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!



after March 5, 2010

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

Non Profit Leadership Forum $150     *     Non Profit Leadership Forum + Breakout Sessions $200


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.


Noontime Knowledge--Ethics in Action

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 11:30am - 1:00pm
CoLab 18 at Nova Place on the North Shore

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

AFP’s Code of Ethical Principles is both eloquent and essential.  But translating those principles into every day practice or decisions is not always clear cut and there are consequences.  From headline-grabbing controversies to seemingly simple matters that may lead to larger concerns, every fundraiser will face some difficult situations over the course of their careers.

How do you learn to navigate ethical dilemmas?  Ask for help!  As the proverb says, "to know the road ahead, ask those coming back."  No matter what you’re facing, you’re not alone.  Join Arthur Scully and Lizz Helmsen, Managing Directors at Carter, as they recount issues that they’ve encountered (and have lived to tell the tales).

Lizz Helmsen, Managing Director, Carter

Lizz combines 20 years of fundraising experience with a background in the arts, education, and community service.  She is known as a creative and energetic professional with a proven ability to build relationships with, and create connections among, multiple constituencies.  Lizz has directed comprehensive fundraising programs and provides expertise in the areas of campaign counsel, major gifts, development planning, governance, annual giving and grant making.

Arthur M. Scully, Managing Director, Carter

With over 30 years of experience, Arthur Scully is well known for his ability to cultivate strategic thinking and creative partnerships that result in exceptional philanthropic experiences. Over the course of his career, and in partnership with colleagues, trustees and volunteers, he has successfully led development programs, established supporting organizations and facilitated mergers to increase organizational impact.


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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