2024 AFP Professional Development Program Series
11:30pm-1:00pm (Unless otherwise specified)


Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at NIU Rockford, located at 8500 E State St, Rockford, IL 61108, unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024, 11:30 am – 1 pm

Become a Gift Asset Detective! 

In development and planned giving, having a sense of a donor’s financial framework and asset picture forms the basis for a successful cultivation strategy and proposing the most advantageous planned gift vehicles. This event will give you a basic understanding of what types of assets donors own. You can be a gift asset detective who uncovers asset information and can use it to secure planned gifts effectively. Presented by Dr. Denise Chan Gans, Executive Director of the Office of Gift Planning at the University of Chicago.



Tuesday, April 9, 2024, 11:30 am – 1 pm, What’s Trending? Let’s Talk Donors: Gift Vehicles, Preferences and Beyond! with Dan Ross and Adam Fleming

Tuesday, March 12, 2024, 11:30 am – 1 pm, The Power of Storytelling presented by Emily Harzog, President, Chartwell Agency

Tuesday, February 27, 2024, 11:30 am – 1 pm, DEI Champions in the Workplace, with panelists RU Associate VP of Student Life/Diversity Officer, Damian Evans, RVC Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Specialist, Tekkahmah Curry, & YMCA of RRV Chief People & Culture Officer, Audrey Kunert

Tuesday, January 30, 2024 Cheers to 2024, a member discussion to kick-off and prepare for a great 2024

Thursday, October 5, 2023 – The Fundraising Throwdown, presented by Brian Gawor and Scott Kruger, Ruffalo Noel Levitz

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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