Breakfast Workshop
Family Trees and Giving Trees: Are they Related?

Friday, June 8 | 8:30 am - 10:30 am at Maggiano's Banquets | Chicago, IL 60654

How do different generations of family educate, engage and inspire one another in their philanthropic giving?  Learn from prominent Chicago philanthropists Les Coney, Executive Vice President, Mesirow Financial, and Chanel Coney, Director of Marketing, CFI Partners, about the differences in the way generations are giving, how families are thinking about their philanthropic legacy and how they relate.  Join us!  $30 for members and $55 for nonmembers. 

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AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course
A great primer for those new to the field, and a prep tool for the CFRE exam!!

When: Wednesday, July 18 - Thursday, July 19, 2018

Where: American Dental Association (ADA)
211  E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 •  Map

The AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course provides new fundraisers—those with up to four years of professional experience—with an intensive introduction into the building blocks of effective practice. The intensive program provides an overview of skills, techniques, and program components, and includes substantive case studies and projects for both groups and individuals.

The course is organized into seven modules:

  1. Overview of Fundraising
  2. Developing an Integrated Fundraising Program
  3. Marketing for Ongoing Success
  4. Building & Sustaining Relationships
  5. Securing the Gift
  6. Volunteers – Partners in Fundraising
  7. Management & Accountability

The course features case studies and small-group projects--making the learning experience both substantive and enjoyable. Those who complete the course are eligible to receive CFRE credit.

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Universal Charitable Deduction Bill Introduced in Congress

The Charitable Giving Tax Deduction Act creates a universal charitable tax deduction, which AFP has been advocating in Congress to offset potential losses resulting from tax reform changes. The Act does not limit the amount of charitable donations that could be claimed through this deduction. This provision would enhance giving by simplifying the tax code and creating fairness, allowing anyone to take a charitable deduction, including those who take the standard deduction.

Research by Independent Sector and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, as well as by the Tax Policy Center, estimated that annual charitable giving could fall by as much as $13 - $20 billion because of the doubling of the standard deduction in the new tax law.  Read more


Getting to Know AFP Chicago Fellow Docia Buffington, Development Director, Enlace Chicago

Docia Buffington has served for four years as Development Director for Enlace Chicago, a Community Based Organization in the Little Village community. We talked with her recently about when her interest in development began, what she does at Enlace Chicago, and why she's excited to be a Fellow this year! 

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AFP Chicago:  Your Community

AFP Chicago is a welcoming community of fundraisers. Get connected and build one-on-one relationships with like-minded professionals. As a member, you can access educational opportunitiesdiscounts to events and publications and share your experience and insights with others.  Membership has its benefits!

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