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Welcome to the AFP Chicago September Newsletter


LAST CALL for Registration
Development Day Chicago 2019
Friday, September 20th | 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel - Chicago

Seats are still available for Development Day Chicago 2019. Hints of fall are in the air. The kids are back in school, pumpkin spiced lattes are being ordered, college football has kicked-off, and Development Day Chicago (#DDChi) is less than 2 weeks away! Online registration closes at noon on Tuesday, September 17th. Time is running out! Secure your spot and join us for this not-to-be-missed event.

We're bringing in presenters with various backgrounds and expertise. Development Day Chicago offers four different focuses for learning: Lifecycle of a Donor, Data Download, Course Corrections, and Nonprofit Executive Leadership. Each focus will offer three sessions throughout the day. You won't want to miss Development Day Chicago, where you can connect with hundreds of other leaders in the fundraising profession.  Register TODAY!
AFP Chicago LGBTQ Affinity Networking
Thursday September 12, 2019 | 5:30 - 7:30pm
Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted Street, Chicago

Come grow your network and build a support community that will make a difference in your life. On September 12th,  AFP Chicago is launching its LGBTQ Affinity Group, intended to create space for a cohort of LGBTQ fundraisers to build community, discuss career strategies, and share fundraising successes and challenges. Join us at our free kick-off event.  Snacks and a cash bar will be provided.  learn more...

AFP Chicago September Third Thursday
Thursday, September 19th | 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Adler After Dark at the Adler Planetarium

Tickets are moving fast for this great night and we are expecting to sell out. Limited tickets are available, so reserve your ticket today to guarantee your space. Come kick-off Development Day Chicago 2019 with your colleagues and friends as we enjoy an evening of fun exploring the exhibits at the Adler Planetarium. If you are attending Development Day Chicago 2019, maximize your Development Day experience by making beneficial new connections with like-minded professionals at this networking event. learn more...

September Pop-Up Talk
OPIC: Board Development and Enhancement
Tuesday, September 24th | 8:00 - 9:00 am
Bridge Café, 3219 W Carroll Ave, Chicago
(location tentative)

You are invited to this member only program to come learn from some of the leading professionals in our field. Greater responsibilities require increased commitments of time and energy. Building a strong board of directors never seems to get easier. Join us as we discuss strategies and approaches for building an effective Board of Directors.  Leave with tips for enhancing and developing a more effective and engaged board. Content is approved for 1.0 CFRE education credits.  RSVP now.

AFP Chicago October Third Thursday
Thursday, October 17th | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: TBD

Networking is the best way to build a group of great personal relationships with like-minded people. You are invited to build your relationships and make new ones! AFP Chicago's Third Thursday networking events are a great opportunity for members and non-members in the Chicagoland community to meet, network, and have fun. Due to the growing popularity of these monthly meet-ups, be sure to RSVP.  Event registration is free for members and non-members (you pay for your own food and drinks). learn more

2020 Faces of Philanthropy ~ May 1, 2020
Award Nominations

Submit your 2020 Philanthropy Awards Nominations Today

For over 40 years, AFP Chicago has honored the committed, passionate individuals 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.  2020 Faces of Philanthropy Awards Nominations are due Friday, September 20, 2019.  learn more...

Share Your Knowledge & Experience
AFP Chicago Peer Mentoring Fall 2019 Class Applications are now being accepted

Are you interested in serving as a mentor? AFP Chicago's Peer Mentoring Program matches new and seasoned development professionals for the opportunity to learn from each other.  Each spring and fall, we launch a new class of mentors and protégés and we hope you will participate as a mentor.  A new class kicks off October 24th. The application deadline is September 27th. Click here for more information and to complete an application.

Ready to become a CFRE in 2019?
October 1st CFRE application deadline

Don't let 2019's final CFRE application deadline pass you by. The benefits of being a CFRE: Did you know 90% of current CFREs report the certification has had an impact on providing enhanced job opportunities? Start your application at no cost. View the application requirements.. You only pay when you are ready to submit. Enjoy your discount, our members enjoy 20% off CFRE initial certification and recertification. Have questions or need help getting started? Contact CFRE International at [email protected].


AFP Chicago Fellows Spotlight
Anthony Vasquez, John G. Shedd Aquarium

Anthony Vasquez is the Manager of Membership at John G. Shedd Aquarium. In his role at Shedd, Anthony is tasked with assisting to raise $4 million dollars annually from donors who give anywhere between $75-$1000 each. Originally joining Shedd's development staff as a development officer on the Individual Giving team 4 years ago, Anthony has taken the same skills used to build personal relationships and develop affinity for the institution in individual donors and applied them to his work with the wider membership base. This has

informed various aspects of the member experience ranging from a shift to more mission-based member communications and events to establishing ongoing training for staff on the member check-in process to foster a sense of personal connection and belonging in Shedd's members at every opportunity.

Anthony, when and how did your interest in development begin?
Like a lot of us in development, I kind of stumbled into it.  I found myself working at a development firm that helped do fundraising for various non-profits in the U.S. and found that I had a knack for making successful asks. When I came across an opening at Shedd, which had been a childhood favorite of mine, I leapt at the opportunity to join their individual giving team. 

Can you tell us a little bit about your work at the Shedd Aquarium?
I've since moved over to the membership side of things at Shedd.  Membership oversees $4.6m, with the onsite team I manage being responsible for $1.1m of that.  Seen as something of an attraction, we have a built-in audience to deliver development messaging to, but it's my job to ensure that messaging is properly communicated to the subset of our visitors that would be the most responsive.  People also join as members through other channels, but whatever channel acquisition occurs through, my onsite team works hard to help coordinate engaging programs and events and to make the overall member experience a top-notch one to increase the likelihood of renewal. read more...

AFP Chicago Welcomes Our New Members

We're happy to have you!

Mario Amaya-Velazquez, The Obama Foundation
Vanessa Bonilla, Environmental Law and Policy Center
Charlie Bower, Stanton Chase
Alice Burton, American Library Association
Beth Cheng, Openlands
Tim Chrapkiewicz, Harvard Community Education Foundation
Laura Ferrio, Shirley Ryan Abilitylab
Stacey Gill, Shirley Ryan Abilitylab
Kathy Greenberg, City Year
Beth Gunzel, Heifer International
Angel Gutierrez, Catholic Charities
Bridget Hickey, Volunteers of America of Illinois
Noe Janus, Family Service of Glencoe
Tim Liston, Big Shoulders Fund
Beth Lye, La Rabida Children's Hospital
Jessica Mandra, Harper College
Alexandra Michel, Working In the Schools (WITS)
Sandra Miller, Shirley Ryan Ability Lab
Kerry Neville, Advocate Charitable Foundation
Bea Pederson
Tani Prell, Art Institute
Steve Schapiro, Les Turner ALS Foundation
Pamela Soto, MPN Research Foundation
Allison Stanis, Society for Vascular Surgery
Ashley-Marie Sutherland, ICNC/ KIDS
Marina Vulinovic, Hyde Park Art Center
Tiffany Williams, TJ Marie Consulting
Jennifer Wojcikowski, Greater Chicago Food Depository


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

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