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AFP Greater Dayton Events & Meetings
Increase Your Knowledge  |  Develop Expertise |
Build Your Skills  | Advance Professionally

Thank you to our 2023 Educational Program Sponsor!


Thank you to our 2023 Technology Sponsor!

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March Educational Program
The Bumpy Road to Leadership
How to lead the charge for your staff, your board, and yourself

Wednesday, March 29

8:30 - 11:30 a.m.


Top of the Market - 32 Webster St.


$50 for members, $65 for non members

refreshments included

We all start from somewhere, and it isn’t always easy to go from being managed to The Manager. What you might picture to be a straight shot to a leadership role is often a bumpier path. Join two long-time Dayton professionals who will help navigate the complicated layers of managing a staff of fundraisers at every level.

This program is for anyone who is hoping to become a leader in their field someday, if you are a new in your leadership role, or if you feel as if you’ve hit a few more bumps in the management road as of late. Join us for a morning-long presentation and discussion to help build your skills and empower you and your team!

Adam Blanchard, Dayton Children’s, will discuss his humbling experience leading a staff, and ways he learned to balance in his leadership through challenges.

Dona Vella, DONAtions Inc., will recount her long history of reporting to, and leading a board. Managing personalities and answering to a larger group while still garnering their buy-in and participation in fundraising.

Both speakers will talk about self-empowerment, challenging yourself and your team, battling imposter syndrome, managing up, and more. The group will have time for open dialogue, Q&As, and we will work through case studies where your leadership-muscle can be flexed as we explore real-life examples of the tough decisions all leaders must face, especially when donors are watching!

This program qualifies for 2.5 CFRE Credits


April Educational Program
CFRE Prep/Refresh Course
A full-day CFRE Course for those interested in elevating their expertise in the fundraising profession!

Thursday, April 27

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Emerson Helix Innovation Center

$150 for members, $175 for non members

This is the early-bird rate - prices will increase after April 1

lunch and refreshments included 

This intensive one-day training is intended for fundraisers with 3-7+ years of experience who are committed to a career in the fundraising field. If you’ve toyed with the idea of going after your CFRE, this refresher course will help set you on a trajectory to tackle it. If you’ve heard of CFRE but have questions, this day will help answer them. If you’re looking for a team of cheerleaders to take on a new challenge and solve today’s problems, this is worth the investment of your time!


We will tackle the following topics: current and prospective donor research, securing the gift, relationship building, volunteer involvement, leadership and management, ethics, accountability and professionalism.


Thanks to the generous support of your local AFP Chapter, you immediately receive a discount on your investment.

    AFP Member Course:

    National cost: $390

                 Dayton Discount: Now $175 thanks to your AFP chapter - EARLY BIRD RATE $150

   Non-Member Course:

   National cost: $490

                 Dayton Discount: Now $200 thanks to your AFP chapter - EARLY BIRD RATE $175


IF YOU REGISTER BY April 1 - you will get the early-bird rate.


Event Schedule for the day will be announced in the coming weeks.

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May Educational Program
A Tactical Approach to Development & Culture
Create the best development plan in the best work environment possible

Wednesday, May 10

8:30 - 11:30 a.m.


Top of the Market - 32 Webster St.


$50 for members, $65 for non members

refreshments included

In this morning-long session presented by Cramer & Associates we will explore how to create the best development plan for your organization, while fostering a positive and healthy work culture. 

In this session we'll discuss creating the best development plan for your organization based on shop-size, budget and staff bandwidth. We will review case studies and market trends. We will also dive into topics about the interpersonal side of a development staff, and cultivating a healthy culture amongst staff, board, volunteers, etc.  We'll end the day by discussing how the tactical approaches to fundraising can work along with culture, and how they really aren't opposing ideas at all!


This program is presented by our 2023 Program Educational Event Sponsors Cramer & Associates.  Speakers from the team will be Michelle Cramer, Dawn Robinson and Mike Schmidt.


May Webinar
Tips to Make Your NPD Nomination Stand Out!

Wednesday, May 24

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.


Virtual on Zoom


FREE for members, $10 for non members

Dave Seyer, long-time NPD chair has seen his fair share of National Philanthropy Day nominations.  He's seen it all - the good, and the very very bad.  With Dave's insight, he'll provide you with tips and tricks to make your NPD nomination stand out against the others. Dave's keen eye and vast experience will help inform your writing process!  You can take these tactics with you as they can also apply to future grant submissions!  This event is free to members!

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