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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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…

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Peer Discussion: Uncomfortable Conversations

It seems that all professionals run into uncomfortable situations. Does it happen more often in fundraising and the nonprofit sector?  Is our response different when the conversation is with someone who controls a monetary decision? This uncomfortableness can come in many forms such as political…

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Build Connections in AFP - Virtual Happy Hour

Join us for this low-key virtual networking opportunity. Networking is a great way to relax, share ideas with your fellow fundraisers, and unwind. 

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A Successful Board; How to charge your board with fundraising

Listen to three experienced board members in the Madison community who will discuss the importance and power of fundraising to help initiatives for the areas they support. Board members are key influencers and can be a huge part of a strong philanthropic year, especially while we are not meeting in…

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How can a fundraising professional play a role in anti-racism work at their organization?

We heard from Debbie Biddle at the January program how we can move our organizations forward in becoming anti-racist. Now, how do we play a role as the fundraiser? Often as professional fundraisers, we hold a unique opportunity within our organizations where we see how the internal culture meets…

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Looking Ahead: Nonprofit Planning for 2021

Join the “Looking Ahead” networking event to discuss your nonprofit plans for 2021! Networking is a great way to share ideas with your fellow fundraisers, and we would love to brainstorm and share ideas on moving forward into a new year. 

Deborah Biddle
Assessing Organizational Racism and Advocating for Anti-Racist Workplaces

In this virtual session,  we'll explore evaluative tools to determine how racism shows up in your organization.  From decision-making and budgeting to accountability and power, you’ll have a chance to think about your work environment and learn ways to advocate for the change necessary to transform…

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Wisconsin Gives 2020 & Annual Membership Meeting

Join President & CEO of Wisconsin Philanthropy Network, Tony Shields, to discuss the 2020 Wisconsin Gives Report. This meeting will also serve as the AFP Greater Madison Chapter's Annual Meeting. An election of the 2021 Board of Directors will occur along with an update of chapter activity.

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National Philanthropy Day 2020

The 33rd Annual National Philanthropy Day, hosted by AFP Greater Madison, will take place in November 2020, and will honor the people and organizations whose financial and volunteer efforts make Madison and Dane County a wonderful place to live. 

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Round (Zoom)table: End of Year Planning

The end of the year might mean meeting goals and deadlines but it also is a great time to talk to your donors. Planning and executing your work during the end of the year can sometimes feel overwhelming. Join your peers in this open discussion and hear how others are planning for the end of 2020.…

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AFP Madison; making local engagement more accessible

Over the years AFP Greater Madison has held strategic planning sessions with members, the board, and various committees. We find ourselves continuing to change and adapt to our professional communities. This year, your AFP Greater Madison Board of Directors has continued this effort of change. We…

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Setting the Stage: Navigating a Future for the Arts

The Arts play a unique role in our individual lives, local economy and the greater society. They amplify our mood in celebration and help us to heal in times of loss. But in the continuing pandemic and economic downturn, who is helping the artists and arts & culture organizations survive? Join…

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Reclaiming the Relational Work of Fundraising in a Digital Age

Although a vibrant digital presence is essential today, organizations settle for so little when mere online connections take the place of authentic relationships developed around shared values. Register today and join Fundraising Day Wisconsin and Otto Reinisch for the conversation!