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Welcome to the AFP Chicago November Newsletter

AFP Chicago's 2021 Officers and Directors Slate

The members of the 2020 Committee on Directorship are pleased to present the slate of Officers and Directors for election at the Annual Meeting on December 4, 2020. Terms of office are for one year and begin January 1, 2021. AFP Chicago thanks all of our returning and new board members for their service and commitment to our members and the Chicago philanthropy community.

John Huebler, CFRE Named 2020 AFP Chicago President's Award Recipient

AFP Chicago is proud to present the 2020 President's Award to John Huebler, CFRE. John will receive the President's Award during our December 4th Annual Meeting. His service and leadership to the chapter and the fundraising profession have been exemplary and have made him a respected figure in Chicagoland fundraising. His foresight and commitment to AFP's ideals have played a significant role in AFP Chicago's continued success.

New Member $50 Dues Discount Available Through November 30
Invite your colleagues to join AFP Chicago 

In honor of National Philanthropy Day®, AFP is offering a $50 discount to *new members joining in the Professional or Associate member categories by November 30, 2020!  Membership in AFP/AFP Chicago delivers the knowledge, networking, and resources we all need in today's challenging environment. Learn more.

* discount does not apply to returning lapsed members


Last chance! Apply to become an AFP Chicago Fellow
2021 class applications due tomorrow

Don't miss your chance to make connections that will last throughout your career. The Fellows Program is an outreach initiative of AFP Chicago and reflects the chapter’s commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA). It was created for individuals working with or for nonprofit organizations in metropolitan Chicago, with a preference for individuals who identify as people of color, LGBTQ+ and/or as having a disability.
The application process is open to non-members as well as those who have joined within the last two years. Learn more. Who are Chicago's 2020 Fellows and recent alums? Visit our one-on-one interviews and profiles here.
Join AFP Chicago at the 2020 Faces of Philanthropy Awards
Friday, December 4, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Less than a month away! Have you reserved your ticket? Let’s gather virtually to celebrate the power of giving and the incredible philanthropic achievements of our distinguished honorees. There is no cost to attend but you must register to receive access to the event. Reserve your ticket today.

AFP Chicago Chapter members are invited to join us at the Annual Meeting, held just prior to the Awards presentation at 11:30 AM.

During this meeting, we will vote on the 2021 slate of Officers and Directors, present the 2020 President’s Award, and announce the new Fellows Class of 2021. Click here to learn more about the 44th Faces of Philanthropy Awards and our distinguished award recipients.

AFP Chicago Affinity Groups Offer IDEA Thought Leadership

AFP Chicago All Affinity Groups Reception
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | 5:30 – 6:45 PM
AFP Chicago proudly celebrates one year of our affinity groups and IDEA thought leadership! In recognition of the diverse communities that comprise our membership, please join us for our first-ever All Affinity Groups reception! The evening will include networking break-outs facilitated by our IDEA Committee, an uplifting conversation, and Q&A. Our guest speaker will be Doris Parent, Vice-President of IDEAS and Strategic Partnerships with The Philadelphia Orchestra and President-Elect of the AFP Greater Philadelphia Chapter. RSVP

AFP Chicago White Fundraisers Advocating for Racial Equity (WFARE) Affinity Group
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 | 8:00 – 9:00 AM 
Understanding that white people have a responsibility to address and dismantle racism, White Fundraisers Advocating for Racial Equity aims to develop a shared understanding of systemic racism’s manifestation in fundraising, nonprofits, and philanthropy; support individual growth for fundraisers to become anti-racist; and develop tools, techniques, and support for fundraisers to influence change in their workplaces and the broader sector towards a more racially-equitable society. All are welcome. 

