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:

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, Manager of Database Analytics at Lollypop Farm, Humane Society of Greater Rochester. He can be reached via email [email protected] or phone (585) 223-1330 x290.


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


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.

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. Please park across the street, in the auditorium parking lot.

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

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 and the opportunity to share time and experiences with like-minded colleagues. 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. Participants may self-identify as an YP member, however, the group is geared towards those under 40. 

All meetings will be held at noon at the Village Bakery and Cafe, 145 Culver Road, Rochester, NY 14620. 
For more information, please contact the group's co-facilitators Kayla Himelein or Krista Jenkins.