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

July Chapter Meeting & Luncheon

 Monday, July 13, 2015 
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

 The Fort Worth Club
12th Floor
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: 

MAKING A COMPELLING CASE FOR SUPPORT | Measuring the Outcomes of the Work

Presented By: Ann Rice

This thirty minute presentation is for fund raising professionals, particularly grant writers, who want all the arrows in their quivers when targeting donors. Speaker Ann Rice describes the ways in which measuring outcomes benefits organizations and persuades funders that clients change as a result of your good work. Organized by the five best reasons that your donor appeal should focus on RESULTS, Rice will also illustrate what constitutes a real outcome versus just activities and numbers served. Audience participation will be encouraged


About the Presenter: Ann Rice


A twenty-five year veteran of United Way of Tarrant County TX, Ann Rice served most recently as Chief Operating Officer of this nationally recognized organization. In this capacity, she was responsible for community planning and problem-solving, fund distribution, research and information services, the Area Agency on Aging, public policy advocacy and community and agency relations. Focusing specifically on education, income and health as the building blocks of United Way's work, Ann co-created three significant multi-year initiatives as platforms for United Way's approximately $6 million annual investment.

Prior to her work with United Way, Ann launched two important organizations - Toscanini Infant Center at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and Tarrant County Challenge, a key advocate for substance abuse services in our community. In the latter position, she was awarded a 5-year federal Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) grant to promote community organizing in four Fort Worth neighborhoods where the personal devastation caused by alcohol and drug abuse had affected entire communities. Twenty years later, Ann again served one of these communities as Chair of the Near Southeast Weed and Seed organization.

In all of these capacities, Ann honed her skills in non-profit management, strategic planning, group facilitation, research, writing, and outcome measurement. 

She currently serves as Chair of the Board of Fort Worth Sister Cities. Past board service includes the Rotary Club of Fort Worth, the Women's Policy Forum, the Funding Information Center, the Fort Worth Theater, and Courage and Renewal North Texas. Ann is married to Patrick Miller, Registrar of Texas Christian University. 

Lyn Downing, CFRE
  President's Message  

JULY 2015 




As dedicated development professionals, we all care about the work we do and try to do our best to help our community.  The resources available through AFP can really be a lifeline to help us navigate the various challenges in our profession.  Whether it is attending monthly meetings in Fort Worth and connecting with others or taking advantage of online tools, we can all hopefully gain benefits from our memberships.


AFP Resources

Have you visited AFP International's website recently?  They are continually working to make improvements and provide helpful content.  A recently found favorite is Action University, which is an online professional development tool for AFP members. Action University takes a best-selling business book and summarizes it into a 10-15 minute video. Each video is accompanied by a workbook and a PDF summary. The PDF summary will be available to the public. However, the videos, workbooks, and other materials will be exclusive member benefits, and will require you to login using your AFP username ID and password to access.  You can find the link under the Professional Development tab at the top of the homepage.


And here's a link to a great list of all the member benefits AFP provides both on the International and local levels.


National Philanthropy Day (NPD)

I just want to give another quick reminder that the Fort Worth Metro chapter will host our local NPD celebration on November 10th
at the Cendera Center.  This event sold out quickly last year and online reservations are available at our chapter's website.


Celebration Time!

Finally, a big, thank you to the DFW AFP Philanthropy in Action Conference chairs, Jan Murfield, CFRE (Greater Dallas) and Larry Bisno (Fort Worth Metro) plus everyone on their amazing committee.  The event had a wonderful, positive energy and the Irving Convention Center provide a dynamic environment for all participates!


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




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!

Rachel S. PetersCommunities In Schools of Greater Tarrant Co.
Jim LivernoisMetroport Meals On Wheels

Special Recognition
In recognition of valued participation in the AFP Fort Worth Metro Chapter, we are grateful to the following for their membership and longstanding commitment to a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life.

Victor A. Korelstein, CFRE - Member for 10 years

Marianne Pohle, MA, MBA - Member for 5 years


Congratulations to Amy B. Rasor, CFRE


Congratulations to Amy B. Rasor, CFRE, who was named as one of Fort Worth Business Press's "Forty Under Forty" this year. 


Amy is the Development Director for Girls Inc., where she has been since 2010.  As development director, Amy develops corporate relationships for attaining volunteers, donors, partnership opportunities and sponsorships. She markets Girls Inc. via TV, radio, print and social media, creates and is responsible for major fundraisers and special events and fills speaking engagements and other marketing and communication opportunities. 


Congratulations on the accomplishment, Amy!

2015 Fort Worth AFP National Philanthropy Day
2015 Fort Worth AFP National Philanthropy Day
Registration & Sponsorship Opportunities
Table reservations, individual reservations and sponsorship opportunities are now open for the Greater Fort Worth Metro Chapter AFP's National Philanthropy Day Awards for 2015!

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

Is AFP Board Service Calling Your Name? 



It is once again time to plan for our chapter's future leadership. Even though it's only spring time, we're already looking ahead to the 2016 chapter board. Serving on a chapter committee or the board of directors is a great way to network with other development professionals and hone your own leadership skills.


You, yes, you can be part of the excitement that is serving on the Fort Worth Metro AFP Board.  Also, let us know of others you think would be good additions to the leadership team. If you have questions, we have great answers!


Please click on the following link for a quick Survey Monkey form to indicate your interest in board service.


You can contact Michelle Crim, CFRE, Chair of the nominating committee, for more information.

[email protected]





 "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."  Margaret Mead

Important Dates

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, 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


2015 AFP Fort Worth Chapter Scholarships

1. James R. Holcomb Certified Fund Raising Professional (CFRE) Reimbursement ScholarshipCFRE 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 
Pamelia Rost

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