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Welcome to the AFP Chicago March Newsletter


Friday, March 6th | 8:00 - 9:30 am

Taste 222, 222 N. Canal St., Chicago 

Our chapter has repeatedly shown that we value, embrace and benefit from diversity. The AFP Chicago LGBTQ+ Affinity group invites you to join us for a morning of stimulating conversation and networking in an inviting environment. Come celebrate, support, promote, and empower each other. Space is very limited for our breakfast meeting. Registration rate is $15 for Members and Non-members. Be sure to RSVP early to reserve your spot. RSVP now.

Ways to Give: The Many Ways You Can Secure A Major Gift This Year
Friday, March 13th  | 8:30 - 10:30 am
Maggiano's Banquets, 111 W. Grand, Chicago

Time is running out to register!  Don't miss your chance to meet your fundraising goals with the help of AFP Chicago's major gifts panel. From cultivation strategies to gift planning techniques, our panel will provide fundraisers at all levels with new ideas that can be implemented at your organization immediately. Whether you run a one-person shop or you are a Major Gift Officer crafting a custom-built or a blended gift, you will come away with solicitation and gift planning techniques that meet the needs of your major gift donors. This program is approved for 1.5 CFRE points.  learn more

Members, purchase your ALL access Education Bundling Package and SAVE

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. If you haven't purchased your 5 program bundle yet, now's the time to do so - deadline to purchase is March 13th and receive a total savings of $145 in comparison with the non-member price. learn more
Third Thursday Networking
Thursday, March 19th | 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Mesler Chicago, 1401 E. 53rd St. Chicago

Spring Has Sprung! Break out of your winter hibernation and celebrate the first official day of Spring by attending the next AFP Chicago Third Thursday Networking Event. Join us at Mesler Chicago, nestled inside the SOPHY Hotel in Hyde Park. The venue features an eclectic collection of art celebrating community and the artists and artisans that create it. Why is this helpful at a networking event? Because you'll never lack for a conversation starter! Event registration is free for members and non-members (you pay for your own food and drinks), so please RSVP today

It's the Best Day of The Year! Join us for Our 2020 Faces of Philanthropy Awards Luncheon on May 1st

Join your friends and colleagues for a very special afternoon as we celebrate the power of giving and honor Chicago's philanthropic community. Over 750 guests will gather to honor individuals who exemplify the philanthropic spirit of our great city. Each week leading up to the event, we'll spotlight one of our amazing honorees by email allowing you the opportunity to get to know them a little better.  Click here to catch up on these spotlights.

Congratulations to our extraordinary honorees!

Distinguished Philanthropist Award ~ Helen Zell
Executive Leader Award ~ Adela Cepeda, BMO Harris Bank
Professional Grantor Award ~ Evette M. Cardona, Polk Bros. Foundation
Benjamin Franklin Award ~ Sherre Jennings Cullen, CFRE, Urban Gateways
Outstanding Community Leader Award ~ Ricardo Estrada, Metropolitan Family Services
Emerging Philanthropist Award ~ Chanel Coney
Outstanding Volunteer Award ~ Claudia Winkler, Field Museum
Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award~ Felix Castillo

Sponsorship opportunities and individual tickets are now available

Be the Best Fundraiser you can be!
AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course
July 15 - 16, 2020 | 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Roosevelt University,430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

Looking to take your career to the next step? Transitioning into the nonprofit sector? Prepping for the CFRE? New to the development field? This course will teach you how to organize and manage fundraising programs, gain basic skills in a variety of techniques and much, much more. Join us for this wonderful learning opportunity where new fundraising professionals learn directly from experienced fundraising veterans. learn more

Ready to become a CFRE in 2020?
Don't miss the April 15th Application deadline!

Becoming a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) demonstrates your mastery of fundraising best practices to your colleagues, board, donors, and beyond. It shows your steadfast commitment to ethical fundraising and the profession. April 15th is the next CFRE application deadline. Submit your application now to take a major step forward towards earning the only accredited and globally-recognized credential for fundraising professionals. Our members enjoy a special 20% off discount on the CFRE initial application. learn more

AFP Chicago is honored to announce Lauren Birchlove as our 2020 Chamberlain Scholar

Lauren is the Institutional Giving Manager at Cara Chicago and a member of the 2018 class of AFP Chicago Fellows. The Chamberlain Scholarship is awarded to a first-time AFP conference attendee who is a member of our Chapter, and it provides free registration to the AFP International Fundraising Conference in Baltimore, MD March 29 - March 31, 2020, as well as a travel stipend. In the May newsletter, Lauren will share with us her memorable conference experience.

Dear Fundraisers - Your Career Is Not a Cinderella Story 
written by: Amy Funk, Senior Vice President, Ter Molen Watkins & Brandt, LLC

As many of you know, I do a lot of mentoring in my work. One of my favorite mentoring moments is when a fundraising professional realizes that their career is not a Cinderella story. What do I mean by that? I mean that in our profession, there is sometimes an expectation that if we work hard and hit all of our goals, someone (an Executive Director, a board member, a handsome prince who is also a major donor to your organization) will notice and swoop in -- whisking you off to the ball/larger office/Director of Development role.

It's a lovely story, but it hardly reflects reality. Based on conversations with senior leaders (and in my own experience), you have to ask for the promotion. You have to advocate for that office and pay increase. No amount of virtue and hard work will replace the need to stand up and request what you need in your career. learn more

AFP Chicago Welcomes Our New Members

We're happy to have you!

Diana Argueta, Environmental Law & Policy Center
Katherine Barth, Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth
Natalie Degrechie, Thresholds
Jayne Drew, CFRE, Little City Foundation
Linda Dunlavy, Amerian Writers Museum
Jenny Fisher, Million Dollar Round Table
Frankie Gray, Provisio Partners
Jimmy Hayes
Taylor Kalman, Awana
Elena Larson, Impact Behavioral Health Partners
Eilleen Mallary, Culture Shock Chicago NFP
Tory Morris
John Pfeiffer, Open Door Advisors, Inc.
Heather Schuster, Adler University
Megan Scully
Carolyn Ubriaco
Yashica Weeks, Elmhurst Memorial Hospital

New members as of February 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

Nonprofit Management Essentials is Live!

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN)

North Park University

Axelson Center Professional Development Programs


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