Planning for the New Normal: The 3 Cornerstones to Success

By Karen Rotko-Wynn, CFRE, Chief Business Enterprise Officer, Alford Group and Immediate Past-Chair of the AFP U.S. Foundation for Philanthropy

As I have stood side-by-side this last year with some of the brightest and most creative fundraisers that I know, I have continued to be amazed and in awe of the strength and utter tenacity of the individuals who lead our sector. It is an understatement to say it was an unusually challenging year. Continue reading “Planning for the New Normal: The 3 Cornerstones to Success”

Find Your Path to a More Inclusive Workplace Culture

The Mid-Hudson Valley Association of Fundraising Professionals presents an action-packed webinar that will discuss how to assess your current culture and address building a positive culture of inclusion in the workplace.

MODERATOR: Brenda B. Asare, President & CEO, Alford Group

Freddimir Garcia, Northern Regional Director for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement, Westchester Medical Center

Inaudy Esposito, Executive Director, Orange County Human Rights

Slide Deck: Inclusive Workplace Webinar Slides

Creating a Culture of Equity: Putting the Elephant on the Board Table

AFP Summer Session | August 6, 2020 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.ET

Presented by Carmen Marshall, Christi Green, Steve Ziger, FAIA, Amy T. Seto, CPA and Mary Warren

Sponsored by Alford Group

Effective nonprofit organizations and boards are built and developed on equitable practices, continuous self-evaluation and intentionality that align organizational values with what organizations value. A panel of philanthropic leaders will have a courageous discussion about helping your organization create a more equitable culture in these changing times.


AFP ICON Virtual 2020

Online | March 29-31, 2020

In these complicated times, we still learned and developed skills and connected to our community through AFP ICON Virtual. Alford Group’s West Division Manager and Executive Vice President Karen Rotko-Wynn delivered this message as the Chair of the AFP Foundation:

We’re looking forward to next year in Minneapolis! You can find out more information about AFP ICON 2021 here.

AFP International Conference 2019

San Antonio, TX | March 31-April 2, 2019

Alford Group was the AFP ICON diversity sponsor and is celebrating 20 years hosting the Diversity Art Showcase and Diversity Workshop. Thanks for joining us at AFP ICON 2019 to view the winning artwork, attend our diversity workshop, and cast your vote at booth #542!

Question of the Day! BoothQuestion of the Day! Booth #542

Each day of the conference we had a new question for you to weigh in on. Restricted or Unrestricted? Stories or stats? Direct Mail or E-Mail? We tallied the votes, compiled all of your reasons behind your vote, and are sharing it with everyone for inspiration.


Question of the Day Results – AFP ICON 2019

Diversity Art Showcase

Every year Alford Group sponsors a youth art contest at a school or nonprofit organization local to the conference location.  This year, we partnered with the local San Antonio nonprofit Say Si. The finalists and winners are invited to the conference where they accept their awards on-stage during a plenary session. This year’s winners are:

Congratulations to the winners!
Congratulations to the winners!
  • First Place: Amar Paz, Fountain of Youth
  • Second Place: Maya Diaz, Color of SA
  • Third Place: Joshua Cortez, Driftwood

Diversity Workshop

Each year, Alford Group sponsors a diversity workshop for AFP ICON attendees to learn more about diversity in fundraising. This year’s session was as follows:

Microaggressions: A Major Hindrance to Effective Fundraising

Took place Sunday, March 31 from 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values throughout all aspects of our work. What are microaggressions and how do they keep development professionals from raising much-needed dollars to drive organizational impact?

Speaker: Tanya Odom, Global Consultant

Tanya M. Odom is a global consultant, coach, facilitator, teacher, writer, and thought leader. She has worked globally in over 30 countries as a consultant and facilitator for over two decades focusing on areas including: Diversity and Inclusion, Educational Equity, Mindfulness, Coaching, Inclusive leadership, Girls’ Leadership Development, Mindfulness and Diversity and Inclusion, and Youth Empowerment/mentoring. Tanya’s unique portfolio career has allowed her to work in the education, private sector/corporate, nonprofit/NGO, law enforcement, and university/college arenas.