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!

Coffee Connections-Now What? Ideas and Strategies, What Worked and What Didn’t


Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 8:15am - 9:15am

Panera at Waterworks (Fox Chapel)

Start off the new year with a brainstorming and sharing session with your peers from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Join this facilitated discussion of ideas and strategies from the past year – ones that works, ones that didn’t and ideas to test in the new year. Have you thought about hosting your own Giving Day, wanted to use video or social media in new ways or trying to figure out how to add planned giving to your already full plate? Start your new year off on the right foot with an energizing discussion of new ideas, strategies and trends to try in 2019.

Please plan to arrive early to purchase your food and/or beverage. 

      FREE for AFP Members    Guest Registration ($10)

Hosted by: Maureen Mahoney Hill, CFRE, Principal of Advancement Advisors

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

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


Presented by: Kara Mostowy, CFRE Chief Development Officer at The Watson Institute

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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