AFP Chicago Annual Meeting of the Membership

Highlights from the 2019 Annual Meeting

Friday, December 6, 2019 | 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. 
River Roast, 315 N LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60654

Thank you to our speakers, organizers, Chapter Champions, and attendees all who all made this year's Annual Meeting and breakfast such a sold-out success! We had a packed house who joined us for a panel discussion with some of Chicagoland’s leaders in fundraising focusing on their recent transitions to foundation work.  A special thanks to our panel, 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 along with our fantastic moderator, Ishan Johnson, 2019 Chamberlain Scholar for sharing their expertise and words of wisdom with us.

The morning kicked off with the election of the 2020 Officers and Directors, followed by the presentation of the 2019 President's Award to Jacquelyn M. Bonavia, CFRE. After the President's Award, we celebrated the graduation of our 2019 Fellows and recognized our mentors and protégés. The morning concluded with our educational program.  

Here are a few highlights from the program:

 Kick-off - Catching up with friends and colleagues 


 Presentation of the 2019 President's Award
Jacquelyn M. Bonavia, CFRE







Graduation of the 2019  AFP Chicago Fellows 



Recognized our Mentors and Protégés






Panel Discussion






Introduction of the 2020 Fellows Class



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Jacquelyn M. Bonavia, CFRE 
2019 President's Award Recipient 

AFP Chicago is proud to present the 2019 President’s Award to Jacquelyn M. Bonavia, CFRE. The President’s Award honors individuals who have demonstrated high ethical standards and outstanding leadership and service to AFP Chicago, and exemplify the philanthropic spirit of our great city.

Jackie is the Director of Advancement for the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. During her career, she has served as both an executive director and a director of development for various nonprofit organizations.

Jackie began her career as the executive director of a performing and visual arts center in North Carolina. Upon relocating to Illinois, she became the first executive director of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, a professional symphony in suburban Chicago, guiding its growth over a 16-year tenure. As a development director, Jackie has worked with several Chicago cultural and arts education organizations, most recently including the Pritzker Military Museum and Library and Music of the Baroque. During her career, Jackie says, “I have been committed to creating value for the communities that are home to these organizations and meaningful relationships between donors and the organizations they choose to support.”

Jackie served 11 years on the AFP Chicago board of directors, co-chaired the Fellows Program for two years, was a faculty member for this year’s AFP Fundamentals course, and is currently an AFP Mentor. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning a B.A. in Journalism from the College of Letters and Sciences and an M.A. in Arts Administration from the School of Business.

Thank You to our Annual Meeting Sponsor!

A Very Special Thank You to our Chapter Champions Sponsors!