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Welcome to the AFP Chicago September Newsletter

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Development Day Chicago - LAST CALL
Friday, September 14, 2018
Renaissance Chicago Downtown
1 W. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601

Members - $275        Non-members - $350

Seats are still available for Development Day Chicago 2018. Hints of fall are in the air! The leaves are starting to show color, pumpkin spiced lattes are being ordered, college football has kicked-off, the kids are back in school, and Development Day Chicago (#DDChi) is here!

Online registration closes at noon on Thursday, September 13th. Time is running out! More than 250 participants are already registered. Secure your spot and join us for this not-to-be-missed event.

Check out the following conference highlights:

Click here more information and to register today!

More Education Offerings for 2018 - Register today!

Exclusive Members Only Event! 
FREE Pop-Up Program: Data, Data, Data
~Attendees earn 1.0 CFRE education points~
Wednesday, September 19  | 7:30AM - 8:30AM
Panera at 832 S Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville, IL 60048 

Join us for a Pop-Up Program to discuss how to measure and evaluate your data for greater fundraising success. The facilitator is prepared to share her approach and techniques for utilizing data. The techniques which will be discussed are as follows:

  • Know and track the following metrics at any organization: number of donors, donor giving ranges, acquisition rate, retention rate, percentage of donors increasing their gift, percentage of donors decreasing their gift and email, mail, social media, phoning, texting - performance rates.
  • Examples will be provided as to how to track these methods.
  • Examples will be provided as to how to use segmentation, testing, themes, audience, signer metrics to build a giving strategy.

Register Today!

Exclusive Members Only Event! 
FREE Pop-Up Program: Effective Stewardship 
~Attendees earn 1.0 CFRE education points~
Wednesday, September 19 | 7:30AM - 8:30AM
Ceres Café (located within the Board of Trade) at 141 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604
Register Today!

Wednesday, October 17  | 7:30AM - 8:30AM
Panera at 190 Waukegan Rd, Deerfield, IL 60015
Register Today!

Join us for a Pop-Up Program to discuss...how do you get your donors to give again? How do you make them feel good about their giving? We will discuss effective stewardship strategies to win over any donor.

Exclusive Members Only Event!
FREE Pop-Up Program: Giving Tuesday
~Attendees earn 1.0 CFRE education points~
Wednesday, November 14  | 7:30AM - 8:30AM
Panera at 5 W E Rand Rd, Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Join us for a Pop-Up Program to discuss how to discuss ways to spice up your Giving Tuesday approach.

Register Today!

AFP Chicago Breakfast Workshop Series
Learn and link with other fundraisers!
The Fundraising Effectiveness Project: Debunking the Myth of Efficiency
Friday, October 19 | 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Kellogg School of Management - Wieboldt Hall 340 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611

This session will report national donor giving statistics along with how individual nonprofits can use the Fundraising Fitness Test to learn about their donor retention performance and discover actionable options to increase fundraising results at a faster pace.

The Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) is an AFP research project now in its 12th year with actual giving data from more than 12,000 small- to mid-size nonprofits and more than 100 million gift transactions. This rich database enables nonprofits and their fundraising staff to compare their own performance against national benchmarks for improved results.

Ryan Johnson, MA, CFRE 
Senior Manager
Strategic Philanthropy
and Partnerships
at YMCA of the USA

Benjamin Miller
Chief Analytic Officer


Registration fee: 
$55 for Nonmembers  (Or for members after October 15)

Click here for more information.
Register today!

AFP Chicago Annual Meeting of the Membership
Friday, December 7  | 8:00 am - 10:30 am
WHERE:  River Roast315 N LaSalle Dr., Chicago, IL 60654

Registration Fee:
$40 for members
$55 for nonmembers 

Details and registration coming soon!

Opportunities and Deadlines

2019 Faces of Philanthropy Awards Luncheon Nomination
Friday, May 3, 2019
Know someone awesome?  Nominate them!

For over 40 years, AFP Chicago has honored the committed, passionate individuals and corporations who work on behalf of the nonprofit organizations that AFP Chicago serves. Our annual awards program, the "Faces of Philanthropy" luncheon, recognizes the outstanding achievements of these individuals, foundations and corporate philanthropists, fundraising volunteers, and fundraising executives. AFP Chicago is pleased to honor individuals who demonstrate high ethical standards and exemplify the philanthropic spirit of our great city.

2019 Faces of Philanthropy Awards Nominations are due Friday, September 21, 2018.

Please click here for more information.  

Fall Peer Mentoring Program  
Be sure to get your application in before the deadline! Peer Mentoring program protégé and mentor applications are due Friday, September 28th.

AFP Chicago's Peer Mentoring Program matches new and seasoned development professionals for the opportunity to learn from each other. Participation in AFP Chicago's Mentoring Program offers you a chance to:

  • Network with other development professionals
  • Strengthen Chicagoland's philanthropic community
  • Learn new skills and develop existing skills 
  • Help foster the development and growth of fundraising professionals
  • The benefits the program provides were recently valued at $8,000 by a local consulting firm.

New class kicks off Thursday, October 25, 2018.

Click here for more information and to complete your application.

AFP Chicago Readership Survey

We always aspire to bring you, our valuable member, the best resources we can. In order to accomplish this, we need your feedback. Please consider taking our short five-minute membership communication survey for a chance to win 1 of 4 $25 gift cards!

We invite your honesty and assure you your answers will remain anonymous. We value your feedback!  Deadline: September 28.

Click here to take the survey!

Getting to Know 2018 AFP Chicago Fellow Erica Eckhardt

Erica has always had a passion for working with youth and organizations that understand and invest in their assets and talents.  She graduated from Loyola University Chicago and went right into working in the nonprofit sector, in direct service with youth in several different positions. As the demands for money and resources became apparent, she was often tasked with working to secure extra supplies, money, and talent in order to ensure that the programs she was working with were successful. Like all non-profit jobs, she also wore many hats including marketing and data reporting. Over the course of a few years, it became apparent that working on the development side and helping to tell the unique stories of the program participants was the place she was meant to be. In 2012, she transitioned to a full time development position at a youth serving community organization and gained invaluable experience from her coworkers and larger organization.

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AFP Chicago Welcomes Our New Members

We're happy to have you! 

Molly Adams, Feeding America
Hayley Anderson, Advocate Charitable Foundation
Maryam Arai, Earthjustice
Anna Assenmacher, Share Our Spare
Donna Choi
Katelynn Delavan, National Runaway Safeline
Jordan Dokell
Monica George, Chicago United For Equity
Bridget Gibson, Ounce of Prevention Fund
Seth Green, Baumhart Center @ Loyola University
Cari James, University of Illinois
Meghan Jorgensen, Citizens United For Research In Epilepsy
Daniel John Kozlowski, Marian Catholic High School
Andrae James Laws, The University of Chicago
Marianne Eve Moberly, Youth & Opportunity United
Harvey Newcomb, III, The Rotary Foundation
Bernadette Oshea, Carabiner Solutions
Heidi Scheuer, Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth
Anastasia Schriber, Respiratory Health Association
Barbara West Stone, Metropolitan Family Services
Megan Whitney, Feeding America

 New members as of August 2018

Member Resources

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Community Links

Grant Professional Association (GPA)

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN)

North Park University

Axelson Center Professional Development Programs

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Have you recently received an award, written an article, or achieved something outstanding? 

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Please contact Pam Williams with your news.



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