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Masters' Program

Do you have 10 or more years of fundraising experience? Are you seeking education and presentations that fit that experience? Then the Masters' Program is for you.

The Masters' Program offers, high level presentations and discussions in a small group setting.  If you have 10 or more years of fundraising experience and would like to be added to the invitation list, please email your information including the year you started in the fundraising field to You do not need to be a current AFP member. 

2017 Masters' Program Schedule - Silicon Valley Chapter

April 25, 2017

Topic: The Development Officer-CEO- Board Relationship: Creating Nonprofit Fund Development Results

Nonprofit fund development results depend on an effective Development Officer-CEO-Board relationship. Creating a strong triad among these relationships can be a delicate dance at best and a power-struggle at worst. What are the mutual expectations between the Development Officer and the CEO?  In this session, Mary Hiland will present a framework for thinking about these key relationships.  We will explore together why this “team” matters, the factors that influence success, and strategies to strengthen it.

Speaker: Mary Hiland, PhD, owner Hiland Consulting

Time: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Location: Project Hired, 1401 Parkmoor Ave., #125

San Jose, CA 95126

July 12, 2017

Topic: Is Consulting the Right Career Choice for You?

Join consultants Christine Jeffers of Elevating Good and Chelsey Souza of Essex & Drake Fundraising Counsel as they discuss the opportunities and challenges of being a consultant. Learn how to weigh the pros and cons and the marks of a successful consultant. We'll discuss how to start your business, manage your clients and seek new business. Learn from two development professionals as they discuss their experiences on their unique journeys to consulting.
Speakers: Christine Jeffers, Elevating Good and Chelsey Souza, Essex & Drake Fundraising Counsel

Time: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Location: Project Hired, 1401 Parkmoor Ave., #125

San Jose, CA 95126

September 2017:

Topic, location, and date are to be determined. 

October 2017:

Topic: A Conversation with Philanthropy Day Honorees

Location and date to be determined. 

Registration Fee: (Non-refundable)
$10 - AFP Members**
$20 – Nonmembers **

**Details subject to change.