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AFP Chicago, We Stand in Solidarity.

The unjust murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others, and the unrest of the past week, has left our AFP Chicago community and our nation anguished and outraged. The tremendous outpouring of grief, anger and pain we are seeing today is deeply rooted in systemic racism in our country and continued violence against the Black, Indigenous and People of Color community. We must be moved to act and be willing to do our part to create a more just and equitable world - because Black lives matter.

We stand in solidarity with our friends, colleagues, and those fighting for racial justice. AFP Chicago is committed to inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA) for our members and our community. We are proud of the progress we have made, while acknowledging that we have more work to do. We continue to advance IDEA in our programming. We aim for at least 50 percent of our volunteers (speakers, committees, board of directors) to represent communities of color. Our Fellows program recognizes emerging leaders from underrepresented communities, and we award an annual IDEA scholarship for young professionals. We know that we can and should do better. We invite you to hold us accountable as we improve our efforts. 

Our chapter also offers a variety of affinity groups to promote dialogue and engage in conversations around common interests or issues. Join us in these conversations, even though they may be difficult, and be a part of the change this world needs to see.

As fundraisers and non-profit leaders, we have a responsibility to show up, stand up, and speak up in matters of racial and social justice. That is our challenge. That is our commitment. 

Welcome to the AFP Chicago June Newsletter

AFP Chicago Fellows Spotlight
Nina Iliza, CommunityHealth

Nina Iliza is a Rwandan American born in Kigali, a place she will always call home. In recent years she focused on a passion project she founded called Heart Of A Thousand Hills, a nonprofit geared to creating educational opportunities for young Rwandan students. Currently, she is the Corporate Relations and Special Events Manager at CommunityHealth. She enjoys using her experiences and expertise to curate engaging fundraising events for the organization as well as taking on new daily challenges.
Can you tell us a little bit about your work at CommunityHealth?  Although still fairly new to CommunityHealth, I am so excited to be in this development role. I work to curate a thought leadership series that is hosted throughout Chicago. The series features different topics presented in various formats with the hopes of encouraging everyone to be all in and advocate for inclusivity when addressing ways to achieve health equity for our city. read more

AFP Chicago Affinity Groups Offer IDEA Thought Leadership
Join us next week.

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 three virtual Affinity Group meetings. Click on the link below to RSVP.

LGBTQ+ Affinity Group, June 9, 4:30 to 5:30 PM

White Fundraisers Advocating for Racial Equity,
June 10, 8:30 to 9:30 AM

Latinx Affinity GroupJune 11, 4:30 to 5:30 PM

Asian American/Pacific Islander, date to be announced shortly.

Third Thursday Networking 
Thursday, June 18 | 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Join the conversation.

You are invited to build relationships with some of the leading professionals in our field and make new ones at AFP Chicago's #AFPTHIRDTHURSDAY. Bring your favorite beverage and prepare to build your virtual network. RSVP today.

Virtual Workshop
Development and Finance: Current Impacts on an Always-Critical Relationship
Friday, July 10| 1:00 - 2:00 PM

The focus of this session will be on the traditional considerations of the working relationship between development and finance and how the pandemic has either changed, strained, or solidified some of the considerations. This program is approved for 1 CFRE point. Registration opening soon.


Website Gets Refreshed New Look

After months of efforts, AFP Chicago is very pleased and excited to announce the launch of our website's new look going "live" on Monday, June 8. The website boasts a clean design and has been redesigned to provide a user-friendly experience directing you to the information most relevant to you. It is also fully responsive with mobile devices, making it easy to navigate on a wide range of web browsers and portable devices. We hope that you will enjoy our new site.

New Member $50 Dues Discount Available Through June 30 
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

Our Chapter Congratulates Members on Becoming CFREs 

Becoming a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) signals commitment, competence and credibility. To earn 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: Melissa Babcock, CFRE, and Julie Captain, CFRE.

AFP Chicago Welcomes Our New Members

We're happy to have you!

Kevin Barszcz, Chicago Veterans
Kyla Brittain, Fox Valley United Way
Arnaud Buttin
Jamie Hall, Chicago Public Media
Connor Kasey, Blackbaud
Erin Kelly
Samantha Kiley, Chicago Public Media
Kelly Lynch, The Woman's Board of Rush Univ. Medical Center
Evin Rayford Johnson, Project SYNCERE

New members as of MAY 2020
If your name is not included, please contact Becky Gilbert at [email protected].

Member Resources

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Community Links

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Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN)

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Axelson Center Professional Development Programs


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