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Chapter Leadership Brief 4.13.2018

By Craig Shelley, CFRE, Chapter Treasurer & Managing Director, Orr Associates, Inc. (OAI)

Benjamin Franklin was once asked for assistance raising funds to erect a new meeting-house in Philadelphia.  In what was the first recorded instance of a prospect offering advice instead of money and of capital campaign consulting, Franklin offered,  “I advise you to apply to all those whom you know will give something; next, to those whom you are uncertain whether they will give anything or not, and show them the list of who have given; and lastly, do not neglect those who you are sure will give nothing, for in some of those you may be mistaken.”

Chapter Leadership Brief 3.30.18

By Gary Laermer, AFP-NYC President

One definition of networking is to interact with other people to exchange information and develop contacts, especially to further one's career.  I prefer to think of networking as an exchange of ideas and information to advance an entire profession.

AFP NYC Chapter Congratulates Members on Becoming CFREs!

Becoming a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) is one of the highest levels of certification a fundraising professional can achieve. Fundraising professionals must demonstrate their ability to raise funds in the sector, participate in 80 hours of continuing education over the previous five years and pass a 200-question exam in order to be designated a CFRE.

Chapter Leadership Brief 3.16.18

By President-Elect Steven G. Jacobson

President & CEO
Jacobson Consulting Applications, Inc

When I left the corporate world back in the mid-80’s (yes, I’m old), I started a computer consulting company with a friend of mine.  It seemed like the thing to do, given that businesses were hungry for PCs, computer networks and the latest software.  One of my first clients was NYU Medical Center and one of my first projects was to help them select and implement a new fundraising system.  I remember researching a lot of options – the old fashioned way, by perusing the ads in the back pages of nonprofit trade magazines.  Back then, who knew that there were actually publications for nonprofits?

Chapter Leadership Brief 3.2.2018

By Jill M. Scibilia, CFRE -- AFP-NYC Secretary

My first fundraising experience was selling stuff—stuff that offered immediate, tangible benefits to the buyer.  First it was Girl Scout Cookies.  Then it was the Toblerone chocolate bars I sold for French club in high school.  My best customers: physics class, third period. 

Ten Strategies For Forging Corporate Relationships

By Susan Fields, CFRE

Based upon the Giving USA 2016 Report, corporate philanthropy for 2015 reached $18.45 billion—an increase of 3.95% from the previous year. Of course, the big question remains—how can your organization connect with one or more of these companies to obtain a piece of those resources in the coming year? Because most corporations and large businesses are multifaceted, navigating their complex structure can feel like standing outside Fort Knox figuring out how to get inside.

FRDNY Highlight: Major Gifts Track

Fundraising Day in New York -- June 22, 2018

Portfolios, Prospect Pipelines, and Moves Management – Oh My!

3:45p – 5:00p

Michael Delzotti, CFRE, CSPG
Martha H. Schumacher, CFRE, ACFRE, MInstF

Member Insights: A conversation with international fundraising professional Johann Fox

Interview by Nicole Carrea Director of Development, National Kidney Foundation

Johann Fox is an award-winning fundraiser who has been making a name for himself in the industry for over a decade. Johann currently serves as Director of U.S. Development at CMRF Crumlin. Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, CMRF is the principal fundraising body for Our Lady's Children's Hospital as well as The National Children's Research Centre. We conducted this interview over breakfast at the Intercontinental Hotel in Midtown during one of his recent visits to New York City.

A New Major Gifts Portfolio Doesn’t Need to Mean Major Headaches

By Derek Rogers

It’s happened to all of us – suddenly you’re responsible for a new major giving portfolio! It can happen when your colleague resigns unexpectedly or when you start a new job. With the average fundraiser staying on the job 16 months or less, it’s more and more likely that you’ll face the daunting task of managing a new portfolio of dozens to hundreds of individuals you don’t know.

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