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10/10/2017- Logistics for This Week’s Conference

The 2017 AFP NEPA Philanthropy Forum is this Thursday and Friday.  We are excited that you have registered and will be attending!   Here’s what you need to know!

Parking – Because it’s Fall Break, there should be plenty of parking on campus for our conference attendees.  On Thursday attendees are to park in the Wilkes University Parkade at 148 South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre.  Thursday’s session are located in the UCOM building directly across the street from the parking garage.  Campus security will not be ticketing in the garage on Tuesday.   On Friday attendees are to park at the Wilkes Henry Student Center lot at 84 W South St.  The driveway to parking is immediately to the left of the Student Center.  Friday’s opening and closing sessions are in the Henry Student Center.   A map of campus is at

Packed Schedule – We have packed the schedule, so take a look and pick out the workshops you want to attend on Friday at

Handouts – Many of our presenters have provided handout PDFs that we have posted at  We are not printing handouts.

Bring your Laptop – We have set up free wi-fi access for all conference attendees during the conference.  Bringing your fully-charged laptop computer is strongly encouraged.  If you are attending the Social Media Workshops, this is a must.

Dress is Business Casual – We want this conference to be a comfortable learning environment, so suits and ties have been stepped down to polos.  (This has nothing to do with the fact that I really hate suits and ties… well, maybe).  We do suggest you bring a light jacket as room temperatures vary.

Book Fair – We have partnered with Barnes and Noble to be able to offer a special variety of nonprofit books for sale at the conference, hand picked by our conference faculty as the top books for nonprofit leaders. Have a look by clicking here. Books are available at a special price of 10% off the cover price when paid for with cash or check or 5% off when paid by credit card.

Receptions! – Bart and Urby’s restaurant is next door from our conference workshop building and just a block from our keynote building.  We have scheduled receptions on Thursday after the conference sessions and Friday after the keynote there.  Plan on sticking around for networking and one-on-one conversations with our esteemed faculty members. There is a cash bar and a 15% discount on food purchases when showing your conference badge.

Change of Plans? – In the unfortunate case that something pops up and you can’t make it – please send someone else from your organization or an organization you support.  Simply forward your confirmation (attached) and we’ll make sure they have a great experience!

Any last minute issues?  I will be out of the office getting ready for the conference for the rest of the week.  If you need to reach me, please text my cell at 570-237-6048 and be sure and identify yourself in your first message, even if you think I have your number.

We’re looking forward to seeing you!

John Dawe, MNA, CNP, CFRE
Chair, AFP NEPA Chapter Conference 2017 | 570-237-6048 (cell)