Upcoming Events

The New York City Chapter of AFP holds multiple events for both members and nonmembers throughout the year. Members and guests pay discounted pricing; some events are free for AFP-NYC Chapter members. We are presenting a variety of online events this year, including webinars, discussions, coaching sessions, Town Halls. Need CE credits? We're happy to provide attendance verification, just ask!

Event date: 11/7/2022 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Export event

National Philanthropy Day

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DATE: November 7, 2022
TIME:  8:00 am - 10:30  am

  • 8:00am Doors
  • 8:30am Roundtable Discussion (promptly)
  • 9:45am Networking

LOCATION: Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016

Many of our nonprofit organizations have made strides toward goals of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA). But in a time of “anti-woke” rhetoric and a looming financial crisis, how do we stay true to our values, and not go back to exclusionary fundraising and philanthropic practices?

If you are a fundraiser wondering how to navigate power dynamics of large donors and funders; how to sustain partnership with your board; what strategies have worked and not worked for IDEA, and more, then this event is for you! Join us in-person or online for this exciting roundtable discussion with tremendous leaders who have guided staff, board members, and organizations through successful IDEA initiatives. There will be plenty of time for networking and questions from the audience, too.



Senior Associate at Cause Effective

Sonya Shields has over 25 years of nonprofit executive experience in the areas of development, communications and marketing with local, national, and international organizations working towards social justice and human rights.  She has raised over $42 million and launched marketing initiatives that helped to take organizations to another level of visibility, engagement, and growth.  She served as the Director of Development for the National LGBTQ Task Force, NYC Anti-Violence Project, Astraea Foundation and Keep a Child Alive.  She held the position of Chief Officer for External Relations at Brooklyn Community Services, Chief Operating Officer at Getting Out Staying Out and Senior Vice President for Organizational Development and Initiatives at Children of Promise, NYC.
Sonya currently works as the Senior Associate at Cause Effective, a consulting firm that serves as a growth partner for nonprofit organizations.  She provides consulting services in the areas of coaching, facilitates workshops in the areas of board governance, fundraising and communications, and works with executive directors/CEOs, along with development and communication teams to strengthen their infrastructure and fundraising and communication strategies.  Through her work with Cause Effective, Sonya developed and leads the facilitation of Cause Effective Fellows Program: Advancing Leaders of Color in Fundraising, which is a 6-month cohort to build a pipeline of leaders of color in the nonprofit field.  She also conducts workshops for philanthropic institutions including the grantees of New York Community Trust, Robin Hood Foundation, New York Women’s Foundation, UJA-Federation and many others.
Sonya has also provided consulting services for dozens of organizations including Every Mother Counts, Rainbow Railroad, Partners in Dignity and Human Rights, Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility, National Harm Reduction Coalition, and Washington, DC Tennis and Education Foundation to name a few.
She has served as a guest speaker for Association for Black Foundation Executives, Columbia University Business School, Fairfield County Community Foundation, Nonprofit Quarterly, Women in Development, Nonprofit FundCon Conference, and many other institutions.
Sonya is on the Board of Directors of the Association for Fundraising Professionals-New York and the American LGBTQ Museum Awards. Sonya received a B.A. in Public Relations from Howard University in Washington, DC and lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

More panelist information to come!

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