Educational Chapter Meetings


Registration now OPEN for 2020 Educational Meetings!

Educational Meetings are held at: 

Bethany Village: Richard D. Rife Center
325 Wesley Drive
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

8:15 am - Registration and breakfast buffet
 8:30 - 9:05 am - Table Topics 
9:05 am - Chapter announcements
9:20 to 11:00 am - Presentation

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April Educational Meeting
Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Reframing Board Members' Attitude about Fundraising

Presented by Laura Otten, Ph. D, Executive Director, The Nonprofit Center at La Salle University

Board members tend to be very reluctant, if not recalcitrant, fundraisers.  Why?  First, they don’t understand why they have to do it, especially if there is at least one dedicated development person on staff.  Second, they don’t understand what is really involved in fundraising, failing to understand that the asking—the part that terrifies them-- is the exception in the work.  And, third, despite not understanding it, they just know they won’t be any good at it.  This session will address these stumbling blocks, and others, and suggest ways to turn that reluctant board member into an organizational champion.


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June Educational Meeting
Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Donor Care Master Class

Presented by Chad Barger, CFRE, Productive Fundraising

Sponsored by i5 Fundraising

Master class focused on the importance of donor retention. Attendees will learn simple, actionable steps that you can take to boost donor retention in your organization. Attendees will also complete several exercises that will review and map the donor touchpoints at their organization, providing a clear road map of what needs to be improved.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
“Six Figure Success: How to Grow Your Small Nonprofit’s Annual Fundraising to $100,000 and Beyond” 

NEW this year!  FREE breakfast included with Webinar for Members 
 Not Yet a Member $30

Bethany Village: Richard D. Rife Center
325 Wesley Drive
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Registration open


Mark your calendars, details coming soon!
Leading Philanthropy Regional Conference
Thursday, August 20, 2020, Conshohoken Marriott 
Featuring Simone Joyaux, ACFRE and Tom Ahern! 
Details coming soon! 

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
40th Anniversary Celebration Educational Meeting

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Educational Meeting

Special thanks to our December Educational meeting sponsor:


CFRE_ContEd_Logo18_copy.jpg The best way to connect with the local AFP Central PA Chapter is to attend a chapter meeting.
 Our meetings have a distinct educational focus and feature a variety of speakers. Members and Non-Members are welcome.  
 First-time attendees are invited for a complimentary session.  CFRE Credits are available.

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February Educational Meeting
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Know thyself...And others: Applying psychological theories to fundraising
presented by Tammy Ozlanski, Director of Planned Giving 

“The more you know yourself, the more patience you have for what you see in others.” Erik Erikson, the renowned developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst, was not a fundraiser. However, his sentiment can easily be applied to a number of fundraising situations. In this session, we will delve into the world of psychology and apply basic psychological theories and techniques to the work we do in the philanthropic sector. An understanding of concepts including Validation, Normalization, Empathy, Attachment and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs can provide insight into the motivations and behaviors of donors and prospects. The session will build upon participants’ informal knowledge of these concepts and apply them to specific challenges in fundraising programs and the donor cultivation cycle.

Emotionally Intelligent Fundraising
presented by Kedren Crosby, Work Wisdom

Emotional Intelligence is how we perceive and express ourselves, build and maintain interpersonal
relationships, cope with stress and use emotional data to solve problems and make decisions. EQ is
actually something you can tangibly develop, whereas both Personality and IQ are fairly fixed. Research
consistently proves that it is our EQ and not our IQ that most significantly impacts our success in the

Increasingly EI is being used to improve and increase performance and outcomes. Because of the highly relational nature of fund development, we can use EQ intentionally to develop ourselves and our results.  EQs are measurements of EI and can assess individuals or teams and can identify means of improving the
performance of the individual, the team and the organization. EI is also used as a method for identifying
leadership potential among team members and is increasingly used in hiring decisions.


"How to Fix Your Productivity to Amp Up Your Results" presented by Chad Barger, CNP, CFRE, Founder & Fundraising Strategist-Trainer-Coach, Productive Fundraising

Join AFP Master Trainer and #productivitynerd, Chad Barger, for a fast-paced session filled with tips (hacks) for fundraisers, executive directors and boards to raise more money, by working smarter, not harder.

This presentation focuses on improving both the fundraiser (via personal productivity hacks, e.g. managing time, email, meetings, etc.) and the fundraising (via planning, discovery, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship hacks).  Attendees will discover their own personal productivity style and have a chance to share what works for them as @fundraiserchad crowd sources even more tips from the audience.  You’ll leave this workshop energized and with 50+ ideas on how to fix your productivity to amp up your fundraising results.

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Note: Some date changes will apply based on the availability of speakers.  Always check the website/announcements for verification of an event.