The Friday Forum Bids Farewell

After much deliberation and a realistic review of the rapidly changing professional development landscape, The Friday Forum board of directors has decided to conclude its operation after 26 wonderful years. We are proud of our thought leadership contributions for the professional development of the advancement field and are delighted there is now an abundance of affordable professional development opportunities for advancement professionals that align with The Friday Forum mission.

We are ending on a high note, with years of excellent programming behind us. The recent popular panel discussion, Belonging in the Development Field. Belonging I and II, as the two-part series came to be known, attracted over 500 participants and encouraged open conversation around the challenges and limitations encountered by diverse professionals in our field. It also explored what this meant for philanthropists from underrepresented and/or historically marginalized populations. In addition, we featured former Berklee President, Roger Brown for his talk, The Role of Philanthropy in Transformation: Affordability, Anti-racism, and Gender Justice. Lee Pelton also addressed our community twice in 2021, first for his talk, Black Lives Matter in Philanthropy, and again for, The Promise of the Boston Foundation.

The board is honored to have hosted these remarkable speakers, and dozens before them, and to reach so many in our community of advancement professionals with their insights and perspectives.

As a final tribute to our fellow professionals, past, present and future, we have decided to dedicate our remaining assets to support the AFP Diversity Scholarship: General Diversity Fund in Memory of Christopher Marrion.

Please join us in celebrating the memory and accomplishments of The Friday Forum by continuing to support and transform the advancement profession for the future.