AFP Greater Arizona Chapter Presentation

March 6, 2018

Not the Culture of Philanthropy you need? You can change it!

Presenter: Mary Kaufman-Cranney, CFRE, Vice President, The Alford Group

Workshop Description:

A culture of philanthropy is essential in any organization to most effectively raise funds but what does that mean and more challenging is, how do you intentionally create such a culture? Mary Kaufman-Cranney, CFRE, will share her journey in taking an organization through a process to create a common language and implement a curriculum to create a measurable difference. She will engage the audience to measure their own organization’s culture and discuss key components and the ideas to make them real so that everyone in your organization appreciates donors as partners who share our goals and participate in achieving them. Participants will leave with a tool to measure philanthropic culture and ideas on how to effect change.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understanding the why and what of the philanthropic culture
  • Measurable assessment of the philanthropic culture and how you can impact it.
  • Clear expectations of the roles of the board, CEO and CDO in a functioning philanthropic culture.

Take Aways:

  • Knowledge of the difference between fundraising as a function and a culture of philanthropy
  • A measurement tool to use in your organization
  • Practical tips on how to impact your organization’s culture

Meet & Greet: 7:30am – 8:00am
Luncheon/Presentations: 8:00am – 9:30am

Cost: AFP members $30 and non-members $45

Register here

Luncheon Workshop: Major Gifts and Strategic Fundraising

AFP Silicon Valley Chapter presented:

Leadership Triangle: Major Gifts and Strategic Fundraising

Luncheon + Workshop

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
11:30 AM – 3:45 PM

The most successful major gifts programs have strong volunteer leadership and engagement. Discover how you can strengthen your major gifts effort by engaging your board. Our speaker is Mary Kaufman-Cranney who brings more than 30 years of experience leading organizations to build their philanthropic capacity. She assists through the cultivation and solicitation process, and trains board members and staff on their roles.

Topics include:

  • Engaging your Board in building your Case for Support
  • Involving Volunteers in Building Donor Relationships
  • Engaging your Board in making the “Ask”

Learning Outcomes:

  • An understanding of trends and issues in nonprofit board development
  • Practical tools for prospect development and a rating exercise
  • Clear expectations of the roles and responsibilities of a Major Gifts committee.

WORKSHOP (optional add-on): Fundraising As a Strategic Priority of the Leadership Triangle
This workshop is directed to not-for-profit Chief Executives, Board Chairs and Chief Development Officers. Is fundraising a strategic priority across your organization?  Is your development officer considered a key leader? Or are investments in fundraising an afterthought? Featuring discussion of the “UnderDeveloped, A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising” report, we’ll discuss critical success factors and optimal dynamics within this leadership triangle.

Learn to:
* Resolve any impediments to shared leadership for fundraising success
* Plan strategically for fundraising growth and investments
* Boost your organization’s fundraising performance
* Instill philanthropy as a value across your organization.

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AFP Advancement Northwest

Forum on Strategic Fundraising

Seattle | June 15-16, 2017

The Alford Group attended the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) 2017 Forum on Strategic Fundraising in Seattle. The following staff members attended:

  • Karen Rotko-Wynn, CFRE, Executive Vice President, West Division Manager
  • Sharon Tiknis, Executive Vice President, East Division Manager
  • Laura Edman, CFRE, Vice President
  • Wendy Hatch, CFRE, Vice President
  • Amy Stone, MA, MBA, Consultant
  • LuCinda Hohmann, Business Development Manager

Diversity = POWER

Thanks for stopping by our booth!

We collected thoughts and ideas on how to diversify your board, donors, and fundraising methods.

