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: 10/26/2023 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Export event

Not So Scary Fundraising: Afternoon Fall Symposium

Professional Advancement Session

Date: 10/26/2023
Time: 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Location: Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016

Join us on October 26th for an afternoon of fun and learning as we break down areas of fundraising that can be intimidating, even for the most-seasoned fundraiser.  Together we will explore year-end appeals, making the ask, and telling your organization’s story so that attendees can confidently embrace their fundraising efforts! We’ll wrap up the afternoon with a fun networking session so that you can meet your fellow fundraisers in the room and walk away with knowledge and new connections! 


Mindee H. Barham
has dedicated her career to working with organizations whose missions address the needs of under-resourced communities in NYC, across the United States, and globally, through access to education, social services and economic empowerment. She most recently served as the Co-Executive Director and Chief Philanthropy Officer of the Scratch Foundation. Prior to that, she served as the Chief Development Officer for Grameen America, a national, non-profit microfinance organization empowering women who live in poverty to build small businesses to create better lives for their families. 

Mindee has over 25 years of nonprofit and development experience and has held key positions in fund development at United Way of New York City, Columbia University, Classroom, Inc., the YMCA of Greater New York, and the I Have a Dream Foundation. Mindee is a board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals -- NYC Chapter and is Co-Chair of its Professional Advancement Committee.  She holds a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from the New School and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Hispanic Studies from Northwestern University. Mindee lives on the Upper West Side in New York City with her wife and two teenaged sons, and enjoys spending time at the Jersey shore, traveling, and playing pickleball!

Suzanne Chipkin serves as the Senior Major Gifts Officer at City Harvest, where she has worked for the past five years. In this role, she leads prospect identification, donor strategy, solicitation, and stewardship for a portfolio of major and principal donors, directs the organization’s mid-level giving program, oversees City Harvest’s three giving societies, and manages the organization’s junior board. Previously, she was the Associate Director of Individual Giving and Special Events at PENCIL, a small nonprofit in New York City that prepares public school students for career success. She formerly worked at The New York Public Library, where she managed the Young Lions and Conservators membership programs. She has a dual BA from Barnard College and the Jewish Theological Seminary, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from NYU, and served as a fellow for the Princeton Alumni Corps Emerging Leaders program.

Melissa Gomez was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and holds a bachelor's in Sports/Entertainment/Event Management from Johnson & Wales University, and a master's in Public Administration with a concentration in nonprofit management from Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus.  She has been a successful fundraiser for over fifteen years and currently oversees all fundraising and marketing efforts for Fiver Children’s Foundation as their Senior Director of Development.  She is a member of the inaugural cohort of Youth Inc's Rise Academy for Leaders of Color, an award-winning ten-month-long program for BIPOC leaders in the nonprofit sector.  She successfully completed the program in May 2022.

In her spare time, Melissa is a long-suffering NY Knicks fan and enjoys music, travel, writing, watching wrestling, and learning about wine.  She currently resides in the Bronx with her husband.


David Smith is the Director of Advancement at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn, NY. David started his career teaching political science and history. He then worked as a consultant at CCS, where his clients included Women for Women International and the NAACP. After leaving CCS, David worked as Director of Development at the Calhoun School and the Allen-Stevenson School, where he led a $50 million capital campaign to expand the school. David also serves on the faculty of the CASE Summer Institute, where he teaches courses in major gifts fundraising and capital campaigns.


AFP-NYC Members - $195
Non-Members - $250



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