News from AFP-NYC

Chapter Leadership Brief 1.30.2019

By Gary Laermer, AFP-NYC Chapter President 

January is officially National Mentoring Month, a campaign to promote youth mentoring in the United States. It was inaugurated in 2002, and is spearheaded by the Harvard School of Public Health, MENTOR, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Many leading nonprofit organizations hold local campaign activities in communities across the country, including media outreach and volunteer recruitment.  

Donor Advised Funds -- Ten Facts All Fundraisers Should Know

By Susan Fields, CFRE

Over the last five years the number of Donor Advised Funds (DAF’s) in the United States has more than doubled with total combined assets of more than $110 billion, which will eventually go directly to charities selected by the donors who opened these funds. An in-depth AFP-NYC Educational Program in November 2018 provided attendees with the following information regarding this up-and-coming charitable contribution vehicle.

Chapter Leadership Brief 12.19.18

By president-Elect Steve Jacobson 

As we head into the heart of the year-end giving season, it occurred to me how much pressure fundraisers are under to meet their goals.  After all, next year’s budgets often depend on successful year-end fundraising campaigns.

Six Strategies and Concepts for Creating a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace

AFP-NYC Educational Program
By Susan Fields, CFRE
Almost everyone who has worked in a business setting will agree that organizational culture is enormously difficult to change. Because culture is a complex mixture of deeply-embedded beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors, it often contains elements which are both subtle and illusive. So when we speak of creating more diverse and inclusive practices in staffing our organizations, it is important that nonprofit leaders understand the nuances and steps in implementing change.  

Learning to Say Thank You


by Veronica Bainbridge, Chapter Board Member

Director of Development, Madison Square Park Conservancy


Chapter Leadership Brief 12.07.18


By Jill M. Scibilia, CFRE

Chapter Secretary & Vice President, Development,
Phelps Hospital Northwell Health


I recently made a career move after fifteen years at the same organization.  I loved my job and the mission of the organization I served. I had a wonderful team, a strong partnership with the CEO, and the organization has an incredible board and deeply committed volunteers.

Chapter Leadership Brief 11.20.2018

By Craig Shelley, CFRE, Chapter Treasurer & Managing Director, Orr Group

As we gather with friends and loved ones during this Holiday Season, in between eating too much and bickering with family, I know each of us will stop to give thanks for the very many things we have to be grateful in our lives. 

Chapter Leadership Brief 11.08.18

By Gary Laermer, AFP-NYC President

The Changing Role of Major Gift Officers 

After nearly 40 years of working for great nonprofit organizations, I’ve come to realize the most challenging title to live up to is Major Gift Officer (MGO). According to, the average salary for open MGO positions in the New York area is $87,324—and there were over 300 openings! With all of these available jobs and completive average salary, I wondered why everyone I spoke with has said it’s the hardest position to fill. 

Chapter Leadership Brief 10.26.18

By Steve Jacobson

AFP-NYC Treasurer


Ten Strategies for Building Your Board’s Fundraising Skill and Confidence

One of the greatest challenges many nonprofits face is developing a culture of fundraising on their Board of Directors. So often we hear of CEO’s bemoaning the struggles of convincing board members that their leadership in the form of “giving and getting” sets the tone for the success of overall development efforts.

Members-Only Webinar, AFP-NYC Headquarters, New York City

By Susan Fields, CFRE


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