Association of Fundraising Professionals -
Fort Worth Metro Chapter Newsletter

August Chapter Meeting & Luncheon

 Monday, August 10, 2015 
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
(Presented in three sessions)

**Note the extended hours for this event!**
*Morning and Afternoon sessions are an
AFP "Members-Only" benefit*

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

**Parking Information Update**

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 $7.00 per vehicle for the all-day program, or $3.00 if you only attend the luncheon portion.


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 discount. 


**Registration deadline is Thursday, August 6!!!


Program Topic: 
A Day with Simone Joyaux

Morning Session:  9:30am - 11:00am (AFP Members-Only Benefit)

"Making the Move to Top Management"

Are those people listening to you? You know who I mean: senior management, the CEO, and the board. Are those decision-makers applying fundraising expertise? Like how to set charitable giving goals - instead of just handing you the figure to raise. Distinguishing between personal opinion and the body of knowledge. Do you effectively use your power and make your voice heard?  Let's talk - Together we can figure out how to make the fundraising voice heard everywhere it needs to be heard.


Luncheon Meeting:  11:30am - 1:00pm

"Getting the Board Involved in Fund Development"

It's not negotiable: Each individual board member must participate in fundraising. That includes giving a personal financial gift and taking on fundraising tasks - every year. Is this happening in your organization? Could this be happening better at your agency? And why does board member participation matter anyway? Bring a few board members and let's talk turkey.


Afternoon Session:  1:30pm - 3:30pm (AFP Member's Only Benefit)

"Asking for the Gift Face-to-Face"

Maybe this sounds scary. But really, you can do it. In fact, your organization has to do this. Why? Because personal face-to-face solicitation - meeting with someone you know who knows you - is the best way to raise money. You find the right people, people who care. You tell stories, stories that matter. You figure out the right gift to ask for and the right person to do the asking. And then you do it - to support annual operations as well as special projects and capital programs. By the way, who does this? You, the fundraising staff. And, you, the board members. So come along and learn how. 

About the Presenter: Simone P. Joyaux, ACFRE


Simone P. Joyaux is described as "one of the most thoughtful, inspirational, and provocative leaders in the philanthropic sector." A consultant specializing in fund development, strategic planning, and board development, Simone guides countless organizations and professionals through her consulting and coaching, teaching and writing. She works with all types and sizes of nonprofits, speaks at conferences worldwide, and teaches in the graduate program for philanthropy at Saint Mary's

University, in Minnesota, USA.


Her books Keep Your Donors, Strategic Fund Development, and Firing Lousy Board Members all receive rave reviews. Simone has also contributed to several other books. She writes for the Nonprofit Quarterly, blogs weekly as Simone Uncensored, and publishes a monthly e-news.


As a volunteer, Simone founded the Women's Fund of Rhode Island, a social justice organization. She regularly serves on boards. Currently she chairs the Advisory Board of the Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy at Plymouth University in the U.K. And, she chairs the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England.


Simone and her life partner have bequeathed their entire estate to charity. Visit her at

Lyn Downing, CFRE
President's Message

AUGUST 2015 


Lot's of information in this newsletter, so look for a longer president's message next month.  I'm looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday, August 11 as we learn from Simone! 



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!

Kendall Cason Iles --- Davey O'Brien Foundation
Lyndsay Hoover --- Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Judy Ivey --- Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Arti Sharma, JD --- American Red Cross-North Texas Region
Sarah Bowen --- American Heart Association
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.

Betty Hanson Stevens - Member for 10 years


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.
2015 Be The Cause Campaign

On behalf of the AFP Fort Worth Metro Board of Directors, we ask you to join us in launching the 2015 Be the Cause Campaign!  All Members of the Board have pledged to give, and we are asking you to do the same.  


This year, we want to make certain that the AFP Fort Worth Metro chapter reaches its 2015 campaign goal quickly!  Once you have determined your commitment level, please visit the Be the Cause website at to make your gift or pledge.  The AFP Fort Worth Metro 2015 goal is $1,875, with 25% chapter participation.  Click here for answers to many frequently asked questions about the campaign.


As we say in our day jobs, a gift of any amount does help. You can give a one-time gift or sign up for monthly giving and be a part of the AFP Alpha Society.  Your support to the Be the Cause Campaign helps our chapter in numerous ways.  Training for our chapter leaders at the Annual Leadership Academy and scholarships to the AFP International Conference are just two of the many benefits we receive. 


Please feel free to contact Lyn Downing if you have any questions regarding the 2015 Be the Cause Campaign at or 817-343-1816.


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



Cathy Neece Brown


Be the Cause Campaign Chair

AFP Fort Worth Metro Chapter...

it's 2016 Board time - REALLY!!! 

Hi fellow fundraisers,


I hope everyone is having a great summer so far with fun vacations planned and time away from our busy offices.


Even though it's only July, we're in the middle of forming the 2016 chapter board and we need your input.  Whether you're a veteran member or fairly new- we want to hear from you!  Please click on the survey link below and indicate your interest and yes, there's a deadline. 

Please respond by Friday, July 24th.


For job descriptions, please click on the link below and scroll down to the bottom of the page where you'll see Board Member Job Descriptions.


For questions, please contact:

Michelle Crim, CFRE, Nominating Chair


AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising
Have you been in the fundraising profession for 0-4 years? Do you want to sharpen your skills and network with your fundraising peers? Then join us for the Fundamentals of Fundraising 2-day intensive course on Oct 8-9, 2015 at Dallas Baptist University. Featuring an amazing faculty of highly experienced fundraisers and co-hosted by the Fort Worth and Dallas chapters of AFP, you don't want to miss this opportunity! For more info and to apply, click the image below:

Important Dates

09/14/15: September Members Luncheon

10/12/15: October Members Luncheon

12/14/15 - December Holiday Luncheon
Special Thanks

We had a GREAT 2015 AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference!

For those of you who could attend we hope you found it useful and for those of you who volunteered to help with the conference, thank you for helping make it a success.  See you in 2016!

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
August 10 - A 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


November 10 - National Philanthropy Day Luncheon

December 14 - Holiday Luncheon 


Just in case you might be thinking that "nobody ever wins those scholarships" please congratulate the following AFP Philanthropy in Action 2015 Annual Convention Registration Winners.  These lucky winners received a full registration to the conference, learned from the many track presenters, met our exhibitors and had a great lunch, too.

  • Alisha Hudman
  • Jessica Stokes
  • Misty Bacon
  • Peyton Salavarria
  • Robert Booker
  • Alisha Byerly
Please visit our web site at to learn about on-going scholarship opportunities.  Don't be shy about applying.  We really do have Winners!

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

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

6. John A. Davis Scholarship- 
Applies to either DFW Philanthropy Conf., AFP Int'l Conf., Fundamentals of Fundraising, CFRE certification.
Deadline: November 15, 2015
Amount: up to $750

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.


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