Professional Development Luncheon Series

Luncheon_Programming_-_Art_of_Chicken_Dinner.jpgCarve 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 lunch and networking. Past luncheons topics have included: special event planning, prospect research, donor stewardship, and changing federal regulations impacting the non-profit sector. Luncheon 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).

2019 Luncheon Series Dates: January 16, February 13, March 13, April 10, and May 15. Scroll down to review the schedule of session topics below.
AFP WNY Chapter Members can purchase Flex Passes (good for 6 luncheon reservations) HERE.


divgrouphands_4uppuzzpcs.pngProfessional Development Luncheon Series: 
"Foundation Forum: Getting Ready to Get the Grant"



Megan MacDavey, Program Officer, Peter & Elizabeth Tower Foundation

Bridget Niland
, Director of Youth Sports Initiatives, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Andrew Gaerte
, Director of Client Relations, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Community Center, Meals on Wheels Foundation of WNY
(a program of FeedMore WNY)

100 James E. Casey Drive, Buffalo, NY 14206
get directions   Ample on-site parking available

The grant application process begins long before you log-in to the online portal to start your application.
As funding becomes increasingly competitive, quality preparation is essential. This is where foundations can play a key - but often underutilized - role. Foundations are known for being a great source of funding for area non-profits, but their value to organizations goes far beyond the grants they provide. What makes a non-profit organization attractive to a funder? How can your organization get there? Each panelist will talk about the unique ways in which they help non-profits get ready to get the grant – from capacity building and convening to endowment building.

You'll leave this session with a better understanding of how you can work with foundations to make your organization stronger and more likely to get the grant

REGISTRATION and full program details HERE

OR email 
to use your Flex Pass  or  request an invoice


May19_MacDaveyHeadshot.jpgMegan MacDavey is a program officer at the Peter & Elizabeth Tower Foundation, a family foundation located in Buffalo, New York. The Tower Foundation supports and collaborates with nonprofit organizations and community partners that share our mission of helping children, adolescents, and young people affected by intellectual disabilities, mental health issues, learning disabilities, and substance use disorders. With a background in nonprofit program management and development, she thinks every day about how to make life a little easier for the nonprofits with which she works.



May19_NilandHeadshot.jpgBridget Niland is the Director of Youth Sports Initiatives at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. In her role, she leads Project Play WNY, an initiative launched by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation to ensure all children in Western New York have the opportunity to be active through sports and build physical literacy. Bridget also oversees the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Fund for Youth Sports, one of four endowment funds at the Community Foundation created by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.



May19_GaerteHeadshot.jpgAndrew Gaerte is the Director of Client Relations at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. In this role, Andrew works closely with clients to develop and achieve their charitable goals. He specializes in family philanthropy, planned giving and organization funds and is committed to providing clients with expert philanthropic service and personal attention.

2019 Professional Development Luncheon Season Schedule:

March 13: "Meet the Executives" Speed-Networking
Featuring nine local fundraising experts guiding a series of roundtable discussions on a variety of fundraising topics

April 10: “Leadership: A complex task in an evolving world”
Kirk D. Young Ph.D., Vice President of Enrollment Management and Institutional Advancement for SUNY JCC presents.

May 15: "Foundation Forum: Getting Ready to Get the Grant"
Featuring representatives from WNY foundations

June 12: 2019 Networking and Fundraising Conference, Buffalo State College DETAILS AND REGISTRATION HERE

The Luncheon Series takes a break during July and August. The 2019-2020 Season will kick off in mid-September.