Networking Groups Print

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:

Capital Campaigns - a forum for people who are undertaking a capital campaign project.  The format of the gathering is informal and interactive: where the conversation leads is up to the attendees. Karen Higman, consultant from SBS Fund Counsel, is the group moderator. The Networking Group is BYOB (buy your own bagel) and it will meet roughly every other month, and meetings are held from 7:45 - 8:45 a.m. at Panera Bread at Brighton 12 Corners on Monroe Avenue.

Our  2015 meetings will be held on:

  • January 16
  • February 20
  • March 20
  • April 17 
  • May 15
  • June 19
  • July/August - NO MEETINGS
  • September 18

  • October 16

  • November 20

  • December 18

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

The 2015 meetings of this group will be held on:

  • Wednesday, February 4 at Pomodoro’s on University, 5 – 6:30 p.m.  
  • Tuesday, April 7 at the United Way, 12 - 1:30 p.m.
    Deb Koen, Career Strategist, will facilitate a conversation about issues and topics related to seniors in the workplace (Note: None of us are really seniors, we just hold senior positions!)
  • Thursday, May 21 at Mario's Restaurant, 2740 Monroe Avenue, 5 - 6:30 p.m. (Happy Hour)
  • Wednesday, October 7: Happy Hour (5:00 - 6:30 p.m.) at Amore (inside Wegmans), 1750 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14610
    RSVP online:
  • Tuesday, November 17: Happy Hour (4:30 - 6:00 p.m.) at Grappa, 30 Celebration Drive, Rochester, NY 14620
    RSVP online: (coming 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 

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.  Bring a brown bag lunch and join us.

The 2015 meetings of this group are: 
  • January 7 - Topic: My Solo Shop's New 2015 Initiatives
  • March 4 - Topic:  The Advantages of Being a Solo Shop Fundraiser
  • May 6 - Topic: Recruiting and Working with Volunteers
  • September 2 - Topic: Partnering With Other Non-Profits
  • November 4 - Topic: What I’m doing by year’s end to make 2015 a success.

John Williams, Development Director of ImageOut, is the facilitator of the Solo Shops Networking Group. Please rsvp to John at if you plan to attend a Solo Shops meeting.

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 for young professionals at all experience levels that support the fundraising efforts of a nonprofit, whether as part of their job description or as a volunteer fundraiser.

YPNG provides a forum for participants to network, discuss, and share information with their peers and hold open conversations about the unique concerns and opportunities young professionals face in the field. The group may also invite special guests (of any age) to speak on a specific topic of interest or as an informal mentoring/networking opportunity. The group primarily meets over lunch.

2015 Schedule:

In order to participate, you must be under 40 and interested in further developing your career in fundraising or the success of a nonprofit’s fundraising efforts. YPNG is open to AFPGV members and non-members and there is no fee to participate.

Members are required to pay for their own meal. If you are planning on attending for any date, email the group’s co-moderators, Danielle Abramson Swartz ( and/or Emily Marullo (, in advance because some locations require a reservation. Please note the meetings times vary.

For more information, or to be added to the email list for this group, contact the co-moderators.