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

May Chapter Meeting & Luncheon

 Monday, May 11, 2015 
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

 The Fort Worth Club
12th Floor - Top of the Town BallRoom
306 West Seventh Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Driving Directions 


*Parking Information: 

You will be given a discount on the 

General Club Garage Parking Rates if you bring your parking garage ticket to the luncheon registration desk to get stamped. This stamp will reduce your parking fee to $3.00 per vehicle! 


There is additional parking available at The Fort Worth Club "P1" Off-Site Parking Lot, located on the corner of 6th Street and Lamar Street. In the event that there is not an attendant at the P1 lot, the "code" that you would need to enter would be #139, this will give you the $3.00 per vehicle discount. 


Program Topic: A Paradigm Shift: Next Practices, presented by: 
 Lynne Wester, Donor Relations Guru
The dynamic of donor relationships are experiencing a revolution unlike any seen before.  Communications are no longer segmented, stark, and costly mailings; now we are look toward a present and future filled with rich, bold, all-encompassing communications that grab and engage donors and prospects where they are. The real value of this new paradigm, however, is in the genuine, authentic conversation that exists. 

Regardless of affinity, organization type hierarchy, structure or budget, the standards exist, and at a minimum these should be a core function of every well performing development shop.  What sets the high achieving shop apart is their ability to take calculated risks, embrace failure, and innovate. We innovate not for the sake of being different but because it challenges us to move forward and shed the old guards of the past while challenging conventional wisdom.  

Let's walk through this changing landscape together and learn how to move forward and inspire others to join our mission of innovation and the future of the next best practice.

About the Presenter: Lynne Wester, Donor Relations Guru 


Lynne Wester is a frequent conference speaker and well-known resource for donor relations and fundraising expertise. She has been featured in The Washington Post, CURRENTS magazine, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and other industry publications. Lynne created this website and blog to share her expertise, opinions, and collections of samples on a variety of topics with the greater development world and hosts a monthly webinar series.

It is her personal philosophy that the goal of any great fundraising operation is to use strategic communications and interactions to foster the relationship between the organization and its constituents and friends. If we are effective with that strategy, they will be engaged in a way that drives them ever closer to embracing the organization's mission and values, they will give their money, time, and talents and volunteer to spread that same message with others, which will encourage their fellow peers to invest in a way that will enable the organization to further light the world.

Using her expertise and hands-on approach, Lynne works with organizations to help them keep their focus donor driven, technology savvy, strategic, and always with a splash of good humor. She received her undergraduate degrees from the University of South Carolina and is a loyal gamecock alumna, donor, and fan, and holds a master's in strategic fundraising and philanthropy.

Lyn Downing, CFRE
  President's Message  

MAY 2015 




Greetings AFP members. 

It's spring, so it's baseball time in North Texas...we are looking for a great season, aren't we?


AFP International Conference
The AFP International Conference could be considered a fundraiser's version of spring training. Recently held in beautiful (but very cold) Baltimore, MD, this was an opportunity to absorb so much in professional development as well as great networking with other members. I appreciate this chance to connect with other chapter leaders and to be able to represent the Fort Worth Metro Chapter.


While the educational sessions are very helpful, I found the like size chapter meetings to be so beneficial. I get to be in a room of 50 - 60 people from similar size chapters from all over the United States and Canada. Based on feedback I heard, our chapter is doing really well. We have healthy reserves, an engaged board, and regular, informative programs.


Be the Cause
I also learned more about the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and its mission to advance philanthropy. One way fundraisers can help others in our profession is through the Be the Cause Campaign (BTC) which is conducted through the Foundation. In quoting the foundation's case for support:

The goal of AFP Foundation is to generate the resources to fund AFP strategic initiatives that advance ethical and effective fundraising.


A natural question would be how does this affect my local chapter and this means a request for money, correct? The most obvious way the campaign help the Fort Worth Metro Chapter is that a portion of the funds raised are returned directly to us. We'll be sharing more on the BTC with the membership, but it's really about increasing educational opportunities for members and providing training for chapter leaders, like yours truly. It's about helping us be better fundraisers and have a strong, productive chapter.


DFW Philanthropy Conference, which is scheduled for Friday, June 12th at the Irving Convention Center. The conference planning team is doing an incredible job so you'll want to check out their website and sign up soon.

Be sure to like the conference on Facebook.

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

Alzheimer's Association

[email protected]

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!

Kristy S MinterRonald McDonald House of Fort Worth
Kim BeltonLake Country Christian School
Lauren TevisAmon Carter Museum of American Art

2015 Fort Worth AFP National Philanthropy Day
Nominations Are Now Open for the 2015 Fort Worth AFP National Philanthropy Day!

