Chicago Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals

AFP Chicago Breakfast Workshop Series 
Finish Strong: Using Gift Planning Strategies to Boost Year End Giving
Friday, November 1st | 8:30 - 10:30 am
Maggiano's Banquets, 111 West Grand Ave., Chicago

Join us for a conversation with Anne Morgan of the Field Museum and Meg Cline of the University of Illinois Foundation on maximizing year-end giving potential through a focus on planned giving vehicles and strategies.

Our presenters, both members of the Chicago Council on Planned Giving Board of Directors, will:

  • Highlight ways to market stock Gifts, IRA Rollover, Charitable Gift Annuities, wills, and trusts to your donors;
  • Share ideas for cultivating blended gifts with current bequest donors to ensure that your organization looks back at the month of December as a success;
  • Explore some end of the year practicalities, such as processing gifts, out of office messages with critical giving information, and developing your marketing plan for 2020; and of course,
  • Answer your burning questions about planned gifts at year-end and throughout the solicitation cycle.
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This program is approved for 1.5 CFRE points.

October is Ethics Awareness Month!  While ethics should be celebrated every day, we're dedicating an entire month to it as it makes philanthropy and fundraising possible. Ethics makes it all possible, and THAT’S worth celebrating.  Come join in on the conversation as AFP Chicago celebrates ethics month. Seats are limited, so reserve your seat today!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Ethics in Fundraising: Difficult Donor Conversations
8:00 - 9:00 AM
Spinning J, 1000 N California Ave, Chicago

Are there conversations with donors that you dread? Topics around grant agreements and gift restrictions that you hope to avoid? Have you ever had to turn down a gift? Come to this pop-up chat to share your experiences and learn from your peers how to make a difficult conversation into the foundation for a stronger donor relationship. In addition to the discussion topics generated during introductions, the facilitator is prepared to include the following topics in the discussion:

  • Grant agreements and contract terms
  • Restricted gift allocations and use
  • The donor bill of rights
  • When to turn down a gift
  • Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access
This program is approved for 1 CFRE point.

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Fundraising for Good 2020
The Baumhart Center is delighted to invite Major Gift Officers to apply to Fundraising for Good 2020, our year long leadership development program for high-performing fundraisers who seek to accelerate their impact. Applications due November 4, 2019.

$100,000 Grant Opportunity for Chicago Nonprofits
Impact Grants Chicago is pleased to announce the opening of our 2019-20 grant cycle. We are now accepting Letters of Inquiry from Chicago nonprofits through November 8, 2019 for one of our $100,000 Impact Grants.

Take your Career to the Next Level
Apply to become an AFP Chicago Fellow
2020 Class Applications are due Wednesday, November 8th

The Fellows Program is an outreach initiative of AFP Chicago created to build awareness of these resources, particularly to those individuals who have been in the profession for five years or less and might otherwise not have the opportunity or resources to take advantage of its services.

This program is offered to any individuals working with or for nonprofit organizations in metropolitan Chicago, with an emphatic interest in diversity, equity and inclusion, people of color and/or Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer (LGBTQ).

This one-year program provides extensive benefits to our selected Fellows. Learn more and apply today.

Annual Meeting of the Membership
Friday, December 6th  | 8:30 - 10:30 am
River Roast, 315 N LaSalle Street, Chicago

Join us for a panel discussion of foundation officers and leaders from across Chicagoland, moderated by former AFP Chicago Fellow and 2019 Chamberlain Scholar Ishan Johnson. Channing Lenert of Polk Bros Foundation, Tony Martinez of the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation, and Crystal Williams Robinson of the Siragusa Family Foundation will speak about their recent transitions to foundation work; share tips for engaging community funders; and discuss opportunities for emerging leaders to introduce new perspectives and make change in the philanthropic sector.  learn more ...


Ishan Johnson
Associate Director of Development, Major Gifts, Chicago Opera Theater

Channing Lenert, CFRE
Program Officer, Polk Bros Foundation

Antonio Martinez, Jr.
President and CEO, Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation

Crystal Williams Robinson
Program Officer, The Siragusa Family Foundation

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