The New Year is when many of us make resolutions. One resolution all nonprofit professionals should make each year is to become better at what we do, to elevate our performance. One step in that direction is to participate in Fundraising Day in New York.
This year’s conference will take place on June 23 at the Marriott Marquis. Our event committee is deep into planning what promises to be the best conference ever. Every session is designed to strengthen your performance and advance your organization.
Lena Mukhina was 16 years old in June 1941. She lived in Leningrad (today St. Petersburg, Russia). The school year had just finished, and Lena was looking forward to summer vacation. Her diary, discovered many years later, showed her to be a typical young girl. She wondered whether she really fit in with her group of friends, what the future held, and whether the secret love of her life – a boy named Vova – would ever recognize her feelings for him.
Welcome to 2017!
AFP-NYC will address the future next Wednesday at the Chapter’s State of the Industry: 2017 Annual Meeting at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers. Jason Lee, JD, Interim CEO of AFP International will be our keynote speaker. He will share his insights with us, as will others. You can find details about the meeting on our website at nycafp.org. We hope to see you there.
As our year-end work winds down and time with friends and family nears, I’d like to take a moment to celebrate the nonprofit sector and the impact giving has had on our nation.
For the first time a national institution is recognizing the importance of charitable giving in American life on a national scale. A permanent exhibit titled Giving in America opened last month at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
I hope your Thanksgiving Day was filled with good food and good cheer, and was politics-free. I say this as the recent election cycle was a long and rancorous one and arguing with relatives is bad for one’s digestion.
Plus engaging neutrally with one’s relatives is good practice for maintaining one’s composure and convictions without yelling or saying anything one might regret.
Over the past several months we’ve seen a number of major institutions mired in controversy. Among them: Volkswagen, Wells Fargo, the FBI, and Wounded Warrior Project. You can now add CUNY to the list. Just in the past week it was the subject of a Wall Street Journal story whose headline read, “CUNY Misuse of Funds Systemic, Report Says.” These institutions are now scrambling to restore their reputations, and their brands.
The cover of the current issue of Advancing Philanthropy asks the question “What Is Success Anyway, and How Do You Measure It?” As one who enjoys a good debate over philosophy and theory, the first part of the title created instant anticipation. But the moment was fleeting, as the second part of the title suggested the debate would be reduced to metrics.
You may know New York City as the founding chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. You may not know AFP was called the National Society of Fund Raisers in 1960 when it was officially chartered by the State of New York. Fast-forward 56 years, and AFP-NYC remains a preeminent chapter of AFP International, now among 241 chapters representing 33,265 members around the world. I hope you’re one of them and, if not, that you’ll consider joining AFP-NYC now.
Last week I had the pleasure of joining Chapter leaders from across the U.S. and Canada in Portland, Oregon for the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Leadership Academy. Now in its tenth year, the conference offered three packed days of leadership and management sessions, workshops and plenary speakers.
Besides myself, representing the NYC Chapter were board members Craig Shelley and Kerry Watterson, and Associate Director Alexandra Owens.
This year, the AFP-NYC Chapter is a Network Leader in a new statewide online giving event taking place on #GivingTuesday: New York Gives Day (#NYGivesDay). Register your organization online today to get in on the action! - https://www.nygivesday.org/register