Affinity Groups

Affinity Groups

What’s an affinity group? A group of fellow nonprofit fundraising professionals who meet to talk about something they share something in common. They might work in the same sector or have the same a job title. They might live in the same region or have insights about a role that’s on your list of career aspirations. Whatever it is you share in common, these are people who relate to the many tactical and strategic challenges you juggle in your work as a fundraiser. These are your people.

In the field of fundraising, there are many challenges we all share. How can my organization gain new donors? How can we increase the effectiveness of our annual appeal? What can we do to make our gala more successful? While many organizations face these challenges, different types of organizations and different roles within them will have unique experiences in facing each.

To help our members deal with the unique challenges of their roles and their organizations, AFP Central PA is offering a number of affinity groups free to all members! Below is a list of affinity groups currently offered by AFP Central Pa. For additional information, contact Christie Twentier, Chapter Administrator.

Executive Directors
Discuss issues impacting E.D.s including working with boards; human resources; finance; strategic planning; role of ED in fundraising/donor stewardship etc.  This group will meet the third Tuesday of every month.
September 21st at 11:30 am

Grant Writers
This affinity group is a good fit for the new grant writer of fundraiser, as well as, a good refresher for the experienced grant writer.  We talk informally about grant writing, grant makers, and grant management or whatever fundraising topics the group may want to bring up.  This group will be meet the 4th Thursday of each month. Sign up for the meeting on September 23 at 10:00 am.

Major Gifts
Join fellow major gifts officers to discuss best practices, strategies and ideas around key topics.  This group will meet the first Thursday of the month at 11:00 am. Save the date for October 7th at 11:00 am.

Seasoned Professionals

This affinity group will be facilitated by Laurel Spagnola, a development professional with 30 years of diversified experience.   Are you interested in networking with other seasoned development professionals  to exchange ideas, discuss development trends, share frustrations, and learn more ways to galvanize the power of philanthropy to address critical needs?  The group will meet from 8:30 – 9:30 am on the second Friday of the month. Friday, September 10th at 8:30 am.  Sign up here.

Young In The Profession: Transition to Fundraising Affinity Group 
NEW affinity group for new to the profession fundraisers, maybe this is your second career or you were a board member or volunteer and now find yourself working for the organization. AFP Central PA wants to help you through this new transition into fundraising discussing best practices, challenges in the workplace, different types of fundraising grants, major gifts, planned giving, events, etc. 
This NEW Affinity group will be facilitated by Brenda Riehl, Founder of Thrive Fundraising, landed in fund development while working her way through college. After graduating with a social work degree, Brenda chose to use her education and hands-on experience to enter the fund development field full-time. Now, 25 years later, she's a consultant and coach who uses a social justice and DEI lens to guide nonprofit folks through strategy, fund development, and program development. Brenda knows that fundraising takes grit, skill, and a sense of humor.

Discuss ideas or questions you want to bounce off other colleague. Come join other AFP Central PA members and share tips, resources and learn from others' experiences. Thursday, September 16th at 1:00pm

Have an idea for an Affinity Group?  Let us know!  Send us an email at