Networking Groups

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. AFPGV offers the following groups:


Small 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.
 
Taryn Mullen is the facilitator of the Small Shops Networking Group. She can be reached at [email protected].

 
*NEW*Emerging Leaders Networking Group formerly Young Professionals Networking Group (YPNG) - is a group for new and mid-career philanthropy professionals and fundraisers. Join this group to network with peers, grow in knowledge and advance your career. Discussion topics will be most relevant for those who have been in the fundraising field for 7 or fewer years. To get involved with our growing group, email the co-moderator or come to an upcoming event. There is no cost to participate, and both AFP members and non-members are welcome to attend gatherings.  

For more information, please contact the group's co-facilitators Kayla Himelein or Krista Jenkins.

 

Raiser's Edge Users' Group
Join us for this fun and informal discussion of all-things Raiser's Edge! Health care, education, foundations...all users are welcome to join. This group is specifically for database managers, gift processors, and others who want to discuss the day-to-day management of the Raiser's Edge database. The facilitator will prepare a topic to discuss, but members are encouraged to bring questions or topics for the group. AFPGV members and non-members are welcome to join.

This group is facilitated by Ryan Hyde and Laurie Conlon.

 

Seasoned Advancement Professionals (SAP)
As the counterpart to the YP networking group, SAP 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 group is facilitated by Anne McKenna, CFRE