Connections.  They are essential to every aspect of our lives - personal, spiritual and professional.  While they tie us to our past and ground us in tradition and identity, connections are key to moving forward.  As Christians, we value connections to our past, to the larger community and to each other.  These connections tie us together in community and move us forward in faith for service in and to the world.


February 14-17, 2017 - Norfolk, Virginia

Your goals for mission, ministry and life truly can be realized. Learn how to IGNITE your vocation and more with fellowship; worship; fun and professional development for those with fundraising, marketing and communications roles. Whether you are starting your development career or need a spark to reach the next level, ALDE will help you surpass your goals at the ALDE IGNITE Conference: Norfolk 2017.

IGNITE 2017 will include keynote speakers Donna Schumell and Leslie Crutchfield; master classes offered by Ann Sponberg Peterson and Steven Goodwin and the rich curriculum sessions and network building that attendees have come to expect. View the full curriculum.

"This is such a unique conference. It allows for education but also connecting our faith to our vocations. It offers curriculum that is second to none - on par with, or better than, any other fundraising conference. I missed one year and didn't realize until I was present the next how much IGNITE helps me through tough times I face."
- Ellen Bushman, CFRE - Lutheran Family Services of Virginia, Inc.


Get Ready to Grow With Webinars

Looking for a convenient and diverse consideration of the latest development topics?You're all set with ALDE webinars. Sessions are based on the highest rated breakouts from the ALDE IGNITE Conference, so you're getting the best in philanthropic thought leadership. Subjects include planned giving, branding, major gifts, annual giving, communications and more. View the schedule and register.