Webinar: Navigating the Impact of COVID-19

How to navigate the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on spring fundraising events and other activities.

This webinar shares three scenarios and decision-making approaches from the King County Library System Foundation, Seattle Public Library Foundation, and Toronto Public Library Foundation

Helping public libraries advance their work through collective learning and peer-to-peer sharing.

The 2020 conference will be held at the Austin Central Library, June 14-16.

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 that covered important fundraising topics, such as effective direct mail and digital fundraising strategies, proper messaging in today’s political climate, how to turn fundraising challenges into successes, engaging your board, #LibraryGivingDay, and much more.

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. And now the 2020 conference will be held at the Austin Central Library!

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

Check 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.

2020 Conference FAQs

The 2020 International Public Library Fundraising Conference will be held June 14-16, 2020.

The conference will be held at:

The Austin Central Library

710 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701

Registration opens February 10, 2020. We’ll send emails with instructions and links to the registration form.

Register here.

Each organization can register a maximum of three people for the conference.

Yes, we have secured a block of rooms for the evenings of June 14 and 15, at:

Courtyard Austin Downtown
300 E 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701

The hotel is located just one mile from the Austin Central Library. The rate is $179/night.

Click here to book your room. Don’t delay as rooms fill up quickly for this conference.

Yes, there is a non-refundable registration fee of $75 per registrant, plus processing fees. Payment is due upon registration by credit card only. The non-refundable registration fee will be required to reserve a spot.

Fees will go towards operating expenses such as meals, refreshments, and the various conference materials needed for a growing number of attendees. Due to cost constraints in prior years, attendance had been capped, which resulted in having to turn away library peers looking to learn, share, and network. This fee helps to increase the number of libraries able to attend.

Yes, some meals are included.

  • Sunday, June 14: Hors d’oeuvres
  • Monday, June 15: Breakfast, refreshments and lunch
  • Tuesday, June 16: Breakfast and refreshments

You will be able to inform us of any dietary restrictions during the registration process.

There will be a very detailed schedule provided in the coming months where you can pick and choose the sessions you’d like to attend.

For travel, plan to arrive Sunday, June 14 in the early afternoon, and depart the afternoon of Tuesday, June 16.


  • Sunday, June 14: 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm registration, followed by a cocktail party
  • Monday, June 15: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, June 16: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Yes, stay tuned for more information regarding the speaker application process and when session topics are due.

Please email [email protected] for information regarding sponsorship opportunities.

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IPLFC 2019 was a huge success!

Over 150 library fundraising professionals from all over North America joined us this past July in Calgary, Alberta, Canada at The Calgary Central Library.

IPLFC 2019

IPLFC 2019