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2021 Regional Conference
Thursday, May 13, 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
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2021 Regional Conference

Professional Growth & Success in the Fundraising Game

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Conference Summary

For the health and safety of our attendees, we’re once again going digital for 2021.It’s still the conference you love, in the comfort of your own space!

In the fundraising game, do you ask yourself, “How did I get here?” When you see other professional fundraisers, do you wonder, “How do I get there?” Join us for this year’s AFP Regional Conference for helpful insights on how to plan and pursue a successful career in fundraising of the future. 

During four one-hour online sessions, held on successive Thursdays in May, you will interact with some of the finest minds in professional development, exchange ideas with fundraising contemporaries, and connect with sponsors. And for the affordable fee of just $49, it’s a smart move with great learning and networking opportunities.

How to Attend

With an online conference, you’ll have the flexibility of attending one or all sessions. They will be recorded, so if you miss a session, it will be available for viewing later at your convenience. Registrants will receive an email prior to each session with a link and instructions for joining the upcoming session.

Who Should Attend?

This conference is ideal for those in fundraising, including board members, volunteers, and executives who work in resource development. Anyone who is interested in learning more about fundraising best practices and expanding their professional network would also benefit. As this is a virtual event, feel free to invite out of town colleagues to register and attend.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Our conference is made possible in part by the support of our generous sponsors. Want to become a sponsor and partner with us on our conference? 

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Scholarship Opportunities

Meyers Scholarship: The Meyers Scholarship Fund was established to honor Daniel M. Meyers and his contributions to the fundraising profession. Recognizing that many local organizations cannot afford the cost of professional development, Mr. Meyers, in conjunction with the AFP Genesee Valley Chapter, has committed to helping non-profit professionals increase their knowledge and skills through this scholarship program for our Regional Conference. Application closed.

Manning & Napier Scholarship: This scholarship was created to help with the cost of AFPGV's conference registration. Manning and Napier is committed to helping non-profit professionals and those in related fields thrive. This scholarship provides an opportunity to gain experience, connect with like-minded individuals, and work together to create a stronger community. Application window closes May 26 or until all scholarships are awarded. Whichever comes first.

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2021 Conference Schedule (Click here to download the formal program)

May 6


11:00a - 12:00p

Session 1 Keynote 

Mike Geiger
 AFP Global

Dr. Amir Pasic
Lilly Family
School of Philanthropy


After a special welcome and conference kick off from Mike Geiger, President and CEO of AFP Global, we are pleased to be joined by Dr. Amir Pasic, the Eugene R. Tempel Dean of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Dr. Pasic will introduce our conference theme of professional pathways. The Lilly School is the world’s first school devoted to research and teaching about philanthropy. He brings us the field’s finest in scholarship and practice.

Prior to joining Lilly, Pasic held posts at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Johns Hopkins University, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and The George Washington University. He’s been a librarian at the Library of Congress and on the faculty at Brown University. His own varied and interesting career pathway will certainly help to inform and enlighten conference attendees.

Approved for 1 CFRE credit

May 13


11:00a - 12:00p

Session 2

Craig Evans
Rochester Regional Health Foundations

Kelly Gagan
University of Rochester

Steven Smith, CFRE
St. Ann’s Foundation






Mentor, Manager, Learner, Leader 

Join some of Rochester’s most experienced fundraising managers as they explore leadership roles and opportunities to ensure fundraising staff and organizations grow in skills, accomplishments and understanding. We will learn about ways successful managers create good pathways for employees to flourish.

If you’ve been a fundraiser for decades, you’re just starting out, or at any point between, thIS panel discussion is designed to speak to you.


  • Craig Evans, Vice President for Development, Rochester Regional Health Foundations
  • Kelly Gagan, Associate Vice President for University Advancement, University of Rochester
  • Steven Smith, CFRE, Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Foundation at St. Ann’s Community

Stephanie Reh
Founder & CEO
Accountability Evangelist


Approved for 1 CFRE credit 

May 20


11:00a - 12:00p

Session 3

Janice Gow Pettey, Ed.D.
J.G. Pettey & Associates








AFP 2050 

Janice Gow Pettey is a nonprofit executive, an author, a teacher, and noted authority on diversity, ethics, and nonprofit governance. Janice is chair emeritus of both AFP Ethics Committee and the AFP Research Council. During her nonprofit career she has served as both CEO and led the development efforts of diverse organizations including The Asia Foundation, Sacramento Region Community Foundation, American Red Cross Bay Area, and United Way of the Bay Area.

To understand the fundraising community, donors and philosophies of the future, join Janice to explore our current landscape. How do multi-cultural, multi-racial teams add value? Are we mission driven, community driven or donor driven? Or all three?! How best can we embrace change? For the answers to some of these questions, and the chance to consider your questions, join this important conversation.

Approved for 1 CFRE credit

May 27


11:00a - 12:00p

Session 4

Bonnie Butkas

Repertory Theatre

Bryan Hensel

Office of External Affairs
Rochester Institute
of Technology

Shaunta Rankin
Empowering People’s



How Did I Get Here? How Do We Get There?

Our final session features a panel discussion of distinguished fundraisers reflecting on personal pathways in their careers, and the benefits of continuity and transition in their organizations… and yours!


  • Bonnie Butkas, Executive Director, Merrimack Repertory Theatre
  • Bryan Hensel, Executive Director, NTID Office of External Affairs, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Shaunta Rankin, Director of Human Resources, Empowering People’s Independence (formerly Epilepsy-Pralid)

Cassandra George Ramos
Wind and Water Consulting


Approved for 1 CFRE credit


Registration Fee: $49 

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