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Blast from the Past, Mentors to Many

Before AFP (or its former incarnations NSFR and NSFRE) had chapters in our region, a group of development officers formed their own networking and professional organization.  Circa 1983, shown here are members of that original group at a luncheon function that would eventually be considered Philanthropy Day. 

John Shafer (seated far right) and Frank Pasquini (standing far right) are still members of our local AFP chapter thirty years later and, as our most seasoned members, have provided countless hours of counsel and mentoring to dozens (or more!) of fundraising professionals through the years.

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Mar 30 - Director of Mission Advancement
Reporting to the Dean, the full-time Director of Mission Advancement will oversee all aspects of mission advancement efforts at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary located in South Canaan, Pennsylvania. Responsibilities include annual giving initiatives, major and planned giving programs, capital campaign efforts, administration, and reporting of department efforts to Dean, Rector, and Board of Trustees. Qualifications and Attributes -Five to seven years of direct fund development/mission advancement experience; -Bachelor Degree required; Master’s degree is preferred; -CFRE a plus; -Excellent oral/written communication and relationship-building skills; -Strong computer skills required and fundraising database/software experience is a definite plus; and -Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher; Experience working in GoogleDocs helpful. To apply, please forward a cover letter, resume, three references, and three writing samples to or For more information about St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, please visit ... more >
Mar 27 - Director of Development
Devereux Pocono Center, located in Newfoundand PA, is looking for a talented individual to use their fundraising and annual giving skills to help empower individuals with disabilities to lead fulfilling and rewarding lives. ... more >
Established non-profit domestic and sexual violence organization seeks professional candidate with successful history of grant writing and fund development activities/events. Must have passion for work in domestic/sexual violence services. Experience with nonprofit fundraising, marketing and public relations/speaking required. Candidate must possess strong communication skills, both verbal and written; computer skills: database, publishing, word and spreadsheet applications. Experience with donor management systems required; specifically Blackbaud products a plus. Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, or related field and/or exceptional work history required. ... more >
Jan 13 - Government Grants Manager
The Government Grants Manager will oversee government grants in conjunction with the Director, Corporate, Government and Foundation Relations. This full-time position will prepare and submit government grant proposals for potential funding sources and will research and identify opportunities to obtain government funds for ongoing or special institutional projects. ... more >
Jan 12 - Executive Director
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Apr 23 - Nominations Now Open for the AFP/Skystone Partners Research Prize
Applications for the 2016 AFP/Skystone Partners Research Prize are due Nov. 1 to AFP International Headquarters. To be considered for the Prize, works must be published by a commercial publishing house or a professional organization between December 1, 2013 and November 1, 2015. Publications must be based on either applied or basic research. ... more >
Apr 22 - AFP Submits Comments to Senate on Tax Reform, Charitable Incentives
(April 22, 2015) AFP has submitted comments to the Individual Income Tax and Business Income Tax Working Groups of the Senate Finance Committee, calling on the Senate to keep the charitable deduction in its current form and look for other incentives to encourage charitable giving, including the IRA Rollover Provision. ... more >
Apr 21 - Top Ten (Week of April 22, 2015): Don’t Panic! Avoid The Content Creation Crunch
(April 22, 2015) Learn about this topic and more in this week’s top ten, including how to keep your donors engaged in a cause; top five strategies to raise more money from foundations; looking at what causes men tend to support; how to get off the dang fundraising treadmill; and more! ... more >
Apr 16 - GR Update: Parliament Hill Day and "Friends in High Places"
AFP and other organizations will be holding a Lobbying Day on Thursday, May 14. Plus, there is a new government relations presentation being offered for AFP chapters. Find out more! ... more >
Apr 15 - New International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising an Eye-Opening Experience
(April 15, 2015) Two Canadians are among the first graduates of the new International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising (IADF). In this first person account, Robert Tomas shares his thoughts on the new designation and the learning outcomes of the program. ... more >