Community Announcements

  • A message from our AFP WNY President regarding the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic

    To the AFP-WNY community,

    I wanted to take this opportunity to write to you with this note on behalf of our chapter board of directors.  All of us within the AFP-WNY community are likely dealing with similar professional and personal challenges bought on by the COVID-19 situation.  During these rapidly-evolving and unprecedented circumstances, please know that you are not alone and that members of this chapter, as always, are here to support one another.


    Support and connection are critical in times like these. It is also abundantly clear that safety and social distancing are immensely important.


    To that end, I am very proud that our chapter, with years of supportive membership, has built a foundational balance of assets that, in times like these, allow us to focus on our members and our community first, and on financial implications in due course. 


    Below are a few forthcoming changes to our regularly-scheduled engagement opportunities. We believe in seeking the appropriate balance between safety and adherence to local, state and federal guidance, while also being able to provide members helpful resources and networking opportunities.

    • Professional Development Series that are scheduled in the near future will be moved to a virtual meeting space, and will be free for AFP members. Please be on the lookout for follow-up communications related to each event.
    • We will also be implementing virtual networking opportunities, centered on topics of interest and timeliness. These forums will provide space for connection, best practice, and idea sharing within our community.
    • Information on future events and their respective formats will be communicated as circumstances evolve. Please be on the lookout for regular updates via email, as well as on the AFP-WNY website,

    Lastly, and most importantly, I hope that each of you are prepared for the disruptions we will continue face in the coming days and weeks. Please know how thankful we are to have you as a member of AFP-WNY, and that we will continually strive to provide helpful resources and support during these unprecedented times.


    Justin Johnston

    President AFP-WNY

  • APPLY NOW for the I.D.E.A. Scholarship!

    We are pleased to announce we are accepting applications for our chapter’s first I.D.E.A. Scholarship. Please share this scholarship program news within your circles and, where possible, outside your circles and encourage or refer candidates (there’s prize for the referring member if your candidate is chosen!).

    The deadline for submission is March 15 this year. 


    If you have any questions, please contact the IDEA Committee co-chairs:
    Danielle White at
    or Karen Buchheit at
  • Congratulations to the 2019 Philanthropy Award Winners!

    AFP WNY Chapter is proud to announce the
    2019 Philanthropy Award Winners.
    The following awardees will be honored at our annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon,
    presented by Russell J. Salvatore,
    on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at Salvatore's Italian Gardens.  

    2019 AFP WNY Chapter Rising Star:
    Kelly Campbell

    Outstanding Philanthropist:
    Wayne Wisbaum, Esq.,posthumous
    Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser:
    Dr. John Bodkin
    Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation:
    Patrick P. Lee Foundation
    Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation:
    BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York
    Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business:
    (25 employees or less)
    26 Shirts
    Outstanding Philanthropic Media:
    Buffalo Spree
    Outstanding Young Philanthropist:
    (18 years of age or younger)
    Olivia Larson

    Please join us on Wednesday, November 13th as 
    the AFP WNY Chapter recognizes our 32nd year 
    of celebrating National Philanthropy Day!
  • Welcome Emily Knapic, Chapter Manager

    We are pleased to welcome new Chapter Manager Emily Knapic to the AFP WNY Chapter team. You'll see her welcoming members at upcoming chapter events, and we encourage you to say hello and introduce yourself.

    Welcome Emily!
  • National Philanthropy Day, 2019: Nomination Deadline Extended!

    The deadline to submit NPD Nominations has been extended through Monday, June 17th!

    Do you see exemplary philanthropic work being done in Western New York? AFP WNY Chapter Members can help us recognize these exceptional efforts with your nominations for:

    • Outstanding Philanthropist
    • Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
    • Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation
    • Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation
    • Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business
    • Outstanding Philanthropic Media
    • Outstanding Young Philanthropist
    • Rising Star Professional Fundraiser

    Awardees will be honored at the 2019 National Philanthropy Day luncheon celebration on November 13.
  • Annual Conference Gets 5.25 CFRE points

    It's official - our Annual Conference has been approved for 5.25 CFRE points! Reserve your spot to join us on Wednesday, June 12th at Buffalo State College for a full day of learning alongside your colleagues. Early Bird rates end May 31st.
  • Seeking Mentors - Apply by 5/10

    We're still seeking mentors to participate in the 2019-2010 cycle of our Mentoring Partnership Program. Share your expertise with a WNY Chapter Member who is newer to the fundraising world. Enrich our chapter and create added value for your fellow members.
  • Welcome to our newest Chapter Members!

    Nancy Webb

    Andrea Moran, Susan G. Komen Upstate New York

    Sallyann Ieraci, Center For Elder Law & Justice, Inc.

    Stephanie McGrath, Community Services For Every1

    Kathleen Crosby, MSW, University At Buffalo

    Jason Diffenderfer, University At Buffalo

    Judith Mackey, University at Buffalo

    Kristin Manhardt, University At Buffalo

    Julia Harvey, Roswell Park Alliance Foundation

    Evan Gallagher, Buffalo and Erie County
    Botanical Gardens

    Rachel Mathews, Bairs Foundation

    Suzanne D'Amico, Kids Escaping Drugs

    Amanda Sutter, Kaleida Health

    Elizabeth Schiavoni, Hamburg Natural History
  • Guest Blog: Lori L. Jacobwith, 2019 Conference Keynote Presenter

    On June 12, 2019, Lori L. Jacobwith, founder of Ignited Fundraising will present dual keynotes and a breakout session at the AFP WNY Chapter's 2019 Annual Fundraising & Networking Conference. Named one of America’s Top 25 Fundraising Experts, Lori is an internationally-recognized master storyteller and fundraising culture change expert. She has more than 30 years’ experience helping nonprofit organizations raise $300 million dollars from individual donors - and counting.
  • Registration OPEN! Annual Conference

    AFP WNY Chapter's 2019 Annual Fundraising & Networking Conference is Wednesday, June 12th.

    Our keynote speaker is Lori L. Jacobwith, named one of America’s Top 25 Fundraising Experts.

    Registration is now open, with Early Bird Rates available through May 31st.