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: 4/12/2022 8:30 AM - 7/12/2022 10:00 AM Export event

Small Shops Think Tank: Practical Ways to Advance Your Fundraising! A Four Event Series begins April 12th

Professional Advancement Event

Small Shops Think Tank is a four session series

Price for complete series: 
$190 - AFP-NYC members
$260 - Non-members

Session Schedule Includes:

  • April 12th: Refining Your Fundraising and Communications Plan - Virtual
  • May 10th: Donor Cultivation and Major Gift Strategies for Success- Virtual  
  • June 15th: Managing Growth: Staffing & Systems
  • July 12th: Relationship Building: Working with Board and Key Volunteers

8:30 - 10:00 AM ET
Virtual and In-Person Events

Are you a “small shop” development program leader? By small shop we mean you manage few staff members (maybe just one!) with limited resources. As such, you are a committed fundraiser challenged every day to achieve large results.

If so, then AFP NYC’s workshop series focused on Small Shop Fundraising is perfect for you!

Together you will learn from your peers how to successfully navigate fundraising challenges unique to the professional in a small shop setting, as well as develop a network of support that will continue long after the series is over.

Each session will feature a presentation led by leaders in the field who bring their expertise in managing and growing a thriving development program. In addition, you will share your successes and stumbling blocks in Advancing Your Fundraising.

This is a four-session series and individual sessions are not available for purchase. We ask that registrants commit to participating in all sessions. Sessions are tentatively scheduled for both online and in-person, from 8:30-10:00 am ET, and will be facilitated by Melissa A. Benjamin of Fiver Children’s Foundation, Susan Shapiro of Shapiro associates, Anne Townsend of ART + Strategy, and Gary Weinberg of DM Pros.

The Full Schedule:

April 12th: Refining Your Fundraising and Communications Plan - Virtual

You have a terrific fundraising and communications plan. Now, let’s talk how you mark your progress and manage for success. We’ll discuss making refinements throughout the year, in real time and based on your results.

Featured facilitator
Rose Crichton
Brooklyn Conservatory of Music 
(BKCM)

Rose M. Crichton-White is a New York Emmy Award-winning marketing professional with over 15 years of cross-sector integrated marketing, event management and community relations experience. She is currently the Director of Marketing and Development at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music (BKCM), where she manages fundraising, marketing and special events. Before working at BKCM, she was Director of Marketing and Communications for Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children and served as Interim Director of Development.

Rose was Associate Director of Partnerships & Marketing for BRIC Arts & Media, managing the Emmy Award-winning BRIC Media Share program. The program provides staff development to organizations to increase their storytelling capacity through video. Rose received a New-York Emmy Award for her work with Turning Point Brooklyn on "The Johnny Effect" and a New York Emmy nomination with ECPAT-USA on their PSA campaign "Does Your Hotel Know?"

Rose began her career in the commercial media industry. Over ten years at broadcasting conglomerate Emmis Communications, Rose held positions on the National Sales Team for the Emmis New York Radio Cluster and managed Community Relations for the global Hip-Hop media brand Hot 97. As Director of Marketing, Promotions & Digital for legendary urban radio station 98.7 KISS FM, she produced over 200 events a year and executed marketing campaigns in conjunction with major brands such as Pepsi, T-Mobile, the New York City Department of Health and more. She also increased 98.7 KISS FM's targeted listener database by over 160%.  

Throughout her career, Rose has worked with the National Urban League, The Apollo Theater, MTV, the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, Mission One Voice, Interscope Records, New York Comic Con and NBC.

May 10th: Donor Cultivation and Major Gift Strategies for Success- Virtual  

You are doing all that you can to stay in front of your donors and prospects with limited resources and time.  What can you be doing more of?  What should you be doing less of? And how do you make the shift in your program to optimize your results?

Featured facilitator
David Smith
St. Ann’s School

David Smith is the Director of Advancement at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn, NY. David started his career teaching political science and history in New York City public schools before teaching history and government at Friends Seminary from 2003 to 2007. During his time at Friends, David grew increasingly interested in philanthropy and left teaching to work as a consultant at CCS, where his clients included Women for Women International and the NAACP. After leaving CCS, he was able to marry his passions for teaching and fundraising with his work as Director of Development at the Calhoun School and the Allen-Stevenson School. David serves on the faculty of the CASE Summer Institute, where he teaches courses in major gifts fundraising, capital campaigns and DEI in Advancement

June 15th: Managing Growth: Staffing & Systems  

Growing pains are real and can be an exciting time, or can lead to burn out and frustration in the organization. We will share our experiences on the signs to look for, and the best approaches on how to plan for and manage growth.

Featured facilitator
Christie Ko
Executive Director
Fiver Children's Foundation

Christie Ko first joined the Fiver Children’s Foundation as a seasonal camp staff member in 2002, after obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in speech pathology from Hofstra University and completing two terms of service with AmeriCorps NCCC.  She left Fiver briefly to complete her Master’s degree in social work from Columbia University and to work in supportive housing.   Christie returned to the organization as the full-time Camp Director and has served as Fiver’s Executive Director for the past thirteen years.  A believer in the power of the summer camp experience, Christie serves on the board of the American Camp Association-NY/NJ and is a member of the national American Camp Association research committee focused on studying the impact of summer camp on college and career success. 

July 12th: Relationship Building: Working with Board and Key Volunteers

In a small shop, you depend on your Board and volunteers to help advance your mission, profile and fundraising. Set yourself and your volunteers up for success with affirming strategies and processes that maximize time, engagement and results.

Featured facilitator
Katie Gardner-Boehm
Director of Development
Literacy Inc.

Katie Gardner-Boehm (she/her) joined Literacy Inc as Director of Development in October 2021. Katie is a former educator and experienced fundraiser. Her years in the classroom fuel her dedication to respecting and empowering children and fostering healthy families and strong communities by ensuring access to high-quality educational programs and resources. 

Katie is most proud of her vital fundraising roles during her organizations’ pivotal moments. She was a part of the development team and capital project that secured funding to build and open the new home for KidsQuest Children’s Museum in Bellevue, WA in 2016. Later, she returned to lead the Museum’s development team and directed fundraising efforts that maintained essential staff and programs during the COVID-19 crisis. Katie also steered the major gifts program and raised record gifts at King County Sexual Assault Resource Center during the resurgence and escalation of the #MeToomovement, and a time of historic demand for KCSARC’s advocacy, therapy, and prevention services. 

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