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Welcome to the AFP Chicago October Newsletter

2020 Faces of Philanthropy Awards

AFP Chicago is announcing a new date and format for the 2020 Faces of Philanthropy Awards on December 4th. Come celebrate with AFP Chicago virtually as we recognize the achievements of our tremendous Faces of Philanthropy awardees! Register NOW.

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 Board of Directors slate, 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.

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.

Announcing AFP Chicago's
2021 Directors/Officers 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 both our members and the Chicago philanthropy community.

Ethics Awareness Month 2020

Ethics Awareness Month officially kicked off on October 1st. This international campaign highlights the importance of ethics in fundraising and the impact it has on the world.  AFP Global once again shares various resources, including articles, interviews, videos, toolkit, and a free webinar! AFP Global will send you and your fellow chapter leaders more information as resources are posted and updated throughout the month. Get started celebrating Ethics Awareness Month by registering for the free AFP Webinar: Ethics: It's Not Just About the Money on October 22nd. Learn more.

AFP Chicago Affinity Groups Offer IDEA Thought Leadership

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 our upcoming virtual Affinity Group meetings. Click on a link below to RSVP.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Latinx Affinity Group
Friday, October 16, 2020 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Additional meeting dates are added regularly; visit our website for a complete list of affinity groups and new dates.

Third Thursday Networking
Thursday, October 15th | 5:00 - 6:00 PM

Join us for a spooky October Third Thursday Virtual Networking event! On October 15th at 5:00 PM, prepare to be scared during our Halloween Spooktacular Contest; come dressed in a fun Halloween costume, decorate your wall, or select a themed background! In addition to Halloween traditions, October also means many of us are planning our organization's year-end appeals. We will discuss how those might look different this year and what strategies we are using to successfully fundraise as 2020 comes to a close. RSVP today to celebrate this festive month with your AFP network.

October Virtual Workshop
Raising Change! Frontline Fundraisers Discuss Racism and Suggest Strategies for Impacting Change
Friday, October 16, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Moderated and staffed by a diverse group of frontline fundraisers aligned with three of the five AFP-Chicago affinity groups, this panel seeks to openly explore racism in today’s society and how we, as members of the nonprofit community, can challenge ourselves to be leaders against racism.

MODERATOR: Jennifer T. Holmes, M.A., Assistant Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Rush University Medical Center


Jeanelle Chang, Deputy Director of Development, Obama Foundation, Member of the AFP Chicago Asian/Pacific Islander (API) Affinity Group
Fred Long, Vice President of Development, UCAN, Member of the AFP Chicago African American Affinity Group
Aaron Rodgers, Director of Development, Hyde Park Art Center, Member of the AFP Chicago White Fundraisers Advocating for Racial Equity (WFARE) Affinity Group

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

Register NOW!

Upcoming Pop-Up Talks
(members-only benefit)
Join the conversation!

Are you looking to exchange ideas in a world that is exponentially more challenging? 
Feel free to sign up for one or all upcoming Pop-Up Talks. These FREE hour-long conversations provide fundraising professionals the opportunity to connect and collaborate on a regular basis. Each Pop-Up Talk will have a hot topic moderated by a member of AFP Chicago. Space is limited, so RSVP today!

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM
TOPIC: Abusive Donors: How to Support Each Other When Donors Bully

This Pop-Up takes a deeper dive into a recent topic discussed on the AFP listserv. How should we respond to overly pushy donors and more importantly how can we support one another when we are coping with contributors who are abusive? Do some fundraisers experience more bullying based upon their characteristics – race, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or origin? RSVP

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM
TOPIC: GivingTuesday Brainstorm
Is your organization wrestling with how to approach GivingTuesday in the wild year that is 2020? We’re here to help. Sit down with your fellow AFP members to workshop some ways to connect with donors online and be successful. Bring your best, worst, and weirdest ideas to inspire your peers, and collect a few ideas to take back for your own efforts. RSVP

2021 AFP Chicago Fellows Application Process is Now Open
Deadline to Apply Friday, November 6th

Applications for the 2021 class of AFP Chicago Fellows are now available! 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.
AFP Chicago Peer Mentoring Program Expands Its Offerings
By: Angeline Mather, Director of Development, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Iowa State University Foundation

As a member of the AFP Chicago Peer Mentoring Committee, I am excited to be welcoming our newest cohort of protégés and mentors in just a few short weeks. Through the good work of committed leadership and engaged members, the Peer Mentoring Program has undergone a delightful transformation this year.
The timing of this refresh coincides somewhat serendipitously with a period that has left many of us needing human connection more than ever. Consequently, in addition to our signature component – one-on-one mentoring – the new programmatic bonuses are plentiful.

From Career Discovery Conversations (an opportunity to meet other protégés and mentors in a small-group setting) to reviving our LinkedIn presence (connect with us @AFP Chicago Peer Mentoring Group) to Quarterly Discussion Groups (see July’s spotlight "Something New for Peer Mentor Group" by Noelle Moore), the new class of mentors and protégés will have even more to look forward to in the months ahead. It’s simply a great time to be involved! Learn more.

AFP Chicago Welcomes Our New Members

We're happy to have you!

Shane Carlin, The Salvation Army
Nora Hennessy,
Michael Kenahan
Scott Koeneman
Marty Rossman

New members as of September 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

Impact Grants Chicago $100,000 Grant Opportunity for Chicago Nonprofits

Community-Centric Fundraising (CCF) 

Nonprofit Management Essentials is Live!

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN)

North Park University

Axelson Center Professional Development Programs



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