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Welcome to the AFP Chicago April Newsletter


Congrats Channing Lenert, MS, CFRE Named AFP Outstanding Young Professional at AFP ICON 2019

Channing was recognized on Tuesday, April 2nd during the Closing General Session in San Antonio. Channing was recently named program officer for Polk Bros. Foundation in Chicago, IL.  The Outstanding Young Professionals award recognizes fundraisers under the age of 31 who have already shown exemplary work in raising funds, inspiring donors, helping manage campaigns and giving back to the profession. Congratulations Channing on your amazing accomplishment!   read more.

Welcome Peer Mentoring Spring Class 

AFP Chicago's Peer Mentoring Committee had the pleasure of matching 16 protégés with their own mentor who will help them build their professional networks and develop their skills and knowledge. The Spring Class protégés and mentors met in person at a kickoff meeting held on Friday March 29th. Participants came from all sectors of the nonprofit community including: health care; children and family services; arts and culture; advocacy; science; museums; foundations; education; and consulting. We are pleased to present the protégés and mentors for the Spring 2019 class.

AFP Chicago Earned Ten Star Honor!

We're proud to announce that we've been named a 2019 Ten Star Chapter, an annual award made to AFP chapters that have had a significant impact on the fundraising profession. Just one-third of all AFP chapters are named Ten Star Chapters. The Ten Star chapters were recognized at the AFP International Conference on Fundraising (ICON) held this past week in San Antonio, TX. Congrats to all the honorees! 

AFP Chicago Received the 2019 Friends of Diversity Designation

Congratulations to the 90 chapters who received the 2019 Friends of Diversity Designation. The Friends of Diversity Designation recognizes those chapters who have accomplished many of the key objectives in our goal of advancing diversity. Chapters were recognized for this Designation during the Chapter Presidents Council meeting at AFP ICON in San Antonio, TX on March 30th.

Congrats to Our Chapter Members on Becoming CFREs 

Join us in congratulating the 231 fundraising professionals that became Certified Fund Raising Executives (CFREs) in the January 15 - March 15, 2019, testing window! This marks one of the largest classes of new CFREs during any Q1 testing window to date.. We are so proud of our AFP Chicago members who have earned their CFRE this quarter: Amy Kahn and Madelyn Weed.

AFP Chicago After Hours Pop Up Talk Corporate Giving Strategies

Thursday, April 11th | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
New Wave Coffee - 3103 W Logan Blvd, Chicago

Thank you to everyone who already registered for this event. The response has been overwhelming, and we are at full capacity. Registration is now closed.

This exclusive pop up program will provide the opportunity for round-table discussions on a smaller more focused scale.  learn more...

AFP Chicago Networking After Hours
National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W 19th St, Chicago
Thursday, April 18th  |  5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join your fellow AFP Chicago members and friends at this festive evening of networking and art! Come experience the National Museum of Mexican Art, a Chicago museum that showcases 3,000 years of creativity. You are invited to build your relationships with some of the leading professionals in our field and make new ones. Our special guest speaker will be Tony Martinez, Jr., President and CEO of Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation.

Event registration is free for members and non-members, but we would like to get an approximate headcount. This event is an IDEA Initiative (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access) in collaboration with the Member Engagement Committee.  learn more...

The #AFPCfaces of Philanthropy Awards Luncheon is one month away!
Sponsorship Opportunities and Individual Tickets are Available

The Award Luncheon is a great opportunity to show your support for our distinguished honorees and the fundraising profession. 

Register for tickets or a sponsorship today and join AFP Chicago on Friday, May 3rd  at the Hilton Chicago.

AFP Chicago Networking After Hours
Thursday, May 16th | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Hubbard Inn - 110 W. Hubbard St., Chicago

Meeting up with your colleagues in fundraising has never been easier! These monthly casual events are a great opportunity for members and non-members in the Chicagoland community to meet, network, and hang out.  Due to the growing popularity of these monthly meet-ups, be sure to RSVP.  Event registration is free for members and non-members (you pay for your own food & drinks). Space is limited, so reserve your spot today! learn more...

AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising
June 25 - 26, 2019 | 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Loyola University Chicago Schreiber Center
16 E. Pearson Street, Chicago | Map 

New to development? This course is a great primer for those new to the field of fundraising! 

Working towards getting your CFRE? We've been told by past attendees that this course is an excellent resource and study tool with lasting impact on your career.  learn more...

Development Day Chicago 2019 
Announcing Keynote Presentation
Friday, September 20th | 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel - Chicago

2019 Development Day Chicago is AFP Chicago's take on day-long education and networking for fundraisers of all levels from diverse backgrounds. We're inviting hundreds of fundraisers for a full day of a sessions. 

Keynote Presentation Overview: Community-Centric Fundraising: The Intersection of Development and Access, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion 

Vu Le, our keynote presenter, presents in this sociopolitical climate, nonprofits and fundraising professionals play an ever important role. As our society grows in diversity, our sector has been talking increasingly about Access, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. What does that look like in the development field?  learn more...



Last Chance to "bundle" your Breakfast Workshop Registrations
3 Program Purchase Deadline is TOMORROW!

Instead of registering for each event separately, purchase a "bundle," and gain access while you SAVE. Bundling your programs provides you convenience (only register once), savings, and flexibility. learn more...

Ready to become a CFRE in 2019?
Don't miss the April 15 Application deadline!

The April 15 CFRE Application deadline will be here before you know it! Start your application at no cost at the CFRE website. View the application requirements. You only pay when you are ready to submit. AFP members enjoy a special discounted rate of $700 - that's a 20% savings off the regular rate. Have questions or need help getting started? Contact CFRE International at [email protected]

Heather Klein Olson: Partnering with the Right Mentor Yields a Lifetime of Reward

In 2003, shiny new arts management degree in hand, I landed a dream job as Executive Assistant to the Artistic and Executive Directors at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

When the company promoted me to Donor Relations Coordinator after only two years, the transition was smooth. I knew the players, the company, and its donor community. The encouragement, support, and guidance I received from everyone there contributed to my success... read more

AFP Chicago Welcomes Our New Members

We're happy to have you!

Esther Aldrich, CURE
Jessie Arenson
Lisa Barker, Ingalls Development Foundation
Meaghan Burdick
Blake Carleton, YMCA of the USA
Jennifer Conway, Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago
Julie Cooper, JB Cooper LLC
Maggie Cullerton Hooper, Chicago Dept. of Cultural Affairs & Special Events
Jen Devine, The Morton Arboretum
Nora Engonopoulos, Chicago Architecture Center
Emily Etzkorn, University of Illinois Foundation
Claire Faughnan, Greater Chicago Food Depository
Kayla Furjanic, The Morton Arboretum
Elise Geiger, Meals On Wheels Chicago
Rod Gingrich, Court Theatre
Lucas Greer
Samantha Hill Wallace, Community Nutrition Network & Senior Services Asso
Terri Horton-O'Connell, Foundation For Women's Cancer
Kim Lamansky, Tri City Health Partnership
Kristine Mackey, USA Midwest Province Jesuits
Jean McCullough, Community Nutrition Network
Anna Miller, The Morton Arboretum
Qiana Moore-Nightengale, Court Theatre
Kate Murphy, Citizens United For Research In Epilepsy
Madelyn Patterson
Andrea Porter
Samantha Schmidt, Governors State University
Evan Smeenge
Catherine Splett, Special Leisure Services Foundation
Louisa Wyatt, Ingenuity Inc
Chris Younkin-Wilson, Chicago Architecture Center

New members as of February 2019
If your name is not included, please contact Carletta at [email protected].

Member Resources

Ethics Resources  |  AFP Global  |  Update Contact Information

Community Links

How to Build the Confidence and Skills You Need to Ask Individuals for Money Workshop

Introducing Baumhart Scholars MBA  |  Loyola University Chicago Quinlan School of Business Baumhart Center

Fundraising and Development for Nonprofits conference in Madison, Wisconsin

Nonprofit Management Essentials is Live!

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN)

North Park University

Axelson Center Professional Development Programs

Do you have a success story to tell us?

Have you recently received an award, written an article, or achieved something outstanding? Please let us know - so that we can feature YOU in our next newsletter! Contact Pam Williams with your news.


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