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Welcome to the AFP Chicago August Newsletter


Do you need a reason to attend Development Day Chicago 2019?
Friday, September 20th | 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel - Chicago

Exclusive Content. Incredible Value. Amazing Event! 
Do you need a reason to register for this year's Development Day? Here are a few to consider: start your day with Vu Le, find sessions that are perfect for you, gain fresh knowledge on trending topics, get inspired, and have fun at our Development Download Reception: cap off the day with wine and cheese. Need we say more?

We're once again offering four different focus areas and you can choose to attend sessions in any of them: Lifecycle of a Donor, Data Download, Course Corrections, and Nonprofit Executive Leadership. No matter how you decide to build out your day, you'll hear from thought-provoking speakers and engage with important topics and trends in the fundraising field.  Register TODAY!
AFP Chicago August Third Thursday
Scheduled at 2 Locations

Thursday, August 15th

Don't forget this month's Third Thursday is scheduled at two locations, so pick the location most convenient for you and join us!  Space is limited, reserve your spot today!

Chicago Location | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
City Hall Chicago, 838 W. Kinzie St., Chicago
Special offer: The first 50 people will receive a free drink ticket! RSVP here.

Suburb Location | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm 
La Barra - Oak Brook, 3011 Butterfield Rd, Oak Brook, IL 60523 
Happy hour is from 5pm-6pm with discounted drink specials. RSVP here.

AFP Chicago Pop Up Talk
OPIC: Crowdfunding
Tuesday, August 20th | 8:00 - 9:00 am
Charmers Café, 1500 W Jarvis Ave, Chicago

You are invited to this member only program to come learn from some of the leading professionals in our field as we discuss crowdfunding strategies and approaches. Take full advantage of this member only opportunity and come join in on the conversation! Content is approved for 1.0 CFRE education credits.   learn more...

AFP Chicago Webinar
That's So Corporate: Acquiring New Corporate Sponsors
Thursday, August 22nd | 12:00 - 1:00 pm
FREE for MEMBERS  |  $49 Non Members

You already know how valuable corporate partnerships and sponsorships can be for your bottom line and the experience of your donors. The rewards can be significant!  Come explore strategies in how to identity, secure, and maintain corporate sponsorships. If you need a dose of inspiration plus pragmatic and practical actions to take now, don't miss this webinar.  learn more... 

AFP Chicago LGBTQ Affinity Networking
Thursday September 12, 2019 | 5:30 - 7:30pm
Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted Street, Chicago

AFP Chicago is proud to announce the launch of its LGBTQ Affinity Group, intended to create space for a cohort of LGBTQ fundraisers to build community, discuss career strategies, and share fundraising successes and challenges. Join us at our free kick-off event.  Snacks and a cash bar will be provided.  learn more...

AFP Chicago September Third Thursday
Thursday, September 19th | 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Adler After Dark at the Adler Planetarium

Attending Development Day Chicago 2019? Maximize your Development Day experience by making beneficial new connections with like-minded professionals at this fun, networking event. Come celebrate Development Day Chicago 2019 with your colleagues and friends at the Adler Planetarium. Enjoy an evening of fun as we explore the exhibits at the Adler Planetarium and kick off #DDCHI. Complimentary entry tickets will be given to the first 50 registrants.  learn more...
Deadline Approaching:
The 2020 Board of Directors Needs You

Interested in service on the AFP Chicago Board of Directors?

There is still time to submit your application. Don't miss your chance to get involved.  Strong leadership is a hallmark of AFP Chicago and we encourage highly motivated and committed members to consider volunteering for board service.  Please click here for more information on service responsibilities, criteria, and the application process. Applications are due August 26, 2019.  learn more...

2020 Faces of Philanthropy ~ May 1, 2020
Award Nominations

Know someone awesome? Nominate them

For over 40 years, AFP Chicago has honored the committed, passionate individuals 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.  2020 Faces of Philanthropy Awards Nominations are due Friday, September 20, 2019.  learn more...

Share Your Knowledge & Experience
AFP Chicago Peer Mentoring Fall 2019 Class Applications are now being accepted

Are you interested in serving as a mentor? AFP Chicago's Peer Mentoring Program matches new and seasoned development professionals for the opportunity to learn from each other.  Each spring and fall, we launch a new class of mentors and protégés and we hope you will participate as a mentor.  A new class kicks off October 24th. The application deadline is September 27th. Click here for more information and to complete an application.

Ready to become a CFRE in 2019?
October 1st CFRE application deadline

Don't let 2019's final CFRE application deadline pass you by. The benefits of being a CFRE: Did you know 90% of current CFREs report the certification has had an impact on providing enhanced job opportunities? Start your application
at no cost. View the application requirements.. You only pay when you are ready to submit. Enjoy your discount, our members enjoy 20% off CFRE initial certification and recertification. Have questions or need help getting started? Contact CFRE International at [email protected].


AFP Chicago Fellows Spotlight
Nina Gagnon, National Immigrant Justice Center

Nina Gagnon is the Development Associate at Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center. In her role on NIJC's development team, Nina fosters relationships with funders of all types and coordinates NIJC's fundraising events. Prior to joining NIJC, Nina worked in external relations at the Taproot Foundation. Nina is originally from Southern New Hampshire and found her way to Chicago through a college internship. After college, Nina returned to Chicago and began working at the Taproot Foundation, an organization that leverages corporate talent to support non-profit capacity building.

Nina, when and how did your interest in development begin? 
I spent three years in undergrad working with a small non-profit wearing a variety of different hats. I coordinated all of our in-kind donations and giving campaigns and loved it! After graduating, I started at the Taproot Foundation and was exposed to larger scale fundraising and have continued doing similar work at NIJC.

Can you tell us a little bit about your work at the National Immigrant Justice Center?
I do a little bit of everything at NIJC. We just had our annual luncheon which was the only thing I'd been able to think about for the past 6 months or so. Now that I'm back up for air, I'm doing a lot of grant support, donor communications, and beginning work for next year's luncheon!  read more...

The Young Development Professional's Mantra: "I am not an idiot!"

Wearing 20-30 different "hats" over the course of a week (sometimes even a single day) is the development professional's M.O. It is well known that we play a lot of different roles and, widely, the expectation is that we do so with grace. Meanwhile, we are panicking internally and wondering when that whole cloning thing is going to hit the mainstream market so we can actually get everything done without losing our minds. It's far too easy to set unrealistic expectations for ourselves and end up with a feeling of failure despite all the wonderful achievements made through the work we do.  read more...

AFP Chicago Welcomes Our New Members

We're happy to have you!

Corie Anderson, Marillac St. Vincent Family Services
Stephen Barker, Marillac St. Vincent Family Services
Amanda Martinez Byrne, Robert Crown Center for Health Education
Susan Campbell, Sinai Health System
Lora Cummings, Sinai Health System
Maggie Dodge. Mercy Housing
Daniela Enea
Nina Gagnon. Heartland Alliance
Angela Hacke, Advocate Aurora Health
Timothy Hammerly, The Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School
Ruth Igoe, North Park University
Brenda Langstraat, Chicago Public Library Foundation
Ashley Leonard, Spark Program Inc.
Melissa Markay
Kerrie McKeough, Marillac St. Vincent Family Services
Colleen Mulcrone, Marillac St. Vincent Family Services
Jerry Ochoa
Diana Olivares, Zanta International Foundation
Eve Parson, The Salvation Army DHQ
Cheryl Price, Ignite-Futures With Promise
Katie Prince, MMUS
Lauren Ranson, Harris Theater for Music and Dance
Erika Wicks, Sinai Health System

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

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