Download the results here:

Diversity = POWER at AFP Advancement Northwest 2017


Partner Like You Mean It: Creating Lasting Relationships with Corporations

Presenter: Sharon Tiknis, Executive Vice President                                                                                    Friday, June 16, 2017 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Many organizations are scrambling to figure out an effective corporate partnership strategy to not only bring in corporate dollars, but create impact through a mutually beneficial long-term relationship with targeted corporations. In this session, Executive Vice President Sharon Tiknis will draw on The Alford Group’s experience in working with non-profits and corporations to design strong and lasting partnerships. Participants will explore the various assets that their organizations have to offer corporations and what corporations want to achieve from a partnership. From using gala events more strategically to collaborating on large-scale social innovation projects, this session will be full of practical ideas nonprofit organizations of all types and sizes can use as a springboard to strengthen the social and business impact of corporate relationships.

Read Sharon’s full bio here.

Download the presentation: Tiknis_Partner Like You Mean It_6.12.17


Preparing for and Conducting a Major Gift Campaign

Presenters: Karen Rotko-Wynn, CFRE, The Alford Group and Ginny Harding-Davis, Chief Advancement Officer, Community Foundation of Western Nevada                                               Friday, June 16, 2017 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

There is a certain “flow” to any successful campaign. The success or failure of any campaign depends on the management of that “flow” – and effective management means understanding the important elements and milestones that define success. Through a presentation and discussion, attendees will learn about what has made past campaigns successful, and what they can do to ensure success in their campaign. The presentation will cover crucial aspects of the internal and external environment to evaluate before embarking on a campaign, the various phases of a potential campaign, the roles and responsibilities of those involved with the campaign and the organization or community, and the possible difficulties or hurdles that will be needed to be overcome before and during the campaign to ensure desired outcomes. Attendees will take away best practices, tools, and points to consider in taking on a campaign, as well as the benefits of conducting a campaign with a managed “flow.”

Read Karen’s full bio here and read Ginny’s full bio here.


AFP 2017 International Fundraising Conference

San Francisco | April 30 – May 2, 2017

The Alford Group was at the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) 2017 International Fundraising Conference in San Francisco, CA. We were proud sponsors again this year of the AFP Diversity Workshop and Diversity Art Showcase. The following staff members were on-site – feel free to follow up with them!

  • Karen Rotko-Wynn, CFRE, Executive Vice President, West Division
  • Sharon Tiknis, Executive Vice President, East Division
  • Laura Edman, CFRE, Vice President
  • Wendy Hatch, CFRE, Vice President
  • JoAnn Yoshimoto, CFRE, Senior Consultant
  • Amy Stone, MA, MBA, Consultant
  • LuCinda Hohmann, Business Development Manager

To schedule a phone meeting with an Alford staff member, please email LuCinda at lhohmann@alford.com


Diversity = POWER

At our booth this year, we collected thoughts and ideas on how to diversify your board, donors, and fundraising methods.

Download the results here:

Diversity = POWER at AFP International Conference 2017

 

 


Sessions and Giveaways:

We hosted two mini sessions at our booth:


Diversity Workshop:

Giving 3.0: Embracing the New Diversity in 21st Century Philanthropy

Speaker: Jackie Copeland-Carson, Ph.D. Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, San Jose, California.

Changing demographics and a global economy demand that contemporary fundraisers understand how to be successful in increasingly multicultural communities. Over the past 30 years, the philanthropy field finally has recognized that all communities have some form of philanthropy. However, inclusion of donors of color still remains the elusive last frontier of American fundraising. Furthermore, there are new social identities that challenge conventional notions of diversity defined in broad ethnic or racial terms

Sponsored by The Alford Group and the AFP Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Read about Jackie Copeland-Carson’s take on how much progress the sector has made in the areas of diversity and inclusion.


Diversity Art Showcase:

This year’s Diversity Art Showcase was presented throughout the AFP Hub located in the Marketplace Exhibit Hall. See the winning artwork here.

Watch this video of The Alford Group’s President and CEO Brenda B. Asare at the Diversity Art Showcase last year and read about 2016 Diversity Workshop here.

