AFP DC/DMAW « Bridge Conference 2018


More than twelve years ago, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Washington, DC Metro Area Chapter (AFP DC) and the Direct Marketing Association of Washington (DMAW) joined forces to bring you an exceptional educational experience. Who would have predicted the importance and success of this merger?

The Bridge Conference has grown to become one of the nation’s largest professional gatherings in our industry – and a must-attend for nonprofit fundraisers and direct marketers, communicators, executives and supplier partners.

The 2006 groundbreaking conference began building the bridge between traditional fundraisers and their direct marketing counterparts.

Today, we continue to build bridges between donors and an organization’s mission; staff and boards; nonprofits and their vendor partners. The stronger the bridge – the better chance of success!

Through all of this, we continue to Think BIG, Think BOLD and Take ACTION!



Fundraisers, it’s time to think BOLD!

Day after day, you’re challenged to produce BIG results amidst ever-increasing competition — and with ever-tightening budgets. It’s like scaling an endless range of fundraising mountains.

The Bridge Conference is the second largest fundraising conference in the country! Three full days of high-energy learning, sharing, inspiring and reaching for your professional best. Top talent and seasoned experts gathered to lift the individual performance of every attendee, and the collective success of our entire industry.

You need to be there.

You’ll leave with everything you need make BOLD steps towards taking some serious ACTION to conquer some of your BIGGEST goals:

Whether you’re BOLDLY entering the arena for the first time, or if this is your BIGGEST push for a personal best, Bridge has your back.

Take ACTION! Join us at the Gaylord National Hotel and discover the BIG & BOLD in fundraising at the 2017 Bridge Conference. It’s the one event you can’t afford to miss!


Direct Marketers

Direct marketers, it’s time to think BIG!

All marketers know, fortune favors the BOLD. The BIGGEST and most successful campaigns are built on the backs of BOLD thinkers and dreamers who aren’t afraid to take ACTION. Success requires having the latest industry knowledge and understanding the latest industry trends, and that’s exactly what you’ll get at Bridge.

Dedicated and accomplished industry colleagues are here to help you effectively (and efficiently) integrate multiple channels … balance tried-and-true techniques and fresh-off-the-Zeitgeist discoveries … gain better command of mobile and digital platforms … and increase revenue as marketing budgets shrink and pressure to perform multiplies.

You’ll learn effective and actionable strategies for all your direct marketing challenges, whether you’re a small shop or a big one, an industry newbie or a multi-year veteran. Dozens of dynamic and innovative sessions with expert speakers will arm you with the right solutions, ideas and tactics to meet — and exceed — your goals.

Plus, you’ll interact and network with fellow direct marketers, whose presence in the seat next to you or comments from across the room can help challenge the way you think about your current programs and make sure you leave with powerful energy and plentiful ideas.

Take ACTION! Join us at the Gaylord National Hotel and discover the BIG & BOLD in fundraising at the 2017 Bridge Conference. It’s the one event you can’t afford to miss!