Upcoming Events

Education programs, conferences, networking, volunteer involvement and professional advancement are among the many benefits you will receive from involvement with AFP – Greater Philadelphia Chapter

 *cancellations less than 3 business days prior will not receive a refund*  
*Please note members will not be able to swap their registration for events with a non-member.*


August 1, 2017 

*2 CFRE Credits*

The dream of consulting lights up the imagination at some point in nearly every fundraiser’s career. Serving interesting clients, for causes you care about, on a schedule of your own making! What a life!? Join fundraising consultant Matt Hugg, founder of the only website for nonprofit consultants, ThinkNP.com, for a serious, and sometimes not-so-serious discussion exploring the issues, mechanics and opportunities for what could be a great move now, or in your future.

Attendees of this session will learn:

  • Be able to evaluate whether consulting is a viable career path given one’s life stage and financial objective
  • Be able to begin to choose what non-fundraising skills must be developed for his or her personal success in consulting
  • Be able to grasp how much of consulting is doing the work in her or his chosen field versus the time and effort necessary to start and maintain a steady flow of clients and related back-office work
  • Be able to see how consulting can fit into a variety of lifestyles


Matt Hugg. President, HuggDotNet/ThinkNP

Matt specializes in marketing and fundraising copywriting for nonprofits. He also hosts ThinkNP.com, a media platform for consultants to the nonprofit sector. He holds a Master’s in Philanthropy and Development and teaches fundraising, philanthropy and marketing at Eastern University and the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, Matt has held fundraising and leadership positions at the Boy Scouts of America, Lebanon Valley College, the University of Cincinnati, Ursinus College and the University of the Arts. He has given frequent presentations, including groups such as: to AFP Chapters, AFP International, Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs, CASE, Young Involved Philadelphians, United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania and more.

Pricing: $25/Members $100/Nonmembers

August 15, 2017 

*2 CFRE Credits*

Online Days of Giving is designed to help fundraising professionals craft a plan to implement a coordinated single day of giving for their organization or community. To cultivate the donors of the future, organizations must reach a class of donor who are doing more and more online. Blackbaud reports that Giving Tuesday regularly sees double digit growth each year, receiving $26.1 million in donations in 2014 (source). Led by the Lancaster County Community Foundation, over $6 million was raised in one day from over 40,000 gifts for hundreds of Lancaster County nonprofits at the Extraordinary Give on November 20, 2015.  On May 10, 2016, Drexel University received $713,513 in donations in just one day from a coordinated online campaign. Online giving days are a fun and forward-looking way to build enthusiasm for your organization, tell your story and acquire new donors.

Attendees of this session will learn:

  • Attendees will do a fun and unique ice-breaker activity (based on one of the presenter’s improv comedy experience).
  • Attendees will begin to develop marketing and communications strategies for a day of giving (hosting events, social media and so on).
  • Attendees will acquire strategies on how to ‘gameify’ their online giving day through matching funds, challenges and fundraising teams.
  • Attendees will learn giving trends and understand the importance of this trend.
  • Attendees will begin to develop a technology plan for their giving day.
  • Attendees will learn quick and meaningful stewardship strategies.



Bill Dewan. Director of Development, Lancaster Lebanon Habitat for Humanity

 A native of Collingdale, PA, Bill earned his BA from Millersville University and MBA from Villanova University. His experience includes leadership through membership programs (with the Nielsen TV Ratings and the Hamilton Club of Lancaster, PA) and arts organizations (as the Executive Director of Opera Lancaster and founder of and performer with the Lancaster Improv Players). With Lancaster Lebanon Habitat, Bill manages all aspects of fundraising and donor relations, including cultivating, soliciting, and retaining support from donors as well as grantwriting, special events, recognition, and stewardship.

Tracy Cutler. VP, Communications and Donor Cultivation, Lancaster County Community Foundation

Tracy’s passion for local and the desire to bring voice to a cause led her to the Community Foundation. Her role as a founder of the publication Fig® and private sector work in communications for business, education and the arts have cultivated her respect for entrepreneurial energy and the power of community-building. Having lived on the West Coast and in Europe, Tracy and her husband Andy have been delighted to make a life in Lancaster with their two children Ben and Anna. Her interests sweep from museum-hopping and adventure travel to snow skiing and wine-tasting.

Pricing: $25/Members $100/Nonmembers

September 14, 2017

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*2 CFRE Credits (Pending Approval)*

Do your board members show up for meetings on time, prepared and ready for action?  The strength of your nonprofit board is directly related to the strength of the foundation of your organization.  The key to engaged and motivated board members is clarity of purpose and accountability.  In this session we will not only look at best practices and trends for ’good governance’, but we will also discuss tools your organization can adapt to power your board into action.

Attendees of this session will learn:

  • The roles and responsibilities of board members
  • Tools for good governance
  • How to combat undesirable board behavior

Speaker: Elizabeth C Vibber, MS- Marketing Director 

Liz Vibber has over 27 years of experience providing strategic consultation to both the public and private sectors. She currently directs the marketing and management consultation services for clients of Bee, Bergvall & Co., Certified Public Accountants and their affiliate, the Catalyst Center for Nonprofit Management.  Such services include the development of business and strategic plans, board governance and executive searches, as well as the facilitation of mergers and acquisitions within the nonprofit sector.  She has earned a Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Public Relations from Kutztown University.  Liz serves on the Board of the Central Bucks Family YMCA where she is also chair of the strategic planning committee.

Pricing: $25/Members $100/Nonmembers

September 26, 2017

New to AFP-GPC or interested in joining? Current members, looking to broaden your connections? If the answer is YES, please join us for our fall happy hour. Fundraisers will be able to meet their “people,” expand their networks and learn how to maximize the benefits of AFP-GPC membership. Appetizers will be provided!

Pricing: $5/Members $25/Nonmembers

 October 10, 2017

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*2 CFRE Credits (Pending Approval)*

Program Description

#CouchesDontCount: the true story of taking a couch to the streets of Philadelphia to raise awareness for homeless youth will explore the use of hashtag campaigns in raising awareness for an organization through a real life example. Valley Youth House’s #CouchesDontCount campaign launched in October 2015 to raise awareness for LGBTQIA homeless youth in Philadelphia, which resulted in: increased exposure and name recognition, strong new media relationships, featured news stories & articles, and new donors, volunteers, and supporters.

The campaign will continue throughout 2016 and beyond with a new round of Pop Up events scheduled for June. Presenters will speak about the inception of the campaign, successes (and failures), and offer pointers for participants who are interested in pursuing a hashtag campaign.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Define what a hashtag campaign is.
  2. Think creatively about their agency’s services & tie that into a hashtag campaign.
  3. Build relationships with media outlets, donors, supporters, corporations & more through a hashtag campaign.


Valerie Johnson, Assistant Director of Development for the SE Region at Valley Youth House

Lansie Sylvia, J2 Desgin Partnership