Meeting/Event Information

Connecting Advocacy and Fundraising

September 17, 2019
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Westchester Library System
570 Taxter Road, Suite 400
Elmsford, NY 10523
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Not For Members Only - AFP Advocacy

AFP Chapters across NY State are working together to have our voice heard in Albany.

Presented By: AFP NYC Board Members, Vikki Jones and Mark Hefter

According to a recent report by the State Comptroller De Napiloi, nearly 30,000 nonprofit charities are registered in NY and according to the IRS approximately 30,000 more charities are based elsewhere in the US and operate in NY.  In 2013, they reported a combined revenue of $190 billion, with almost $30 billion from fundraising activities.  With over 90 % of all New York households giving to charity, fundraising gives voice to New Yorkers and is instrumental in creating the unique and diverse character of the State.  As professional fundraisers with a commitment to ethical practices and donor rights, we should  have a voice in the legislation that affects our sector.  Yet until recently, we did not have a voice in Albany.  

The coordinating efforts of the New York City Chapter of AFP brought together Chapters from across the state to meet with state officials.  We have gone up to Albany as a united group on behalf of our respective members to meet with our representatives and the Attorney General's office.  Our goal is to educate elected officials about our work and our role in keeping the nonprofit sector whole, especially when government funding is cut.. We learned a lot - representative after representative told us they weren’t aware of how extensive this profession is or that we were part of an International Association.

Working together, we are building a stronger voice in Albany. Learn more about how you can be involved and how new legislation may affect your nonprofit. 


Mark Hefter, JD
Vice President, Planned Giving
American Technion Society

Mark L. Hefter is a planned giving, major gifts, fundraising strategy, ethics and non-profit governance expert.  He spent over 20 years with the American Technion Society (ATS), working with donors and directing ATS’s gift planning and major gifts fundraising programs, helping raise nearly $1 billion in planned and deferred gifts, and over $2.5 billion in all types of major gifts. Mr. Hefter also practiced tax and estate planning (emphasizing charitable planning) law.  He was counsel to foundations, non-profit organizations and their donors.  He practiced with a “Big Four” accounting firm before attending law school.

Mr. Hefter also has served the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) in several capacities: as President of the NYC Chapter; member of the International Board; chair of the US Governmental Relations Committee.  Currently, he a member of AFPs International Ethics Committee.  

Mr. Hefter has written for a number of professional and scholarly publications.  He has co-authored or edited guides to non-profit organization governance, charitable giving, and estate planning.  He has provided fundraising, management, governance and ethics training to over two hundred non-profit agencies and professional councils throughout the United States and internationally. Mr. Hefter has also taught at several universities and law schools. He is currently on the faculty at the School of Business, Stevens Institute of Technology.Mr. Hefter is a graduate of Louisiana State University (with honors) and New York University School of Law.  Mr. Hefter also holds a CPA certificate from the State of Louisiana.

Vikki Jones, CFRE
Planned Giving Officer Advancement
Weill Cornell Medicine

Vikki Jones is a Gift Planning Officer at Weill Cornell Medicine. Vikki has 18 years of experience in charitable gift planning and bequest and trust administration. With more than 25 years of overall fundraising experience, Vikki has been successful in several areas:  annual giving, capital campaigns, major/leadership gifts, membership, planned giving and special events. She currently serves on the board of the New York City chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is the co-chair of AFP’s Government Relations Committee.  In addition, she serves as President Emeritus of the Philanthropic Planning Group of Greater New York (PPGGNY).

Vikki is the current President of the Friends of the Dobbs Ferry Library, and leads Hudson River and Beyond, a Meetup kayaking group in the Hudson River Valley. A former Trustee for the village of Dobbs Ferry, NY, Vikki has served on many community boards and committees, including the League of Women Voters of the Rivertowns and the Dobbs Ferry Parent Teacher Student Association. Vikki has earned a Certificate in Fundraising from New York University and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive. 




$25.00 Member Breakfast Registration

$40.00 Non-Member Breakfast Registration