A Comprehensive Approach to Capital Fundraising - March - AFP Tampa Bay

  • March 19, 2024
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Rusty Pelican, 2425 N Rocky Point Drive, Tampa FL 33607
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A Comprehensive Approach to Capital Fundraising

The Y for Life Campaign and the Speer YMCA/Mangrove Bay Middle School Project

(1) Shifts in Resource Development Strategies for Capital Project Fundraising

(2) A YMCA/Middle School Collaboration

(3) Timing is Everything

(4) The Path, The Posse and The Partners

(5) Fund Sourcing - Comprehensive Fundraising Tactics

(6) Momentum - Speer YMCA and beyond...


Tuesday, March 19, 2024

11:30 am Networking

12:00 pm Program & Lunch Service


Rusty Pelican, 2425 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa FL 33607 MAP

Valet parking is provided by AFP Tampa Bay for all our guests, self- parking is not permitted.


Program Fee

AFP Member - $35.00

Guest - $45.00

The program will only be offered in-person. Please indicate when registering your meal choice for meal planning purposes.

AFP Tampa Bay aims to be accessible and inclusive to all of our members and guests. If you require special accommodations, please let us know via email so we can plan to make adjustments to the program


Meal Choices




Gluten free and all other dietary restrictions are available upon special request and must be requested when making your reservation.


Applied for 1 hour CFRE


Speaker Bio - Michelle P. Curtis, CFRE

Michelle is in her eighth year as a member of the senior leadership team at the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg, having joined the YMCA following financial development leadership roles in performing arts with The Florida Orchestra as well as in higher education at Eckerd College. In addition to professional fundraising roles, Michelle has been active as a fundraising volunteer in St. Petersburg, serving as a board fundraising chair and in several advisory roles. Prior to her fundraising career, Michelle spent 15 years in the insurance and financial services industry. She currently serves as Co-Chair of Financial Development for the Florida Alliance of YMCA’s, is a council member for the North American YMCA Development Organization (NAYDO), serves on the Executive Committee for the YNAN Chief Development Officer Council, and currently serves as a Service Delivery Provider in Financial Development for Y-USA. Michelle also serves on the Y-USA Philanthropy Thought Leader Advisory Group and is currently the Treasurer of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Tampa Bay. She also co-leads a Leadership Affinity Group for AFP. Michelle is also a long-standing volunteer for the Junior League of St. Petersburg. In her capacity as a thought leader for philanthropy at the YMCA, Michelle is a has presented on a variety of fundraising topics nationally and internationally to include the YMCA Central and South American Network in 2023.

In her time at the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg, Michelle has focused on a number of strategic fundraising initiatives including the creation of a multi-year giving society, major gift process and growth, and grant administration.  Under her leadership, the YMCA has experienced significant increases in annual giving, runs an impactful and critical direct response campaign annually, has made significant progress with developing a major gift program and has experienced a 10-fold increase in grant funding from a variety of sources, including state and federal government. The YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg is currently nearing completion of a $26 million capital fundraising campaign for its new Speer YMCA, a significant partnership with Pinellas County Schools and several other organizations that will realize a YMCA and a public middle school sharing a campus and so much more and is part of a broader $60+ million comprehensive fundraising campaign.


Meeting Guidelines

AFP Tampa Bay recognizes the importance of personal connection, but your health is our priority. We continue to monitor the community level for our area and follow CDC recommendations.

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