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2015 AJFCA Annual Conference
Schedule & Session Spotlight
building community together 

Join AJFCA in Miami - Early Bird Registration Deadline - March 27th

Build community by connecting with colleagues from all across our network.
Participate in sessions that will challenge you to expand your vision of the future of Jewish human services agencies.   

Discover new ideas that will help you leverage the impact of our network and build resilience in your agency.  


Below are a sampling of the engaging workshops offered at AJFCA's conference.


Click here to view a tentative schedule including session dates and times. 

Agency Services Track - designed to highlight innovative programs and services of network agencies
Creating a Dementia Friendly Faith Community
The Twin Cities Jewish Alzheimer's Task Force, a collaborative effort lead by Jewish Family Service of St. Paul and Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis in collaboration with other local Jewish organizations, rabbis, and individual community volunteers, created a needs analysis and action plan for addressing dementia in their community. Professionals from these agencies will share trainings and materials developed, including a film and discussion series. Participants will actually be trained and certified as "dementia friends," an important part of creating a Dementia Friendly Faith Community.

Executive Team Leadership Track - designed to highlight key leadership and operational strategies for agency executives and executive team
Integrating Behavioral Health Services to Improve Client Care
Integrated behavioral health care is the systematic coordination of medical care and behavioral health services. Integrating mental health, substance abuse, and primary care services produces the best outcomes for people with multiple healthcare needs. This integrated system of care is best supported by health information technology, including an electronic health record and health information exchange, that facilitates the accessing and sharing of information across healthcare systems. This encourages communication and collaboration among all of the providers involved in a patient's health and improves patient outcomes and quality of care. This workshop will outline and explain challenges, and offer solutions for agencies that face this integrated process.

Fund Development & Marketing Track - designed for development, marketing and communications professionals and others interested in learning how to message our work to key stakeholders
Holistic Approach to Donor Solicitation: The One Ask
This presentation will cover the different ways agencies have simplified donor outreach. From donor acquisition to increasing existing major gift donations, attendees will learn the research and approach for donor solicitation as well as implementation and follow-up. Presenters will showcase how creating an individualized plan to eliminate multiple asks through a consolidated, and often, face-to-face effort can result in increased gifts. This session will also concentrate on how to properly align the agency's mission with that of the donor and how to make your agency stand out among other non-profits.

Board Leadership Track - designed for agency board/lay leaders to share information and best practices that will help you guide your agency to achieve greater community impact
Strategic Planning as a Tool for Board Engagement
In this workshop, two agencies will present their models of strategic planning, highlighting the ways in which each approach can influence board structure and engagement. We will discuss traditional strategic planning, real-time strategic planning, and variations on both methods to tailor the process to your agency's needs. The presenters will share tools and relate their experiences in engaging new and experienced board members in the planning process. The session will examine methods of gathering stakeholder input and ways to connect the big picture to operations, and will provide time for participatory discussion on all topics presented.

Volunteer/Young Adult Engagement Track - designed for volunteer professionals, members of the volunteer cohort and members of the young adult engagement cohort, and others interested in gaining insight on how to engage the community in the work of your agency
L'Dor V'Dor: Making Volunteering a Family Affair
In this workshop, participants will explore what family volunteering is and hear case studies of successful models for engaging family volunteers. They will discover the benefits of family volunteering, and receive a complete tool kit on how to develop a family volunteering initiative at their agency. The tool kit features a step-by-step process to pilot family volunteering, including developing a family volunteering philosophy, identifying meaningful roles for families, cultivating families as volunteers, and supporting them toward success.

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Click here to book your room at the Hilton Miami Downtown.

Click here to view a tentative schedule, list of sessions and descriptions, optional Monday luncheons and details surrounding the Sunday evening Host Community Event and CEO Council.

2015 AJFCA Annual Conference 
May 3rd-5th