These awards will be presented at the 
Philanthropy Day Luncheon
on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 
at the Cendera Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

Visit the NPD Page at our website for more details!
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.


Conference Highlights

Date: Friday, June 12, 2015

Location: The Irving Convention Center

Keynote: Featuring speakers Penelope Burk, author of Donor-Centered Fundraising and Donor-Centered Leadership; and Suzanne Smith, national storytelling expert and top-rated public speaker.


Make your plans now to attend the biggest educational and networking event of the year for fundraisers.


If you have any questions please contact Larry Bisno, Conference Co-Chair at 972-322-5754 or at [email protected].



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 Philanthropy in Action Conference 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 [email protected] 


Scholarship Opportunities
Money... free money! Get the picture?


2015 AFP Fort Worth Chapter Scholarships

1. James R. Holcomb Certified Fund Raising Professional (CFRE) Reimbursement Scholarship- CFRE Review Course or CFRE Exam Reimbursement - Four scholarships available.
Deadline: Anytime Amount: $250

2. Bill McDanel Endowed Scholarship- Scholarship for Fundamentals of Fundraising course.
Deadline: Aug. 14, 2015. Amount: $350

3. Fundamentals of Fundraising- Annual Fundamentals of Fundraising two-day course.
Deadline: September 12, 2015 Amount: Based on need and available scholarship funds.

4. John A. Davis Scholarship- Applies to either DFW Philanthropy Conf., AFP Int'l Conf., Fundamentals of Fundraising, CFRE certification.
Deadline: November 15, Amount: up to $750

5. Chamberlain Scholarship- AFP International Conference.
Deadline: October 1, 2015 Amount: Most Registration and Travel Expenses

6. AFP DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP- For diverse communities for the AFP International Conference. 
Deadline: October 1, 2015 Amount: Most Registration and Travel Expenses

These are highlights of scholarships available to Dallas and Ft. Worth AFP Chapter Members. Some restrictions apply so please see our web site and then download an application. Thank you.


Questions? Contact [email protected]


Don't miss out because you didn't check it out....see website for these and other scholarship opportunities.Look today! Apply today.
2015 CFRE Review Course

Wait No Longer! 
Take Action Now! 
Register for the CFRE Review Course Today!
Wednesday, June 10 to 
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Held at Insperity 545 John Carpenter Fwy, Irving, TX

In conjunction with the
2015 DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference

Hosted by the Greater Dallas and Fort Worth Metro Chapters of the Association of Fundraising Professionals

The AFP DFW CFRE Review Course has helped many development professionals prepare for and pass the CFRE test. The Course offers development professionals an opportunity to review the main components of a complete fundraising program in preparation for the CFRE Exam. Organized around the domains of the exam, it is a two-day, intensive program providing the overview of skills, techniques, and program components based on fundraising experience at the five-year level.


Topics include:

  • Why Philanthropy? An Overview of Fundraising & Its Concepts
  • Current & Prospective Donor Research
  • Marketing and Communications for Fundraising & Development
  • Developing a Comprehensive Solicitation Program
  • Building and Sustaining Relationships
  • Securing the Gift
  • Volunteer Involvement
  • Management
  • Accountability

Participants receive:

  • Participant manual containing test taking tips and sample exam questions provided by CFRE International
  • Approximately 14 hours of instruction
  • A certificate of completion at the end of the course

A head start for taking the CFRE Exam.


Important Dates

06/12/15: DFW Philanthropy Conference

07/13/15: July Members Luncheon

08/10/15: August Members Luncheon

09/14/15: September Members Luncheon

10/12/15: October 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, 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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2015 Chapter Programs

July 13

Program Topic:  Grant Writing

Speaker:  Ann Rice


August 10 - Day with Simone Joyeaux

- Morning: "Making the Move to Top Management"

- Luncheon Meeting: "Getting the Board Involved in Fund Development"

- Afternoon: "Asking for the Gift Face-to-Face" 


September 14

Program Topic:  Donor Retention: Current Rates are Plummeting!  What Can Every Fundraiser Do to Reverse the Trend?Presented by:  Chris Painchaud, Bloomerang


October 12

Program Topic:  Annual Fund - Beyond Direct Mail and Special Events

Presented by Panel:    Lisa Fellers, The Warm Place

                                    Angie Gallaway, Ronald McDonald House

                                    Natalie Houghton, Cook Childrens

                                    Janine Kraus, Texas Christian University

                                    Michelle Crim (moderator), Presbyterian Night Shelter

Target Audience:  Annual Giving, Gift Officers, Communications, Donor Relations


December 14 - Holiday Luncheon