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AFP MN Chapter Meeting and Education Session – “Leadership for Today’s Development Professional”

February 8 | 7:30 am - 9:30 am


7:30 – 8:00 am  Registration & Networking
8:00 – 8:30 am  Chapter Meeting
8:30 – 9:30 am  Education Session

Education Session

Leadership for Today’s Development Professional

The best fundraisers are leaders in the truest sense. Their leadership role does not come from a position of power, however.   It comes from a value proposition that their mission matters and merits investment. Exploring the subject of leadership is really quite daunting. Talking about leadership can feel endlessly circular. Thinking about becoming a leader can be rather intimidating.

But, If you are a fundraiser, your role as leader is downright exhilarating! This session will discuss what you can do in today’s complex and changing environment, to be viewed as a leader – personally, professionally, and organizationally. And, we will identity the top mega-trends facing us in 2018.

Pre-Read: Leadership: A position or proposition, Advancing Philanthropy, Winter 2016


  1. Understand the nuances of your role as a Fundraiser-leader, within and for your organization.
  2. Learn how Fundraising leadership is defined by Six Value Propositions.
  3. Discover and Discuss the Mega Trends that will challenge how we approach fund raising in 2018.


Karla WilliamsKarla A. Williams, MA. ACFRE

Over the years, Karla’s work as a consultant, teacher, author, and speaker has inspired organizations across the country to accomplish unlimited goals with limited resources.  Her students and colleagues have been motivated by her keen sense of the donor environment, her propensity for challenging assumptions, her principled participative leadership philosophy, and her unique classroom levity.

Karla is an organizational consultant with more than 35 years of professional nonprofit leadership.  Her firm, The Williams Group, has assisted over 300 nonprofits to develop strong donor focused cultures.

Karla penned the first article on the importance of Creating a Philanthropic Culture, published in Contributions Magazine in 1995.  She is the author of two highly-acclaimed books; Donor Focused Strategies for Annual Giving, a fundraising classic, and her newest book written for executive directors, Leading the Fundraising Charge.

As a teacher, Karla has helped shape the fundraising profession while inspiring colleagues to see fundraising as a calling. She is the Faculty Director and a Founder of the new Leadership Gift School, Institute Philanthropic Leadership in Charlotte, NC.  She also serves as adjunct faculty with three universities: The Fundraising School, Lilly Family Center of Philanthropy at IUPUI; the Masters Program in Philanthropy and Development at St. Mary’s University of MN; and the Fundraising Certificate Program at the University of St. Thomas Opus School of Business.


February 8
7:30 am - 9:30 am
Event Categories:


AFP Minnesota


Register online:
Members $20; Nonmembers $40
Advance Registration Closes:
4:30pm February 6, 2018
Onsite Registration?
Yes, additional $10*


Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota/Brother Louis Hall
2304 Park Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55404
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