Checking In On The AFP-NYC Mentorship Program

Chapter Leadership Brief 3.25.2022

By Juliana M. Weissbein, CFRE, AFP-NYC Board Member and Mentorship Chair, AFP Global Board Member, Associate Director, Development Operations, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Hello to my fellow AFP-NYC chapter members!
When I was asked by our chapter to draft a Leadership Brief to our members, I knew that I had to sing the praises of our 2021 Mentorship Cohort.
After a year of behind-the-scenes work, the AFP-NYC mentorship program launched with a stellar group of participants in January 2021. It was a pleasure to facilitate the growth of our cohort through establishing connections that strengthen our sector by educating development professionals and nonprofit leaders in best practices in fundraising and applying the high standards of the AFP Code of Ethics.

Because It’s What We Do

Chapter Leadership Brief 3.11.2022

By Steve Jacobson, AFP-NYC Immediate Past President and CEO, JCA, Inc.
The images on TV of a war-torn Ukraine are gut wrenching. The devastation to beautiful European cities is sickening.  Over two million innocent civilians—mostly women, children and the elderly—have fled their homeland to (hopefully) relative safety in neighboring countries. Many others have tried to do so, but have been killed or wounded trying to flee.  Thousands of those who have stayed have met the same fate.  It’s a horrific situation that makes us realize just how much evil there is, despite our naïve beliefs that this could never happen again in our civilized world.

Celebrate Black History Month! The Health of your Fundraising Platform May Depend On It...

Chapter Leadership Brief 2.25.2022

By Crystal Fields-Sam, AFP-NYC IDEA Committee Chair
"Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month…"
"'The Black History Month 2022 theme, 'Black Health and Wellness,' explores 'the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways of knowing (e.g., birthworkers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora. The 2022 theme considers activities, rituals and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well."" (

Learn, Grow and Connect!

Chapter Leadership Brief 2.11.2022

By Jennifer Moore, AFP-NYC Treasurer
Vice President of Developement,
Greeting AFP NYC Friends,
According to Forbes, 80% of people admit that they abandon their new year’s resolutions by February. Whether or not you are in that group, AFP-NYC is here to support you in your personal and professional journey as a fundraiser. The Chapter offers a myriad of opportunities for you to learn about current trends and best practices, grow as a professional and connect with colleagues in the field.

Renew Your Commitment to AFP!

Chapter Leadership Brief 1.28.2022

By Michele Hall-Duncan, AFP-NYC Secretary
President & CEO, Encourage Kids Foundation
Greetings AFP members and friends!
Our Annual Meeting was quite the success. I truly enjoyed hearing the inspirational words of Kat Rosqueta this morning. Congratulations to Dianne Armstrong for being honored with this year’s Ralph E. Chamberlain award.  It was also great to hear AFP President and CEO Mike Geiger deliver an inspiring state of the industry address.

New Year’s Resolutions

Chapter Leadership Brief 1.15.2022

By Craig Shelley, CFRE, AFP-NYC President-elect
Managing Director, Orr Group

This is the year I finally give up and won’t make a resolution to lose weight.  Who am I kidding?  I like cookies.  I like beer.  I don’t feel like buying smaller pants anyway.

That said, I will fall into the trap and try to commit to some more realistic resolutions.  I figured I’d share them here and maybe the extra, public accountability will help?

‎“Six Month Countdown to Fundraising Day in New York”‎

Chapter Leadership Brief 12.17.2021

By Jill Scibilia, CFRE, AFP-NYC President-Elect
Vice President, Development, Phelps Hospital, Northwell Health

I miss seeing people.  In fact, it is what I have missed the most since the onset of the pandemic.  There is something about being with others that energizes and nurtures me.  (And yes, I am one of those strange people who loves crowds). 

How Did You Do on GivingTuesday?‎

Chapter Leadership Brief 12.3.2021

By Steve Jacobson, AFP-NYC President
CEO, JCA, Inc.

This past Tuesday marked the 10th anniversary of GivingTuesday. Launched back in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y, and later spun off into its own nonprofit organization, GivingTuesday this year broke all prior giving records.  According to the GivingTuesday Data Commons, a group of more than 300 partner organizations that pooled contribution data, over 35 million adults in the U.S. participated in GivingTuesday 2021, up about 6% from last year.  In terms of dollars raised in the U.S., nonprofits earned $2.7 billion on GivingTuesday, a 9% increase from last year and a 37% increase over GivingTuesday 2019.  And, while these figures are for the U.S. only, nonprofit organizations in 80 countries participated in this year’s GivingTuesday.  GivingTuesday has truly become a global phenomenon.

Change actually IS good

Chapter Leadership Brief 11.5.2021

By Michele Hall-Duncan, AFP-NYC Secretary
CEO and President of enCourage Kids Foundation

I was reading a recent Classy blog which highlighted Big Results for Nonprofits That Embrace Flexible Work Environments. The blog went on to extol the virtues of remote work as it pertains to overhead reduction, employee retention, and employee morale. With a fundraising turnover rate of nearly 20% I thought about how my own staff has been affected during the pandemic.

‎“Come Chat with Us”‎

Chapter Leadership Brief 10.22.2021

By Jill Scibilia, CFRE, AFP-NYC President-Elect
Vice President, Development, Phelps Hospital, Northwell Health

AFP-NYC recently launched a new “AFP-Member Virtual Coffee Chat” series.  I had the opportunity to join the first session on October 1st, and I am so glad I did.


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