2023 AFP Professional Development Program Series
11:30pm-1:00pm (Unless otherwise specified)


AFP Rockford meets the third Tuesday of each month except July, November, and December. Meetings are held at NIU Rockford, located at 8500 E State St, Rockford, IL 61108.

Thursday, October 5, 2023 STARTING AT 4 PM
The Fundraising Throwdown

Join AFP Rockford Chapter at this special, interactive event.

Two teams of AFP members will tackle a surprise fundraising challenge, live, in a cooking-show inspired competition! They’ll accept your feedback live as they “cook” up a response, and you’ll determine their fate over three rounds of surprises. See it unfold live as the teams respond and share their perspectives on today’s biggest donor engagement challenges.

You’ll decide what happens in each round and who will be crowned the Throwdown! champions. Be ready to offer your take on key topics, including organizing campaigns, fundraising ethics, and engaging an inclusive donor base. It’s an AFP Rockford event like nothing you’ve seen before!

Registration is $25/person* and includes game play, your first glass of beer, selected wine, or soft drink and appetizers.

Location: Abreo Restaurant, Wine Cellar, 515 E. State Street, Rockford

Presented by: Brian Gawor and Scott Kruger, Ruffalo Noel Levitz

*Guests are welcome but are not free of charge for this event.

To register, click here


Tuesday, August 15, 2023 – It’s Not that Scary: Advocating for your Organization with Elected Officials, presented by Christy Filby, Executive Director of the Illinois State Alliance of YMCAs 

Wednesday, June 21, 2023- Plug and Play: Train Your Board and Staff to be Better Fundraisers

Thursday, May 16, 2023- The Future of Artificial Intelligence in Fundraising: Key Uses, Pitfalls, and Ethics, presented by Brian Gawor, CFRE, Vice President of Research, RNL

Wednesday, April 19,2023- Why Branding is Important to Fundraising, presented by Lesly Couper

Tuesday, March 21, 2023-Masterclass: How Your Fundraising Can Thrive in a Changing Economy, presented by Bruce Berglund, CFRE.

Tuesday, February 21, 2023-Why Planned Giving is Important and How to Get it Going Again, presented by Charles Slamar Jr., JD, LLM, FCEP.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022- Grant Writing 101: Get the Dollars you Need for Your Non-Profit, presented by Dr. Lynn Gibson and Dr. Kim Suedbeck.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022- Don’t Give Them Something to Talk About: Ethical Dilemmas in Philanthropy, presented by Alicia Schatteman, director of the Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies and associate professor of nonprofit management in the Department of Public Administration in the School of Public and Global Affairs.

Tuesday, August 16 2022- What You Don’t Know You Don’t Know About Charitable Giving Strategies, presented by panelists Jakob Loescher, financial advisor/team lead, Savant Wealth Management, Chris Kovarik, senior director, Choreo (formerly RSM), and Dan Ross, president, Community Foundation of Northern Illinois.

Tuesday, June 25 2022- Facebook Fundraisers: A Case Study, presented by Adam Clevenger, CFRE, partner, Loring Sternberg & Associates

Tuesday, May 17 2022- Who? Me!? Advocating for your Organization to Elected Officials, presented Christy Filby, executive director of Illinois State Alliance of YMCAs.

Tuesday, April 19 2022- PayPal Now Active!! Setting Marketing Goals that Support Fundraising, presented by Jackie Lalley.

Friday, March 25 2022- Destination: Culture of Philanthropy, presented by Helen Brooks, CFRE, Director of Leadership Giving, School of Advanced Research.

Wednesday January 19, 2022- Getting Started with Cause-Based Marketing, presented by Wendy Schultz, Corporate Giving Director, Make-A-Wish Illinois.

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