Professional Development Series

Carve time out of your day to invest in yourself. Join us for an hour-long education session on a variety of topics, plus additional time for food and networking. Past series topics have included: special event planning, prospect research, donor stewardship, and changing federal regulations impacting the non-profit sector. The Professional Development Series events are held once a month for 8 months of the year. We take breaks in June (for our Annual Conference), July and August, and in November (for our National Philanthropy Day Celebration).

AFP WNY Chapter Members can purchase Flex Passes (good for 6 reservations) HERE.

Please be on the lookout as Professional Development Series events are announced this summer for the 2020-2021 season!



April 23, 2020:  "EXPLORE YOU: What Is Your Fundraising Type?" with Peter Lewis Gabek with Union College. 
      Learn how to better manage yourself, manage up, and manage direct reports.

March 11, 2020: "Stronger Together – Partnering for the Good of Our Community" with Lisa Woodring from FeedMore WNY, Jim Coder from New Directions Youth & Family Services, Carolyne DeFranco from Gateway Longview, and Tracy LeBlanc from BestSelf Behavioral Health at FeedMore WNY.

      Hear how rebranding, merging or restructuring can benefit your organization in the long run.

February 25, 2020: "Understanding Capacity Needed in Order to Execute Legal Documents" with Helen Ferraro-Zaffram from Center for Elder Law & Justice at Dash’s Supermart. 
Thank you to Series Activity Sponsor Leave A Legacy

Discuss issues that arise when clients wait too long before considering estate plans and how to implement decision making options.

January 8, 2020: "Retiring an Event with Dignity" with Rachel Voelkle-Kuhlmann & Robert Baird from Evergreen Health at Buffalo Museum of Science

Exploring the how, when and why of helping the community and stakeholders see the value of ending under performing event(s).

December 11, 2019: "Intentional Major Gift Conversations" with Meg and Phil George from George Development at Millennium Hotel.

Meg and Phil role played both an identification/qualification meeting as well as a major gift solicitation meeting to give the group real-life talking points for navigating each of these types of discussions. They left the group with important takeaways in regards to gathering information and preparing for these meetings, as well as reacting to and overcoming road blocks or difficult conversation points, including examples of ethical questions to pose. The focus was on being intentional in major gift work — and using these skills to build more high capacity relationships and solicit more major gifts. 
Thank you to Series Activity Sponsor Greater Giving

October 15, 2019: "Campaign Confidential: Expert Advice for Successful Campaigns" with Jillian Jones, Director of Advancement at the Albright Knox Art Gallery, Kimberly Luangpakdy, Director of Advancement at the Buffalo History Museum, and Lynsey Zimdahl Weaver, Executive Director at the Kevin Guest House

If you are not in the middle of a fundraising campaign, chances are you are thinking about one. Three experts from the Buffalo non-profit community talked about how they have raised millions of dollars for their organizations. Attendees learned from their experiences about planning for campaigns, responding to changes during campaigns, and leveraging the generosity of donors. 

SEPTEMBER 11, 2019: "
Maximizing Your Partnership With Government" with Jack O’Donnell, Partner, Bolton St. Johns

In this session, attendees got a crash course on the State and Federal appropriations, budget, legislative, and regulatory processes. Whether your non-profit is pursuing State or Federal funding, legislation, or regulations, it is important to have a comprehensive government relations strategy that sets you up for success in the long run. Jack discussed how to construct a holistic strategy aimed at relationship building and thought leadership that will make your non-profit influential in governmental decision making both in Albany and in Washington D.C.


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