"Attending AFP ICON as Southern Colorado’s Chamberlain Scholar was an honor and a truly phenomenal experience. At AFP ICON I connected with countless fundraisers in positions just like mine, and I got a chance to meet a handful of my colleagues at other zoos.
Sessions were equal parts inspiring and thought-provoking. From Marcy Heim, who had her standing-room-only crowd dancing and singing, “Something good is gonna happen to me.”; to Penelope Burk, who released her latest research on bequest giving. Did you know that 56% of donors do not tell their benefitting nonprofits that they have included a charity in their will? When asked why, 70% said they felt giving was a private matter. Taken to heart, how might that change your planned giving program or your donor recognition plans across giving areas? .
Advancing the Future of Fundraising
Beyond practical fundraising advice, fundraising ethics (and how we support and train our staff) was a hot topic during sessions and at networking events. I came back renewed, ready to hit the ground running, and extremely proud of what we as fundraisers do. We are truly the impact profession! Thank you again to AFP and AFP Southern Colorado for providing me with this incredible opportunity."
Lillian Bui | Director of Giving & Resource Development at Pueblo Zoo