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Welcome to the AFP Chicago May Newsletter

LAST CALL: A Safe Place for the Scary Conversations: How to manage long-term planning during this unprecedented crisis
Friday, May 15th | 9:00 - 10:00 am

Last chance to register for tomorrow's event! No one has all the answers during these completely unique circumstances, but we invite you to learn how to persevere and move your organization ahead. Our dynamic presenters will discuss three challenging fundraising issues to help you navigate the current environment: special events, stewardship & donor communication, and rebooting financial targets. Choose the issue that best meets your need. learn more

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

Looking to exchange ideas in a world that is exponentially more challenging and difficult? Fundraising during a global pandemic is not an easy task. Join your fellow members at our two upcoming 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.

Tuesday, May 19th | 8:00-9:00AM
Topic: Managing and Managing Up While Working Remotely
Working from home can present certain challenges-especially if it is new to your team or to your manager. Join us for a conversation about what works and what doesn't in order to communicate clearly and advance your goals while working remotely. RSVP

Friday, May 29th | 12:00-1:00PM
Topic: Virtual Events
We know that event changes can be stressful and unclear for all involved, but you can still reach your event goals online by hosting a virtual event. For this Pop-up, we'll have a short presentation from Alex McDonald, Director of Customer Experience for TravelPledge as he shares the key steps to throwing a virtual gala, from finding the right technology to promoting your event to generating big donations. Join us for a discussion on how virtual events are a great fundraising tool for nonprofits and can be a great alternative when events are canceled due to extenuating circumstances. RSVP

Third Thursday is going Virtual, again!
Thursday, May 21st | 5:00 - 6:00 pm

We are excited about our second virtual networking event and we invite you to join us! This time, we'll be using Zoom breakout rooms. You can join a more structured, group discussion in Room 1: Donor-Advised Funds/Planned Giving or Room 2: Retaining Individual Donors After the Pandemic. Alternatively, if you just want to hang out and chat about whatever arises in conversation with other fundraisers, we have breakout rooms for you, too. There's limited space in each room, so RSVP today!

AFP Chicago is here to support you!
Tools, resources and membership benefits

While we navigate these challenging times, your AFP membership provides you with access to following numerous career resources:

AFP Chicago's Online Job Source connects job seeking members to relevant, targeted not-for-profit job opportunities.

AFP Connect, AFP's online discussion platform for members onlu provides in-depth conversations -get answers to questions that only a fundraiser could answer.

AFP360° is an free online career development tool provided to all AFP members (powered by Korn Ferry Advance). From resume review and interview tips and coaching to micro-learning videos and more, AFP360° has the resources you need to give your career a boost.

NEW Membership Payment Plan

Due to these difficult times, AFP is pleased to offer new payment plan options. If your membership is about to expire, or has expired, and you're unable to renew in full, AFP will allow you to pay your membership dues in six installments. If you are interested in participating in this one-time offer, please contact AFP Membership Services at [email protected] . This plan is limited to the Professional or Associate categories of membership only. Visit  afpglobal.org/plan for more details.

More Coronavirus Resources for Fundraisers

AFP Chicago understands that concerns about COVID-19 are top of mind for our members and the fundraising community. To help our members and visitors weather this pandemic, we created a collection of local resources: Webinar Recordings, Upcoming Complimentary Webinars and Helpful Articles. learn more

New Affinity Group Announced
Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, AFP Chicago is pleased to announce the launch of its Asian American/Pacific Islander Affinity Group. AA/PI is intended to provide opportunities for AA/PI development professionals to network, build community, and share fundraising successes, challenges and resources. To learn more and to be notified about upcoming events, please contact Christopher Chantson.

Good News in Tough Times

Fundraisers are working hard to make a positive impact and continue the good while sheltered in place. The stories are just getting started:
  • Metrosquash ~ Making their Mark (Virtually!)
  • Little City ~ Mask Crusaders
  • NWSRA ~ Supporting their Communities
  • Marillac St Vincent Family Services ~ Initiated a COVID 19 Relief Fund
We hope these stories serve as a spark of inspiration and an uplifting reminder of what is possible. We are adding stories weekly, follow along!  Share your story!

Welcome Peer Mentoring Spring Class

AFP Chicago's Peer Mentoring Committee had the pleasure of matching 17 protégés with their own mentors who will help them build their professional networks and develop their skills and knowledge. This year the protégés and mentors attended the March 20th kick-off meeting virtually which was led by our new Peer Mentoring Co-Chairs, Christopher Chantson of Ingenuity and Jennifer Dettloff, CFRE with The University of Chicago, Medicine & Biological Sciences. We are pleased to present the protégés and mentors for the Spring 2020 class.

AFP Chicago Earns Ten Star Honor!

We're proud to announce that AFP Chicago has once again been named a 2020 Ten Star Chapter, an annual award made to AFP chapters that have had a significant impact on the fundraising profession. This is in recognition FOR BEING one of the leading AFP International chapters AND for its dedication to the philanthropy field and creating better fundraising professionals. Just one-third of all AFP chapters are named Ten Star Chapters.

AFP Chicago achieves IDEA Champion designation

AFP Chicago Chapter has again achieved the IDEA Champion Designation from AFP Global. The designation recognizes those chapters who have accomplished many of the key objectives in our goal of advancing diversity. AFP Chicago is committed to ensuring the inclusion, diversity, equity and access of fundraisers in their careers and in the sector. For information on how you can get involved and become a part of the work of IDEA in the Chicago Chapter, please complete and submit your Committee Interest Form.

AFP Chicago Welcomes Our New Members

We're happy to have you!

Renata Goetz, Lungevity Foundation
Lisa Justen, Lungevity Foundation
Margaret McGarry, Trinity High School
Lauren Andres, Dupage Habitat For Humanity

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

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