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Letter to AFP-NYC Members

Letter to AFP-NYC Members

Steven G. Jacobson, President

April 15, 2020

Fellow AFP-NYC Members:

I hope that you are all safe and in good health as we continue to isolate ourselves to combat the spread of the coronavirus.  These are difficult times, both personally and professionally, and it can be a real challenge to stay positive and effect change for the better.  As fundraisers, you are the torchbearers for your organizations and you carry a tremendous amount of responsibility to provide the financial resources to fund your organizations’ missions.  But, these days, it may seem that the hill is too steep to climb, that the demands are just too great to bear.  Please know that you are not alone.  Your AFP-NYC chapter is here to help.  Whether it’s guidance on how to succeed in a crisis or a forum to share your concerns, we are there for you.  Here are a few of the things that we’re working on.

As we have been hinting at over the past few weeks, it’s now official: Fundraising Day in New York is going 100% virtual.  While our esteemed FRDNY committee is hard at work hammering out all of the details and logistics, I’ll just give you a brief overview of the format.  Over 40 of the conference sessions and the keynote will be recorded ahead of time. “Virtual attendees” will be able to select a package of sessions that they are interested in – or the entire conference.  Yes, you’ll now have the option of experiencing the entire session line-up from the comfort of your own home at a time of your choosing! We are really excited about all of the educational possibilities that this will afford us. Watch your email inboxes for more details in the near future. 

I would be remiss if I didn’t thank our good friends and longtime partners at the Marriot Marquis for hosting us for Fundraising Day these past many years.  We certainly look forward to being back in-person at the Marriott in 2021.

On Monday, April 20th, at 12 noon, the AFP NYC leadership will be hosting our second virtual fireside chat.  Please join us for an hour’s worth of insight and interactive discussion.  So, grab some lunch and saddle up to your screen on Monday and join our moderator, Craig Shelley (treasurer), and fellow chapter officers Steve Jacobson (president), Jill Scibilia (president-elect), Michele Hall (secretary) and Gary Laermer (immediate past president).  We will make sure that we leave plenty of time to answer your specific questions. Register for free here.

Please stay safe.  We hope to see you virtually on Monday!

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