Chapter Leadership Brief 8.02.2018

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

In the summer of 1991 DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince set the expectation that the summer was the time to sit back and unwind.  They lied to us.
If there ever was a time where the summer slowed down for fundraisers it has been long forgotten.  And I think that’s ok.  The needs we fundraise for don’t shut down in the summer nor does the interest of our donors.  For some causes and donors, I’d actually argue the summer is the time of greatest need and opportunity.  We have an obligation to use the summer to connect with donors and attract philanthropy just like we do the rest of the year.  The challenge is how do we do so while still carving out time for ourselves and our families.

Chapter Leadership Brief 7.18.2018

By Gary Laermer, AFP-NYC President

I am often asked about the value proposition of membership in AFP. I hear that it is easier to attend several of our excellent Professional Advancement sessions and Fundraising Day in New York than is to join. And of course, we need to do what works best for us and our organizations. However, I would like to share two points for your consideration.

Chapter Leadership Brief 7.12.18

By President-Elect Steve G. Jacobson

Were you one of the 1,777 people who attended Fundraising Day in New York, our chapter’s signature event, on June 22nd?  If you were, you were able to choose from 11 different tracks of superb educational content.  Our speakers represented some of the brightest and innovative thought leaders in our industry.  And they came from such forward thinking development shops as NYU Langone Health, the ACLU, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Human Rights Watch (just to name but a few…).

How to Wow the Crowd at a Fundraising Event

By Ryan Grosso, Orr Associates, Inc.

It can be challenging to stand up and speak in front of a crowd. Knowing what is at stake for your organization ramps the pressure up even more. Here are some tips to help you prepare to speak at any fundraising event, whether large or small. Use these best practices to win over a crowd and make new friends for your organization!

FRDNY: Creating a guest experience from start to finish is as easy as 1-2-3!

By Steve Paster of Alpine Creative Group, Steve Feder of CheckIn Tech, and Reed Baker of Text-To-Pledge

It’s the start of a new event season and you told yourself you wouldn’t overbook your calendar ever again –– but here you are, in a familiar situation needing solutions for event logistics in a flash. Don’t fret or break a sweat. Pulling together resources from within the event planning community is why we’re all in this together. Once you have the date and venue nailed down, it’s time to think about the guest experience. With overwhelming options and technologies, we put this article together to help give a simple 1-2-3 solution for the most common problems when planning an event. 

Chapter Leadership Brief 6.08.18

By Craig Shelley, CFRE

Fundraising Day in New York is right around the corner being held this year on Friday, June 22 at the New York Marriott Marquis.  This annual gathering of nearly 2,000 fundraisers, philanthropists, nonprofit leaders and service providers serves several purposes.  It’s the unofficial kick-off to summer.  It’s a great opportunity to connect with friends and former colleagues.  It is the place to pick up the latest tricks of the trade and trends while reinforcing best practices.  I’ll admit the first two purposes are what makes the event so much fun.  But I think what makes it so special is the opportunity to be reminded just how large our NYC community of fundraisers is.

Empowering the Next generation Giver

By Joel Weingarten, Doing4Others

Montgomery Alabama 1957, Martin Luther King Jr gave a speech in which he challenged those in attendance to ask themselves “What are you doing for others?”

Fast-forward 60 years; I think this generation's youth is rising to MLK Jr’s challenge. Despite popular sediment, this generation is not a generation of apathy, but instead of action and impact (just look at recent events).  So much so that 84% of young people consider it their duty to make the world a better place; and an overwhelming number, over 90%, of them want to make this impact by volunteering!

Year-End Campaign Planning in July? Why One Marketing Expert Highly Recommends It.

By Nicole Carrea, Development Director at National Kidney Foundation

It’s June and that means Fundraising Day in New York is just around the corner. One session on my radar is Plan Now for a Successful Year-End Giving Campaign. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with one of the session speakers, John Mix. John is a Senior Director of Marketing at the Human Rights Watch and he kindly gave us a sneak peak of what’s to be expected in this highly anticipated session.


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