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Welcome to the AFP Chicago April Newsletter

Did you miss"Emergency Fundraising Strategies for your Organization?"
Tuesday, April 7, 2020

On Tuesday, April 7th, AFP Chicago hosted a virtual town hall meeting to address our members' questions in the wake of Covid-19. Thank you to all our participants and our incredible speakers who made this such a great success.  Over 130 attendees tuned in and were presented with inspiring stories, suggested tips, tools, and resources to use during this challenging situation.

Tips from the experts include:
  • "Use digital engagement to maintain fundraising momentum - even if it means flipping the script."
  • "No communication should be just a crisis communication."
  • "Leverage the increased need to connect and engage to schedule meetings with prospective donors."
  • "Collect and share your information."

Click here for members-only access to the recording and download the presentation slides (members will need to login to gain access.)

More Coronavirus Resources for Fundraisers

AFP Chicago understands that concerns about COVID-19 are top of mind for our members and the fundraising community.

In response, we created a collection of local resources to help our members and visitors weather this pandemic. learn more

Introducing Good News in Tough Times
Share Your Success Story

Do you have a success story of how your organization is rising above the challenges during this tough time of uncertainty? Share your special organizational good news stories as they happen.

Submit your own written story (and/or photo) here for publication on our website and in an upcoming newsletter.  Share your story!

Third Thursday is going Virtual
Thursday, April 16th | 5:00 - 6:00 pm

AFP Chicago's Third Thursday Networking Events have gone virtual! While we are all coping with a new reality, we are making it possible for you to connect with your peers. Take this opportunity to continue expanding your fundraising network from the comfort of your home. Bring your favorite beverage and come prepared to discuss anything from your favorite quarantine recipe to effective fundraising strategies from home. There will only be 25 spots available, so save your spot for AFP's first virtual networking event!  RSVP today

May Breakfast Virtual Workshop
Friday, May 15th | 9:00 - 10:30 am

Announcing May's Virtual Breakfast Workshop. We are working on the details but you can anticipate walking away with several tools to use to solve your pressing work challenges during this ongoing uncertainty.

Stay tuned, as we will update you shortly.

Need a little more time to bundle your education programs?

We are here to help. To make things a little easier in these uncertain times, we're extending the deadline dates on all our education bundles. During this challenging situation, cut your costs while gaining access to education, providing you with additional resources you can include in your fundraising toolbox. Choose the bundle that best suits your needs: 4 Programs, or 3 Programs. SAVE and move your career forward.   learn more

AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course
July 15 - 16, 2020 | 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

Be the best fundraiser you can be. This is a wonderful learning opportunity to learn directly from experienced fundraising veterans. This two-day program includes case studies and projects for groups and individuals, making the learning experience both substantial and enjoyable. The course is composed of seven modules designed by experienced fundraising professionals to meet the real-world needs and challenges nonprofit organizations face every day. learn more

2020 Faces of Philanthropy Awards Luncheon ~ Friday, October 2nd

In an effort to protect the health and safety of our honorees, colleagues, members and friends during this difficult period, the leaders of AFP Chicago have made the decision to reschedule this year's AFP Chicago Philanthropy Awards Luncheon. The Awards Luncheon will now be held on Friday, October 2nd at the Hilton Chicago. Now more than ever our Chicago community needs to look ahead at the opportunity to gather together and celebrate the achievements of these tremendous honorees. We look forward to welcoming you in the fall as we celebrate the power of giving and honor Chicago's philanthropic community.  learn more

AFP Chicago Welcomes Our New Members

We're happy to have you!

Renee Barros
Pam Lewis, Foundation For Women's Cancer
Jennifer Mejia
Sandra Ramirez
Taylor Scott, Urban Gateways
Rachel Solomon, The Cradle

New members as of March 2020
If your name is not included, please contact Becky Gilbert at [email protected].

Member Resources

Ethics Resources  |  AFP Global  |  Update Contact Information

Community Links

Nonprofit Management Essentials is Live!

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN)

North Park University

Axelson Center Professional Development Programs


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