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President's Letter - A Year in Review
Greetings to everyone and Happy New Year!
As my last official duty as your president I'd like to recap our 2014 accomplishments and say thank you for the opportunity to serve as your President.  I was honored to be asked and hope that I've helped to guide our chapter into the future.
As you know the AFP Greater Madison is a partnership of people and organizations devoted to advancing ethical and effective philanthropy through education, professional development, networking and outreach. 

The highlights of our year that worked to accomplish this mission include:
  • A record thirty-three chapter members helped us exceed our 2014 Be the Cause campaign goal by 67%. Based on these gifts, the grant our chapter will receive will enhance our activities and benefit the membership. 
  • The Program Committee hosted 9 chapter meetings with educational presentations with an average of 55 people in attendance per meeting. 495 guests joined us over the year
    for these meetings.
  • The Professional Development Committee facilitated four Networking Breakfasts
    in two locations, east and west, with up to 20 attendees per location.
  • The Chapter held five webinars on a variety of timely topics and upgraded from an
    in-person to an on-line presentation format.
  • The Membership Committee worked to increase membership and experienced a net increase of 5% to 179 members. We have 39 new members and a
    retention rate of 73.5%.
  • The Chapter attained Ten Star Status from AFP International for the ninth year in a row.
  • The Scholarship Committee awarded $2,050 in scholarships to 12 members that were used to continue each individual's professional development.
  • The Chapter received 138 job postings to the Jobs Board to provide opportunities
    to our member professionals. 
  • The Diversity Committee began a free workshop series targeted toward small non-profits.
  • The Professional Development Committee offered bi-annual CFRE Review Course attended by 10 members.
  • The Philanthropy Day Committee was very successful in increasing sponsorship by 28% compared to 2013 while raising an additional $7,250 and hosted 434 guests in a sold out event at the Overture Center.
  • The board of directors formed the Young Professionals/Youth in Philanthropy Committee which connected young professionals with member mentors, worked with the collegiate chapter, held a networking happy hour and promoted AFP to the next generation of fundraisers.
  • AFP Greater Madison and AFP Southeastern Chapter WI Chapters offered the successful Wisconsin Fundraising Professionals Conference in August to a
    very enthusiastic group of members from both chapters.

I would like to thank all of the 2014 board members for their service, dedication and commitment but would like to offer a special thank you to our outgoing board members including
Terrie Goren, CFRE, Cheryl Porior-Mayhew, Meghan Gauger, Amy Overby, and Julie Bauer.

I would also like to thank the commitment and dedication of our Chapter Administrator, Erin Richardson.  Thank you Erin for all of your contributions which have helped to ensure the success of the Greater Madison Chapter.

Finally, thank you to all of our Chapter meeting sponsors, the Wisconsin Fundraising Professionals Conference Sponsors and our Philanthropy Day Sponsors. We thank you for your generosity, enthusiasm and support!

Good luck to all of you in 2015.  I wish you and the organization's you represent much success!

Kirsten Houghton, CPA, MBA
2014 Chapter President

Did you know? Check out these chapter updates...
  • Philanthropy Day 2014 celebration photos are now available! 
    Click here to view - password AFP.
  • The Scholarship Committee welcomes applications for non-AFP training opportunities.
    To apply for support to further your training and education in 2015 fill out the 
    Scholarship Application.
  • There is still time to apply for sponsorship for your Young Professional AFP Membership.
    Click here to join and receive 50% back on your membership fees (12/31/14 deadline). 
  • The Diversity Committee has announced details for their FREE Fundraising for the Small Non-Profit workshop series. Click for details.
  • Not able to make the Quarterly Roundtable discussions?  Notes from the discussions are posted following the events.  Click here to view notes from the 2014 Roundtables.
  • The Program Committee was released the 2015 chapter meeting and webinar topics. Check out our Event Calendar for details.  Interested in being a sponsor?  Please contact Jenni Collins at
Member Kudos and News 

Congratulations to two AFP Greater Madison Chapter members who received their Certified Fund Raising Executive designation in 2014:

Rohan Barrett, CFRE & Jennifer Davie, CFRE

They join over 5,000 fundraising professionals worldwide who have prepared for, tested, and passed the CFRE exam. For more information about qualifying for the CFRE, log into or for details.

Congratulations and best wishes to our members in their new endeavors!
  • JAN VINEY has accepted the position as Development Director at Susan G. Komen South Central Wisconsin.
  • NINA GEHAN will be joining the team at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center (ALNC) in Monona as Director of Advancement in January where she will apply her skills and passion for education and the environment to helping the Center build its support network and presence in the community. Nina is excited about furthering the mission of the ALNC  to provide hands-on programs which "...teach the student to see the land, to understand what he sees, and enjoy what he understands" in the spirit of famed ecologist Aldo Leopold.
  • CHRIS ZIEMBA started in his new role as Major Gifts Officer at Second Harvest Foodbank
  • DR. KATHLEEN WOIT has joined McDonald Schaefer Fund Development Advisors as Senior Associate for Mission Impact.
Meriter Foundation received a "Distinguished" award from eHealthcare Leadership for best internet site. This is a competitive award across all categories in which over 1,100 applications were received and only 300 awarded.

Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin just completed their 19th annual NBC15 Share Your Holidays to eliminate hunger campaign. Their goal was to raise 2.7 million meals and as of the end of the Phone-a-thon on December 11 they raised 2.775 million meals. They still have some events running through the end of the year, so they anticipate that number to go up. The campaign - which is southwestern Wisconsin's largest food/fund drive - has already raised more meals than ever before. Over the last 19 years the campaign has raised almost 30 million meals for people in southwestern Wisconsin who struggle with hunger. The 2.775 million meals this year included a generous gift of $100,000 from American Family Insurance in honor of retiring President/Chief Operating Officer Dan Schultz.

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