Event Calendar

Upcoming events

    • 25 Jan 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
    • 42

    The Magic of the Ask

    Presented by

    Mike Peluse
    Vice President of Development, Handel & Haydn Society

    Jude Bedel
    Director of Individual Giving, Mt. Auburn Cemetery

    Thursday, January 25
    11:30 AM - 1:30 PM


    Boston Symphony Hall
    301 Massachusetts Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115

    Program schedule
    11:30 AM:  Registration, Lunch & Networking
    12:00 PM:  Program Begins
    1:30 PM:  Program Concludes

    Registration fee
    AFP Member - $18
    Non-Member - $25

    Lunch & beverages will be provided.

    • 01 Feb 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Boston Center for Adult Education, 122 Arlington Street, Boston MA 02116
    • 46

    Using Disruptive Storytelling to Tell Your Non Profit’s Story

    Presented by

    Julie Rafferty

    Principal, Rafferty Communications Strategies and formerly Associate Vice Dean for Communications, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

    Thursday, February 1, 2018

    Upheaval in entire industries created by companies like Uber and Netflix is fueling a desire among donors for their non-profit investments to have similarly game-changing effects. That's no accident, as for-profit companies use a particular narrative technique called "disruptive storytelling" to inspire investors to invest and consumers to buy. "Disruptors" frame themselves as revolutionaries. They show how the old ways of doing things aren't working and how the disruptor's new ways will solve the consumer's problem. Join us for this interactive session to learn how your nonprofit can use this same technique to convey the transformative nature of what you do to inspire greater giving.

    Participants may bring their brown bag lunch to eat before the program.

    Program schedule

    11:30 a.m.: Registration, Networking
    and Brown Bag Lunch

    12:00-1:30 p.m.:  Program


    Boston Center for Adult Education
    122 Arlington Street
    Boston, MA 02116


    AFP Member: $18
    Non-Member: $25

    Remember to bring your lunch! Drinks will be provided.

    • 08 Feb 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • University of Massachusetts Club, One Beacon Street, 32nd Floor, Boston, MA 02108
    • 76

    Storytelling: Empowering Volunteers

    Presented b

    Beth Kass
    Associate Director, Development and Alumni Communications
    Harvard University Graduate School of Design

    Brad Quigley
    Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving
    Harvard University Graduate School of Design

    Please join Beth Kass and Brad Quigley as they build a case that leads from the development of campaign branding and messaging to engaging volunteers with the messaging tools and practicing the sharing of stories using this framework.

    Thursday, February 8, 2018
    7:30a.m. - 10:00a.m.

    Program schedule

    7:30 a.m.: Registration, Networking
    and Breakfast
    8:00-10:00 a.m.:  Program


    University of Massachusetts Club
    One Beacon Street, 32nd Floor
    Boston, MA 02108


    AFP Member: $50
    Non-Member: $75

    Breakfast will be served

    Please be advised a form of I.D. will be required to enter this building

    • 08 Mar 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 09 Mar 2018
    • 4:15 PM
    • University of Massachusetts Club, One Beacon Street, Floor 32, Boston MA 02108
    • 52

    Spring 2018
    Fundraising Basics Course

    Thursday, March 8 -
    Friday, March 9, 2018

    University of Massachusetts Club
    One Beacon Street, Floor 32
    Boston MA 02108

    Basics is an introduction to fundraising for those who are new to the field. Career changers and junior professionals turn to Basics to acquire fundamental skills necessary for building a successful fundraising program. Development directors and CEOs encourage their staff to attend to give them a well rounded knowledge of fundraising and development.

    The course includes a series of master sessions taught by a faculty of practicing professionals in the field who are eager to share their knowledge with you. You will have direct access to accomplished individuals from a variety of fundraising sectors.

    Learn to apply fundraising techniques in the context of changing demographics, emerging management models, and ethical challenges. The Basics Course covers all areas of the development process from identifying your priorities and prospects, through the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship process, and planned giving. Corporate and foundation solicitation strategies, major gifts and capital campaign components also will be covered. Students will receive comprehensive resources and summaries for each interactive session.

    You will have an opportunity to network with other professionals in the field and leave with a lasting experience that provides resources to draw upon as your fundraising career develops.

    Program Schedule

    Registration and Breakfast - 8:00 am
    Program Begins - 8:30 am
    Program Concludes - 3:45 pm (until 4:15 on Friday)

    Topics to be Covered in the Course

    • Introduction to Philanthropy
    • Major Gifts & Capital Campaigns
    • Planned Giving Basics
    • Annual Giving and Best Practices
    • Marketing and Communications, including e-Philanthropy
    • Advancement Services and Prospect Research
    • Corporate Fundraising, Foundations, grants & Initiatives 
    • Special Events
    • Partnering with Volunteers, CEOs and Boards
    • Managing your Career

    Course Registration Fee

    AFP Members - $299
    Non-Member Early Bird - $425
    Non-Member after Feb. 8 - $475

    Two scholarships are available for the spring course.
    Please contact info@afpmass.org for details.

    Breakfast and lunch will be served.

    Please be advised that a photo I.D. is required to enter One Beacon Street.

    • 09 May 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • University of Massachusetts Club, One Beacon Street, Floor 32, Boston MA 02108
    • 173

    Meet the Funders
    Breakfast & Roundtables

    Wednesday, May 9, 2018

    University of Massachusetts Club
    One Beacon Street
    32nd Floor
    Boston, MA 02108

    AFP Massachusetts Chapter is pleased to present the 2018 Meet the Funders Breakfast & Roundtables on Wednesday May 9, 2018 at the University of Massachusetts Club in Boston. This is a unique event where you can meet directly with representatives of high profile area foundations. Attendees will receive an insider's look at giving guidelines and interests. During the two-hour program, there will be two rotations so that each attendee can participate in three Funder presentations. A full list of Funder representatives will be announced in early spring.

    Program schedule

    7:30 AM  Registration
    8:00 AM  Breakfast and Networking
    8:30 AM  First Roundtable Begins
    9:00 AM  Second Roundtable Begins
    9:30 AM  Third & Final Roundtable Begins
    10:00 AM  Program Concludes

    Registration fee

    AFP Members - $65
    Non-members - $95

    Breakfast will be served.

    This event does sell out, so be sure to register early.

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