Everyone is welcome at AFP Greater Madison. Community members are invited to join us for any program, and chapter members receive discounts on registration. Our recurring event formats include:

  •  Educational Series: Luncheons or breakfasts with networking and educational speakers on a variety of topics; attendance is worth at least 1.0 CFRE continuing education credit
  • Conferences & Workshops: Longer format programs led by trained experts; some programs are multiple days
  • Roundtables & Discussions: Facilitated roundtable conversations on a specific topic; or Diving into Development, which is a peer-to-peer discussion group in which professionals bring current development issues to discuss with colleagues
  • Special Events: Exclusive networking events and National Philanthropy Day
  • Young Professionals: Programs and topics addressing the needs of the next generation of fundraisers
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Coffee Chat with AFP Greater Madison

Please join us for this month's coffee chat and networking event! Meet fellow colleagues or reconnect with those you have missed chatting with. The opportunity will be held in-person on the last Tuesday of each month.

Conversation and Coaching Around 'Making the Ask'

We're taking time this month to talk about one of the critical aspects of our work - making the ask. You'll be paired with an experienced AFP colleague to have an intentional conversation around solicitation of a gift. You'll be in a relaxed setting (no classroom pressure here)with the intent to…

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Active Listening Skills for True Connection

Whether it be in a virtual meeting or in-person, your communication success relies on the ability to listen well. Take time for this interactive session to hone your listening skills. Be ready to come away with tips to be a better listener and, therefore, improved understanding between your…

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AFP ICON 2022

In May of 2022, the entertainment capital of the world will become the fundraising capital of the world, as AFP ICON—the world’s No. 1 fundraising conference—descends on Las Vegas for three incredible days of learning and connecting. More than 100 education sessions to choose from, inspiring…

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Networking April 2022

Please join us for networking! Meet fellow colleagues or reconnect with those you have missed chatting with. The opportunity will be held in-person.

Dealing with Uncomfortable Situations with Your Donors

Oftentimes, you are one-on-one with a donor who can make awkward or uncomfortable comments, whether it is about your appearance, your heritage or something that is happening politically. This is a topic that continues to come up. As fundraisers, we need to discuss these topics to help one another…

Demystifying Advocacy: What is it and how do I fit it into my busy schedule?

Advocacy? Sure, I’d love to see the universal charitable deduction or the IRA charitable rollover provision enhanced and strengthened, and I don’t want nonprofit postage rates to climb too high? But I’m also busy as a fundraiser and what do I know about advocacy?” Sound familiar?  Join the…

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CFRE Informational Session 2022

Are you considering becoming a CFRE? Not sure what a CFRE is? This virtual session will give you the chance to hear about what becoming a CFRE can do for your career, the path to certification, and resources available to you. Marta Weldon, recently certified as a CFRE  and now advocates for…

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Time for an Intentional Career Check-In

Where are you in your career? Just starting? Going strong? Bored as all get out?  What is preventing you from taking the next step? What do you need in order to take the next step? Come to this peer discussion to spend some purposeful time thinking about your career and career path. We'll break…

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Get Back In the Groove for Networking 2022

Please join us for the first networking event of 2022! Meet fellow colleagues or reconnect with those you missed over the holidays. The virtual opportunity is open to you coming in and out of rooms as you like.

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Things all fundraisers should do in January!

Major gift development isn't hard. It's a discipline. And, it's scalable. David Allen, Fundraising & Organizational Development Consultant with Development for Conservation, will share his simple, scalable approach for shaping your year ahead of major gift fundraising. Whether you're a seasoned…

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2021 Annual Meeting

Please join us for the 2021 Annual Membership meeting. The board will share the state of the Chapter, highlights of 2021, and plans for 2022. All are welcome to attend. Members in good standing will be asked to vote on the 2022 Board of Directors.

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Fundraising Day Wisconsin Social Hour

Professional development doesn’t end with a training session. As you continue to pursue new ideas and invest in your mission, join your colleagues for some chatter and beverages. We will join together in-person to relax, recharge, and celebrate the steps forward we have taken.

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A Call to Action for Fundraisers (FDW Series 2021)

As fundraisers everywhere grapple with how to incorporate, challenge and move forward with IDEA principles, we invite you to hear from two women on the forefront of this work. Liz LeClair is the current Chair for AFP Women’s Initiative and uses her platform and voice to call to action. Birgit…

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"Cultures" of Philanthropy (FDW Series 2021)

As fundraisers we talk about our internal culture of philanthropy and then we often talk about the culture of philanthropy that is present in our community. Join this discussion to hear from panelists who have philanthropic experiences from different regions and cultures of the world. They will…

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Don’t put all your eggs in one basket! Create an Inclusive Planned Giving Program (FDW Series 2021)

Diversifying fundraising strategies helps us meet goals despite the most unexpected conditions. Planned giving has the power to transform organizations and sustain their success for years to come. In this session, dive into the nitty gritty and learn practical steps you can take (even if you are a…

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Effective Holiday Fundraising Campaigns (FDW Series 2021)

Join Ken Miller, CFRE for this webinar to discuss annual campaigns. Topics covered include why it is so important to do holiday campaigns, when to do them and how to effectively use the last six weeks of the year for your nonprofits success. We will also discuss and learn about effective direct…

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Peer Discussion: Advice From Colleagues (In-Person)

For so many of us, we are a shop of one or at least the only person on our team who does our job. Hearing a different perspective on how they would handle a situation can be a huge lift up. Bring your questions, concerns, projects to this month's roundtable and we'll talk through them. 

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Peer Discussion: Advice From Colleagues (Virtual)

For so many of us, we are a shop of one or at least the only person on our team who does our job. Hearing a different perspective on how they would handle a situation can be a huge lift up. Bring your questions, concerns, projects to this month's roundtable and we'll talk through them. 

Fundraising Day Wisconsin Committee Meeting

Fundraising Day Wisconsin planning committee is gathering to continue planning elements of the hybrid 2021 event.

Committee Meeting: NPD

National Philanthropy Day Committee members will convene to continue planning for the 2021 hybrid event.

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The Renaissance of Madison’s South Side

Please join us to learn more about the nonprofit organizations that are working to transform Madison’s south side and the Park Street corridor through ambitious and visionary real estate projects. 

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New To The Field Networking 2021

Are you new to the field and want to connect with others joining the field of fundraising and development? Join us for this virtual networking opportunity. Networking is a great way to relax, share ideas with your fellow fundraisers, and unwind. 

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Peer Discussion: Choose Your Topic

Join colleagues in a fundraising conversation with a "Choose Your Own Topic" roundtable! Three distinct topics will allow participants to choose the subject matter of most interest to them right now. Topics include Strategic Planning, Corporate Giving, and Annual Giving. Choose your topic ahead of…

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Stewardship in the second act of COVID

As the world slowly reopens and nonprofit leaders return to our offices over the next few months, has the way we steward donors towards transformational giving changed due to virtual engagement during the pandemic? Join us for a conversation that reveals strategies to reimagine stewardship in the…