AFP Western Pennsylvania

AFP WPA is the key resource for fundraising and nonprofit professionals in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Membership provides access to educational programs, networking opportunities and access to all of the benefits and services of AFP International. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming program!



Call for Proposals

Emerging Philanthropy Conference 2019

AFP WPA and PPGC invite you to consider presenting at the 2019 Emerging Philanthropy Conference.  The Education Committee seeks a broad range of presentations addressing this year's theme for professionals with different levels of expertise and different sized organizations.  We also encourage planned giving presentations to provide balanced conference programming for both organizations and presentations that address topics requested by 2018 attendees.  Preference will be given to presentations that connect well to the theme, are interactive, and engage the audience. 

We strongly encourage professionals from Diverse Communities (defined by AFP as African-American/Black, Asian, People with Disabilities, Faith-based, LGBTQ, Hispanic, Jewish, Rural, or another underrepresented community) to submit proposals

To participate as a presenter, please complete the electronic Presentation Proposal Form no later than January 25, 2019.

For additional information and to recommend other potential presenters, contact Ken Elliott, Education Committee Chair, at

Proposal Submission Form



Get Your Funder to Swipe Right: Cultivating Relationships with Funders

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 11:30am - 1:00pm
CoLab 18 at Nova Place on the North Shore
1.5 CFRE Credits

Are your calls and e-mails to your funder going unreturned? In this session, you’ll learn strategies to build, maintain and leverage strong funder relationships, and immediate action steps.

I’ve found over the course of my career that funders want to be engaged and invited to participate with your organization to make a sustainable, long-term impact.   Funders want us to collaborate, and that collaboration starts with them – the funder!

The overall goal of “Get Your Funder to Swipe Right: Cultivating Relationships with Funders” is to build the capacity of grant writers to view their funders as strategic partners, and help them forge stronger funder relationships.  At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

1) Identify obstacles to funder cultivation and ways to prevent or remove them;

2) Develop a plan for sustainable funder cultivation that will build stronger relationships; and

3) Take back to their office a list of 3-5 action items that they can do in the first month post-conference to implement their funder cultivation plan.

This workshop will impart to attendees the importance of engaging funders in the grant seeking process as early as program design and refinement, carrying through to post-grant evaluation, performance management and continuous quality improvement.   By engaging funders as strategic partners and tapping into the resources they have beyond the financial, grant seekers can foster relationships that will be mutually beneficial.

Presented by:

Kara Mostowy, CFRE Chief Development Officer at The Watson Institute

Managing Data with a Small Shop

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 11:30am - 1:00pm
1.5 CFRE Credits

AFP Member Registration ($25)     Guest Registration ($35)

This program will focus on the following:

  • Importance of good data
  • Importance of staff “ownership” of the data, focusing on staff education and use
  • In house needs that should be met by staff only and
  • When to get help- what types of projects and issues would require outside help

Presented by:

Kate Schandler is the Principal Consultant and owner of Schandler Database Administration, LLC, a Pittsburgh based consulting firm that works with nonprofits to capitalize on their donor accounting software to increase their donor participation and giving.


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Social Media Strategies for Special Events...and Everything Else
At the recent International Fundraising Conference in Boston, Lisa Chmiola, CFRE and Josh Hirsch held a session on social media. And people had questions. A LOT of questions. So Lisa and Josh answered them all. Read on for everything you always wanted to know about managing social media, potential hashtags, Facebook, Pinterest and much more