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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Webinar Watch Party: The 100% Fallacy: Common Presumptions that Hold Your Fundraising Back

Many common assumptions about donors are just plain wrong, hence charities shipwreck financially and fail to grow. Get it right from the start, with this "truth stampede." World-sourced from top experts by Tom Ahern, you'll learn what are acceptable response rates for direct mail appeals and donor…

National Philanthropy Day
National Philanthropy Day

Through the amazing stories of our award recipients, we are able to share the power of this philanthropy with the general community and recognize some very special people.  Join us for the 31st annual celebration.

Eastside Rountable attendees 2018
Morning Roundtable: Communication Strategies

Have you found the method of communication that works best for your donors? It could be email, text, direct mail, phone calls, or something more unique. Come prepared to share how you determine which method to use and how it has worked for you.

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ROI: Practical Action Steps to Retain a Diverse Workforce

Your organization has taken the first step by acknowledging the need for a diverse workforce. The big questions surround retention. Are people of color and other underrepresented groups staying at your organization? Are they feeling heard, welcomed, fairly compensated? Are inclusion and equity…

Casey Oelkers, Madison Symphony Orchestra
Diving into Development

Do you feel like you have read all the articles out there but still haven’t found the answer?  Consider joining AFP Madison for this peer to peer group dive into development.  We will use our time to talk about development issues that are on YOUR mind.  Come ready to bounce ideas off of each other…

Jen Davie and Sarah Linn
Leadership Academy

Reach your full potential as a fundraising leader. Join us for two days of immersive development and top-flight networking at the Hilton Toronto. AFP Chapter Leadership, Young Professionals and Collegiate Members will receive pre-conference training on October 11.

Kristen Wensing at February 2018 luncheon
Self Advocating with Supervisors - hosted by the Young Professional Committee

Do you want to be better prepared to advocate for yourself in the workplace and get a better understanding of salary and compensation ranges and practices in the Madison area? Join AFP Greater Madison’s Young Professionals Committee for a discussion with experienced members of Madison’s non-profit…

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FACE-To-FACE for the First Time- Do's and Dont's

That FIRST appointment with a new prospective MAJOR GIVER! How do you get it?  What are the goals of that first visit?  What is one thing that should NEVER happen? Jump into this interactive conversation with Marcy Heim, The Artful Asker, and learn how you can change both your actions and your…

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Roundtable After Work: Wondering About Pro-Bono Services?

Boris Frank will lead this Roundtable with a focus on pro-bono services available in our generous community. Opportunities to collaborate and share resources exist for non-profits of all sizes.

UW Union South
Fundraising Day Wisconsin

Join us for the 5th Annual Fundraising Day Wisconsin Conference - Bringing National Talent to Your Backyard!

Kristen Wensing and Rich Lynch
AFP YP Committee Salary & Compensation Unconference

AFP Greater Madison’s Young Professionals Committee invites you to our first “unconference,” where young professionals have the opportunity to lead their own professional development experiences.

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Orientation to the Grants Information Collection at UW-Madison

Registration now open to all to attend! AFP is offering a 1.5 hour workshop to members interested in learning about this valuable collection of grant-seeking resources available in Madison.  Content is suitable for development staff of all levels. This event is offered to members first.  If space…

Eastside Rountable attendees 2018
Morning Roundtable: Tricks of the Grant Writing Trade

Many of us wear numerous hats, including grant writer, in our fund development roles. Come prepared to share how you manage timelines, how you communicate with stakeholders, your grant writing experiences, and reporting back to funders. Is anyone interested in continuing the conversation beyond…

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AFP After Work - Networking Night presented by the Membership Committee

Join your AFP Greater Madison colleagues for a happy hour (or two) of networking and socializing. This special event is brought to you by the Membership Committee. This is a great time to get to know your local AFP network! This event is FREE. Both Members and Non-Members are welcome.

YP Member Joseph Vande Slunt
The Life Cycle of a Donor - hosted by the Young Professional Committee

Join the AFP Young Professionals for an open conversation with seasoned professionals covering (Re)Acquiring New & Lapsed Members, Managing a Membership Program, and Stewarding & Inspiring Members to become Major Donors, as we discuss the life cycle of a donor, and learn what you can do to…

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CFRE Refresher Course

The AFP CFRE Refresher Course offers development professionals an opportunity to review the main components of a complete fundraising program. It is an intensive program intended to provide an overview, organized around the domains of the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) exam, rather than on…

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Great Boards = Solid Fundraising

Join this panel of experienced board members to discuss how organizations create good board experiences and how happy boards are better fundraisers. How do you engage board members in decisions? Do you provide time for social activities for board members? Do board and staff members have time for…

Casey Oelkers, Madison Symphony Orchestra
Diving into Development

Do you feel like you have read all the articles out there but still haven’t found the answer?  Consider joining AFP Madison for this peer to peer group dive into development.  We will use our time to talk about development issues that are on YOUR mind.  Come ready to bounce ideas off of each other…

Anne Wisner at February 2018 luncheon
Communicating Impact to Donors: Does My Gift Matter?

It isn’t difficult to imagine the positive impact of a one-time million-dollar donation. Yet, most of our organizations depend on the consistency of annual gifts.  Showing donors the impact of their gift, at any level, will help us attract and retain donors.