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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

September 26, 2017

Subject: Brand Ambassadors: Showing the World How Your Mission Moves Mountains

In the marketing world, word-of-mouth is one of the top forms of marketing—influencing 20-50 percent of purchasing decisions. People will respond to those they respect versus a company who is a stranger. 

How does this affect nonprofits? How can organizations mobilize brand champions? What the heck is a brand champion? Imagine having your staff, board of directors, volunteers, and donors all clearly articulating the impact your organization is creating -- imagine if the whole world knew exactly how your mission is moving mountains?!  Join us for the September Master’s Program where Marketing Consultant Mariah Tanner of Consulting for Impact will present a lively and interactive discussion of developing Brand Ambassadors for your organization. 

Speakers: Mariah Tanner, Consulting for Impact

Time: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

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

San Jose, CA 95126


November 2, 2017

Topic: A Conversation with Philanthropy Day Honorees

Join us for a panel discussion with honorees from the 30th Annual Silicon Valley Philanthropy Day. This is a great opportunity to hear from amazing leaders in our community.

Panel Guests for this session include the following honorees:

Outstanding Corporate Grant Maker with Fewer Than 300 Employees

Intero Foundation

And Outstanding Philanthropic Organization

The Lantern League

This interactive discussion is suited for Directors of Development and other Chief Development Officers or Executive Directors with 10 or more years of development experience.

Panel Facilitated by Jill Mitsch

Funds Development Manage at Sacred Heart Community Service, and AFP 2017 Masters’ Program Organizer

Time: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

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

San Jose, CA 95126 

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

**Details subject to change.