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Welcome to the 2012 AJFCA Annual Conference Newsletter,
your resource for Conference news and updates.


AJFCA and IAJVS Annual Conferences

"Leading with Vision: Strategizing for Excellence"


Only 8 days remaining to register for the discounted early registration rate . . . You can register for the Conference via the following link: REGISTRATION. Register by March 21st for the early discounted rate of $475. The registration rate will increase to $525 beginning March 22nd. All registrations must be submitted by April 12th.   


Registration payment by check  . . . If you decide(d) to pay for registration by check early registrations must be postmarked by Tuesday, March 20, 2012 and later registrations must be postmarked by Thursday, April 12, 2012.  


Updated program . . .You can view the Conference schedule including Conference sessions, speakers and descriptions via the link above. Plan ahead, decide upon the sessions you'll attend before arriving at the Conference.   


The Houston InterContinental Hotel . . . Please make your hotel reservations at the Houston InterContinental Hotel by April 6th. The group rate is $159 per night. You can book your room by clicking on the link above, where the group discount code is already indicated on the online reservation form. NOTE:  You must register for the Conference and for your hotel stay separately.  


We look forward to seeing you in Houston at the 2012 Annual Conference.

2012 Professional TrailBlazer & Volunteer TrailBlazer

AJFCA is pleased to present the second annual TrailBlazer survey.

AJFCA wishes to honor member agency professionals and volunteer leaders who have blazed new trails in outstanding service to their JFCS agency by providing visionary service to their community. Only individuals attending the conference who have not previously received this award will be honored. The Conference program booklet will include brief biographies and photos of the honorees. Honorees will receive an award as well.

Please vote for one professional nominee and one volunteer nominee. Each agency is limited to 10 votes. Votes maybe cast from Wednesday, March 14th-Wednesday, March 28th. Voting will close on Wednesday, March 28th at 5:00pm ET.

The professional and volunteer nominees receiving the most votes will be declared the 2012 AJFCA Professional TrailBlazer and the 2012 AJFCA Volunteer TrailBlazer. Award winners will receive one complimentary registration for AJFCA's 2013 Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ.

AJFCA Member Agency Board Presidents and Lay Leaders


Board presidents and lay leaders will not want to miss the topical information, thought-provoking ideas and important networking opportunities at AJFCA's Annual Conference. Join us next month in Houston for the following timely and interesting workshop sessions:


Converting Data into Dollars: Making the "Business-Case" to Next-Gen Donors

A look at how agencies can become more business-like in their data capture and messaging in order to appeal to Next-Gen donors.


Board Presidents and Lay Leaders Networking Luncheon

Facilitated by Barry Klickstein, AJFCA Board Chair and Lee Sherman, AJFCA President/CEO


Don't be Social-Media-ly Awkward: Digital Communications for Today's Communities

Learn how to use social media to tell the story of your agency and secure interest from beneficiaries and supporters.


Washington Update: The Latest on the Political and Policy Scene from the Nation's Capital

William Daroff, Vice President for Public Policy and Director of the Washington Office of Jewish Federations North America, provides insight to the political and policy factors surrounding the 2012 elections.


Engaging Your Board in Fundraising

This interactive session led by guest speaker, Nell Edgington, President of Social Velocity, will review how fundraising works in the nonprofit sector, where boards can be most effective, and how to get the board excited and engaged in fundraising.


Five Top Issues Facing Agency Boards

Facilitators from AJFCA's Board of Directors will walk through five important issues on the minds of agency board members.


Jewish and Multi-Cultural: Exploring Diversity in JFCS Agencies

This workshop will deepen your understanding of the complexity of being multicultural non-sectarian agencies rooted in the Jewish community.


With all of these sessions, plus more to choose from, engaging plenary speakers and fun networking events, you won't want to miss AJFCA's 40th Annual Conference next month in Houston!

Conference Guest Speaker: William Daroff

Vice President for Public Policy and Director of the Washington Action Office,

Jewish Federations of North America

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Washington Update: The Latest on the Political and Policy Scene from the Nation's Capital

As Director of the Washington Office of The Jewish Federations of North America, William Daroff has a front row seat to politics. Particularly during an election year, Washington is abuzz with talk of how to build the strongest, most secure, and most prosperous America for future generations. Elections matter - and the people we put in office will be the decision makers and the allocators of the estimated $10 billion of federal funds that flow to Jewish agencies each year. From Medicaid to foreign aid, the presidential and congressional elections will have profound implications for the Jewish community. In this session, William Daroff provides insight to the political and policy factors surrounding the 2012 elections.

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