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Jacquelyn M. Bonavia, CFRE Named 2019 AFP Chicago President's Award Recipient

AFP Chicago is proud to present the 2019 President's Award to Jacquelyn M. Bonavia, CFRE. Jackie will receive the President's Award during our December 6th Annual Meeting. Her service and leadership to the chapter and the fundraising profession have been exemplary and have made her a respected figure in Chicagoland fundraising. Her foresight and commitment to AFP's ideals have played a significant role in AFP Chicago's continued success. read more 

2020 Directors/Officers Slate

The members of the 2019 Committee on Directorship are pleased to present the following slate of Officers and Directors for election on December 6, 2019 at the Annual Meeting to be held at River Roast.

Terms of office are for one year and begin January 1, 2020. AFP Chicago thanks all of our outgoing, returning and new board members for their service and commitment to both our members and the Chicago philanthropy community.

AFP Chicago Annual Meeting
Friday, December 6th | 8:30 - 10:30 am
River Roast, 315 N LaSalle Street, Chicago

$40 Members
$55 Non-Members (or Members after December 2nd)

As we close out our 2019 programming and look forward to another new year, join us for a panel discussion of foundation officers and leaders from across Chicagoland, moderated by former AFP Chicago Fellow and 2019 Chamberlain Scholar, Ishan JohnsonChanning Lenert of Polk Bros Foundation, Tony Martinez of the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation, and Crystal Williams Robinson of the Siragusa Foundation will speak about their recent transitions to foundation work; share tips for engaging community funders; and discuss opportunities for emerging leaders to introduce new perspectives and make change in the philanthropic sector.  learn more

The morning will kick-off with the election of the 2020 Officers and Directors, followed by the presentation of the 2019 President's Award. We will then celebrate the graduation of our 2019 Fellows and recognize our mentors and protégés. The morning concludes with our educational program. We look forward to seeing you!  Register today and SAVE.

Don't miss your last chance to apply! 2020 Fellow's Class Application
Deadline to apply TOMORROW ~ November 8th

Take your Career to the Next Level and apply to become an AFP Chicago Fellow.  Don't miss your chance to gain insights and make connections that will last throughout your career. The AFP Chicago Fellows Program is an outreach initiative of AFP Chicago created for individuals working with or for nonprofit organizations in metropolitan Chicago, with an emphatic interest in diversity, equity, inclusion and access, people of color and/or Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/ Transgender (LGBT).The application process is open to non-members as well as members. learn more

Double Check Your Contact Information

We are working on compiling our 2020 Membership Directory, which will include all current members as of January 31, 2020.

To confirm your membership status or update contact information, please visit the AFP International website or contact AFP International at 800-666-3863.

AFP Chicago Fellows Spotlight
Diana Olivares, Zonta International Foundation

Diana is a Development Coordinator for Zonta Inter-national Foundation, an international organization dedicated to empowering women through service and advocacy. In her role on Zonta's development team, Diana is responsible for donor stewardship, processing gifts, as well as collaborating on a variety of fundraising campaigns and initiatives. Over her career, Diana has held multiple positions in the development area with organizations such as Chicago Youth Centers, the National Alliance of Latin American & Caribbean Communities and FEDECMI/Casa Michoacán.

Diana, when and how did your interest in development begin?  In all honesty it didn't start off as an interest, it was a need for funding for an organization that I strongly believed in the mission for that began my career in development. I think many can relate when I say that in the nonprofit sector, one person can have many different roles and for me when it came to donor stewardship, seeking grants and promoting the work of the organization, that was the role that I enjoyed doing most and I began to focus all of my efforts more towards that. 

Can you tell us a little bit about your work at the Zonta International Foundation?  As the Development Coordinator for Zonta International Foundation, most of my time is spent in supporting the fundraising efforts of the organization through a number of tasks. Donor stewardship is my primary task and responsibility. I also process and code the majority of the contributions the organization receives, and I ensure that donor acknowledgement letters and tribute letters are sent. read more...

Top Reflections on the Peer Mentoring Program ...Melanie Dykstra, Senior Major Gifts Officer; Director, Scholarship Campaign, Dominican University

As vice-chair of AFP-Chicago's Peer/Mentoring Committee for 5 years, I have found the experience to be deeply rewarding, both personally and professionally.  Working with chair Sherre Jennings Cullen and numerous committee members throughout the years, has been an honor and a blessing.  At year's end, I will relinquish this role, and so I reflect on what I have learned:
  • We provide amazing opportunities for new-to-the-profession and more seasoned development professionals to grow and learn and network and make new friends
  • Our year-long Mentor/Protégé relationship has real market value - but is offered as a benefit of AFP membership
  • As a Mentor to numerous young professionals, I believe I have genuinely helped in their career growth and journey.
  • Each of my Protégés (Alex, Shannon, Carlos, Katie, Perrine, Laura, Hailee) have flourished in their careers, and I take great pride in their success (see deeply rewarding, above).
  • As a Mentor to numerous young professionals, I KNOW I have genuinely learned from each of my protégés as we worked together. I am grateful to call many of them friends.  read more...
AFP Chicago Welcomes Our New Members

We're happy to have you!

Shella Blue, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Claire Bowens, After School Matters
Marlaina Calhoun, After School Matters
Stephen Carr, The Salvation Army
Jasmin Colic, After School Matters
Kathy Cornell, Covenant Living At Windsor Park
Amy Dahlem
Tammy Dillard-Steels, Young Adult Library Services Association
Bill Ferrell, GRIP Outreach for Youth
Marta Garczarczyk, Eversight Vision
Jamel Gault
Stacey Hall, After School Matters
Maz King, After School Matters
Russell King, Tree Fund
Elizabeth McCreless, PEAK
Niesa Patton, Marklund
Kelsey Peters
Alexandra Quinn, Chicago Humanities Festival
Kirsten Strand, Breakthrough
Janelle Veselik, After School Matters

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

Member Resources

Ethics Resources  |  AFP Global  |  Update Contact Information

Community Links

$100,000 Grant Opportunity for Chicago Nonprofits
Impact Grants Chicago is pleased to announce the opening of our 2019-20 grant cycle. We are now accepting Letters of Inquiry from Chicago nonprofits for one of our $100,000 Impact Grants through November 8, 2019.

AFP CFRE Refresher Course
AFP Southeast Wisconsin chapter is hosting a 2-day AFP CFRE Refresher Course on January 15 and 16, 2020 in Milwaukee and invites AFP Chicago to attend.

Nonprofit Management Essentials is Live!

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN)

North Park University

Axelson Center Professional Development Programs


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