Webinar Breakfast Series

perfect-webinar.pngShort on time?

Have a limited professional development budget?

Our Webinar Breakfast Series
is your answer!


March 28

July 25
September 26 December 12

For just $10* you'll enjoy breakfast, view a webinar, wrap with an engaging group discussion, and be headed to your office by 10:00 am.

*Webinar events are open to all. Members pay $10; those without membership are welcome to join us for $20. Includes continental breakfast.

All webinar breakfast events are approved for 1.0 CFRE credit.
Attendees receive a certificate of completion. Some sessions are also worth ACFRE credit.


Webinar breakfast events are held at the United Way (742 Delaware Ave, Buffalo). You must attend in person.

Breakfast: 8:30 am
Webinar viewing: 8:45 am - 9:45 am
Post-discussion: 9:45 am - 10:00 am

Our post-webinar discussion facilitators are two long-time AFPWNY Chapter members and both AFPWNY Earle Hannel Outstanding Fundraising Professional award honorees: Mr. David Cristantello, Ph.D. currently Vice President for Institutional Advancement for Canisius High School, and Ms. Adair M. Saviola, currently Director of Development and Communications for the International Institute of Buffalo.


NEXT UP: Thursday, September 26

21st Century Grant Applications21st Century Grant Applications

Online grant proposals are here to stay. They are frustrating, exasperating and daunting. Still, we often must present our case for support in 2,000 characters (- 350 words or less). Writing tight or to the point while getting the attention of the grant reviewer has never been more crucial. Although brevity is key, grantmakers still want engaging narratives that state the issue or problem succinctly while providing evidence that your organization will achieve the proposed outcomes. Knowing what to say and how to say it in a short grant application is the focus of this session. The techniques discussed will help you craft successful paper and paperless proposal narratives. 

Participants will:

  • Learn techniques to present their case in as few words as possible.
  • Identify key elements that will grab grant reviewers’ attention.
  • Edit proposals for strong content.

Presenter: Diane Gedeon-Martin, AFP Certified Master Trainer


Thursday, December 12

How to Raise Major Gifts in Only 30 Minutes a DayMajor Gifts in 30 Minutes a Day

This session is for busy executive directors and development professionals who want to raise significantly more money but haven’t found the time to get started. One of the biggest challenges with raising major gifts is that there are no deadlines to hold your feet to the fire. Join Amy Eisenstein and she shares tips and tricks to stay on track so you raise significantly more money this year.

Participants will:

  • Explore why metrics are important for success in raising major gifts
  • Learn techniques to stay on track and accountable
  • Discover ways to communicate with donors on a regular basis

Presenter: Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE


Sept19_Webinar_DGedeonMartinHeadshot.jpgSeptember 26: Diane Gedeon-Martin. For over 27 years, Diane has focused on grants, grant seeking and fund development for non-profits. She launched her consulting firm, The Write Source in 1993 that today boasts a roster of nearly 270 nonprofit clients in 26 states and Washington, DC. Diane is a nationally recognized speaker and trainer. For 14 years she was an adjunct faculty member of The Fundraising School at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University where she also co-developed the curriculum for their Grant Proposals course. In 2010, she became an AFP Certified Master Trainer. 

Dec19_Webinar_EisensteinHeadshot.jpgDecember 12:
Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE is a consultant, author, speaker, and the creator of online fundraising resources including Mastering Major Gifts, Power Asking, and the Capital Campaign Toolkit.  Her published books include: Major Gift Fundraising for Small ShopsRaising More with Less and 50 A$ks in 50 Weeks.  She became an AFP certified Master Trainer in 2009. Amy served as the president of the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – New Jersey Chapter in 2014 and 2015. She became a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) in 2004 and received her advanced certification, ACFRE, in 2013. Check out her blog and video posts at www.amyeisenstein.com for free fundraising resources.

Past AFP-WNY Chapter Webinar Events:

  • 7/25/2019 "Financial Literacy: What Every Fundraising Professional Needs to Know" with Amy Wolfe
    3/28/19 "From Nervous to Excited: Evolving Board Knowledge, Skill and Confidence" with Robbe Healey
  • 12/12/17 "Accepting Gifts from Pablo Escobar and Other Ethical Dilemmas"
  • 10/5/17 "Investing in Major Gift Fundraising: Make it a Priority!" with Kay Sprinkel Grace
  • 8/10/17 "The State of Online Fundraising" with Mike Snusz
  • 6/1/17 "Small Shop Success: Building Your Development Dream Team"
  • 10/13/16 "The 5 Things you need to know to run a Successful Monthly Giving Program"
  • 7/14/16 "How Social Justice Fuels Philanthropy" with Simone Joyaux
  • 4/8/16 "Five Simple Strategies to Boost Donor Retention" with Shanon Doolittle