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Networking Groups are AFP Genesee Valley Chapter’s answer to providing opportunities for fundraisers to meet and discuss specific topics. All of our networking groups are open to both members and non-members.

There are currently several networking groups in the chapter:

Advancement Answers - a forum for professionals who are looking to engage with colleagues regarding major gifts, annual & capital campaigns, and other core issues related to development. Each informal session starts with a teaser topic chosen by the moderator, Karen Higman of SBS Fund Counsel, and the group then directs the conversation in an open format of sharing.

This networking group is BYOB (buy your own bagel) and meets roughly the third Friday of every month. Meetings are held from 7:45 - 8:45 a.m. at Panera Bread at Brighton 12 Corners on Monroe Avenue.

Remaining 2016 meeting schedule:
Friday, October 21 - RSVP online:
Friday, November 18
Friday, December 16

For more information, please contact the group moderator, Karen Higman, via email or by phone at 585-880-1386.

Senior Advancement Professionals (SAP) is the counterpart to the YP networking group, and is for seasoned fundraising professionals who support the efforts of a nonprofit, whether as part of their job description or in a volunteer role. The goal is to provide an opportunity to share unique concerns with peers who have already made longstanding commitments to nonprofits, the philanthropic community and/or the development profession. There is no cost to participate, and both AFP members and non-members are welcome to attend meetings. Participants may self-identify as a SAP member, based on either of these suggested criteria:

  • Identify oneself as a senior, seasoned or advanced fundraising professional
  • Have 15 to 20+ years experience in the fundraising profession 
  • The group also welcomes those who are transitioning into the profession from a prior career

Our remaining 2016 meeting schedule will be posted soon. 

The group will be facilitated by Melinda Goldberg, who refers to herself as an experienced marketing and development professional. She may be reached at 

Remaining 2016 Meeting Schedule:
Tuesday, November 15, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., at City Grill

Solo Shops - The AFPGV Solo Shops Networking Group is comprised of fundraising professionals who are the only fundraiser in their non-profit organization.  It is open to AFPGV members and non-members too and there is no fee to join.  Fundraisers in a "solo shop" have unique concerns, questions, and opportunities.  The Group was created to allow for networking and sharing between and among solo shop fundraisers.

All meetings are held at the United Way of Greater Rochester offices (75 College Avenue) from noon until 1:30 PM in Conference Room 1.  Bring a brown bag lunch and join us.

Remaining 2016 Meeting Schedule:
Nov 2 – Topic: Meaningful Donor Recognition – Individual and Corporate
              RSVP online:

Krystyna Staub is the facilitator of the Solo Shops Networking Group. She can be reached at

Special Note: Please share this information with other Solo Shop fundraisers.  They are welcome to attend the meetings of this Group.

Young Professionals Networking Group (YPNG) - is a group of young fundraisers, whether as part of their job description or as a volunteer fundraiser. Join this group for networking lunches, happy hours and to share time and experiences with like-minded colleagues. To get involved with our growing group, email the co-moderators or come to an upcoming event.

There is no cost to participate, and both AFP members and non-members are welcome to attend gatherings. Participants may self-identify as an YP member, however, the group is geared towards those under 40.

Remaining 2016 Meeting Schedule: 

Thursday, October 27 at 12pm

Lollypop Farm
Brown Bag Lunch

Wednesday, November 16 at 12pm
Corner Bakery Cafe in Pittsford

For more information, contact the co-moderators:
Danielle Abramson Swartz |
Emily Marullo |