Wednesday, March 3, 2010

BCP Helps with AFP Funders Panel

On February 18th the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Maryland Chapter held an informative Meet the Funders panel discussion at the Junior League of Baltimore. The room was packed with development professionals eager to learn more about working with foundations.

Panelists included Brooke J. Hodges (Senior Vice President, Bank of America), Nancy R. Kutler (Vice President, The Center for Funds and Foundations at The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore), and Melissa Warlow (Program Officer, Baltimore Community Foundation).

Betsy S. Nelson (Executive Director, The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers) gave an overview of the current funding climate and moderated the discussion. The panelists discussed how to develop long-term relationships and work most effectively with foundation staff before, during, and after grants are awarded.

Larry Schugam (Development Director, Baltimore Curriculum Project ), Jessica Schmidt-Bonifant (Development Director, Central Scholarship Bureau), and Kathleen Elliott (Philanthropic Services Officer, Baltimore Community Foundation) organized the event.

We'd like to thank Brooke Hodges, Nancy Kutler, Betsy Nelson, and Melissa Warlow for volunteering their time and sharing their expertise. We'd also like to thank Shelly Terranova (Director, The Junior League of Baltimore) and Stephanie Bartal (President, The Junior League of Baltimore) for graciously hosting the event.

About AFP-Maryland
AFP-Maryland's mission is to foster the growth and development of a culturally diverse population of fundraising professionals, enhance philanthropy by encouraging giving and volunteering, and promote ethics in fundraising and sound non-profit management throughout Maryland. To learn more and become a member visit:

About the Junior League of Baltimore
The Junior League of Baltimore is a volunteer organization for women interested in making a positive impact in their communities. Since 1912, the Junior League of Baltimore has been a driving force behind many of the initiatives and institutions that make our community strong.
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