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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 monthly. Beginning in 2017, based on member input, this group changed their schedule to accommodate different meeting days and times. We hope you'll be able to attend!

2017 Meeting Schedule:

Friday, February 17, 7:45 - 8:45 a.m. - Panera Bread, Brighton 12 Corners
Topic: How Bad PR Can Affect Fundraising
RSVP online:

Tuesday, March 21, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. - Panera Bread, Brighton 12 Corners
(please note that this event was rescheduled from March 15 due to a winter storm in Rochester)
Topic: Asking Permission to Ask
Attendees buy their own lunch, and due to heavy lunch traffic, it is advisable to use the rapid order ahead via this link:
RSVP online:

Thursday, April 20, 5:00 p.m. - Monroe's Restaurant & Bar, 3001 Monroe Avenue, Pittsford
RSVP online:

Tuesday, May 16, 7:45 - 8:45 a.m. - Panera Bread, Brighton 12 Corners
RSVP online:

Monday, June 12, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. - Panera Bread, Brighton 12 Corners
RSVP online:

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

2017 Meeting Schedule:

Tuesday, 2/28 - Happy Hour - 5:00 pm at 2 Vine, 24 Winthrop Street, Rochester, NY 14607
RSVP online:

Tuesday, 5/23 - Happy Hour, details TBD

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

Small Shops (formerly Solo Shops) - The AFPGV Small Shops Networking Group is comprised of fundraising professionals who are part of a small fundraising team (or 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 "small shop" have unique concerns, questions, and opportunities.  The Group was created to allow for networking and sharing between and among small 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.

2017 Meeting Schedule:

Wednesday, February 1 - topic: "New Initiatives for 2017" - RSVP online:
Wednesday, April 5
Wednesday, June 7
Wednesday, September 6
Wednesday, November 1

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

Special Note: Please share this information with other Small Shop fundraisers.  They are welcome to attend our meetings!

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.

2017 Meeting Schedule: 

Wednesday, January 18 at 12pm

Village Bakery
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Thursday, February 9 at 5:30pm
Victoire Belgian Beer Bar & Bistro
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Wednesday, March 22 at 12pm
Lovin' Cup
RSVP online:

Tuesday, April 18 at 12pm
Napa Wood Fired Pizza (Perinton)

Thursday, May 18 at 5:30pm

Tuesday, June 13 at 12pm
Village Bakery

Thursday, July 20 at 5:30pm
Swiftwater Brewing

Wednesday, August 23 at 12pm
Leo's Bakery and Deli

Thursday, September 21 at 12pm
Brown Bag Lunch - Location TBD

Wednesday, October 25 at 5:30pm
Roc Brewing

Thursday, November 14 at 12pm
Village Bakery

For more information, contact the co-moderators:
Danielle Abramson Swartz |
Meghan Mueller |