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‎“Come Chat with Us”‎

‎“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.

Prior to COVID, I would have never thought about a coffee chat on ZOOM.  Programs like these are a positive outcome.  Don’t get me wrong—I enjoy meeting folks for coffee in person very much.  For brief gatherings, these online options allow us to come together without travel time from the comfort of our homes, offices…or wherever we may be.

Led by our Member Engagement team, this is a new monthly networking opportunity to build community, meet and engage with peers from the NYC chapter, and discuss current and evolving fundraising trends.  There are many reasons I value being a member of AFP-NYC. The connections I am able to make with development colleagues has always been the most meaningful part of this membership for me. 

In this non-recorded, relaxed gathering, our organizers Catherine Valero, Sarah Weatherly and Kirstin Uptegrove facilitated the conversation.  Participants were polled to select the initial fundraising topic.  While I did not know everyone on the meeting initially, I left the session feeling like I made several meaningful new connections and friends. 

The next in this series of Virtual Chat Series is on Friday, November 5th at 8:00.  It is free and open to all AFP-NYC Members, and I encourage you to join if you are able. Click here to learn more and register.

Not yet a member of AFP-NYC?  I invite you to join us and become a part of the world’s largest community of charitable fundraisers.

Thank you for your leadership and commitment to professional fundraising.

With gratitude,


P.S. – Don’t miss “Breaking Down Barriers: Evolving Beyond the Origins of Philanthropy” Thursday, November 18th from 8:30 – 10:00 am.  This National Philanthropy Day, join a conversation with philanthropy and DEI experts to explore ways to substantive change to make the field more inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible.  To register and learn more, click here.

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