Sponsored by The Alford Group


Diversity Resources:

AFP Advancement Northwest Leading Age Series

Seattle | March 2, 2017

The Alford Group Vice President Laura Edman, CFRE will present as part of this year’s Leading Age Series with the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Advancement Northwest. We hope you can join us!

Calling Up the Reserves: Making the Most of Your Auxiliary Board

Nonprofit auxiliary boards of all kinds – advisory, women’s or men’s, regional, associate, honorary, or a “president’s council” – offer enormous benefits to any organization if utilized effectively. The establishment and effective utilization of auxiliary boards can make a great difference in donor and constituent engagement, stakeholder input, and fundraising. This presentation is a lecture and case study style presentation involving the real experience of Alford clients. In this session, we will discuss best practices for engaging different types of auxiliary boards in fundraising and other aspects of the organization.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Approach auxiliary group fundraising strategically
  • Ensure alignment with organizational strategic objectives and balance between the efforts of different boards
  • Allow for and appreciate cultural difference between boards
  • Measure the effectiveness of auxiliary group efforts to ensure increased return on investment and engagement of members over time

More Information

 

AFP Advancement Northwest 2016 Forum Follow Up

Thanks for stopping by our booth at the AFP Advancement NW 2016 Forum on Strategic Fundraising in Seattle!

Below, you’ll find links to the Superhero Photobooth photos and a Board Toolkit.

Have an area of your organization that you’d like to strengthen? Reach out, let us know how we can help. We’re happy to think through ways in which we can move the needle on your fundraising, organizational planning, board involvement, corporate partnerships and more.

Superhero Photo Booth

Find your photo in the gallery below. Some of the numbers may be off, but they should be in the range of number you were given on your photo booth card!

Enjoy!

Resources:

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Board Toolkit

Download your Board Toolkit here

AFP 2016 International Conference

Thanks for stopping by our booth at the AFP 2016 International Conference in Boston!

Below, you’ll find links to the “Diversify Your Strengths” photobooth photos, the handouts from our mini-sessions, a Board Toolkit, and other information you may have missed at our booth at the AFP 2016 International Conference.

Have an area of your organization that you’d like to strengthen? Looking to diversify your strengths? Reach out, let us know how we can help. We’re happy to think through ways in which we can move the needle on your fundraising, organizational planning, board involvement, corporate partnerships and more.

Resources:

Diversify Your Strengths Photo Booth

Find your photo in the gallery below. Some of the numbers may be off, but they should be in the range of number you were given on your photo booth card!

Enjoy!

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Mini-session handouts/takeaways

  • Diversify Your Strengths: Message Your Impact
  • Diversify Your Strengths: Transform Your Corporate Compact
  • Diversify Your Strengths: Future-Proof Your Fundraising Strategy

Board Toolkit

Diversity Resources

Forum on Strategic Fundraising

We are a proud partner of Advancement Northwest and the Forum on Strategic Fundraising. The Alford Group will present in two sessions at the Forum – more information to follow as it’s released by Advancement Northwest. AFP Advancement Northwest’s First Annual Forum on Strategic Fundraising, a two-day regional conference, will be the most intensive and comprehensive training event ever offered in the Pacific Northwest specifically for nonprofit fundraisers. The Forum takes on a new structure this year, combining the former winter and spring conferences and the Symposium on Major Gifts into two days of active learning, deep discussions and inspired networking.

Whether you’re new to fundraising or an experienced major gift officer, a board member or chief development officer, a communications manager or executive director – you will grow your fundraising acumen at the Forum, which will include:

  • A fundraising fundamentals track for early-career professionals focused on strategies and best practices that meet the real-world needs and challenges nonprofits face every day.
  • A deep dive on major gifts for mid-career to seasoned pros, including reviews of the latest research and strategies on building strong donor relationships and a culture of philanthropy.
  • A wide variety of workshops focused on trends and hot topics in fundraising.

This year’s Forum will take place June 16-17, 2016 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. We hope to see you there!

Learn more on the Advancement Northwest website.