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Welcome to the AFP Chicago January Newsletter


2019 Breakfast Workshops Are Here!
Enthusiasts, Strategists, Closers, Oh My:
The New Major Donor Archetypes and Your Prospects

Friday, February 15th | 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Maggiano's Banquets - 516 N Clark St., Chicago

Do you want to understand your donors better? Come explore the psychological hurdles donors must jump over before they open their wallets. Join Philanthropic Strategist, Colleen O'Grady from Lipman Hearne and a panel of fundraisers as we explore donor psychology and the key communication tools that will motivate donors to choose  your organization the next time they make a gift.
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Don't forget to "bundle" your registration with any of our 2019 Breakfast Workshops!

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: 5 Programs, 4 Programs or 3 Programs.  More Information...

March 15, 2019Fundraising as Storytelling
April 12, 2019Collaborative Giving
June 14, 2019 ~ Ethics and Economics of Diversity
November 1, 2019 ~ Venture Philanthropy

Faces of Philanthropy Awards Luncheon 
Sponsorship Opportunities and Individual Tickets are Available

By sponsoring the 2019 AFP Chicago Faces of Philanthropy Awards Luncheon, you provide us with the resources necessary to offer high-quality professional development programs for members of Chicago's fundraising community. The support of generous sponsors like you underwrites a variety of educational seminars throughout the year, helps the chapter promote ethical practices in fundraising and provides scholarships for new members of our profession.  read more

Welcome the 2019 AFP Chicago
Fellows Class

On behalf of AFP Chicago and our Co-Chairs, Anedra Kerr and Alexander Pope, CFRE, we welcome our 2019 class of fellows. Congratulations to these amazing individuals! Each Fellow will be spotlighted in upcoming issues.

Laura Aguilar, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
Nina Gagnon, National Immigrant Justice Center
Ashley Leonard, Spark Program Inc.
Diana Olivares, Zonta International Foundation
Anthony Vasquez, Shedd Aquarium
Franczeska Marie Velez, Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Our Chapter Congratulates Members on Becoming CFREs

Becoming a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) signals commitment, competence and credibility. To become a CFRE, fundraising professionals must document their professional performance, education and professional practice as well as pass the CFRE exam. We congratulate the following members on this career-defining achievement and for committing to uphold the highest standards in our profession: Carolyn Nopar, CFRE, Lauren De Simone, CFRE, Katy Orenchuk, CFRE, Kurt Gelhausen, CFRE, Jill Applebee, CFRE, Kimberly Karwacki, CFRE.


AFP Chicago Peer Mentoring Program
The Most Valuable Member Benefit

Interested in partnering with a mentor or protégé? AFP Chicago's Peer Mentoring program pairs seasoned fundraisers with protégés (fundraising professionals with less than 5 years of experience) for a year-long mentorship. The application deadline for the Spring 2019 Class is February 22nd. Arguably, the Peer Mentoring program is the single most valuable benefit of membership in AFP Chicago for development pros early in their career.  read more


Getting to know 2019 AFP Chicago Chapter President Morgan Collier

Morgan Collier is AFP Chicago's 2019 Chapter President and Vice President for Advancement at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. We invited Morgan to share her insights with us, including how she entered the development profession, turning points in her career, and why she is looking forward to the year ahead.

AFP CHICAGO: Morgan, how did you enter the development profession? 

Morgan: As with so many things in life, we can blame on our mothers, my mom was in fundraising and I remember her being an NSFRE member. I grew up helping her at fundraising events and I volunteered in her office doing data entry one summer - where I got to meet Alex Pope back when we were both youngsters. In college, I realized I could use a degree in communications for more than just PRI secured a summer internship at Lincoln Park Zoo - where I worked with Ave Costa and Christine Zrinsky. These women gave me the skills and experience to see what I wanted to do, and I light up when I see them at AFP events today - and I'm so grateful! The women who mentored me along the way gave me the confidence to grow in the field and now I love sharing my passion with others around me read more

AFP Chicago Peer Mentoring Q&A

For this month's feature on Peer Mentoring, we paired a current protégé with a former protégé to explore the benefits of the program and seek advice for a development professional just entering the mentoring experience.

Our current protégé is Keelie Johnson, Individual Giving & Special Events Manager at Casa Central. She spoke with Hailee Moore, Development Associate at Urban Gateways. Hailee concluded her protégé year in October 2018.

Keelie Johnson : How long were you an AFP member before starting the program?
Hailee Moore: I joined AFP and immediately sent in my application for the Peer Mentoring Program. I have been in the nonprofit sector for four years but had not previously been a member. Once I started at Urban Gateways, I was encouraged to join both AFP and the mentorship program.  read more

AFP Chicago Welcomes Our New Members

We're happy to have you!

Alecia Wartowski, Foundation 65
Anthony Monk, Sigma Chi Fraternity
Cathe Johnson, Chicago Booth
Heather McClean, The Obama Foundation
Lieve Buzard, The Alford Group
Liz Mayer, New Trier Educational Foundation
Mireille Habiak, Wounded Warrior Project
Sarah Cook, Illinois CPA Society

New members as of December 2018

If your name is not included, please contact Carletta at [email protected].

Member Resources

Ethics Resources  |  AFP Global  |  Update Contact Information

Community Links

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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