AFPWM positively impacts our philanthropic community by connecting and educating people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising.

AFPWM positively impacts our philanthropic community by connecting and educating people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising.

Learning Networks

West Michigan Fundraising Researchers

West Michigan Fundraising Researchers is a newly formed group and open to anyone interested in learning more from each other.  Join via linkedin or contact Kaylen Williams

AFP Development Professionals Breakfast Group - Grand Rapids, MI

Meets the first Friday of every month at 7:30 am at the Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown, 310 Pearl St. NW. It is an informal group with breakfast conversation on varied development topics raised by the participants. For more information, please contact Mary Panek.

Grant Writer's Roundtable - Grand Rapids, M

Meets at 12pm on the third Wednesday of the month; location varies. This is an informal lunch group offering practical help and collegial support to attendees. For more information, please contact Steven de Polo by email or (616) 331-6801.

Lakeshore Development Professionals Group - Holland, MI

Our informal group is meeting at Alpen Rose (4 East 8th St in Holland) on the second Thursday of each month at 7:45am. This is an opportunity to enjoy breakfast together, problem solve, share educational offerings and discuss tips and tricks that are working. We are open to any development professional and welcome your participation. For more information, please contact Deb Hekman.

If you have an event you would like included on our calendar, please e-mail your information with Lakeshore Development Group in the subject line to Erin Kleist.  View event Calendar.

Women in Development (WID) - Grand Rapids, MI

The Women in Development (WID) group meets at Wolfgang's Restaurant (1530 Wealthy St SE in Grand Rapids) on the last Thursday of the month from 7:45 to 9am for breakfast, networking and support. There are no dues, no rules and no obligation. You only pay for your own breakfast order. For more information, contact Mary Sumners.

Please contact Mary directly if you have changed your name, employment, address, phone or e-mail address. Mary will be happy to forward a copy of the WID roster for your reference. Mary will also send a monthly reminder of the WID meetings, dates, and locations for your convenience. These meetings are a great way to network and stay connected with the women who know what is happening in the world of development.

WID provides a calendar of fundraising events scheduled throughout the year. Here is the most recent calendar for your information.