Association of Fundraising Professionals - Fort Worth Metro Chapter Newsletter
April 2014
April Chapter Meeting & Luncheon
 Monday, April 14 , 2014 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Omni Fort Worth Hotel
1300 Houston Street

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Platt Allen (Manufacturing) Lighthouse for the Blind
Becky Burton (Membership)
Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains

Toby Owen (Service) PNS
Jody Ulich (Funding/supporting) Arts Council

Across the Non-Profit Spectrum : A Panel of EDs

Lyn Downing, CFRE
  President's Message


Happy Spring everyone. By the time you read this, spring break will be history for most of us, Easter plans are in the works and many of us just returned from the AFP International Conference at the end last month.


The International Conference was held in San Antonio on March 23-25. This was a wonderful opportunity to gain insight in the best fundraising practices and a chance to meet colleagues from all over the world. As chapter president, I am fortunate to represent our amazing chapter and be able to bring all the new knowledge and contacts back to Fort Worth. Look for a report from my adventures next month.

For more information check out their website:


Need a conference option closer to home? Please take a look at our home-grown DFW Philanthropy Conference which is scheduled for Friday, June 13th at the Irving Convention Center. Attendance at this popular event has reached over 400 in recent years and committee planners are aiming even higher this year with tracks of specialized development sessions to provide options for fundraisers of all backgrounds and experience levels. Scholarships are available for the conference and the deadline to submit your application is May 9. Take a look at the conference website at

Be sure to like the conference on Facebook.


My last educational plug will be for our monthly chapter meetings. We hold ten meeting per year (always the second Monday of the month except for June and November). Each session counts for one hour of continuing education credit and is a great way to gain hours for CFRE applications or renewals. One aspect of our monthly meetings I'd like to mention is that the chapter underwrites a portion of the expenses to keep the cost to the individual member as low as possible. Proceeds from the above mentioned DFW Philanthropy Conference help defray these extra costs.


As always, please send me your thoughts or suggestions on how we can make the Fort Worth Metro AFP Chapter the best place for fundraising professionals in our community.



Lyn Downing, CFRE

Alzheimer's Association


Welcome To Our New Members


So glad you have joined us!  Let us know what we can do for you.  That's why we're here.

Ms. Rebecca Farrow, MS
CASA of Tarrant County
Ms. April Harris, MBA, BSSafehaven of Tarrant County
Cori Hoffman, BAAuctions By Cellular
Marti Lawrence, MSWCommunity Health Charities Texas
Mrs. Bridget Lenhardt 
Jennifer MelsonM. Gale & Associates, LLC
Ms. Kaylen Nicole PizziniClayton YES!
Lee SechristThe Gratitude Initiative
Mandy WatkinsClayton YES!
Ms. Diane Wolfe, MHADay Resource Center For the Homeless
DFW Philanthropy Conference Scholarships

DFW Philanthropy Conference Scholarships


The Fort Worth Metro and Greater Dallas Chapters of AFP are pleased to announce the availability of scholarships for the

2014 Annual DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference.


The one-day conference will be held at the

Irving Convention Center on Friday, June 13, 2014,

and will offer a wealth of information and networking opportunities for fundraising professionals. 


A limited number of full and partial conference scholarships are available.

Scholarships will cover full or partial conference registration fee and include lunch. 


Applications must be received by 5:00 pm on

Friday, April 25, 2014.


More information is available at

DFW Philanthropy Conference
Are you getting ready to attend the AFP DFW Philanthropy Conference?  Check out our keynote speaker!

Jay Frost, Partner 
Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners
With 32 sessions to choose from you cannot miss the AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference on June 13! Have you registered yet?  Go to
Scholarship Opportunity
James R. Holcomb Certified Fund Raising Professional (CFRE) Reimbursement Scholarship

This scholarship is open to AFP Fort Worth Metro Chapter members.  The scholarship will reimburse $250 to a member who has paid for either the CFRE review course or the exam. 

For more details and application, please visit our website and search the Member Resources tab -
CFRE Course
Fort Worth Metro AFP and the Dallas AFP will offer the CFRE review course on June 11 & 12, 2014. This course is designed to help CFRE candidates review materials for the CFRE exam.

If you are considering the certification, consider these five reasons local professionals should obtain the CFRE designation:

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2014 Fundamentals of Fundraising Course
Join fellow fundraisers at AFP's Fundamentals of Fundraising conference! 


Save the Date for

Oct 9-10, 2014 at

Dallas Baptist University to learn, network and grow!




This two-day, in-depth training is a great way to increase your impact and effectiveness to raise more money for your cause while connecting with your fundraising peers. 

Don't miss it!   Save the Date! 

October 9-10, 2014
Dallas Baptist University
3000 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75211
National Philanthropy Day 2014

Nominations are now open for the Greater Fort Worth Metro Chapter AFP's National Philanthropy Day Awards for 2014. These awards will be presented at the Philanthropy Day Luncheon on Thursday, October 30th at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel.

Download the awards cover letter
Download the nomination form
Download the list of past awardees

Important Dates
04/7-04/8: Austin AFP Chapter invites you to learn how to build a solid annual fund at the "Developing Annual Sustainability" course
04/14/14:  Chapter Meeting & Luncheon

06/13/14:    DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference

10/09-10/14: Fundamentals of Fundraising Course

10/30/14: National Philanthropy Day Luncheon
Mentor Program
Are you a seasoned professional with wisdom to share? 
Are you new to the profession or just want to take your career to the next level? 
Sign up to become a mentor or to get insight from a mentor. 
Complete this form and return it to the AFP Office to get your new relationships started!  
2014 AFP Web/Audio Conferences
Once again, your chapter is offering select offerings from the AFP 2014 Audioconference in partnership with the Center for Nonprofit Management West.
Sessions are available at $10 for AFP members, $15 for non-members.
Dates and subjects appear below.



Center for Non Profit Management West
2701 W. Berry Street
Fort Worth


11:30 a.m.-Networking
12:00 noon -1:30 p.m.
AFP Web/Audioconference and Brown Bag Lunch 



Wednesday, May 7

Major Gifts for Small Shops
Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Opening the Door to Major Gifts: Mastering the Discovery Call
John Greenhoe, CFRE


Wednesday, October 8

Incorporating Stories Into Your Fundraising Program
Leah Eustace, CFRE


Wednesday, December 10

Small Shop Success: Building Something from nothing Starting a Well-Rounded Development Program
Amy Wolfe, MPPA, CFRE

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