AFP Chicago Webinars

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AFP Chicago offers short, informative workshops in a live online setting for members and other fundraisers. Through our webinar series, leaders in the field present leading-edge strategies proven effective by their first-hand experience and success.

That’s So Corporate: Acquiring New Corporate Sponsors 
Thursday, August 22, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm


You already know how valuable corporate partnerships and sponsorships can be for your bottom line and the experience of your donors.

While you’re strategizing how to get new sponsors, join Director of Marketing, Brandon Stec and Senior Account Manager, Cara Dickerson, as they share best practices behind securing those highly desired corporate partners locally or even nationally. Brandon has over 10 years of experience “on the other side” working in the sports industry and facilitating many sponsorships and partnerships across several leagues, big and small.

You’ll learn:

  • Ways to identify new sponsors that would donate based on your location or your mission
  • How to solicit donations
  • Ideas for new sponsorship packages and unique offerings
  • Methods for following up after a successful event

If you need a dose of inspiration plus pragmatic and practical actions to take now, don’t miss this webinar.

Content is approved for 1.0 CFRE Credit

No cost for members
$49.00 for non-members


Brandon Stec, Director of Marketing
Brandon Stec is an Indiana University graduate who spent nine years in the sports industry until transitioning into the technology world. As the Director of Marketing Operations, Brandon drives the marketing efforts for GiveSmart. In the Chicago area, Brandon is a former candidate for Man of the Year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and sits on the board currently. Other organizations Brandon personally supports are BBYO, AFP, the Jewish United Federation, and the Lincoln Park Zoo.

Cara Dickerson, Senior Manager, Account Management
Cara Dickerson’s experience with nonprofit special events can be traced back to when she was the Special Events Manager for a local Chicago nonprofit organization. As a Senior Manager, Account Management at GiveSmart since 2014, she specializes in helping nonprofits raise more through collaboration with her clients across the country. Cara loves that her position allows her to work with amazing organizations to raise much-needed funds for various programs. While she loves to travel anywhere and everywhere with her husband, Cara is proud to call Chicago, IL home.


A Very Special Thank You to our 2019 Chapter Champions Sponsors!


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