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  • Writer's pictureJuliana M. Weissbein CFRE

PhilanthroCon 2021: Don't Miss Out

Updated: Aug 25, 2023

Halted by a pandemic, AFP-NYC's signature event 'Fundraising Day In New York' has transformed into PhilanthroCon. Don't miss out!

If you are a frequent reader of this blog, then you know one thing. I love Fundraising Day In New York (FRDNY). Pre-pandemic, AFP-NYC would host its signature event drawing roughly 2,000 people with over 70 exhibitors. The nation’s largest one-day conference on philanthropy and the only one of its kind, Fundraising Day was an event not to be missed. Then in 2020, when the pandemic hit us like a ton of bricks, we had to shift gears and reimagine the ways we could get information out to our members.

Now, in 2021, the horizon has not changed. Events are still virtual and work from home orders are still issued. While we are hopeful for a brighter 2022, we have now rebranded FRDNY into PhilanthroCon, a two day opportunity for fundraising professionals to connect virtually with experts from across multiple fundraising disciplines, including direct response, major gifts, planned giving, marketing, and more. Still an event not to be missed if you ask me!

As a proud board member of AFP-NYC and organizer of this year's conference, I'd like to share a bit more about the content I am curating along with the help of my fabulous room hosts.


Finding Big Gifts and Impact Investors for your NPO - Hosted by Kerry Watterson, CFRE

You have likely heard of the $6 billion in donations MacKenzie Scott gave to unsuspecting nonprofits last fall. This follows the trend of seeing more and more big bet gifts and social impact investments in the nonprofit sector. But how are these nonprofits attracting and winning these transformational philanthropic investments? Join us for Finding Big Gifts and Impact Investors for Your NPO, and we’ll start to unlock the mystery. In this breakout session: -We’ll cover the basics of social impact investing and big bet philanthropy. -We’ll discuss what really drives philanthropists to invest in social enterprise and high impact causes. -And we’ll identify some ways nonprofits can build their own portfolio of these sought after social Impact Investors and mega philanthropists.

How Can We Ensure Diversity and Inclusion Within the Fundraising Industry? Mentorship, Sponsorship and Coaching for Early Career Fundraisers - Hosted by Isatou Bittaye-Jobe

Mentorship plays a crucial role in career advancement for early career fundraisers. Early career fundraisers, especially women and BIPOC fundraisers often find it challenging to get mentors who would support and show them strategies for getting ahead. Often it is only when people switch jobs that they are able to progress in their careers. This session will dive deep on strategies for supporting early career fundraisers to progress through access to mentors, coaching and sponsors. It will also explore the question of how we can ensure diversity, equity and inclusion within the fundraising industry.

When You're All Volunteers - Hosted by Madeleine Durante

A breakout discussion on fundraising program management for a small-shop of volunteers. Whether doing volunteer development for a neighborhood community group or a 501(c)(3), we will discuss structures and systems, support one another, and share best practices for program management and donor experience.

Maximizing Philanthropy: The Art of Collaboration - Hosted by Amalia Delicari and Vikki Jones, CFRE

Join us to learn how Planned Giving, Individual Giving and Physicians work together to identify the ultimate goals of a donor. Follow us on a journey with a Tribute Gift, Life Income Gift, Major Gift and Legacy Gift.

Political Campaigns and Charities: Trading Grassroots Fundraising Best Practices - Hosted by Caroline Dean

Discussion around grassroots campaign fundraising and grassroots non-profit fundraising. Are there best practices we can learn from the grassroots political sector?

Leveraging Fundraising and Communications to Maximize Donor Engagement (For Small Shops) - Hosted by Pinky Vincent

Your nonprofit needs strong relationships with donors, volunteers, media, and perhaps public agencies to pursue its mission effectively. As a fundraiser with no marketing colleagues and little communications budget, how do you cultivate and maintain these relationships through email marketing and social media? A great session for small development teams needing to troubleshoot ideas, understand best practices, and learn from their peers.


If these sessions sound interesting, don't delay! Tickets can be purchased at Be sure to search the whole agenda for event more exhilarating content, awesome key note speakers, games and more. Reserve you spot today!


Juliana M. Weissbein, CFRE is a respected leader and decision influencer in regard to fundraising operations best practices. With over a decade of experience, Juliana thrives on professional growth, team success, measurable results, and inspiring fundraisers to utilize data-based strategies. Juliana currently serves as the Associate Director of Development Operations at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She is an AFP Global Board Member, AFP Global's 2019 Outstanding Young Professional Fundraiser and is a member of the AFP Global Women's Impact Initiative. Juliana is immediate past chair of the AFP New York City chapter’s Emerging Leaders Committee and currently serves on the chapter’s board chairing their mentorship program. She resides in Houston, TX and never turns down a good kombucha.


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