Emerging Philanthropy Conference 2020 Proposal Submissions


Thursday May 7, 2020

Relevance to Conference Theme: 20:20 Vision on Pittsburgh
The Emerging Philanthropy 2020 Annual Conference will engage and empower administrators, nonprofit executive leaders, and professional fundraisers across the field through thoughtful dialogue, information sharing and respectful debate on a 20:20 Vision on Pittsburgh. As this year’s theme implies, 20:20 vision is a perfect state. Often, however, that vision is tempered by realities and dynamics frequently outside our control. Yet when we emphasize and model efficiency, effectiveness, economy, equity, ethics, and empowerment—along with AFP and PPGC's core values and the foundations of service—we get closer to realizing that vision.

The 2020 conference will delve into this theme by acknowledging our imperfect past, understanding current challenges, and identifying innovations and paths toward a 20:20 future. Five concentrations will guide our time together: administration; governance; infrastructure; leadership and management; and social equity. 

Detailed track descriptions on Diversity and Inclusion, Emerging Trends, Fundraising Essentials, Grant Writing, Major Gift Strategy, Marketing and Communications, Planned Giving, Professional Growth, Small Shops, and Special Events.  Please review each description and think carefully about where your proposal fits best.

Criteria for Presenter Proposal Submission

  • All interested candidates must submit their presentation & professional affiliation information by March 1, 2020. 
  • All program presenters must register and pay to attend the conference. 
  • Presentations should include and allow time for audience involvement in the session. 
  • Each presentation must abide by the conference schedule time constraints.
  • Relevance to the conference theme and one of the tracks.
  • Emphasis on one or more of the following: efficiency, effectiveness, economy, equity, ethics, and empowerment.
  • Quality and depth of attention to topics at the leading edge.
  • Scope of the topic and its breadth of audience appeal.
  • Relevance to the practice of professional fundraising and in linking theory and practice
  • Learning objectives identified and applicable to practitioners (workshops).
  • The appeal of the executive summary.
  • Participation in panels - all panel presentations must have a moderator or convener who is responsible for ensuring that panelists have communicated with each other before the conference. *See at end for descriptions for moderator & convener.
  • Under no circumstances should a paper—or its summary—be read to the audience.
  • Participation in the conference program is limited to one presentation per person, regardless of session format to avoid over-scheduling presenters.
  • The Education Committee reserves the right to alter, combine and edit proposals as it plans sessions for the conference.
  • Every effort is made to offer a diverse mix of presenters, including both professional presenters and practicing fundraising professionals. 
  • If selected, as a 2020 EP Conference presenter, you must send your bio and headshot for the program book no later than April 1, 2020.   
  • Speakers who cancel their participation after accepting a panelist slot may be deemed ineligible to participate in future conferences.

Session Information:

  • Sessions are scheduled by the Education Committee, presenters must be available for the entire day 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
  • EP Conference will supply projectors and screens in rooms, but not computers. Presenters must bring their own laptops to project their presentations. AV staff will be on hand in case technical difficulties. Costs for extraordinary audio-visual needs, including the internet, will be borne by the speaker requiring them.

Does EPC collect conference papers?
Yes, after the conference concludes.

Presenters will have the opportunity in mid-May to share their knowledge by sending their presentations and/or papers to the conference administrator, Sarah Poweska, so she can post them to the Emerging Philanthropy Conference website.

For the purposes of sharing research prior to the conference, panel presenters must share papers/presentation topics with fellow co-presenters no later than two weeks prior to the conference (May 7, 2020)

What are the descriptions of the various panel roles?

Convener: A convener is an individual responsible for bringing presenters together to address an issue, problem or opportunity. The convener’s primary responsibility is to serve as the organizer and administrator of the collaboration and to carry out the preliminary and follow-up tasks that ensure the panel proceeds smoothly. The role of convener and moderator is often carried out by the same person, but this is not a requirement.

Moderator: The moderator is responsible for the engagement and timeliness of the panel and ensures the panel is a lively and productive experience for panel members and the audience. The moderator (also known as chair) should arrange at least one meeting, in person or by phone, among the panel members prior to the conference and the panel. On the day of the panel, the chair is responsible for time management including: starting the panel on time; giving each panelist an equitable share of the available time; setting aside 15 minutes of the panel time for conversation with the members of the audience; ending the panel on time

Please submit your proposal no later than March 1, 2020
Presenter or Panel Moderator Information
We value engaging a diverse pool of talented individuals and ask that you please fill out the demographic questions below.
Please provide a link to your LinkedIn profile
Please provide a link to videos of past speeches/presentations (YouTube, facebook, Vimeo)
Please provide a bio of the primary presenter - limit 100 words. This bio will be used on the Emerging Philanthropy 2019 Registration site and marketing materials.
This year, a Presenter Panel Discussion will be held at the end of the day so attendees can interact with presenters, ask more questions, and provide feedback. This is a great learning opportunity for attendees to learn from presenters they may have missed.
Session Information
May include: learning objectives, topics to be presented, brief description of each content area as well as format e.g., lecture, panel discussion, role-playing, master session

In order for your proposal to be considered, please read and sign your electronic signature below:
I have read and agree to the Presenter Benefits, Terms and Conditions which delineates expectations and requirements of presenters of the AFP/PPGC for the 2019 Conference.