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Learn, Grow, Network, Achieve

These words represent values you will experience while attending this conference. During my 30 years of fundraising I have attended many conferences, and each time came away with valuable ideas or concepts I could apply to my organization back home. We learn from the presenters and we learn from each other.

What works for one organization most likely will work for yours. You will garner new ideas and best practices that will expand your thinking and broaden your horizons. It will help you fine-tune your program and in the end, help you realize greater returns.

Along with all the practical things you will learn in the few days we are together, we hope you will leave with new inspiration and with a renewed determination to enhance your program and make your career more rewarding. Take lots of notes, strengthen your relationships and make new ones, and leave this conference stronger than when you came.

I look forward to seeing you in June.


David K. Burghart, CFRE

Conference Chairman

Welcome Aboard!

I’d like to personally welcome each of you to the 2018 PSI Conference on Philanthropy and Fundraising. The theme is Navigating Successfully to New Horizons because maritime pilots and captains understand the art and science of navigating and maneuvering a vessel safely through unpredictable or congested waters. A successful sea captain is skilled in plotting, setting, and maintaining a course using the compass and steering wheel; reading the weather and the tide charts to avoid adverse conditions; anchoring in sound foundations when storms do arise; and building strong relationships with his team.

We believe that the maritime analogy embodies the functional essence in the content of our philanthropy conference. We have plans to take you to new and exciting horizons, navigating through some familiar landscapes while moving into more challenging waters. We will anchor in the foundation and fundamentals of fundraising and planning in both English and Spanish and steer you through cultivating new tools from social media to face-to-face donor interaction.

I encourage you to take advantage of this unique educational network exchange, provided by the NAD and PSI; as this conference is not offered annually; we invite you to roam the decks of our ship during this journey to new horizons as you learn from the most comprehensive collection of experts in philanthropy today.

We look forward to seeing each one of you in June, at Fort Lauderdale’s Pier Sixty-Six Hotel.


Dr. Lilya Wagner, CFRE 

Director, Philanthropic Service for Institutions

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Conference Special Features

Top Speakers And Hot Topics

The PSI 2018 planning committee reviewed top conferences to create a schedule featuring only the best topics and most engaging speakers. Attendees will walk away with tactics that can be applied on their first day back to work. Read More…


Attendees’ registration fees include their choice of five workshops on Day One. These workshops offer something for beginners and experts alike. Read More…


PSI is the largest gathering of professional development officers who raise money for Seventh-day Adventist institutions. This unique familiarity and synergy creates networking opportunities that benefit attendees long after the PSI conference has ended. Read More…

Free One-To-One Consulting

A group of experts have volunteered their time to answer attendee questions in scheduled one-on-one appointments throughout the conference.

Spanish Language Workshop

Basic Fundraising Techniques will be taught in Spanish for the first time.  The workshop will be available for a standalone price of $149, and two days of training in Spanish are also available starting at $395 for anyone uncertain they would benefit from an entire conference presented in English. Read More…

Learn Now-Pay Later Program

Defer base rate payment for registration and lodging costs for attending the 2018 PSI Conference until December 31, 2019. This program enables official NAD organizations to send leaders and multiple members from their development team and reach new levels of effectiveness. Complete this application form and get three signatures (minimum) then you may email it to Randy Fox.

Group Discounts Of 10-25%

Increasing discounts available for each member registered from your institution’s team. Read More…

PSI Engage! App

The new PSI Engage! app connects you with PSI like never before, including live on-site videos and articles from the conference. Read More…

Amenities And Attractions Surrounding World-Class Venue

The venue features more to entertain you and your family than any PSI conference in history. Read More…

The Renowned Pier Sixty-Six Hotel

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Venue Info


Register today!


Special Offers and Discounts


Advance Rate Rate: $750 ends June 21

Group discount (applies when paid in advance): 

2 registrants = 10% discount

3 registrants = 12% discount

4 registrants = 15% discount

5 registrants = 17% discount

6 registrants = 20% discount

7 registrants = 22% discount

8 registrants = 25% discount


On-Site Rate    $795 ends June 29


Pier Sixty-Six Hotel

SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale FL, 33316

Low Room Rates – Rates range from $135 to $179