Development Day Chicago 
Friday, September 14, 2018

Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel 
1 West Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601 

Thank you to the talented, dedicated volunteers, sponsors, speakers and attendees, all of whom collectively made Development Day Chicago 2018 an extraordinary event and one to remember! Attendees gathered at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel during our day of education and networking. There was so much to soak in as we moved through the day. We were honored to have the one-of-a-kind Penelope Burk kick off our day with a truly one-of-a-kind presentation. Penelope engaged, enthralled the attendees and provided so many unforgettable takeaways; “Being worthy is insufficient”, “It takes 7-12 touch points to acquire a new donor. Invest in marketing!”

After the keynote, attendees chose from four focus tracks to design the perfect day to strengthen their fundraising skills: Disruption in the Field, Transformative Tech, Solicitation Shake-Up, and Executive Leadership. The covered topics were comprised of tactics to help you thrive in a constantly changing fundraising climate and to immediately impact your work. The day ended on a “high note” as participants gathered for the Development Download Reception to network and enjoy some wine and light appetizers.

Click here to see highlights of the day! 


43rd Faces of Philanthropy Awards Luncheon - Friday, May 3, 2019
Submit an Award Nomination  DEADLINE EXTENDED

For over 40 years, AFP Chicago has honored the committed, passionate individuals and corporations who work on behalf of the nonprofit organizations that AFP Chicago serves. Our annual awards program, the “Faces of Philanthropy” luncheon, recognizes the outstanding achievements of these individuals, foundations and corporate philanthropists, fundraising volunteers, and fundraising executives. AFP Chicago is pleased to honor individuals who demonstrate high ethical standards and exemplify the philanthropic spirit of our great city.

2019 Faces of Philanthropy Awards Nominations are due Friday, October 5, 2018.

Please click here for more information.

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Effective Stewardship

Wednesday, October 17th | 7:30AM - 8:30AM
Panera at 190 Waukegan Rd, Deerfield, IL 60015  at 

Join us for a Pop-Up Program to discuss how do you get your donors to give again? How do you make them feel good about their giving? We will discuss effective stewardship strategies to win over any donor. To register!

Giving Tuesday

Wednesday, November 14 - 7:30AM – 8:30AM
Panera at 5 W E Rand Rd, Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Join us for a Pop-Up Program to discuss ways to spice up your Giving Tuesday approach. To register!


Benefits of Peer Mentoring: Informational Interviews

Last month, we covered how to leverage your mentor’s network to make new connections. But once you have secured a sit down with another non-profit professional, it’s up to you to plan for the ideal informational interview. 

Here are some tips on how to utilize everyone’s time to the fullest and make a fantastic impression:

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