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!

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Artists, Felons, and Foreign Governments: When NOT to Accept Gifts

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 11:30am - 1:30pm
Children's Museum of Pittsburgh  * Updated Location! *
Approved for 1.5 CFRE credits

This presentation explores three cases where gifts became a liability for the organization accepting them. The first case addresses when a gift is not a gift, specifically issues of rights and ownership in gift agreements. The second case dives into donor demands that are inconsistent with the with the mission of the organization and the potential impacts of accommodating them. The third case study deals with ethics. Sometimes it’s better not to accept gifts or donations that compromise principles but refusing them compromises relationships. How does an organization decide what to do? The findings in these three case studies provide guidance on how to develop gift policies in the best interest of donor and the organization, strategies for managing donor demands, and suggestions for weighing decisions about when to say no. 

Presented by:
Dr. Alexis Smith Macklin is a consultant with more than a decade of experience in higher education and arts administration. She is an expert in donor relations and the management of archives and special collections

Coffee Connections--I Need a Board, Where Do I Start?

Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 8:30am - 10:00am
Carnegie Mellon University

 FREE For AFP Members     *     Guest Registration $10

Join us to chat about how to build a board, either from the very beginning, or re-vamp a board that needs a refresh. Our two presenters have experience with building boards both in their day jobs at CMU, as well as with their numerous volunteer roles in various nonprofits.

The two presenters for this Coffee and Conversations are Jenny Belardi, Director of Development at CMU’s School of Computer Science and Katie Lambrou Coan, Associate Director, Development, at CMU’s School of Computer Science.


Hosted by Laura Everhart
Location: Carnegie Mellon University
Cohon University Center, Pake Room (Second Floor by Au Bon Pain)
Parking: East Campus Garage

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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