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Today is the day!!

Today is the day!!

Chapter Leadership Brief 6.14.24

by Craig Shelley, CFRE
President, AFP-NYC
Partner + Chief Growth Officer, Orr Group

Hopefully you’re reading this on your phone from the New York Marriott Marquis and Fundraising Day in New York.  Or, better yet, you’re reading it on your way home from Fundraising Day in New York because you were so engaged learning and networking at the conference you never checked your emails!  If neither of those things are true, you are probably suffering from extreme FOMO.  I’m sorry and hope you’ll join us next year.

Today’s event truly is the premier gathering of our community of New York City Fundraisers.  Over 1,100 leaders and fundraisers are converging for the largest one day conference on philanthropy in the world.  We’re seeing old friends, making new ones, consuming thought provoking content from some of the most engaging leaders in the field, and we’re having fun.  This event really highlights what the Association of Fundraising Professionals can be for our community – a place to learn, grow, and commiserate.

Thank you to all those who made the event a success.  We’re already planning for next year and hope we can count on your participation.  But, in the meantime, there are many other ways to benefit from the chapter.  Our professional advancement events, mentoring program, and emerging leaders events, are just some examples of ways you can experience the community we’re fostering and growing.

I hope to see you soon if I did not connect with you today at Fundraising Day.  I’m always eager to hear your thoughts and comments and can be reached via email at


Craig is a trusted partner and advisor to the nonprofit sector’s most ambitious leaders. He advances the missions of nonprofits by bringing a change-management and entrepreneurial approach to strategy, organizational development, fundraising, and board optimization.

In addition to his direct work with clients, as a Partner and Chief Growth Officer at Orr Group, Craig helps to set the course for the firm’s continued success. He leads the firm’s Impact Group, focused on identifying and meeting the needs of its nonprofit partners and projecting its best practices and viewpoints across the sector, as well as its Growth Team, which is responsible for our brand, marketing, communications, thought leadership, and business development efforts.

Beyond his role at Orr Group, Craig is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and frequently speaks at conferences and publishes articles on leadership and philanthropy. Craig is President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ New York City Chapter, is a member of the Global Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Leadership Institute Advisory Committee, and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for NonProfit PRO. Prior to joining Orr Group in 2013, Craig was the National Director of Development and Corporate Alliances for the Boy Scouts of America. In this position, he was responsible for leading annual fundraising, corporate partnerships, and alumni relations for the organization. He also provided training, support, and consulting to nearly 300 local Boy Scouts affiliates, which collectively raised over $250 million annually.

Orr Group is a full-service consulting firm that specializes in the business of philanthropy. To learn more about how we help nonprofits grow, scale, and sustain their impact, contact us today.

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