Association of Fundraising Professionals of CNY's Fundraising Day

 AFP-CNY Fundraising Day Friday, April 11, 2014

 8:00am – 3:00 pm

 Sheraton University Hotel & Conference Center

801 University Ave, Syracuse NY


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Development for the Development Professional ~ Join us for the morning, just an afternoon session or both. This conference offers something for everyone and allows you the flexibility to pick and choose your favorite sessions.
8:00-8:30 ~ Registration, Continental Breakfast
8:30-9:45 ~ Keynote: Will you take the Major Gifts challenge? Major Gifts for small shops, Amy Eisenstein, MPA, ACFRE
Have you always wished you knew how to raise major gifts? Here's your chance! Don't put it off any longer - come learn how you can raise major gifts for your organization this year and for years to come. If you are focused on event planning and grant writing, and therefore leave little or no time to focus on your biggest and best donors, the Major Gifts Challenge is for you. The most effective and efficient way to get better fundraising results is to grow your individual giving. So, if you are committed to start or grow your major gifts program, this session is for you. Whether a major gift for your organization is $1,000 or $10,000, you will learn how to ask for and receive more major gifts. Get a sneak peek at what the Major Gift Challenge can do for you. Join your small shop colleagues and take the Major Gift Challenge today!
9:45-10:00 ~ Vendor Visits
10:00-10:50 ~ Morning Breakout Session 1
  • Let's Get Social, Mike Sgro: Dive into the world of social media. We all know that social media is "something we should be doing". But what exactly does that mean? And is it really worth it when there are dozens of other things on the to-do list? Join us for a practical approach to integrating social media into your existing communications.
  • 50 Asks in 50 Weeks, Amy Eisenstein, MPA, ACFRE: A Guide to Better Fundraising for Your Small Development Shop, and Raising More with Less: An Essential Fundraising Guide for Nonprofit Professionals and Board Members. She will publish a third book with CharityChannel Press in early 2014, called You Can Raise Major Gifts. Amy is also a contributing author to You and Your Nonprofit.
10:50-11:00 ~ Vendor Visits
11:00-11:50 ~ Morning Breakout Session 2
  • Building Successful Events, Panel Discussion: What is it that makes a successful event? Get tips and tricks from those who organize events, and hear from event attendees what it is that gets them excited and keeps them coming back.
  • Donor Engagement Secrets Revealed, Panel Discussion: We all know the importance of marrying our donors to our mission. This session highlights effective ways to accomplish that goal. Attendees will hear from development professionals as well as donors. Prepare to walk away with new ideas to energize your cultivation and stewardship plans with donor engagement opportunities
11:50-12:00 ~ Vendor Visits
12:00-1:00 ~ Lunch
Fundraising Misadventures: Stories of Failures, Near Misses, or other Calamities in Philanthropy: No one is perfect and we all have bad days. What happens when the fates align against you and Murphy's Law is out to get you? It makes for a great story that you will (hopefully) have a chance to laugh at, learn from and share. Come join us for lunch and share stories about their professional misadventures. Learn from this great selection of seasoned professionals and how they dealt with and learned from their disasters.
1:15-3:00 ~ Specialized Sessions
  • CEOs in Development, Alan Thornton and Carolyn Hendrickson: In today's donor-focused environment, the executive director is called to play an increasingly active, informed, and influential role in creating an environment that is conducive to optimal giving. Executive directors and development directors can be the greatest partners or the biggest challenges to one another's success. Learn from best practices of local fundraising leaders who have learned to develop this important relationship to maximum benefit for the organizations they serve.
  • Grants 2.0, Olive Sephuma-CNY Community Foundation and Melissa Whips-Syracuse University: This workshop is designed for intermediate grant writers and those who have not yet reached the degree of success they desire from this funding stream. A grant writer will share tips for success, while a grat admiistrator will talk about what will make your application stand out. Professionals who have previously written grant proposals and are looking to enhance their skills and increase their success rate will be given tips and tricks to prepare, write and submit successful grant proposals. We will also review common internal review and submission processes and common problems with unsuccessful proposals.