Association of Fundraising Professionals - Fort Worth Metro Chapter Newsletter
February 2015

February Chapter Meeting & Luncheon
Our Meeting Location Has Changed! Please make note of the new location below!
 Monday, February 9, 2015 
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

 The Fort Worth Club
12th Floor - Trinity Ballroom
306 West Seventh Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Driving Directions 

*Parking Information: While valet parking will no longer be complimentary, we have been given a 50% discount, which means it will only be a small fee of $3.00 per vehicle!
February Program Topic:
How Social Media Can Work For You
   Social media is a valuable asset for your company or organization and a tool to help you professionally network and fundraise. Learn how to make the most of your social media efforts, | HASHTAG: #socialFTW

Presented By:
Lauren Turner, Online Marketing Specialist, Balcom Agency  & Mendy Sass, Social Media and PR Specialist, Balcom Agency

About the Presenters:
Lauren Turner, Online Marketing Specialist, Balcom Agency

Lauren came to Balcom from the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce in 2010, bringing email marketing and digital expertise that has benefitted clients including USMD Health System, Justin Brands and United Way of Tarrant County.

With a BA in English from Texas Tech University, she is also the social media voice for Dairy MAX.

Lauren is actively involved in several local organizations and serves on the American Advertising Federation of Fort Worth's Executive Board.



Mendy Sass, Social Media and PR Specialist, Balcom Agency

Mendy joined Balcom Agency in June 2014, bringing with her media relations and social media management experience from Golin, where she worked for Texas Instruments, Petsmart, MetroPCS and more.

She now handles social media and media relations for clients such as Justin Boots, ZYN22 and Niagara Conservation.

A member of PRSA and the Social Media Club of Fort Worth, she earned her BA in strategic communications from the University of North Texas.    


Thank you again to Dr. Russell James, J.D., Ph.D., CFP Texas Tech University for his wonderful program on  "Wills That Won't: Charitable Gift Planning and Emerging Trends"  at the January Member's Luncheon.  Dr. James has kindly given permission for us to make his presentation available to all! If you would like to download the presentation, you may do so here.

Lyn Downing, CFRE
  President's Message  






What a great start to 2015 with our new meeting location and wonderful program speaker... If you missed the excitement of Monday's meeting, just wait to see what's in store for February.


For those of you who were unable to attend, here is a brief update. The day started as the board members arrived for a 10 a.m. meeting. Fire trucks surrounded the Fort Worth Club and some of us were unable to access the garage. Several of your undaunted board members decided to climb 12 flights of stairs since the elevators were not working. To top that off, we had a record number of attendees, above the number of reservations we had guaranteed. In true customer service fashion, the staff of the Fort Worth Club came through with flying colors, adding an additional table and feeding everyone a delicious lunch.


Our program was quite interesting and entertaining. Dr. Russell James' presentation was both informational and eye-opening, especially when he was sharing studies recently completed about Charitable Gift Planning and Emerging Trends. Watch your inbox for information about how to access his slide presentation. It's well worth the time to review.


Now, since you are reading this, it means you've opened the chapter's newsletter. Please take a minute to look over all the information we've compiled for you...and don't forget to register for next month's meeting. It's going to be great!!!

Thank you for being part of the Fort Worth Metro Chapter and I look forward to seeing everyone at the February 9th meeting.


Lyn Downing, CFRE

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


Money... free money! Get the picture?

You could be an AFP Scholarship recipient if you apply and are selected as a winner.  Please go to our web site ( and click Resources to find Scholarships. That's where you'll find the $buck$.   

First on the list is financial help for the DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference.  If you have been wishing to attend the conference on June 12, we have financial help for you. The deadline is April 27, 2015. You can't win if you don't apply!

Our second, ongoing opportunity is for the James R. Holcomb CFRE Reimbursement Scholarship. This is a fabulous opportunity for those who continue to strive for excellence.  This is $250 reimbursement scholarship for the CFRE review course.  This scholarship is usually paid four times a year-- that means four winners.


Don't miss out because you didn't check it out....see website for these and other scholarship opportunities. Look today! Apply today.

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.


If you have any questions please contact Larry Bisno, Conference Co-Chair at 972-322-5754 or at



Do "a little" no one needs to do a lot later!  The June Philanthropy in Action Conference needs volunteers now! You can make a difference while volunteering a little time each week or month leading up to the conference, while the PAC Committee Members are doing the heavy lifting!  We have tasks and roles to fit your schedule.  Please step up and let us know if you're willing to give "a little" of your time. 

Contact the Logistics Chair at 



Register NOW for the 2015 International Fundraising Conference!

Being a fundraiser means more than just raising funds.

It's about being part of one of the rising professions in the world, dedicated to improving the quality of life in our world. 


Fundraising is about you. 


That's why in 2015 AFP's International Fundraising Conference is changing to focus on one thing-you. No fundraiser is alike, just like no cause or fundraising campaign is alike.


Fundraising is about what you want it to be-what you want to focus on and where you want to take your career, your sector and your imagination.


Where will Fundraising take you in 2015? Hopefully to Baltimore, to the world's largest gathering of professionals dedicated to building the charitable sector - 

"The International Fundraising Conference."


Register NOW!

Important Dates

02/09/15: February Members Luncheon

03/09/15: March Members Luncheon

04/13/15: April Members Luncheon

05/11/15: May Members Luncheon

06/12/15: DFW Philanthropy Conference

07/13/15: July Members Luncheon

08/10/15: August Members 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 Roger Partridge, CFRE 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.

2015 AFP Web/Audio Conferences
Are you looking for a high quality, low cost, convenient fund raising educational source? 

Once again, your chapter is offering select offerings from the AFP 2015 Webinars 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 Webinar and Brown Bag Lunch 

Wednesday, February 18th 
Making Each Rung Count: How to Build a Donor Ladder That Goes From Annual Gift to Ultimate Gift Michael Delzotti   

Tuesday, April 14th
Fundraising on a Shoestring (Fundraising for Those with No Time to Fundraise) Alice Ferris, ACFRE & James Anderson 

Wednesday, May 20th
Engaging Your Board in Fundraising for the Small Shop Sandy Rees, CFRE 

Wednesday, September 16th 
In It for the Long Haul: How Donor Retention and Major Gifts Can Transform Your Nonprofit James Greenhoe, CFRE   

Register?  Questions? Contact Linda McMillan at 
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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. 

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