Winners

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2014 Bridge Conference

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2014 Bridge Scholarship Winners


About Bridge

The Bridge Conference is the summer's #1 destination for beginning, intermediate and advanced fundraising and direct marketing professionals. It will feature more than 70 exciting educational sessions covering cutting-edge direct marketing and fundraising strategies.

This is the premier event for fundraisers like you to expand your knowledge on strategic, effective and results-driven fundraising solutions. Bridge's exceptional panel of fundraising experts will guide you through innovative tactics to help optimize your efforts and convert your strategic and creative resources into fundraising success, especially in turbulent times.

Whether you're brand new to fundraising or a seasoned professional, this is going to be one event you can't afford to miss. The Bridge Conference will provide you with all the necessary information and tools you need to be successful -- even in an unstable economy. 

Click here to learn more about Bridge.

If you have any questions regarding the conference or sponsorships, please contact Emily Pirman at

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