Association of Fundraising Professionals - Fort Worth Metro Chapter Newsletter
September 2014

September Chapter Meeting & Luncheon
 Monday ,September 8 , 2014
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Omni Fort Worth Hotel | 1300 Houston Street

Presented By:
Gary Hawkins

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.  


Gary is a veteran instructor in the CCS Learning Institute. He has advocated the causes of diverse institutions, helping them to secure nearly $500 million from corporations, private foundations, and individuals.


Using capital campaign tactics to advance your annual fund: a case study from the Indianapolis Symphony
Lyn Downing, CFRE
  President's Message  





As summer is winding down, fall is shaping up to be busy!!!


Our AFP chapter is starting to plan for the future and looking ahead to 2015. Right now we're working on board nominations and beginning discussions on budget preparation for 2015. It's also time to evaluate our meeting venue. We have enjoyed our partnership with the Omni and are looking to return in 2015. I would love to hear feedback from the membership on the Omni Fort Worth Hotel for our chapter meetings so far this year.


Talking about the future!!


2015 DFW Philanthropy Conference

Planning for the AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference begins in September. If you are interested in serving on the planning committee, please contact Larry Bisno at [email protected]. Committees include marketing and PR, sponsorships, exhibitor relations, logistics, guest relations and registration.


Jumping to the International level, what else is on the horizon for AFP? The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy conducts an annual appeal called Be The Cause (BTC) to generate resources to fund AFP strategic initiatives that advance ethical and effective fundraising. Each chapter has a goal based on membership size and previous participation and is charged with promoting BTC to the members. We are launching BTC this month and I would encourage members to consider making a gift. Our 2014 goal for Fort Worth Metro chapter is $1,800 and our deadline for contributions is December 31. More information on Be The Cause is available in a separate article.


As always, thank you for your involvement with the Fort Worth Metro Chapter. I hope you have marked your calendar for Monday, September 8 at 11:30 AM for our meeting at the Omni Hotel. It's going to be great!!!




Lyn Downing, CFRE

Alzheimer's Association

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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.

Mrs. Mimi ClemonsAmon Carter Museum American Art
Robin Head
Texas Woman's University
Mrs. Monique Waggoner, BS

2014 National Philanthropy Day


Plans are well underway for planning the 34th Annual National Philanthropy Day on October 30 at the Omni.


You may purchase your tables by going to the AFP Fort Worth website at:


NPD is our chapter's signature fundraising event to promote and recognize philanthropy in our community. It is a wonderful opportunity for organization's to provide a meaningful stewardship event for their major donors without the headache or expense of planning a separate event, which can be very helpful for smaller organizations. 


Special thanks to those organizations who have already reserved tables:

M. Gale and Associates

Cynthia Prince

ACH Child and Family Services

Michele Hahnfeld

Colonial Kids for the Cure-sponsored by M.Gale and Associates


If you have any questions regarding the event or sponsorship please contact Beth Zimmerman at [email protected] or Nancy Jeter at [email protected].



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


Outstanding Philanthropic Orginzation:

Junior League of Fort Worth


Founded by 10 charter members in 1929, The Junior League of Fort Worth, Inc. (JLFW) has been driven by the same mission for 85 years.


This year, 2,000 members will provide over 45,000 volunteer hours to nearly 50 nonprofit agencies, as well as financially support the efforts of nine organizations, continuing a strong tradition of addressing important community issues and improving the lives of Fort Worth children and families.  



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


 We are one month away from the early bird deadline for the Fundamentals of Fundraising course! Whether you are development staff or a volunteer, you can benefit from the curriculum, faculty and networking of this two-day course! Apply by September 12th to qualify for scholarship consideration and to qualify for the group discount (10% off for groups of 4 or more from the same organization). For more info and to apply, visit the
AFP Fort Worth Chapter website.


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. Only $305 left!

  • The AFP Fort Worth Metro 2014 goal is $1,800 and so far we have raised $1,495!!.     
  • 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 [email protected] or 817-735-5313.


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

2015 AFP DFW Conference


Mark your calendars, the 2015 AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference will be on Friday, June 12, at the Irving Convention Center.


The conference planning committee is in need of volunteers from the Fort Worth Chapter.  All committees need help, including Guest Relations.  If you have any interest please contact Larry Bisno, Conference Co-Chair at 972-322-5754 or at [email protected].


Important Dates


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 



Tuesday, September 9
Extreme Social Media Makeover: Nonprofit Edition!
Leah Eustace, 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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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.

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Fundamentals of Fundraising Scholarship 

 This scholarship application is open to AFP Fort Worth Metro or Dallas Chapter members.  Awarded scholarships provide the registration fee for the annual Fundamentals of Fundraising two-day course,

which offers a complete overview of the development foundation and is sponsored by the Fort Worth Metro and Dallas Chapters. 

Applications are available on our website -




AFP Diverse Communities Scholarship

As a community of inclusion, the Association of Fundraising Professionals seeks, embraces, and engages diverse individuals, groups, and organizations with a broad representation of experiences, perspectives, thoughts and cultures within the fundraising profession. Through this strategic initiative, AFP is committed to activities that increase awareness of diversity issues.


As part of this commitment, AFP has created a diversity scholarship program to provide financial assistance for the professional development of AFP members who are themselves members of a diverse community, or are employed by grassroots organizations that primarily serve diverse populations. 

Additional information is available on our website -




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