AFP Advancement Northwest Forum on Strategic Fundraising 2019

June 6-7, 2019 | Meydenbauer Convention Center | Bellevue, WA


Question of the Day! The Alford Group Booth

Each day of the conference, we posed a key question to the audience at our booth. Meant to get your gears turning, there was no right or wrong answer. Fundraising leaders from around the region stopped by to cast their vote for: “Restricted or Unrestricted?” and “Stories or stats?” At the end of the conference, we tallied the votes, compiled all of your comments, and are sharing it here with you!

Download: Question of the Day Results


The Future of Philanthropy: The Intersection of race, gender and giving

Thursday, June 6, 2019 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

The demographics of our nation are becoming more and more diverse. As a sector, we must crack the code to diversifying the philanthropic donor base. The IUPUI Lilly Family School of Philanthropy released a new report called Women Give 2019: Gender and Giving Across Communities of Color. This study examines the giving patterns, priorities, and attitudes of America’s wealthiest households and, in particular, explores the intersection of race, gender and giving. Brenda B. Asare  walked us through the latest findings from the report and our expert panelists discussed what it means for the future of philanthropy.


  • Brenda B. Asare, President and CEO, The Alford Group


  • Lilliane Ballesteros, Interim Executive Director, Latino Community Fund
  • Janelle Choi, Program Officer, Marguerite Casey Foundation
  • Stephanie Ellis-Smith, Founder & Principal, Phila Engaged Giving

Download the presentation slides: WomenGive2019AFPNorthwest_Final

The Alford Group is Inducted into the AFP President’s Circle

The Alford Group was inducted into the AFP Advancement Northwest President’s Circle at this year’s conference. We are so proud to have supported the chapter every year since 2006 (13 years) and look forward to continuing to work together in the future!


Watch Karen Rotko-Wynn’s acceptance speech

AdNet 2019 Conference

New Orleans, LA | April 7-10, 2019

We had a blast sponsoring this year’s AdNet conference in New Orleans! Download our session’s slides below.

New Megadonor Archetypes – A study of the donors from the Giving Pledge


  • Jamie Phillippe, CFRE, Vice President, The Alford Group
  • Sharon Tiknis, Executive Vice President, The Alford Group

High net worth individuals are growing in number and are increasingly in the public eye. Some are inclined to give, and their support can make a transformational difference. But how do they approach these decisions? And what might all donors see in the examples set by these high-profile, high-impact donors? New research by Lipman Hearne analyzes the first-person statements of 150+ billionaire households taking part in the Giving Pledge since 2010. We’ll share the key take-aways, including profiles of five new Megadonor Archetypes, and discuss the implications of this research and what it means for growing philanthropy.

Download Slides: Megadonor Archetypes – The Alford Group

AFP International Conference 2019

San Antonio, TX | March 31-April 2, 2019

The Alford Group was the AFP ICON diversity sponsor and is celebrating 20 years hosting the Diversity Art Showcase and Diversity Workshop. Thanks for joining us at AFP ICON 2019 to view the winning artwork, attend our diversity workshop, and cast your vote at booth #542!

Question of the Day! BoothQuestion of the Day! Booth #542

Each day of the conference we had a new question for you to weigh in on. Restricted or Unrestricted? Stories or stats? Direct Mail or E-Mail? We tallied the votes, compiled all of your reasons behind your vote, and are sharing it with everyone for inspiration.


Question of the Day Results – AFP ICON 2019

Diversity Art Showcase

Every year The Alford Group sponsors a youth art contest at a school or nonprofit organization local to the conference location.  This year, we partnered with the local San Antonio nonprofit Say Si. The finalists and winners are invited to the conference where they accept their awards on-stage during a plenary session. This year’s winners are:

Congratulations to the winners!
Congratulations to the winners!
  • First Place: Amar Paz, Fountain of Youth
  • Second Place: Maya Diaz, Color of SA
  • Third Place: Joshua Cortez, Driftwood

Diversity Workshop

Each year, The Alford Group sponsors a diversity workshop for AFP ICON attendees to learn more about diversity in fundraising. This year’s session was as follows:

Microaggressions: A Major Hindrance to Effective Fundraising

Took place Sunday, March 31 from 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values throughout all aspects of our work. What are microaggressions and how do they keep development professionals from raising much-needed dollars to drive organizational impact?

Speaker: Tanya Odom, Global Consultant

Tanya M. Odom is a global consultant, coach, facilitator, teacher, writer, and thought leader. She has worked globally in over 30 countries as a consultant and facilitator for over two decades focusing on areas including: Diversity and Inclusion, Educational Equity, Mindfulness, Coaching, Inclusive leadership, Girls’ Leadership Development, Mindfulness and Diversity and Inclusion, and Youth Empowerment/mentoring. Tanya’s unique portfolio career has allowed her to work in the education, private sector/corporate, not-for-profit/NGO, law enforcement, and university/college arenas.

Global Board Leaders’ Summit

The Alford Group was proud to present at this year’s conference!

Global Board Leaders’ Summit | National Association of Corporate Directors

September 29, 2018 – October 2, 2018 | Marriot Marquis, Washington D.C.

The Future of Nonprofit Governance

Monday, October 1, 2018 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Nonprofit boards face an increasingly challenging environment. Shifts in social demographics, changes in the economy, and disruptive technological innovations will continue to alter how nonprofit organizations work and thrive. At the same time, nonprofit boards are experiencing higher expectations of their governance, transparency, and long-term strategy than ever before. Join experienced nonprofit leaders and directors as they explore what’s on the horizon for nonprofit board leadership. You’ll learn how to safeguard your organization while maximizing its potential in a new era of nonprofit governance.


  • Drumm McNaughton, CEO of The Change Leader, Inc. (moderator)
  • Brenda B. Asare, President and CEO of The Alford Group
  • Kari Stoever, Chief External Relations Officer of Leiber Institute for Brain Development
  • Wendi Wasik, President of Wasik Consulting LLC
  • Gerry Czarnecki, CEO of The Deltennium Group