Fundraising Forward

When:  Nov 7, 2023 from 11:00 AM to 05:00 PM (CT)
Associated with  AFPKC

Mark your calendars TODAY for Fundraising Forward on November 7! No matter where you are in your professional fundraising journey, AFPKC’s Fundraising Forward is for you! With multiple professional tracks, Fundraising Forward will help you move forward in your career and fundraising efforts!

In addition to the traditional evening awards program for National Philanthropy Day, AFPKC has planned this special partial day of professional development with a lunch keynote by inspirational international speaker and author Shanterra McBride. Fundraising Forward is part of a celebration of AFPKC’s 50th anniversary.

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to connect with your fundraising colleagues in person while taking advantage of a top-notch slate of choose your own programs presented by leading local experts in the fundraising field.

Following Shanterra McBride’s keynote speech, the afternoon will include 3, 1-hour professional development learning blocks, across beginning, intermediate and advanced career tracks. The complete lineup of speakers and sessions are available here and listed below.

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SHANTERRA MCBRIDE is an international teacher, speaker, author, and preacher with expertise in youth development, diversity, and inclusion and allyship. In 2014 she founded MARVELOUS UNIVERSITY, a social enterprise designed to meet the diverse needs of girls and young women as they navigate life. Working with young people from all backgrounds, Marvelous University focuses on life coaching, success planning, mentorship, and leadership development. As part of these efforts, Shanterra trains adults who engage with youth to ensure that there are well-equipped and trusted allies in the lives of the young people.  

Shanterra’s voice has a global presence with invitations to speak across continents. For example, in 2018 and 2019, respectively, she traveled to Morocco and Peru, to deliver workshops to girls on valuing themselves and others. In 2019, she spoke in four South African cities about girls’ empowerment, with an emphasis on creating safe spaces, combating gender-based violence, and anti-bullying.

As an author, Shanterra published Love Your Jiggle: The Girls’ Guide to Being Marvelous, an inspirational book for girls aged 11-17 years. Themes covered include self-worth, maintaining friendships, decision-making, conflict management, self- empowerment and diversity and inclusion.

In September 2022, Shanterra and co-author Rosalind Wisemen published Courageous Discomfort: How to Have Important, Brave, Life-Changing Conversations about Race and Racism (Chronicle Books), an empowering handbook on how to have candid conversations around race and become a better advocate.

Courageous Discomfort is written by a Black woman and a white woman who ask and answer 20 common, uncomfortable-but-critical questions about racism. Many people struggle to have honest conversations about race, even those who consider themselves allies or identify as anti-racist.

For anyone who wants to have better, more productive discussions, COURAGEOUS DISCOMFORT is an empowering handbook that teaches you how to do just that.

Shanterra believes three things have always kept her grounded: her faith, her community of family and friends, and her relationships with her mentees. These constants remind her of her purpose in life, which is to Mend, Motivate and Empower people, young and young at heart, to believe they are, without reservation, completely MARVELOUS!

For more about Shanterra, visit her website.

Professional Development Learning Blocks

Beginner Track

1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Get up Offa that thing! A Pep Talk for Development Professionals

Eryn Bates Kemp

2:15 to 3:15 p.m.

Building Successful Fundraising Strategies: The Power of Teamwork and Collaboration

Lauren Clifton & Team

3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Leveraging LinkedIn

Katie Lord &

Chris Stibbs


Intermediate Track

1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Finding Balance in a New Career

Chelan David

2:15 to 3:15 p.m.

High Performers: The Why Behind Winning Fundraising Campaigns

Monica Tiffany

3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Building a Culture of Philanthropy


Ross Pfannenstiel



Advanced Track

1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Elevated Board Engagement - Eight Ideas for Action, Equity and Ethics

Chad Harris

2:15 to 3:15 p.m.

Leading a Fundraising Team Through Good and Bad Days

Shelly Doucet & David Fulk

3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Effective Campaign Leadership

Matt Beem




Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
4801 Rockhill Rd
Kansas City, MO 64110
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