Join an AFP-Maryland Roundtable

Monthly Roundtable meetings of the AFP Maryland chapter are open to members only

AFP Maryland special interest Roundtables are an informal, but highly informative gathering of fundraising professionals who have challenges in common. Structure and requirements vary among groups and fundraisers are encouraged to reap the benefits of attending a roundtable or several in their areas of interest. For many of us, it's a relief to find that others have not only experienced some of the same challenges we face, but that they also have suggested solutions!

Meetings run 60- 90 minutes to accommodate the busy fundraiser's schedule. 

Non-members are welcome to attend any of the Roundtables once as a guest (i.e. once at annual, once at small shop, etc.). 

View the Calendar of Events for upcoming schedule of roundtables.

Attendees are encouraged to RSVP to the roundtable facilitator to confirm date, time, location and topic each month.


Facilitator: Erin Jackson 

Meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month / 11:30am

Location:  Virtual Meeting via Zoom

Sample topics include:

  • Managing the Grants Process
  • Researching Grant Opportunities
  • Proposal Writing (e.g., Needs Statements; Goals & Objectives; Evaluation; Budgets)
  • Clarity in Writing
  • Reporting
  • Stewarding Institutional Funders
  • Working Collaboratively with Program Staff
  • Common Reasons Why Proposals are Declined
  • Sustainability strategies


Facilitators: Emily Zikorus and Danni Lyles

Meets on the 2nd Wednesday of month / 12:00 p.m. (noon)

Location: Virtual Meeting via Zoom & In-Person

Sample topics:  Monthly Giving;  Annual Fund Strategies, Data Management, Storytelling Tips, Giving Programs


Facilitator: Sheronda Booker

Meets on the 3rd Wednesday of month, 12:00 p.m. 

Location: Virtual Meeting via Zoom

Sample topics:  Database Management, Engaging Your Board of Trustees, Peer to Peer Fundraising, Donor Advised Funds, Giving Circles, Major Gifts in a Small Shop, Communications & Marketing, Special Events, Development Planning, Donor Stewardship