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Call for Speaker Proposals

Propose a session for AFP Capital Area Chapter’s Annual Conference and/or Monthly Program Sessions. The AFP-CAC’s educational sessions are collaborative and engaging. Whether you’re a longtime presenter or are new and have never presented at an AFP-CAC event before, we encourage you to submit a session proposal.

AFP-CAC sessions are:

  • Designed by and for nonprofit professionals, including nonprofit staff, vendors, and consultants
  • Aimed at all levels of proficiency, from beginner to advanced, and cover a wide range of trends, best practices,  and strategies.
  • Grouped into 4 main categories: fundraising, leadership, marketing & communications, and career building.

Check out our suggested topics list below for more information about what our membership is looking for.




Annual Giving: Annual Appeals, Special Events, Direct Response

Best Practices: Various Topics

Board Member Engagement for Greater Impact

Capital Campaigns

Converting Volunteers to Donors

Corporate Sponsorship Programs

Current & Future Trends in Fundraising

Development Planning: Fundraising plan, costs, budget, etc.

Digital Fundraising: Principles, Planning & Tools

Donor Management Systems: Options, Considerations, etc.

Email Fundraising: 101, Advanced, etc.

Engaging your Donors



Fundraising Analytics: Leveraging the Power of Data

Fundraising for Small Teams

Fundraising in Adverse Times

Fundraising Like a Startup

Fundraising via Social Media

Giving Days for Small and Large Organizations

Grants – Finding and Getting Grants

Major Gift Programs: Getting Started, Advanced, etc.

Mobile Fundraising

Peer-to-Peer Campaigns

Prospect Identification & Research

Special Events

Strategic Planning Fundraising

Sustainer Programs



Building/Managing Diverse & Inclusive Teams

Change Management in a Digital World

Community Engagement

Creating a Culture of Feedback/Learning

Creating/Transitioning to a Digital First Organization

Design Thinking

Developing Your Team’s Tech-Related Skills

Digital’s Impact on Nonprofit Business Models

Engaging Volunteers Across the Entire Organization

Internal Training & Leadership Development

Making Every Staff an Ambassador for the Organization

Managing Effective Virtual Meetings

Metrics & Evaluation/Benchmarking

Online Engagement for Offline Action

What Nonprofits Can Learn From For-Profit Models




Cause-related Support

Communications Planning

Content Marketing

Dashboards & Social Listening

Data: Collection, Management & Optimization

Digital Storytelling: Social Media, Multi-channel, etc.

Digital Teams: Current Trends, Tips & Best Practices

Donor Relations: Cultivation, Retention, Stewardship

Email Automation: Options, Tools, and Tips

Google Analytics: 101 and Specific Focus Areas

Integrating Platforms: Website, CRM, Email, Social Media

Live Streaming: Options, Tools & Tips

Marketing Automation

Mobile Apps

Paid Advertising

Social Media Contests

Video Content: Creating, Tools, Budget


Career Building


Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE & ACFRE)

E-Learning: Options, Trends & Tools

Mentee/Mentor -ing

Your Fundraising Career



The selection committee is actively seeking proposals that address the professional development needs of conference attendees who range in experience from level entry to advanced professionals. The following criteria are taken into consideration in speaker selection:

 · The credentials and exemplification of the speaker

 · The Experience level that the program is designed for

 · The relevance, timeliness, and originality of the presentation, and

 · Need for the program based on feedback from our membership.

Consultants submitting a speaker proposal are encouraged to include a frontline fundraiser as co-presenter in their session. 


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2018 AFP-CAC Session Proposal Guidelines & FAQ’s

1. Timeline & Deadlines

Proposal Submissions

August – September 


October – October 






2. Program sessions & annual conference

These sessions are designed for individuals on the front lines, serving their communities. Monthly sessions are 60 minutes in length with an additional 10 minutes for Q&A. The annual conference is typically an all-day event held in March.


3. Complimentary Registration

Presentations made at monthly sessions are considered contributions to the profession and all related expenses are the responsibility of the presenter(s). Complimentary registration to the program will be made to the presenter(s).


4. Who can submit a proposal?

Everyone is encouraged to submit a proposal. Submissions are open to the public, regardless of membership status. Presenters representing companies that provide services for a fee to nonprofit organizations will be considered if the presentation topic provides overall education value to our members. Sales statements and promotional material are not permitted during the presentation.


5. Can I propose a keynote address for the annual conference? Yes!


6. How does voting work?

Session proposals will be collected, reviewed, and voted on by the AFP-CAC Board of

Directors. The following criteria are taken into consideration in speaker selection:

  •  The credentials and exemplification of the speaker
  •  The Experience level that the program is designed for
  •  The relevance, timeliness, and originality of the presentation, and
  •  Need for the program based on feedback from our membership.

Final selection is based on the combined results of the voting group, as well as with consideration for ensuring a balanced agenda overall regarding topics.

Submission of a proposal is no guarantee of acceptance by the AFP-CAC.


7. What happens next?

Confirmation of receipt will be emailed within 48 hours of receipt of proposal. Notifications will be emailed in November.


8. I’m ready! Where do I submit my proposal?

You may submit your proposal by email using the RFP Form. Email proposal to