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

Omni Fort Worth Hotel | 1300 Houston Street

Presented By:
Carole V. Rylander, CFRE

With more than 28 years of service in the non-profit sector, Carole offers customized solutions in fund development, planning and governance to non-profit organizations.  


She was named Outstanding Fundraising Executive by the Dallas Chapter of AFP and has held accreditation as a Certified Fund Raising Executive since 1990.

Intentional Stewardship

Most of us focus our time and resources on the tactics of securing and renewing donations, with the understanding that building donor loyalty is paramount. 


But research is telling us that donor loyalty is not driven by fundraising appeal and renewal tactics!   Rather, tactics account for less than 20% of the total retention value.  High commitment or loyalty is attributable to the range of donor experiences the entire organization provides.  In short, the collective actions our organizations offer determines whether donors renew or not.


So, how intentional are our donor stewardship programs?  What donor experiences are we offering - or could we offer?  What if we considered ourselves as "philanthropic travel agents," helping donors identify and reach their giving destinations? 


On August 11 Carole Rylander, CFRE, will facilitate discussion of these provocative questions.  We will create a comprehensive list of donor experience strategies and review a planning framework for enhancing the loyalty of your donors. 

Lyn Downing, CFRE
  President's Message  

"In the arena of human life the honors and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities in action."





O.K. so it's a very old quote.  But it still has power.  Aristotle summarized one of the most essential aspects of fundraising with the above quote.  Recoginizing our donors is a crucial part of our jobs. We all know the importance of keeping those donors and volunteers engaged with our organization and mission.  We want them to feel included and valued. 


National Philanthropy Day (NPD)

This annual event is a wonderful way to recognize your organization's special donors and volunteers.  Co-chairs Nancy Jetter, CFRE and Beth Zimmerman, CFRE are working with a dedicated committee on the upcoming October 30th  luncheon.  The 2014 NPD Award Honorees have been chosen so please join me in congratulating these wonderful awardees.

  • Mary and Dick Lowe
    Distinguished Philanthropist
  • Michele Hahnfeld
    Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser 
  • Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse
    Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation
  • Missy Gale, CFRE; M. Gale & Associates
    Outstanding Professional Fundraising Executive
  • Junior League of Fort Worth
    Outstanding Philanthropic Organization
  • Colonial Kids for a Cause
    Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy


Online registration is available as well as sponsorship opportunities.  Please click here for more information.


Don't forget about Scholarship Opportunities -

In August our membership team will be focusing on the Chamberlain scholarship.  This is awarded to an AFP Fort Worth Metro member who have never attended the AFP International Conference (March 2015 / Baltimore, MD).  This scholarship is funded by the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and the Fort Worth Metro Chapter.  This is both a registration scholarship for the conference itself and $500 toward travel expenses.  Applications are available on our website - 


August program -

Make plans now to join us on August 11th to hear Carole Rylander, CFRE, share more fundraising insight...just what we need as we head into the fall fundraising season...Hope to see you then!




Lyn Downing, CFRE

Alzheimer's Association

Welcome To Our New Members
hands_together_sand.jpg Greetings!

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

Mrs. Bertha OronaCommunity Hospice of Texas
2014 National Philanthropy Day


The Awards Committee Chaired by Karen Derrick, has worked hard the last few months promoting, reviewing and selecting our outstanding 2014 National Philanthropy Day Awardees which are listed in Lyn Downing's president's letter this month!


As we build up to National Philanthropy Day on October 30, we will be highlighting each awardee.


Outstanding Professional Fundraising Executive:

Missy Gale, CFRE; M. Gale & Associates


Missy has more than 25 years of professional experience in development and public relations with health-care and non-profit organizations.  Missy started her career public relations with the Harris Methodist Health System and in development with the Harris Methodist Health Foundation in Fort Worth where she managed development programs for more than seven years.  She created the Foundation's corporate fundraising program, and created the Harris system-wide donor stewardship program.  


Missy was a Development Officer with the Fort Worth Zoo during its $40 million Texas Wild! Campaign.  She oversaw every aspect of this transformational effort.


Missy joined a national fundraising firm in 2002, providing consulting services to many organizations in the DFW area. In 2008, Missy launched M. Gale & Associates, LLC, and now serves not only metroplex clients, but also clients around the country.  


Congratulations Missy!



Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy:

Colonial Kids for a Cause

What started out as a neighborhood lemonade stand has blossomed into a social business venture to benefit various causes in our community.  Colonial Kids for a Cause started five years ago with 14 children from six different families, who decided to take their lemonade stand to a new level during the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.  The kids had the vision to use the money they earned from the lemonade sales to help others. The children nominate the organizations they would like to support and then invite nominees to make a presentation to the group. 


Initially the group chose charities that mirrored those of the golf tournament, like Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation the year Phil Michelson's wife was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. They have also supported military families providing care packages for those serving overseas. In 2012, the group supported the Henry House Foundation and Cook Children's Medical Center. 


Colonial Kids for a Cause welcomes everyone.  Although officially comprised of 14 children, more than 20 children help out with the lemonade stand annually.  The children range in age from 6-15.


Way to go kids! 

2014 Fundamentals of Fundraising Course

       Another great professional development opportunity to consider!


2014 Fundamentals of Fundraising

Thursday & Friday, October 9-10, 2014 at Dallas Baptist University


The AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising course is a two-day program that includes case studies and projects for groups and individuals, making the learning experience both substantial and enjoyable. Participants gain a complete overview of the development function of an organization, featuring the most current information and techniques for people with zero to four years of experience.

The course is approved for 16 CFRE credit hours.


Early Bird Registration Deadline: September 12, 2014


Register today!


2014 Be The Cause Campaign

We need YOUR help to reach our goal.  

  • The AFP Fort Worth Metro 2014 goal is $1,800 and so far we have raised $1,060.     
  • Great news! AFP International has launched a new donation site and giving is now easier than ever!      
  • Please visit the Be the Cause website at to make your gift or pledge.  

Please feel free to contact Katherine Curtis if you have any questions regarding the 2014 Be the Cause Campaign at or 817-735-5313.


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

Important Dates

09/08/14: Chapter Meeting & 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.

A Note Of Thanks! 
A Note of Thanks!

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2014 AFP DFW Philanthropy Conference in Action in June.  


Thank you to our sponsors and exhibitors without whom the conference would not be possible. 


Thank you to the conference committee whose dedication and creativity helped to make this conference so successful!  


With 545 participants, the DFW conference is the third largest regional AFP fundraising conference in the US.  


Make plans to attend next year!





Nancy Swartz

2014 Chair, AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference

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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