Annual Fundraising & Networking Conference

Each session approved for 2.5 CFRE credits!

2021 AFP WNY Annual Fundraising and Networking Conference

Thursday, August 19th

University at Buffalo Center for the Arts
In-person and virtual option available!

Registration now closed

Both sessions (AM & PM) will be beneficial to fundraisers of all levels, but the PM session will include additional content for professionals who currently practice relationship-based fundraising.

In-Person Virtual
Morning 7:45 AM - 1:00 PM -
Afternoon 12:00 PM - 5:30 PM 12:00 PM - 5:15 PM


Morning In-Person
Afternoon In-Person
Afternoon Virtual

The virtual presentations will be recorded and available the next day for viewing. The link will be sent to all registrants. The recordings can be accessed until Friday, October 1st.
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Emma Kieran
Pilot Peak Consulting

"Daring Dialogues with Donors: Moving from Transactional to Relational Fundraising"
Do you want to diversify your funding streams? Are you struggling with how to access mid-level and major gifts? Are you unsure of how to take the next step? Join Emma Kieran of Pilot Peak Consulting to learn about how to shift from transactional fundraising into true relational fundraising. Emma’s sessions will be for all levels of fundraisers and all types of fundraising shops. She’ll teach you how to engage in daring dialogues with your donors that will take your organization - and your donors - to the next level.
Meg George
Co-founder & Philanthropic Strategist
"Understanding Philanthropic Investors: Elevate the approach to major and principal gift prospects and donors for individual giving and campaign success"
Through this session we will understand how major and principal gift philanthropists think and how to intentionally move those prospects toward solicitations. What are practical ways in which we can evolve to focus on individual giving? How do we build and work through portfolios to respond to the changing trends in philanthropy? Meg will offer practical suggestions to implement best practices and will share real-life case studies from which we can learn for optimal relationship-centered donor movement.


Mike Geiger, MBA, CPA
AFP President & CEO

Mike Geiger is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), representing individuals and organizations that raise more than $115 billion in charitable contributions every year for countless causes around the world.

Mike has over 25 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector and was recently ranked as #15 in Onalytics’s list of Top 100 Charity Social Media Influencers. Prior to accepting the President & CEO role for AFP, he served as executive director of the Chief Executives Organization, Inc., an international membership organization with a focus on education. He has previously served in senior executive positions for the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Mike sits on the board and is chair of the Finance and Investment Committee of the Romanian American Foundation, created by a 1995 act of the United States Congress, which promotes a democratic society to ensure access to opportunities for all segments of the Romanian population.

Born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark, Mike is a Certified Public Accountant. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond and a Master's in Business Administration from Northeastern University. He moved to the U.S. to attend college and now lives with his family in northern Virginia. A very, very long time ago, Mike was a highly competitive tennis player, and while he remains passionate about the sport, he spends most of his time with family and friends, a glass of good bourbon and a Nordic crime novel.
Registration is now closed!

Looking forward to seeing you Thursday!

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Tim Thomas & Associates   
Progressive Direct Marketing
Zenger Group
Greater Giving
Delaware North


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