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Mike's Monday Message: Dive into Summer Education

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Summer Education

Summer is officially here! As you plan your vacations and much needed time for self-care and relaxation, it is also the perfect time to reflect on your mid-year goals and see how you can take advantage of some of AFP’s summer education. 

AFP Deep Dives: During the year-end giving season it can be hard to find time for a long-form training. That’s why (obvious pool pun aside), summer is the perfect time to register for one of AFP’s Deep Dives. These courses go beyond the basics, providing in-depth skill development that will prepare you to take the next step in your career or set you up for success with your upcoming campaigns. 

Jun 06      The Complete Guide to Building a Thriving Donor Community Through Digital Fundraising
Jun 25Customizing Your Stellar Fundraising Stories to Succeed in Grant Seeking
Jul 10Donor Retention: A Self-Assessment Workshop
Jul 22Fundamentals of Fundraising Virtual Course
Aug 20AFP CFRE Refresher Virtual Course

Affinity Group Speaker Series: In our recent member spotlights we have heard consistently how affinity groups make it so much easier to discover community within the fundraising sector. This year, we have added an additional element of connection to these meetings – an affinity group speaker series. In these extended sessions, a member of the community is invited to give a presentation highlighting their unique journeys and perspectives. Our next Affinity Group Speaker Series session is taking place on June 24 and will feature two distinguished African American development professionals, past AFP Global Board Chair, Alphonce Brown, Jr., ACFRE and Morgana Nieves, who will be discussing the challenges they have faced, the triumphs they have achieved, and the invaluable lessons they have learned along the way. All are welcome to join! 

AFP Webinars: If you’re looking for skill development that you can fit in between donor meetings this summer, check out our hour-long webinars, many of which are complimentary. These are a great way to prepare for the end-of-year giving season, with innovative topics like AI and digital fundraising. 

Jun 05  Email and Social Media Best Practices for Fundraising Success
Jun 20Unleash Your Power: Tips for Small But Mighty Fundraising Teams
Jun 26What Grantmakers (And Their Recipients) Actually Think About AI
Jun 26AI and the Future of Fundraising
Jul 10           Decoding Donors: Unpacking Donor Psychology and Mastering Outreach to Engage Every Generation

Plus, be on the lookout for the recordings of the AFP ICON 2024 sessions, which will be available in the next few weeks if you weren’t able to join us in Toronto! So, enjoy the nice weather, time with family and friends, and driving impact, as always, this summer!  

In the meantime, as always feel free to reach out to me via email at or on X at @AFPMikeGeiger if you have any questions or comments. I’d love to hear from you.

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Mike Geiger, MBA, CPA

President & CEO (Ex-Officio Director Without Vote)
Mike Geiger, MBA, CPA, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), representing individuals and organizations that raise more than $100 billion in charitable contributions every year around the...
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