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Welcome to the AFP Chicago February Newsletter


Tuesday, February 25th | 8:00 - 9:30 am
Taste 222, 222 N Canal St., Chicago

Our chapter has repeatedly shown that we value, embrace and benefit from diversity. The AFP Chicago African American Affinity Group seeks to create a cohort of like-minded fundraisers to discuss strategies, turn obstacles into successes, and build a strong sense of community. Join us for a morning of conversation, networking and celebration of Black History Month 2020. Space is very limited for our breakfast meeting. Be sure to RSVP early to reserve your spot
. RSVP now.

Working With (Not Against!) Your Program Staff
Wednesday, February 26th | 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Norman's Bistro, 1001 E. 43rd St., Chicago

Do you ever feel that your development team is at odds with your program staff on evaluation, timelines, or purpose? Join us for this free member only discussion about how to bring your development work into alignment with your program staff. Discussion topics include site visit planning, good communication practices, and common obstacles to go partnership. Bring your good ideas and your horror stories, or come ready to listen and learn. This program is approved for 1.25 CFRE points.  learn more.

Is 501c3 Status Now Meaningless?
Friday, February 28th  | 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Wieboldt Hall, Kellogg School of Management
340 E Superior St, Chicago

How do our nonprofit organizations thrive and survive? As fundraisers, how do we compete with new forms of social enterprise seeking philanthropic support? Come explore the evolving landscape of social impact philanthropy. This fast paced, interactive session will equip participants with the tools they need to stand out in an increasingly crowded landscape. This program is approved for 1.5 CFRE points. Seats are limited, reserve your spot today.  learn more

Members, purchase your ALL access Education Bundling Package and SAVE

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. Choose the bundle that best suits your needs: 6 programs, 5 Programs, 4 Programs, or 3 Programs. If you haven't purchased your 6 program bundle yet, now's the time to do so - deadline to purchase is February 28th and receive a total savings of $180 in comparison with the non-member price. learn more

The 44th Philanthropy Awards Luncheon celebrates the power of giving

Join your friends and colleagues for a very special afternoon as we celebrate the power of giving and honor Chicago's philanthropic community on Friday, May 1st. Over 750 guests will gather to honor individuals who exemplify the philanthropic spirit of our great city. Be on the look-out as we begin sending a Spotlight email each week introducing you to one of this year's amazing honorees.

Tickets and tables are on sale now.

Congratulations to our extraordinary honorees!

Distinguished Philanthropist Award ~ Helen Zell
Executive Leader Award ~ Adela Cepeda, BMO Harris Bank
Professional Grantor Award ~ Evette M. Cardona, Polk Bros. Foundation
Benjamin Franklin Award ~ Sherre Jennings Cullen, CFRE, Urban Gateways
Outstanding Community Leader Award ~ Ricardo Estrada, Metropolitan Family Services
Emerging Philanthropist Award ~ Chanel Coney
Outstanding Volunteer Award ~ Claudia Winkler, Field Museum
Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award~ Felix Castillo

July 15 - 16, 2020 | 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

Be the best fundraiser you can be by attending the AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course. This is a wonderful learning opportunity for new fundraising professionals to learn directly from experienced fundraising veterans. Fundamentals is a great primer for those new to the field of fundraising, but it also has the potential to be a beneficial study tool with lasting impact on your career. learn more

Apply NOW for the Peer Mentoring Program Spring 2020 Class

Interested in partnering with a mentor or protégé? AFP Chicago's Peer Mentoring program pairs seasoned fundraisers with protégés for a year-long mentorship. The application deadline for the Spring 2020 Class is February 28th. Arguably, the Peer Mentoring program is the single most valuable benefit of membership in AFP Chicago for development professionals early in their career. learn more

Making the Most of the Peer Mentoring Program as a Protégé
written by:  Christopher Chantson, Co-Chair, 2020 AFP Chicago Peer Mentoring Committee

AFP Chicago's Peer Mentoring Program is an extraordinary opportunity for early-stage development professionals to be paired with mentors who can help support their trajectories. (The next application deadline is February 28.)

If you're selected as a protégé, here are some recommendations for making the most out of your time in the program (and beyond):

Each protégé-mentor pairing is assigned a liaison from the Peer Mentoring Committee; the liaison's role is to make sure that your partnership is progressing well and to be an additional sounding board. While your mentor is a great source for networking connections, so is your liaison. learn more
AFP Chicago Welcomes Our New Members

We're happy to have you!

Joe Ancell, Outreach Community Ministries
Katie Bane, YMCA of the USA
Rachael Carbone, Chicago Scholars
David Cohen
Pat Gonzales, United Way Metro Chicago
Barbara Gordon, Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy
Jack Halliwell, After School Matters
Teniesha Hinds, Children's Research Triangle
Adamma Ihemeson, Community Renewal Society
Kathleen Langdon, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet
Kathryne Lebell, National Runaway Safeline
Antonio Marshall, Shiver Center On Poverty Law
Fredia Martin, Outreach Community Ministries
Caitlin Moroney
Melissa Nuttall
Mary Pat Rooney, United Way Metro Chicago
Tracy Simons, Silver Cross Foundation
Ashley Turner, Trans Lifeline
Yajaira Vera, Breakthrough Urban Ministries
Mark Walgamuth, United Way Metro Chicago
Lauren Welke, United Way Metro Chicago

New members as of January 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

Chicago Area GPA Chapter Meeting: A Seat at the Table: Advocating for grants in your development program

Nonprofit Management Essentials is Live!

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN)

North Park University

Axelson Center Professional Development Programs


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