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About the Conference

The International Public Library Fundraising Conference (IPLFC) is for public library development professionals. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get together to explore common areas of interest, network with others who successfully raise money for their libraries, and hear from other fundraising experts.

Each conference offers an information-packed agenda with sessions covering important fundraising topics, such as effective direct mail and digital fundraising strategies, proper messaging in today’s political and social climate, how to turn fundraising challenges into successes, engaging your board, #LibraryGivingDay, and much moreimpotence stop.pt.

Co-founded by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and Carl Bloom Associates, the first conference was held in Seattle, Washington, in 2017. Subsequent conferences have been held in Denver, Colorado – 2018 and Calgary, Alberta, Canada – 2019.

The 2020 conference, originally planned to be held at the Austin Central Library, had to be canceled due to COVID-19 health and safety concerns. However, we were able to pivot to a virtual format, which resulted in an even larger number of attendees. We’re pleased to say that the virtual 2020 International Public Library Fundraising Conference was a huge success. So, we’re repeating the same format.

The 2021 Virtual IPLFC agenda is live and registration is open. IPLFC continues to grow with the addition of our planning committee. Special thanks to committee members:

Jenni Jeffress, Madison Public Library Foundation
Jennifer Jones, Toronto Public Library Foundation
Cindy Sharek, King County Library System Foundation
Sirie Thongchua, Sonoma County Library
Charity Tyler, Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation
Jonna Ward, Seattle Public Library Foundation

Contact us for information about sponsorship opportunities and to inquire about future conferences.

Check us out on Facebook at the International Public Library Fundraising Forum, where you can access conference materials, share interesting information, ask questions and learn from each other.

2021 IPLFC Schedule & Speakers

Session times listed below are for the eastern time zone.

If you are already registered for 2021 IPLFC, click the button below to sign in to Whova, our virtual conference platform. Be sure to sign in using the email address you registered with.

Reach out to us if you have any difficulty signing in or if you have any questions about the conference.

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