AFP Chicago Asian/Pacific Islander (API) Affinity Group
Friday, November 20, 2020 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Join API Affinity Group members in attending a discussion hosted by AAPIP Chicago on our evolving times and how we can work across sectors, communities, and issue areas to end systemic racism, with API leaders in the philanthropic, nonprofit, and public sectors. Panelists include: Inhe Choi, Executive Director, HANA Center; Grace Hou, Secretary, Illinois Department of Human Services; and Unmi Song, President, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation. Contact Jaye Hobart for more information.

Additional meeting dates are added regularly; visit our website for a complete list of affinity groups and new dates.

November Virtual Workshop
Harnessing the Power of Storytelling: Advice for 2020 and Beyond
Friday, November 13, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM

COVID-19 has created a plethora of issues for fundraising teams; however, from major challenges came innovative new ways for fundraisers to communicate the importance of continuing (and growing!) their support. There’s no stronger way to promote the mission of your organization than by sharing the stories of those who have been impacted by your work, especially while the pandemic has brought new challenges to both your donors and those you serve.
In this presentation, we will offer guidance for identifying these stories, as well as empowering and equipping every member of your organization to help fill your “story reserve.” We’ll address how – during times like these – you can use stories to compel and inspire your donors. By providing actionable advice on how to adapt stories for a variety of audiences and media, we will help you convey to your donors the outcomes and impact of their giving. Our panel of experts will provide insight into how they’ve weathered the storm and brought their donors even closer to their mission within the context of the pandemic. This program is approved for 1 CFRE point.

Register today!

MODERATOR: Angel Gutierrez, VP of Institutional Advancement, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago

Andrea Martin, Director of Communications, One Million Degrees
Jose Munoz, Executive Director, La Casa Norte
Scott Podraza, Director of the Fund for Lyric, Lyric Opera of Chicago

Members: $10
       Members can register ONE non-member for $15 at the time of registration
Non-Members: $20

Third Thursday Networking
Thursday, November 19, 2020 | 5:00 - 6:00 PM

Socialize with fellow fundraisers at our last Third Thursday networking event of 2020!  On Thursday, November 19 at 5pm, we’ll reflect on a year that brought extraordinary challenges to our fundraising profession and look forward to 2021. What are you thankful for? And what New Year’s resolutions/hopes do you have?  These can be professional or personal ideas. And, as always, if you have any general fundraising issues you’d like to discuss, please submit them in advance of November 19. 

We’ll close out the year with a game of 2020 Happy Events Trivia (yes, believe it or not, there were some of those moments). So, pull up a chair and have your beverage of choice on hand as we move into the holiday spirit. Open to members and non-members. See you then! RSVP

WHAT IF you had not had your mentor(s)
in your life? Do you think you would still be where you are today?
If you have not had a mentor, WHAT IF you did? Do you think your life and career could benefit from one? Do you think you could be the mentor you wished you had for someone else?

By: Barbara S. Khalouf, Director of Development, Access Living

One of the membership benefits of AFP Chicago is the opportunity to participate in the Peer Mentoring Program. This program, offered twice a year, matches seasoned fundraisers who have a minimum of five years of development experience with individuals with less than five years of development experience.

When I learned about the Peer Mentoring Committee and the opportunity to become engaged, I was intrigued. I went in search of more information and decided to get involved. I was happy to join the Committee and signed up to be a Peer Mentor! Here’s what I learned…

Peer mentoring is a form of mentorship that usually takes place between a person who has lived through a specific experience (the mentor) and a person who is newer to that experience (the protégé).

A peer mentor is an individual with extensive professional experience that fosters the development and growth of a less experienced individual. While a peer mentor might offer tools, advice, and training, it is up to the protégé to absorb and apply these teachings on a regular basis. Learn more.

AFP Chicago Welcomes Our New Members

We're happy to have you!

Yaisa Hagood, Southside Center of Hope
Tara Harper, Children's Home & Aid
Hanna Munin
Sacella Smith, Synergistic Strategy & Development, LLC
Stacy A Wells, World Wildlife Fund
New members as of October 2020
If your name is not included, please contact Becky Gilbert at [email protected].

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