The art and science of building our program.

Our goal at Congress 2019 is to build a comprehensive, innovative, and diverse education program that helps every attendee take the next step in their professional development journey. Our education program aims to reflect the varied interests, skills and perspectives of today's charitable sector in Canada and around the world.



All submissions to Congress 2019 are evaluated by the Congress Education Committee, a volunteer body of professionals representing diverse experiences, backgrounds, and viewpoints drawn from across the fundraising community. The AFP Greater Toronto Chapter is committed to promoting an inclusive, equitable and accessible organization where every member, volunteer, staff and board member can realize their potential and have their contributions valued. As such we have recently implemented an open call for volunteers for our Congress Education Committee, as well as have implemented maximum terms for committee members to serve to ensure we are consistently engaging new members and gaining new perspectives to advance our programming. 


Volunteers are selected on the basis of a formal expression of interest, professional experience, areas of fundraising practice, charitable sector representation, professional networks, gender / cultural / viewpoint diversity and demonstrated commitment to AFP and the fundraising profession.



1. Completed session applications must be formally submitted to the Congress Education Committee ahead of the submission closing date (January 18, 2019) through the online form

2.  All submitted session proposals are reviewed and graded independently by the Congress Education Committee through a comprehensive and confidential review process.

3. Sessions are chosen through a combination of standardized quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as program fit, speaker experience, and overall curriculum needs. Session selection is entirely at the discretion of the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter, 2019 Congress Education Committee, and Congress Chair. 


4. All applicants will receive a response from the Congress Education Committee on the status of their application beginning after the close of applications on January 18, 2019. Please note that we receive a LARGE volume of proposals and review each one carefully, so your patience is appreciated.  We commit to contacting all applicants by April 15, 2019.

Submitted applications may be accepted/denied outright upon formal review. In some cases, we may provide suggestions to select applicants for sessions flagged by the committee as applications with potential.  Unfortunately, due to the high number of applications we receive, we unfortunately are not often able to provide extensive feedback on each proposal. If you have additional questions, please contact us and we will be happy to address this with you.


Our goal is to develop a conference curriculum that is comprehensive, innovative, diverse and insightful. Building an educational program is both an art and a science. We use a standardized assessment tool to grade applications against key assessment metrics, and consider these rankings against the overall program needs. Once each proposal has been carefully reviewed and evaluated, sessions are chosen that demonstrate the highest professional value and, together, offer the most comprehensive education program possible.


What we look for in applications:

  • Is the application compelling and relevant (and is it complete/comprehensive)?

  • If a session addresses an established topic, does it do so with a fresh perspective?

  • Does the application clearly articulate session descriptions and objectives/metrics?

  • Is the session clearly educational in nature? (Not promotional or advertising a product or service)

  • Does the application address a priority need / gap in the education program?

  • Does the applicant demonstrate an appropriate understanding / expertise in delivering the session?

  • Is there a clear and significant professional audience for this session?

  • Does the applicant have experience as a presenter? For newer speakers, does the application provide reasonable evidence of speaking skills?

If this is your first time submitting an application, we highly recommend downloading the First-Timer's Application Guide (put together by our 2019 Congress Education Committee Chair) to learn more about how to craft a winning proposal. 


Adhering to AFP International's  AFP IDEA Statement of Principles, the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter is committed to developing and maintaining a diverse Congress program that is reflective, responsive to, and embraces the diversity of the communities we serve throughout the world; respecting and valuing all people.


We are lucky to work in one of the most unique professions in one of the most diverse cities in the world. These are fertile conditions for discovering innovative, high-impact, and diverse perspectives, strategies and tactics for the advancement of our profession, providing a platform to showcase the work of professionals who are shaping our sector today and for the future.


We look forward to a great 2019 program, and thank you in advance for applying.


We truly appreciate your interest!

Thank you for applying!

Showcase your thought leadership, acquire CFRE points, and build your professional network at Congress 2019, one of the largest gatherings of professional fundraisers worldwide.

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