Association of Fundraising Professionals - Fort Worth Metro Chapter Newsletter
June 2014
New AFP Members receive a $50 discount for joining during the month of June. Please spread the word (and
the coupon) to a colleague or a new associate and help them save money and grow our Chapter membership!

July Chapter Meeting & Luncheon
 Monday July 14 , 2014 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Omni Fort Worth Hotel
1300 Houston Street

Presented By:
Rachel Muir, CFRE
When she was just 26 years old, Rachel Muir launched Girlstart, a non-profit organization to empower girls in math, science, engineering and technology in the living room of her apartment with $500 and a credit card.  Several years later she had raised over 10 million dollars and was featured on Oprah, CNN, and the Today show.  Her career spans includes leading an online fundraising consulting practice at Convio/Blackbaud and managing major gift portfolios for some of the country's largest and most successful nonprofit brands.  Rachel serves as Vice President of Training at Pursuant, where she leads classroom and custom training to transform people into confident, successful fundraisers. 

The Economic Gold Mine of Donor Loyalty
Retaining donors is where fundraising profit is made, however most organizations lose two out of three donors after the first gift.  In a recent study 69% of nonprofits said they do not or don't know if they have a strategy for maintaining donor loyalty.  Why are we losing so many donors?  What can we do to prevent it?  What do donors want?  How can we best maximize our fundraising efforts?  Discover trends in philanthropy that can drastically impact your fundraising performance.  We'll explore why donors stop giving, how to measure donor retention and how to apply a donor centered cultivation plan to a calendar.  You'll learn how to make the donor the hero of your story and inspiring stewardship examples that can help you guarantee a long term future with your donors.
Lyn Downing, CFRE
  President's Message  



Just as a heads up...there isn't a chapter meeting at the Omni in June.  We will be pursuing great opportunities for gaining fundraising knowledge at our well-respected DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference which is co-hosted with the Greater Dallas AFP Chapter.  There's still time to register and take advantage of this low-cost one-day conference.  Check the link below

DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference

Friday, June 13th Irving Convention Center


On June 11, two days before the DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference, the CFRE review course will be offered.  There is still time to register for the 2014 CFRE Review Course, being held atInsperity, 545 E John Carpenter Fwy, Ste. 1200, Irving, TX.  This two-day session is invaluable in helping you prepare for the exam.  Contact Tim Johnson for more information at 

Click on the link to register:


National Philanthropy Day offers us an opportunity to 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 has been extended to June 16th.


I look forward to seeing folks at the June 13th conference as well as on July 14th for our next chapter meeting.  We will be hearing from Rachel Muir, CFRE on The Economic Gold Mine of Donor Loyalty.  Rachel serves as Vice President of Training at Pursuant, where she leads classroom and custom training to transform people into confident, successful fundraisers. Be sure to read more details in the newsletter.


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

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2014 Be The Cause Campaign
On behalf of the AFP Fort Worth Metro Board of Directors, we ask you to join us in launching the 2014 Be the Cause Campaign (formerly Every Member Campaign).  All Members of the Board have given a gift or pledge and we are asking you to do the same.  


This year, we want to make certain that the AFP Fort Worth Metro chapter reaches its 2014 campaign goal quickly.  Great news.... AFP International has launched a new donation site and giving is now easier than ever!  


Once you have determined your commitment level, please visit the Be the Cause website at to make your gift or pledge.  The AFP Fort Worth Metro 2014 goal is $1,800.  


As we say in our day jobs, a gift of any amount does help. You can give a one-time gift or sign up for monthly giving and be a part of the AFP Alpha Society.  Your support to the Be the Cause Campaign helps our chapter in numerous ways.  Training for our chapter leaders at the Annual Leadership Academy and scholarships to the AFP International Conference are just two of the many benefits we receive. 


Please feel free to contact Lyn Downing if you have any questions regarding the 2014 Be the Cause Campaign at or 817-343-1816. 


We appreciate all you do for the AFP Fort Worth Metro and for our community.  




Angie Gallaway


Be the Cause Campaign Chair

DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference
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We have an information-packed conference coming your way on Friday, June 13!


Be sure to register.  

AFP Group rates are still available.


Deadline to register online is June 6.


For more information and to sign up -  go to

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 have been extended 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 extended deadline for returning nominations is now June 16, 2014.

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

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

2014 Fundamentals of Fundraising Course
Save the Date! October 9-10, 2014 for the AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising course, which offers a comprehensive 2-day overview of nonprofit development. 
Designed to help fundraisers with less than 4 years of experience, this course will sharpen your skills and equip you with tools and knowledge for success. 
Early bird registration and deadline for scholarships is September 12, 2014. 

 Save the Date! 

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

Important Dates

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

10/30/14: National Philanthropy Day Luncheon

One of the great benefits of membership in AFP it the opportunity to learn from experienced professionals through the Mentor - Mentee Program. 


These personal matches help form relationships that are lasting.


If you're an experienced professional and would like to become a mentor, please let Craig Schaefer know and he'll get you matched!


For those interested in being matched with an AFP Mentor, please register through the link below:


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, August 13

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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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 - .