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.
PRESENTERS: Meg and Phil George from George Development
How to be intentional, ethical and use these skills to build more high capacity relationships and solicit more major gifts.
Meg and Phil will role play 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 will leave 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. There will be opportunities to ask the Georges specific questions about making in-person asks, and they will share some of their experiences, too. The focus will be on being intentional in major gift work — and using these skills to build more high capacity relationships and solicit more major gifts.
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Thank you to Series Activity Sponsor Greater Giving
PRESENTER: Peter Lewis Gabek from Buffalo Museum of Science
Learn how to better manage yourself, manage up, and manage direct reports.
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SAVE THE DATE!
EVENT REGISTRATION WILL OPEN SOON FOR THE FOLLOWING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES EVENTS:
February 25 - BREAKFAST
Topic: Planned Giving │ Venue: Dash’s Supermart (1738 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216)
Helen Ferraro-Zaffram from Center for Elder Law & Justice - Understanding Capacity Needed in Order to Execute Legal Documents
Discuss issues that arise when clients wait too long before considering estate plans and how to implement decision making options.
Thank you to Series Activity Sponsor Leave A Legacy
March 11 - LUNCH
Topic: Organization Restructuring │ Venue: FeedMore WNY (100 James E Casey Dr, Buffalo, NY 14206)
Lisa Woodring from FeedMore WNY, Jim Coder from New Directions, Carolyne DeFranco from Gateway Longview, Tracy LeBlanc from Best Self - Stronger Together – Partnering for the Good of Our Community
Hear how rebranding, merging or restructuring can benefit your organization in the long run.
April 23 - LUNCH
Topic: Events │ Venue: BestSelf Behavioral Health (768 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209)
Rachel Voelkle-Kuhlmann & Robert Baird from Evergreen Health and Melissa Fratello from Buffalo Audubon Society – Retiring Events with Dignity
Exploring the how, when and why of helping the community and stakeholders see the value of ending underperforming event(s).
May 12 - LUNCH
Topic: Networking │ Venue: Salvatore’s Italian Gardens (6461 Transit Rd, Depew, NY 14043)
Cindi McEachon from Peace Prints - Politics of Networking
In this session, we will explore how to surmount public barriers, conquer private fears, and operate with humor, confidence and no apologies.
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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