Annual Conference

The AFP FLX is proud to present the
2021 AFP Finger Lakes Annual Conference
Thursday, June 10th, 2021, via Zoom
10:30am - 2:30pm

With Keynote Speaker, Vu Le,
advocate and writer of the blog
Nonprofit AF

Conference Schedule:
10:30AM: Welcome!
10:35AM - 12:00PM: Nicole McVan & Tanya Rumble,
Power and Privilege in Fundraising 

Have you ever been speechless when a donor says something offensive? Have you been in situations where you look and feel like an outsider? Have you compromised yourself to meet a stakeholder’s request? Have you advocated for ‘mission drift’ to secure a donation? Have you felt powerless in meetings with senior leadership? We all have, and the struggle is most definitely real. However, our ability to navigate those situations and address the marginalization we experience is not equal. It’s deeply rooted in our power and privilege. 

How can we authentically understand and use privilege in relationship building with donors and your own organization? Instead of shying away from it, let’s reflect on and learn how to work with our own areas of privilege and disempowerment to be more authentic and effective.

If you come with an open mind and heart, this workshop will help you build more resilience and power in yourself. You’ll walk away with practical and tactical strategies to harness your power as a badass fundraiser in navigating and building relationships with donors, volunteers, board members, and colleagues.

12:00 - 12:00PM: Lunch Break
12:30 - 1:15pm: Keynote Address, Vu Le

Vu Le (“voo lay”) is a writer, speaker, vegan, Pisces, and the former Executive Director of RVC, a nonprofit in Seattle that promotes social justice by developing leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaboration between diverse communities.

With his signature humor, Vu will challenge all of us to think beyond established practices in nonprofits and fundraising to make our work more diverse, equitable, and just for the people we serve.

1:15 - 1:30PM: Break
1:30 - 2:15PM: Breakout Sessions (Attendees Choose 1 of the Following Sessions)

Breakout Session 1:
Barabara Floersch, You Have a Hammer: Building Grant Proposals for Social Change
Join Barabara Floersch, a grant professional with over 40 years of experience in grants and nonprofits, in a presentation about how we can transform our grant proposals so that they are tools for social justice and building a better world.

Breakout Session 2:
Janice Gow Pettey
Janice Gow Pettey is a nonprofit executive, an author, a teacher, and noted authority on diversity, ethics, and nonprofit governance. In this session, Janice will talk about the importance of taking care of ourselves and each other as we dig deep into issues of diversity, equity, and justice at our organizations and in the fundraising field.

Closed captioning will be available. If you need other accommodations, please

This event is worth 3.0 CFRE Credits. 

Questions? Contact the AFP FLX Conference Committee at

"See you" there!