Worried about Going to AFP ICON? Now You Can Attend Online!

[BREAKING NEWS (March 12, 2020): The AFP ICON in-person experience has been canceled. The AFP ICON VIRTUAL will still take place. Learn more by clicking here.]

The World Health Organization declares that the global spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) is now a pandemic. Nonprofit organizations around the world are beginning to limit non-essential travel, events, and even routine group interactions (e.g., sporting events, performances, classes, visitation, etc.). As the Association of Fundraising Professionals International Conference draws near, Mike Geiger, AFP President and CEO, continues to closely monitor the evolving situation.

With the AFP ICON scheduled for March 29-31, the organization issued two recent announcements:

  1. At this point, the conference will open as planned in Baltimore, MD. Both AFP and the Convention Center are taking precautions. You can learn more by clicking here.
  2. If you cannot or do not want to attend the AFP ICON in-person, you now have the option of participating online.

“AFP knows it’s not a normal time—and your organization may have placed a ban or restriction on your travel, or perhaps you’re unsure and concerned about traveling. But you still need to learn and develop your skills and be inspired by extraordinary speakers from around the world. You still need what AFP ICON can offer, which is why we’re offering AFP ICON VIRTUAL, your online fundraising conference,” says AFP.

Registrants for AFP ICON VIRTUAL will receive:

  • Three days of AFP ICON sessions — that’s 9 different education sessions — featuring some of the best content and speakers that AFP ICON has to offer—and each one video-recorded so you can also watch them at your leisure;
  • Q&A participation to help you get involved as if you were with us in Baltimore;
  • Access to bonus materials including new live content, webinars and micro-learning videos in between education and plenary sessions;
  • Keynote sessions with activist Zainab Salbi and Chef José Andrés; and
  • Audio recordings of EVERY breakout education session offered at AFP ICON, so you still get all of the training you need to be an effective fundraiser!

The registration fee for AFP ICON VIRTUAL is $1,249 for AFP members or  $1,499 for non-members. If you have already registered to attend the conference in Baltimore, AFP permits you to convert your registration to AFP ICON VIRTUAL if you choose.

There are a number of benefits to attending AFP ICON VIRTUAL:

  1. You can learn from great presenters without the worry about coronavirus.
  2. You can listen to sessions at your own pace.
  3. The AFP ICON VIRTUAL registration fee is $250 (members) and $400 (non-members) less than the fee for attending the conference in-person.
  4. You can save even more money by not having to pay for travel, food, and lodging.

Just as colleges and universities are leveraging technology to offer their classes online rather than on-campus during the pandemic, AFP is doing likewise. While attending AFP ICON in-person offers additional value by providing a great opportunity to network with thousands of other fundraising professionals and meet with service providers in the exhibit hall, AFP ICON VIRTUAL ensures access to an outstanding educational opportunity for those concerned about COVID-19 or who have a limited budget.

You can learn more about AFP ICON VIRTUAL and register by clicking here.

That’s what Michael Rosen says… What do you say?

5 Responses to “Worried about Going to AFP ICON? Now You Can Attend Online!”

  1. Hi Michael, for conference attendees this is a great alternative. However for the exhibitors this alternative has the possibility to significantly reduce the number of interactions they will have if more conference attendees chose the online option rather than attend in person. The fees that exhibitors and sponsors pay is a significant investment on their parts. Speaking as one, I know that I would prefer to interact with as many conference attendees as possible in the exhibit hall and at conference events. That is one of the primary reason’s exhibitors pay to display at these conferences, to connect with existing clients and customers and to make new contacts.
    If there are going to be fewer in-person attendees due to online participation then I suggest that the AFP leadership will have to have to make a difficult decision (soon) to either cancel or reschedule the international conference. Over the past 24-48 hours, the University of CA system has canceled in-person classes, SUNY and CUNY are doing the same as are other state systems. These universities are also implementing virus related limitations on staff travel as are a few of the larger voluntary health agencies for conference attendance. Given this new reality I unfortunately do not see the feasibility of this conference being able to go ahead as scheduled at least in manner that supports the conference’s exhibitors and sponsors. Best, Michael Shippam

    • Michael, thank you for raising an important issue. Unfortunately, the situation has become even more of a problem for exhibitors. The in-person experience of the AFP ICON has been canceled. The conference will now only be delivered on-line. I have no idea what special sponsorship opportunities might now be available, if any. The situation is clearly fluid.

  2. Well, they just cancelled in person. No word to the presenters yet telling us what we are supposed to do.

    • Gayle, thank you for the update. The situation is obviously fluid. AFP tells me that they are working hard to iron-out the AFP ICON VIRTUAL details in the next day or so. I suspect presenters will get some clarity shortly.


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