Education: Any Way You Want It


When I think about AFP’s educational offerings, I start to hear the words of those wise sara_leonard_webfriendly-5philosophers saying, “Any way you want it, that’s the way you need it, any way you want.” My 80’s roots are showing because the wise philosophers really are Journey in their classic song “Any Way You Want It.”

The AFP Suncoast chapter strives to provide our members and our community with relevant, quality and affordable  fundraising education. That takes on many forms. I’m sure one (or several) are right for you. Here’s a summary:

Monthly meetings – our chapter holds a monthly luncheon (3rd Tuesday of each month, Centre Club) that features a program on a current fundraising topic. Coming up soon: how tax reform will impact giving. Watch for the topics on our website here:

Planned Giving Symposium – “Welcome to the Table: Reaching Diverse Communities” will be the focus of our annual 1/2-day symposium on August 24, 2018. This program is designed for all fundraisers: planned giving professionals and development generalists. Details and registration here:

CFRE review/study group – If you have considered pursuing your CFRE, our chapter wants to support your journey. We are currently conducting a survey of people who have an interest in a CFRE review course or study group. If that’s you, please send an e-mail to to add your name to the list. For more information on CFRE, visit

Networking – Sometimes we just need to ask another fundraiser how they would handle something. For that, I highly recommend our informal networking events. Our next Pop-Up Networking event is April 27 at 8:30 am at the Centre Club Tampa. No registration is required. Watch our monthly newsletter for future Pop-Up Networking events.

Planet Philanthropy – Looking for a high-quality conference close to home? Check out Planet Philanthropy at the Westin Ft. Lauderdale Beach Resort, June 17-19, 2018. Details and registration here: This conference is presented by the AFP Florida Caucus (our chapter is part of the Caucus). With 48 education sessions, there’s plenty for you.

AFP International Fundraising Conference – this event offering is packed with international experts on a variety of fundraising topics. The 2019 ICON will be in San Antonio, Texas. Mark your calendar and adjust your budget now. Super Early Bird registration is already open here:

Webinars – if you would rather stay at your desk, AFP offers excellent webinars. Look here for a list of upcoming sessions and the library of recorded sessions:

Advancing Philanthropy – the official magazine of AFP is an excellent membership benefit available as a digital or printed resource. Advancing Philanthropy educates, informs and challenges the entire development community. Click here to check it out:

AFP Hot Topics – The AFP Resource Center has produced comprehensive “Hot Topic” overviews of key fundraising areas that members have identified as being most in demand. These are updated often and if you don’t see what you’re looking for, you can submit a request. Click here for the topics:

Our Partners – We aren’t in this alone. We have partnered with the Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay and the Charitable Gift Planners of Tampa Bay (formerly Partnership for Philanthropic Planning) Be sure to check out their websites, too.

Wow! That’s quite a list. But, just in case you don’t see what you’re looking for, reach out and let us know what would help you in your career.

Let me leave you with more wise words from Journey, “Hold on, hold on, hoooooold on.”

Sara Leonard, MBA, CFRE
2017/2018 President – AFP Suncoast Chapter
Sara Leonard Group
(813) 310-2364


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