Professional Development Series

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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.




UPCOMING EVENTS:


OCTOBER 15, 2019
"Campaign Confidential: Expert advice for successful campaigns"
LUNCH at Meals on Wheels for WNY - 100 James E. Casey Drive  Buffalo, NY 14206

If you are not in the middle of fundraising campaign, chances are you are thinking about one.  Come hear from three experts from the Buffalo non-profit community about how they have raised millions of dollars for their organizations. You will learn from their experiences about planning for campaigns, responding to changes during campaigns, and leveraging the generosity of donors. 

Our panelists for this luncheon are:
  • Jillian Jones, Director of Advancement at the Albright Knox
  • Kimberly Luangpakdy, Director of Advancement at the Buffalo History Museum
  • Lynsey Zimdahl Weaver, Executive Director at the Kevin Guest House.

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December 11, 2019
"Intentional Major Gift Conversations"
LUNCH at Millennium Hotel - 2040 Walden Ave, Buffalo, NY 14225

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.
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January 8, 2019
"EXPLORE YOU: What Is Your Fundraising Type?"
BREAKFAST at Buffalo Museum of Science (1020 Humboldt Pkwy, Buffalo, NY 14211)

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.

 

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.

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PAST EVENTS: 

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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