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Welcome to the AFP Chicago January Newsletter

Will we see you tonight?
AFP Chicago Third Thursday Event
January 16th | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Butch McGuire's, 20 W Division St., Chicago

Will you be joining us tonight at our first networking event of the New Year? Brighten up your cold winter and join your fellow fundraisers to network and have fun. Non-members are welcomed.  Event registration is free for members and non-members, but we would like to get an approximate headcount. RSVP now!

AFP Chicago February Pop-Up Talk
Creative Stewardship
Tuesday, February 11th | 7:30am - 8:45 am
Buzz Coffee Roaster and Baker
2779 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago

Join us for a member-only, free, Pop-Up Program to share and hear some examples of meaningful and unique donor stewardship. In addition to reviewing best practices, we will brainstorm ways to wow new donors and old partners alike in ways that connect them directly to your mission. This program is approved for 1 CFRE point. And, save the date for February 25th Pop-Up Talk, as we discuss Working with Program Staff.  learn more

AFP Chicago Educational Breakfast
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 you spot today!  learn more

Don't forget to "bundle" your registration with any of our 2020 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: 6 programs, 5 Programs, 4 Programs, or 3 Programs.  more information...

Faces of Philanthropy Awards Luncheon
May 1, 2020 - Hilton Hotel
Sponsorship Opportunities and Individual Tickets are Available

By sponsoring the 2020 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.  learn more

Welcome 2020 AFP Chicago Fellows Class

On behalf of AFP Chicago and our Co-Chairs, Anedra Kerr and Joseph Like, CFRE, we welcome our 2020 class of fellows. Congratulations to these amazing individuals! Each Fellow will be spotlighted in upcoming issues.

Vanessa Bonilla, Albany Park Theater Project
Nina Iliza, CommunityHealth
Ashley Lugo,Chicago Sinfonietta
Ryan Jameson,  MetroSquash
Gabriel Pachter, Cara

Make Your AFP Foundation for Philanthropy BE the CAUSE Gift Today
Together we can reach our goal!

Have you made a pledge to the BE the CAUSE Campaign? Your gift to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy will assist in developing and implementing new programs and enhance existing ones like scholarships, education and research. And don't forget, BE the CAUSE is a cooperative annual fund that also provides direct benefit to our AFP Chicago chapter. Scholarships are just one of the many ways that the AFP Foundation supports the professional development community.  read more  
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Double Check Your Contact Information

We are working on compiling our 2020 Membership Directory, which will include all current members as of January 31, 2020.  To confirm your membership status or update contact information, please visit the AFP International website or contact AFP International at 800-666-3863.

Advertising opportunities now available on the official AFP Chicago Membership Directory & Resource Guide!

Click here to view the Media Kit:
Contact Mark Ragland for more information

352-333-3376 | [email protected]

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 (fundraising professionals with less than 5 years of experience) 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 pros early in their career.
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Getting to know 2020 AFP Chicago Chapter President Kristienne Hanna 

Kristienne Hanna is AFP Chicago's 2020 Chapter President and Director of Development at Advance Illinois. We invited Kristienne 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 for AFP Chicago.

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

KH:  My development career started very unintentionally with my first job as a grant writer at a social service agency after my college graduation. I truly knew nothing about raising funds but I knew I could write a persuasive argument. I was fortunate to have someone take a chance on me, a boss who was willing to coach and mentor me in my new role. I'm still in the profession because of this first boss. She remains a mentor, a friend and one of my favorite fundraising heroes of all time.

AFP CHICAGO: Can you describe a real turning point in your career?
KH:  There were several turning points, especially in the beginning when I was trying to decide on my development career path. We are fortunate to work in a profession that offers so many different career options, from generalists to niche roles like planned giving or major gifts. But the decision can also be a daunting one and a real turning point. This happened for me when I joined the development team of a large healthcare organization after several years at smaller nonprofits. The position I took on gave me an opportunity to work with all the Foundation's teams from operations to major gifts, and everything in between. It helped me better understand the different specialties and potential career paths within the profession, and provided me with a network of amazing colleagues and mentors who are really good at what they do. The experience provided tremendous growth both professionally and personally, and changed the course of my career. read more...

Is a Big Decision or Question Weighing on Your Mind? ... Jennifer Dettloff, University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences Development

One of the greatest values of having a relationship with a mentor is the opportunity to have an in-depth discussion with a confidant. Your mentor is someone who can provide advice and offer perspective. This information is offered to help you consider your options and work through decisions. Your mentor is a resource and a sounding board.

I have served as a peer mentor for nearly ten years. During this time, I have had the opportunity to discuss a variety of issues with my protégés including:

  • I'm happy at my job but am contemplating my next steps.
  • I'm unhappy at my job and am contemplating leaving.
  • The organization is undergoing a lot of changes and I don't know if I can or should stay through the upheaval.
  • I have a difficult relationship with my boss/co-worker and am not sure how to approach this person to discuss the situation.  read more... 
AFP Chicago Welcomes Our New Members

We're happy to have you! 

Jacob Meding, Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation
Juliana Nelligan, Roosevelt University
Amanda Quinn, Joliet Junior College Foundation

New members as of December 2019
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


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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