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Welcome to the AFP Chicago July Newsletter


Vu Le Invites You to Development Day Chicago 2019 #DDChi19
Friday, September 20th | 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel - Chicago

Why should you attend #DDChi19?  Watch this video and hear directly from Vu Le as he invites you to get the information you need to succeed in our rapidly changing field.  Vu has been featured in dozens, if not hundreds, of his own blog posts at NonprofitAF.com.  In addition to Vu's keynote on Community-Centric Fundraising, come explore, debate, and ideate with some of the industry's most respected presenters and leaders at Development Day Chicago.

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!  learn more...

Register Today!

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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: Courtney Labetti, CFRE, Daniel Moss, CFRE, Jamie Spiva, CFRE, and Phillip Zielinski, CFRE.
AFP Chicago Pop Up Talks

You are invited to these member only programs to come learn from some of the leading professionals in our field. These exclusive pop up programs provide the opportunity for round-table discussions on a smaller more focused scale.

Take full advantage of this member only opportunity and come join in on the conversation! Content is approved for 1.5 CFRE education credits.

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Topic: Effective Stewardship - July 16, 2019 | 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Spinning J, 1000 N. California Ave., Chicago
Want to practice more effective donor stewardship? Come join in on the conversation as we explore effective stewardship strategies to win over any donor. You are invited to this member only program discussing how to get your donors to give again and how to make them feel good about their giving. This exclusive pop up talk provides the opportunity for round-table discussions on a smaller more focused scale. Event registration is free.

TOPIC: Crowdfunding - Tuesday, August 20th | 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Charmers Café, 1500 W Jarvis Ave, Chicago, IL 60626
Join us to discuss crowdfunding strategies and approaches.

AFP Chicago July Third Thursday
Thursday, July 18th | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
1322 S. Prairie Ave., Chicago - South Loop

Kick off your summer with AFP Chicago networking after hours! Join us on the rooftop, 20 floors up overlooking the Chicago cityscape.  Come for post-work drinks, nibbles, and network with other fundraisers. Bring a dish to pass (not a requirement to attend).  Beverages will be provided.  Due to the growing popularity of these monthly meet-ups, be sure to RSVP. There is not a better place to be in Chicago on a summer night.  learn more..

AFP Chicago August Third Thursday
Scheduled at 2 Locations

Thursday, August 15th

This month's Third Thursday is scheduled at two locations city and suburb:

Chicago: City Hall - Chicago
Suburbs: La Barra - Oak Brook

Pick the location most convenient for you and join us! Space is limited, so reserve your spot today! learn more...

Chicago Location | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
City Hall Chicago, 838 W. Kinzie St., Chicago

Meet us in the city at City Hall, a new bar, restaurant, and event venue serving up good times and zero red tape in a lively, relaxed atmosphere in Chicago's West Loop. 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 
Meet us in the western suburbs at La Barra, horseshoe bar in rustic-chic surrounds that also features an open kitchen and an outdoor patio. Happy hour is from 5pm-6pm with discounted drink specials. RSVP here.

The 2020 Board of Directors Needs You!
Interested in Service on the AFP Chicago Board of Directors?

Strong leadership is a hallmark of AFP Chicago and we encourage highly motivated and committed members to consider volunteering for board service. Directors are committed to ethical practice, donor rights, and other tenets of AFP International. AFP Chicago is strongly committed to embracing the diversity that makes up our greater Chicagoland community. Please click here for more information on service responsibilities, criteria, and the application process. Applications are due August 26, 2019.  learn more...

Ready to become a CFRE in 2019?
Don't miss the July 15 Application deadline!

The July 15th CFRE Application deadline will be here before you know it! Start your application at no cost at the CFRE website. View the application requirements. You only pay when you are ready to submit. AFP members enjoy a special discounted rate of $700 - that's a 20% savings off the regular rate. Have questions or need help getting started? Contact CFRE International at [email protected]

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...


AFP Chicago Fellows Spotlight
Laura Aguilar, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

Laura Aguilar is the Manager of Data and Donor Relations at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. A native Chicagoan from La Villita, or the Little Village area, who first developed a strong passion for the nonprofit sector as a beneficiary of local nonprofit services and youth development programs. These experiences gave her a deep appreciation for how nonprofits improve the quality of life in our city and neighborhood and inspired her to share in their important work.

Laura, when and how did your interest in development begin? 
My interest in development flourished during my first job out of college as the Advancement Coordinator and Assistant to the President at Cristo Rey. I had previously worked in the programming side of non-profits, but this was my first time learning about the importance of development teams and the crucial role they play in the advancement of our missions.

Another important realization I had during my first job was that I wanted to have a seat at the table. I began to aspire to become part of the leadership team of a non-profit and wanted to follow the development path to get there.   read more...

Why I Mentor ... Noelle A Moore, CFRE

I was fortunate in my early career to have three wonderful colleagues who became mentors. Each shared lessons from their own experiences, guided me in learning about development, and set me on the path to my next career move. They saw potential in me that I didn't see in myself and helped me to learn what I needed to know to be prepared for what would come down the road. Working for and alongside these people, I gleaned the techniques and ethics of the fundraising profession before "Fundamentals of Fundraising" was offered. I witnessed the soft skills firsthand and gained practical wisdom for managing projects, plans, departments, and organizations.  read more...

AFP Chicago Welcomes Our New Members

We're happy to have you!

Molly Bartels, Office of Civic Engagement
Val Belmonte, Winston Knolls Foundation
Erin Bess
Phillip Buta, Catholic Charities
Mike Feltz, By The Hand Club
Claire Gardien, Adler Planetarium
Amy O'Keeffe, Resilience
Angela Perillo, The CHEST Foundation
Gary Rejebian, MS, AAPD Foundation
Jennifer Reyes, Northside Catholic Academy
Ruby Schucker, Foundation For Endodontics
Chelsea Southwood, Art Institute of Chicago
Elaine Sundberg, The Chicago Zoological Society
Sara Swain, Ravinia
Brittanie Wilczak, Creating IT Futures
Alva Winfrey Kennedy, Mercy Housing Lakefront
Joe Zyer, Navy Pier

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

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