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!

Sunrise Session-Marketing, Media, and Money: Strategies to Increase Your Mission’s Visibility


Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 8:30am - 11:30pm
CoLab 18 at Nova Place on the North Shore
Breakfast and snacks are included

Member Registration ($40)      Non-Member Registration ($60)

Working in a nonprofit often means that your job responsibilities are not limited to fundraising OR marketing... more often it means that your role includes both. Join us to learn more about building a robust marketing plan to reach your target audiences - donors, friends, journalists, and more! Integrating your nonprofit’s fundraising and marketing plans ultimately leads to the best results.

In Part One of this special double session, learn strategies to increase your organization’s visibility and ensure more effective donor communication. With over 25 years of combined experience in fundraising and marketing in the nonprofit world, this session will be co-facilitated  by Maria Polinsky, Director of Marketing and Communications at Literacy Pittsburgh and Lacey Fetcko, a Freelance Fundraising Professional. 

Part Two of this session will convene a panel of journalists representing print, television, and on-line media that will offer tips on best current practices for pitching stories and developing relationships to increase your fundraising success!   Panelists include:

  • Melissa Rayworth Managing Editor at
  • Kristin Bennett of WPXI TV
  • Jennifer Beahm from the Pittsburgh Business Times.
  • Meryl Hellring, Director of Development and Communications at Tickets for Kids. (Panel Moderator)


8:30 am – 9:00 am:  Breakfast and Networking

9:00 am – 10:30 am: Part One: Marketing Presentation

10:30 am - 10:40 am: Break

10:40 am -11:30 am: Part Two: Panel Discussion with Media


after March 5, 2010

AFP & PPGC Members $200      *      Not Yet Members $250 

Non Profit Leadership Forum $150


Kishshana Palmer is a national speaker, trainer, and coach with a 16 year background  in fundraising, marketing, and talent management.  She’s a supernova on any stage and platforms due to her charismatic and candid delivery. It doesn’t matter if she’s speaking about philanthropy, living your most authentic life, or diversity, the energy she brings to the stage is always entertaining and edifying.

Kishshana is an adjunct professor at Baruch College and Long Island University,  Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer (CGT) and an AFP Master Trainer.  When an organization wants to grow, find and retain people on their team, raise money, and more she is the philanthropic fairy godmother they have on speed dial. Her work isn’t limited to organizations, she also coaches women entrepreneurs.

Kishshana is a NYC girl and mother of one wonderful pre-teen daughter. In her spare time she’s listening to R&B, reading, serving her community and find new fabulous clothes to fill up her wardrobe.




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