Association of Fundraising Professionals
AFP Greater Madison Winter 2013 Member eNewsletter 
In This Issue
President's Letter - A Year In Review
Member News and Kudos
Nonprofit Management Course at Madison College
Sponsorship opportunities for 2014 AFP programs
Sharpen the Saw - A Scholarship Opportunity for you!
Stay in Touch on Facebook and LinkedIn
President's Letter - A Year In Review

Dear Madison AFP Members and Friends, 


I am sure so many of you are very busy at this time of season, but I wanted to make you aware of some chapter highlights and accomplishments from 2013. 

  • Attained Ten Star Status from AFP International for the eighth year in a row.
  • Net increase of membership by 13% to 171 members - a new record high for the chapter. We have 54 new members and a retention rate of 67%.
  • Increased Philanthropy Day sponsorships by 11% from 2012 raising an additional $2,450, and hosted 426 guests in a sold out event at the Overture Center.
  • Distributed $3,570 in scholarships to 9 members for professional development.
  • Hosted 10 chapter meetings with educational presentations with an average of 60 people in attendance per meeting. 230 guests joined us over the year for these meetings.
  • Facilitated four Networking Breakfasts in two locations, east and west, with up to 20 attendees per location.
  • Held five webinars on a variety of timely topics.
  • Posted 128 Jobs Board listings to provide service to the field for career advancement.
  • Began a free workshop series targeted toward small non-profits.
  • Offered 2-day Fundamentals in Fundraising course for 12 members. Young professional and new members accounted for the majority of attendees.
  • Continued to build on the chapter's communication plan by expanding our social media networks.
  • Exceeded our gift goal to the Every Member Campaign - meaning even greater resources will be available to the chapter and its members.
  • The 2013-2015 three-year chapter Action Plan was developed and implemented by the AFP Greater Madison Chapter Board.  The plan focuses on Professional Development, Raising Public Awareness, Delivering on Member Benefits, Building an Inclusive Chapter Membership, and Preparing for the Future by engaging young people and ensuring resources for the chapter.



Plus, we accomplished so much more - all by volunteers with the support of our Chapter Administrator, Erin Richardson. I'd also like to acknowledge the 2013 Board of Directors - Kirsten Houghton, Nicole Hoffmann, Lori Werbeckes, Terrie Goren, Cheryl Porior-Mayhew, Paul Harrison, Adam Erdmann, Amy Overby, Julie Bauer, Jenni Collins, and Judy Brannstrom, and especially thank three directors who have completed their term - Peggy Halloran, Anna Reynolds, and Keith VanLanduyt.


And I especially want to thank you for making this a fantastic year.  


I wish you all a wonderful holiday and a prosperous 2014.


Very best,   


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Member News and Kudos
Melinda Gustafson Gervasi has written "Middle Class Philanthropist: How anyone can leave a legacy" a small book designed to educate and inspire anyone to leave an end-of-life gift, and to encourage nonprofit development staff to re-examine who they consider to be a philanthropist. More information is located at

Howard Landsman has been elected Chairman of the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium board of directors.  The Consortium is a partnership of nonprofit presenters, educational institutions, and supportive media working together to create a more vibrant and sustainable local jazz scene.
Nonprofit Management Course at Madison College

Madison College/MATC is again offering the 3-credit Nonprofit Management course next semester, led by Boris Frank.  


The course runs 16 weeks, and meets every Thursday from 5:30 to 8:20 at the Downtown Campus, across from the Concourse Hotel, starting January 16th.


Topics covered include: 

  • Starting a nonprofit
  • Strategic planning
  • Marketing and public information
  • Fundraising, grant writing, sustainability
  • Special events
  • Finance and insurance
  • Personnel issues and working with volunteers
  • Role of the Board

...and more.


Boris Frank leads the way with the assistance of an All Star corps of expert guest presenters including:


  • Tom Linfield, Madison Community Foundation
  • Fritz Grutzner and Julie Raye, Brandgarten Marketing
  • Scott Haumersen, Wegner CPA's
  • Carol Grob, Attorney
  • Pat Lemire and Laura Schurman, M3 Insurance
  • Lynn Pawelski, Friends of the Zoo Volunteer Coordinator
  • Jane Clark, QTI Human Resources
  • Ellen Jacks, UW Library Grants Information Center Librarian

Each participant will select a project that can be applied to their organization. Boris will serve as consultant to assist in planning and implementing their project.


This course is geared to those who work in the nonprofit world but do not have the formal business and management training. There will be lots of discussion and sharing, and the course includes a portfolio of useful printed materials (available electronically to save the 20 pounds of paper.)

No exams or tests. Self grading.  


For details:

     1. Log on to

     2. Click "Programs and Classes"

     3. Click "Search Programs & Classes"

     4. Click "View all courses" 

     5. Click "Downtown Madison" 

     6. Click "Nonprofit Management"


To register, click "Tuition & Fee Information" on the right side of the page.


If you get lost or want further details, contact Boris at or 608-845-3100
Sponsorship Opportunities for 2014 AFP programs

The Program Committee is hard at work on the slate of luncheon programs for 2014. Sponsors are an important part of providing these programs to the membership and keeping costs low.  


For $300, your company or organization can sponsor a monthly chapter program luncheon!  


This is your opportunity to address 50 + luncheon attendees. Promotional materials reach over 500 AFP members and guests representing the nonprofit leadership in our community.


For more information, contact Jenni Collins or Julie Bauer.


If you are interested in joining the Program Committee, please contact Jenni or Julie.  


Sharpen the Saw - a scholarship opportunity for you!

Is it time to sharpen the saw, to hone your skills, to step back from the day-to-day routine in your development office and immerse yourself in a professional development opportunity that will inspire you and "sharpen" your skills? If you say yes, then we've got a deal for you!


Our Madison Chapter is committed to supporting the continuing professional education of its members. The Chapter Board is pleased to announce that the Madison Chapter will offer three very special "Chapter Scholar" scholarships to the membership.    


These $625 scholarships will be awarded to three chapter members for attendance at the 2014 AFP International Conference on Fundraising. (The $625 scholarship can be used to cover either travel & lodging expenses or conference registration. Recipients of this scholarship will be given a registration code that allows them to register at the early bird rate of $625.)The conference will be held in San Antonio, March 23-25, 2014.


Winning one of these scholarships to offset costs might be just enough to make a trip like this possible for you. Those who have attended past international conferences have found them to be both educational and inspirational.


So - get your plans together and see if a "Chapter Scholar" scholarship would be just the ticket to supplement your budget and get you to this exceptional conference! Then complete a scholarship application no later than noon on December 23, 2013. We will notify the three winners no later than December 31, 2013!


The "Chapter Scholar" scholarship applications can be found at: Look for Scholarship information under the Member Resources tab. 


Questions: Contact Judy Brannstrom, Scholarship Chair via email: or phone 608-662-8901.


Join the Conversation on Facebook and LinkedIn

Are you taking advantage of the information and networking opportunities available to you through AFP Greater Madison?  If you have not joined our group on LinkedIn or have yet to "Like" AFP Greater Madison on Facebook, you might be missing out.  Find us in LinkedIn under "AFP Greater Madison Chapter" and like "AFP Greater Madison" on Facebook to stay in the loop!


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