Association of Fundraising Professionals - Fort Worth Metro Chapter Newsletter
May 2014
May Chapter Meeting & Luncheon
 Monday, May 12 , 2014 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Omni Fort Worth Hotel
1300 Houston Street

Presented By: 
Chris Bicknell and Timi Paccioretti

6 Steps to a Successful Appeal  

During this session, participants will learn some practical and proven fundraising tips and strategies that they can use to increase the success of their fundraising appeals.  
Information on capturing, maintaining and effectively utilizing donor and constituent data will be discussed, and ideas will be presented on how to incorporate key data strategies including segmentation and data analysis into your appeal. 

The presenters will open the floor for Question and Answer from AFP members and will provide each attending member with a copy of Little Green Light's 
6 Steps to a Successful Appeal booklet.  Read More>
Lyn Downing, CFRE
  President's Message  

"The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time."

- Abraham Lincoln


This week has been a test of taking one day at a time. That old Texas adage of "If you don't like the weather, then just wait a day" is certainly very true.  And since time waits for no one, today I'm asking for your help as the chapter gears up for several of our signature events.


Time to submit nominations for National Philanthropy Day (NPD) Awards

We all work with special donors and volunteers.  With our busy schedules, it can be hard to take the time to give extra recognition to those individuals and organizations that make such a difference in our community.  Here's where I need your help.  Please submit a nomination for the one of the five categories for the NPD Awards luncheon.  It is a wonderful and inexpensive way to show your appreciation in a public venue with hundreds of other philanthropic people.  So, please take the time to meet with your colleagues, CEO, Executive Director and discuss who you should nominate.  Additional details and forms are available at our chapter website.  Deadline is May 16th.

For additional questions, please email Karen Derrick at


Time to consider the next step to CFRE certification

Are you looking to advance your fundraising career?  Interested in adding the letters, CFRE, to your email signature?  Then it's time to register for the 2014 CFRE Review Course, held on June 11 - 12 at Insperity, 545 E John Carpenter Fwy, Ste. 1200, Irving, TX.  This two-day session is invaluable in helping you prepare for the exam.  Along with the materials educational credits, you have the opportunity to broaden your professional network with other attendees and the CFRE faculty.  Contact Tim Johnson for more information at  Click on the link to register.


Time to check out AFP International Resources

I just returned from the APF International Conference in San Antonio where I attended chapter board workshops along with the regular conference sessions.  I always like to share the nuggets of good information I receive so here's a great resource for board and chapter members alike. 


AFP has two handy resource lists: 1) Chapter Management Resources with topics like how to get support from AFP International and ways to volunteer on an international committee. If you're interested in joining the chapter board, there are helpful job descriptions listed in the next section. 2)  Chapter Leader Resources with links for different board positions and programs (NPD, Mentoring, Youth in Philanthropy to name a few).


And where do we find these exciting items?  Log in on AFP's site, and then go to the Chapters box at the top right.  Then scroll ALL THE WAY down to find these lists.  I hope this is useful information.


Time to make plans for May's meeting


Please join us for our May 12th program.  It's going to be great. I hope to see you there.


Thank you for being part of the Fort Worth Metro Chapter and I look forward to seeing everyone next month.



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. Sheri Noer, BA, MBA
YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth
Vanessa Reaves The University of Texas At Arlington

National Philanthropy Day 2014 
On behalf of the Greater Fort Worth Metro Chapter AFP, we invite your nominations for:

-- Distinguished Philanthropist
-- Outstanding Philanthropic Organization
-- Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
-- Outstanding Professional Fundraising Executive
-- Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy
-- Lifetime Achievement Award

Nominations are 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 30 at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel.

Below is the 2014 application and list of past honorees. The deadline for returning nominations is May 16, 2014.

By May 16th, all nominations should be mailed, e-mailed, or delivered to:

6100 Western Place, Suite 105
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Phone: 817.878.3709

DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference 
Are you ready to attend the AFP DFW Philanthropy Conference?  
Keynote speaker! Jay Frost, Partner Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners   
The AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference is right around the corner. Have you registered yet? 
The last day to pre-register online is June 6. Visit  
2014 Fundamentals of Fundraising Course
Have you been in the fundraising profession for 0-4 years?

Do you want to sharpen your skills and network with your fundraising peers?

Then join us for the Fundamentals of Fundraising 2-day intensive course on Oct 9-10, 2014 at Dallas Baptist University.

Featuring an amazing faculty of highly experienced fundraisers and co-hosted by the Fort Worth and Dallas chapters of AFP, you don't want to miss this opportunity! 

 Save the Date! 

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

Important Dates
05/12/14:  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

Are you a seasoned professional who is willing to give a little of yourself to help a newer development person in their professional growth?


Are you a newer development professional who would like to sit at the feet of a seasoned professional?

Click on this link and complete the mentoring form, returning it to the AFP office.  Matches will be made as soon as possible depending on need and availability.

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, 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

Register? Questions?

Contact Linda McMillan at

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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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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 - .