Conference on Philanthropy

AFP-NJ 2023: Post Event Sizzle from Beard & Bowler

The Premiere Fundraising Conference
AFP-NJ’s Annual Conference on Philanthropy is the premier fundraising conference in the region for development professionals. This year’s conference, the 43rd annual, will feature many programs as well as opportunities to network, collaborate, and chat with your fellow professionals in casual and structured settings.

Share with and learn from your colleagues on topics such as:
  • Navigating Data Management & AI
  • Trends in Philanthropy 2023
  • Donor Acquisition, Retention, & Stewardship
  • Hiring & Retaining Fundraisers
  • Board Development
  • Planned Giving

Executive Coaching Sessions

This year AFP-NJ will be offering 30-minute executive coaching sessions with one of two HR Professional Coaches. During these sessions, you will be able to discuss career opportunities, resume reviewal, goal setting, etc. Each 30-minute session is $40 for AFP Members and $50 for Future Members and can be added to your conference registration by clicking “+Add Items” and add “Executive Coaching Sessions ( AFP Member or Future Member).” In early November, we’ll send you an email to choose your coach and timeslot.

Valued Resource Partners and Sponsors

Our valued Resource Partners and Sponsors will showcase cutting-edge products and a vast array of services designed to advance your organization's mission. If you or your organization is interested in becoming a Sponsor or Exhibitor, please click here to view our COP sponsor opportunities. 

Morning Featured Speaker

Laura Fredricks, JD

How to Make Your Ask Easy, and Get Exactly What You Want

Laura Fredricks, JD is the Billion Dollar ASK Maker Powerhouse, who as CEO and Founder of THE ASK© and an international consultant, trains and coaches individuals, businesses, and nonprofits on How to ASK and GET exactly what you want. She is the first to combine the most trusted professions, law and philanthropy. “Laura’s 5 Laws for ASKing” has brought resounding sustainable monetary success worldwide. Her latest book: “Hard Asks Made Easy: How to Get Exactly What You Want”, her 7th, has helped hundreds of global executives, industry trailblazers, marketing and communication leaders, boards, fundraisers, entrepreneurs, teenagers, artists, philanthropists, and everyday people get their Best Professional and Personal Life Possible, through THE ASK.

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Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Greg Bennick

If You Want a Better Future, Build a Better Now: Regaining Focus on Why We Do What We Do

As a keynote speaker, writer, thought provoker, philanthropist, and film producer, Greg Bennick uses a humanitarian perspective to examine the intersection of personal development, social issues, and compassion. A two-time humorous speaking champion, Greg Bennick engages and inspires audiences while making them laugh. He has spent over thirty years on stage and has connected with audiences live in over twenty-five countries in the last decade, and of course via Zoom, Skype, Facebook live, telepathy, and any other mode you can imagine. He speaks on the subject of BUILD A BETTER NOW® which explores how regaining focus yields increased self-esteem and stronger teams. Having managed ADHD throughout his life, he inspires us to consider the importance of focus. Opportunities are everywhere in the way we interact, how we think of ourselves, how we manage change and how we collaborate. We can’t predict the future, but we can definitely set\ourselves on powerful, focused tracks to be ready for what’s to come.

Afternoon Featured Speaker

Tycley Williams

Tycely Williams, an award-winning C-Suite executive, leads inclusive and innovative teams who have raised & managed more than $600 million dollars in her twenty-five-year career. As chief development officer for The Bipartisan Policy Center, she crafts strategies to fuel the best ideas from both political parties to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans. Tycely is past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Washington DC Metro Chapter and the inaugural chair of AFP’s Women’s Impact Initiative. She is the immediate past global chair of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Committee of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and serves as a director. She chairs the governing boards of The Nonprofit Alliance Foundation, Monument Academy Public Charter School, and YWCA National Capital Area. She also serves as a director for Leadership Greater Washington, The Institute for Responsible Citizenship Rising Media Stars, and The Blackbaud Giving Fund, where she represents the not-for-profit sector at the 10th largest donor-advised fund in America.


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