AFP Western Pennsylvania

AFP WPA is the key resource for fundraising and nonprofit professionals in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Membership provides access to educational programs, networking opportunities and access to all of the benefits and services of AFP International. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming program!



Friday, April 29, 2016


Rory Green, Keynote Speaker

Rory has spoken at national and international fundraising conferences, including the IFC in Holland, AFP Toronto Congress and AFP International. In her spare time Rory is the founder and editor of Fundraiser Grrl, the fundraising community’s go-to source for comic relief. Her keynote will be titled “Meaningful Donor Conversations (That Raise More Money)”


Conference Schedule Session Descriptions




How Do You Connect With Donors and Raise $106M In Just Seven Years?

Lessons Learned From Pelotonia President & CEO Doug Ulman


Wednesday, May 11th, 2016
7:30 – 8:15 AM – Breakfast
8:15 AM – Introductions, program begins
9:00 AM – Question and answer session with Doug
9:30 AM – Program concludes
Lawrence Hall Ballroom at Point Park University
201 Wood Street, 3rd floor
$25 per person (includes breakfast, coffee)
Todd Owens, Nonprofit Talent, 412-512-3879
Doug Ulman joined Pelotonia as President and CEO in November 2014. Pelotonia is the United States’ largest single-event cycling fundraiser, which has already raised more than $100 Million for cancer research. Prior to his role at Pelotonia, Doug led LIVESTRONG for 14 years. During Ulman’s tenure, LIVESTRONG served nearly three million people affected by cancer, providing free services to address financial, fertility and psychosocial support. He grew the LIVESTRONG Foundation from a small local charity into a $500 million global brand, and is a globally recognized cancer advocate, having survived three times, himself. LIVESTRONG also hosted the Global Cancer Summit in 2009, bringing together more than 500 world leaders, corporations, non-governmental organizations and advocates who are all working to reduce the burden of cancer in their own communities. Under Ulman’s leadership, the Foundation’s endowment grew by 104 percent, ensuring a level of stability that is enviable among non-profit organizations. Doug has more than 1M Twitter followers, and has been twice named to the Nonprofit Times Power and Influence 50 list of the most influential nonprofit leaders around the country.
Founded in 2008, Pelotonia was established with the objective to fund life-saving cancer research. Pelotonia is a three-day experience that includes a weekend of cycling, entertainment and volunteerism. In its first five rides (2009-13), Pelotonia raised more than $61 million for cancer research. Thanks to its generous funding partners, Pelotonia is able to direct 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar to cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.
This event is designed to be most informative for leaders in the nonprofit, civic, philanthropic and health care sectors. Seating is limited and this session will sell out.
Topics covered will include:
  • The history of Pelotonia, and what it did to grow so quickly.
  • How Pelotonia manages it donors and builds relationships.
  • Peer to peer fundraising best practices.
  • What is required to execute an event of this scale?
  • How you can join the Pelotonia movement?
This Good Ideas Forum is presented by Nonprofit Talent, The Association of Fundraising Professionals Western PA Chapter, The Forbes Funds, and FYGMENT. This event is generously hosted by Point Park University.



Webinar Library

Our chapter has recently acquired webinars from AFP International as a FREE benefit for our members! They are as follows:

  • Fundraising Basics
  • Incorporating Stories into Your Fundraising Program
  • Extreme Social Media Makeover: Nonprofit Edition!
  • Getting Your Organization On-board with Fundraising Weaving a Philanthropic Culture
  • Firing Lousy Board Members
  • Development from the Donor's Perspective
  • Major Gifts for Small Shops
  • 6 Figure Fundraising
  • Building Donor Loyalty

You can borrow a webinar for your own education, your team or for fellow colleagues. We would like you to open the viewing to others in your area if possible. If you choose to do so, please let the office know so we can alert our membership. Email or call 412.694.4250 to borrow a webinar.

AFP News

Social Media Strategies for Special Events...and Everything Else
At the recent International Fundraising Conference in Boston, Lisa Chmiola, CFRE and Josh Hirsch held a session on social media. And people had questions. A LOT of questions. So Lisa and Josh answered them all. Read on for everything you always wanted to know about managing social media, potential hashtags, Facebook, Pinterest and much more