AFP Chicago Breakfast Workshop Series

Learn and link with other fundraisers

Professional education and networking go hand-in-hand at AFP Chicago’s breakfast workshop series.  Several times per year, AFP Chicago brings together thought-leaders who share their expertise and insights on some of the most pressing issues facing fundraising professionals today. AFP Members, in 2018 we're excited to offer you a lower registration rate for all of our breakfast programs! $30 for members and $55 for nonmembers. 

Family Trees and Giving Trees: Are they Related?

Friday, June 8 | 8:30 am - 10:30 am 
Maggiano's Banquets 111 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60654

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In this session, we will explore how different generations of family educate, engage and inspire one another in their philanthropic giving.  Learn from prominent Chicago philanthropists about the differences in the way generations are giving, how families are thinking about their philanthropic legacy and how they relate.  Hear how organizations should steward/cultivate each generation to achieve the greatest level of engagement possible. 

Lester Coney
Executive Vice President, Mesirow Financial

Lester Coney serves as an executive vice president in Mesirow Financial’s Office of the Chairman. He is responsible for originating and nurturing new business opportunities, working with key external stakeholders while expanding and maintaining client relationships across the firm’s business lines.

Les joined the firm in 2006 and has over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Mesirow, Les served as Aon’s national sales director. Les’ passion for connecting and serving others blends into his role as a civic leader. He was the first African American chairman of the Goodman Theatre’s board and named a life trustee. Additionally, he is proud to serve as a trustee for the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago. Appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, his passion for the arts and civic betterment has led him to serve as the founding chairman of the Congo Square Theatre Company and, currently, as the board secretary of Wade’s World Foundation. He is a board member of the Lookingglass Theatre, serves on the board of governors of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and sits on the Brain Trust Committee. He’s honored to have served in Chicago United’s original business leaders of color class.

Les was named the Happiness Club 2013 honoree for his longstanding support and his contributions to the arts. In 2012, he was honored by the Chicago Area Morehouse Alumni Association for his contributions to the Chicago arts community and by the Chicago Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America for his leadership in creating alternative programs for Chicago’s youth. He was also honored by Kohl Children’s Museum for his continued efforts to connect communities and received the 2012 MVP Award from the Wade’s World Foundation. In 2011, he received N’Digo Foundation’s N’Corporate award and the 100 Club of Chicago’s Philanthropic Leadership Award.

Les earned a bachelor of science degree from George Williams University. He currently resides in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago.

Chanel Coney
Director of Marketing, CFI Partners

Chanel Coney is Director of Marketing for CFI Partners (“CFIP”). CFIP is a boutique alternative credit investment firm based in Chicago. CFIP also serves as the funding mechanism for a philanthropic organization, The Academy Group, focused on providing education and career services to under-resourced youth nationwide. She joined the firm in 2017 to generate new business opportunities, maintain existing client relationships, and manage external communications for this progressive collaboration between investment firms and impact programs. Chanel was awarded the Crain’s 20 in their 20’s designation and the inaugural Emerging Philanthropist Award from The League of Chicago Theatres for her role as Chairman of Congo Square Theatre.

Prior to joining CFIP, Chanel worked at GCM Grosvenor for six years. In this role she shared responsibilities for business development, client service and consulting relations. Currently she serves on the boards of College Possible Chicago, Chicago Artist Coalition, 3Arts, Victory Gardens Theater, Forward Momentum, Congo Square Theatre, and LUMA8. Chanel also serves on the associate board of the Business Leadership Council and the Navy Pier Program & Guest Experience Committee. Chanel graduated with a Bachler of Arts from Princeton University.   

$55 for nonmembers ( Or for members after June 4)

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The Fundraising Effectiveness Project: Debunking the Myth of Efficiency

Friday, October 19 | 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Kellogg School of Management - Wieboldt Hall 340 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611

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Registration fee:
$55 for nonmembers ( Or for members after October 15)

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