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Welcome to the AFP Chicago July Newsletter

LAST CALL to Register for Tomorrow's Virtual Workshop
Development and Finance: Current Impacts on an Always-Critical Relationship
Friday, July 10| 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Join us for this dynamic panel discussion about the working relationships between the development and finance functions. Has the pandemic changed these relationships – and how can the two functions develop a stronger partnership? 
This program is approved for 1 CFRE point. learn more

Third Thursday Networking
Thursday, July 16 | 5:00 - 6:00 PM

Join us for the July Third Thursday Virtual Networking event! On July 16th, we’ll reconnect with colleagues and friends while talking a little bit of fundraising shop. And then we’ll transition to a trivia game, testing your knowledge on yet-to-be announced topics. Register today! You’ll make some new connections and participate in some friendly competition. learn more 

July Pop-Up Talks (members only)
Join in on the conversation!

Looking to exchange ideas in a world that is exponentially more challenging? Fundraising during a global pandemic is not an easy task. Join your fellow members at our three upcoming July educational pop-up talks. Discuss shared experiences, best practices and walk away with several tools to use to solve your pressing work challenges during this ongoing uncertainty.

TOPIC: Fundraising for the Arts
Friday, July 17th | Noon – 1:00 pm

Join your AFP community for an in-depth discussion centered on fundraising for the arts in 2020 as the pandemic has changed the way art is shared and experienced. The current crisis has presented a particular challenge to organizations centered around art and the performing arts, as they rely upon community gatherings and shared experiences to connect with their donors and patrons. We want to start a conversation for our fundraising peers at arts organizations, who have had to adjust their goals and initiatives in order to fulfill their mission of bringing art and arts education to the community. We want to hear from YOU as our sector forges forward to keep the arts alive in Chicagoland communities. Join us for this AFP pop-up event focused on fundraising for the arts. RSVP today

TOPIC: Grantwriting and Foundation Stewardship in a Pandemic
Wednesday, July 22nd | Noon – 1:00 pm

Join us for an informal conversation about how grantwriting has changed this year—from rapidly evolving Foundation priorities and guidelines to emergency relief funding to virtual site visits, this has been a whirlwind few months. With our peers, we will discuss what we’ve learned so far, speculate about the changes on the horizon, and celebrate those successes we’ve managed to have. Consider this your Letter of Invitation. RSVP today.

TOPIC: Job Searching in the New Normal 
Monday, July 27th | 5:00 – 6:00 pm
RSVP today.

AFP Chicago Affinity Groups Offer IDEA Thought Leadership

AFP Chicago is committed to addressing the issues of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) together. Come broaden your professional network and join us at one of the following virtual Affinity Group meetings. Click on the link below to RSVP.

AFP Chicago Asian Affinity Group, July 31, 3:00–4:00pm

AFP Chicago Asian Affinity Group, August 21, 3:00–4:00pm


Introducing FUN-Raising Tips
Learn a thing or two while having fun! 

As fundraisers, we know that our work is important—but we also know that it can be fun! And let’s face it, we all need a little positivity following the last few months. In this new video series, we’ll feature Chicago fundraisers who are working hard, successfully supporting their organizations, and who are finding some joy in the process. Check out their posts and see if YOU can learn a thing or two while having fun at the same time. Take a look at the first video in the series here.

New Member $50 Dues Discount Extended to July 31st
Invite your colleagues to join AFP Chicago.

In honor of our 60th Anniversary, AFP Global will be offering a $50.00 discount to new members joining in the Professional and Associate member categories. Membership in AFP/AFP Chicago delivers the knowledge, networking, and resources we all need in today's challenging environment. learn more

2021 Board of Directors Needs You!
Interested in Service on the AFP Chicago Board of Directors?

The AFP Chicago Committee on Directorship invites the development community to consider future service on the 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 24, 2020. learn more


AFP Chicago Fellows Spotlight
Gabriel Pachter, Cara

Gabriel Pachter has nearly 15 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector. He began his career working in supplemental Jewish education, before a brief stint as a middle school social studies teacher. While enrolled in two graduate programs through Indiana University, Gabriel worked for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Indiana as the Development Fellow. It was through this role that he fell in love with fundraising and pledged to help socially impactful organizations secure the resources they need to thrive. This pledge led Gabriel to Cara, where he now works as the Individual Giving Manager.
Can you tell us a little bit about your work at the Cara? What is your favorite part about working for the organization? As the Individual Giving Manager, I oversee our annual giving program and maintain a portfolio of major gift donors. I love the opportunity to share Cara’s story with donors and partners. This place is truly special. In addition to sharing our story and getting to build relationships with donors, I genuinely enjoy working with each and every one of my colleagues across departments and campuses. Each member of the team brings their full self to our work, and I am grateful to be able to do the same freely. read more

Something New for Peer Mentor Group
Noelle Moore, JD, CFRE, Philanthropy Director, JourneyCare Foundation

New platforms for fundraising. Virtual events. Video chats with donors. We are all experiencing new ways of doing our work but are we innovating fundraising? Should we innovate fundraising? In June AFP Chicago’s Peer Mentoring Committee launched a Quarterly Discussion Group for the protégé and mentor pairs to expand the network and give the mentoring participants an additional opportunity to meet others in our profession. Our first topic for discussion was inspired by an article from April’s Advancing Philanthropy magazine, Innovation: Is Attempting to Innovate Your Organization's Best Bet by Steven Screen. learn more

AFP Chicago Welcomes Our New Members

We're happy to have you!

Wesley Bauer, National Kidney Foundation of Illinois
Vincent Brandys, Illinois College of Optometry
Judie Caribeaux, 360 Youth Services
Rob Harkey, NAPFA Consumer Education Foundation
Tyler Hough
Jane Lagger, Diocese of Joliet
Beatrice Mbaocha
Yvonne Orr, YORR Consulting Group, Incorporated
Nicole Quick, LEAD
Daina Siliunas
David Vornholt
Gwen Williams, North Park University
Hallie Witmer
Laura Woods, Chicago Lights

New members as of JUNE 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

Community-Centric Fundraising (CCF)
CCF is a new movement that will PUSH BACK against current fundraising practices, which have been racist and inequitable. The launch event is on July 13th at 11am PST. Follow @comm_centric for more info. 

Nonprofit Management Essentials is Live!

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN)

North Park University

Axelson Center Professional Development Programs



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