Association of Fundraising Professionals -
Fort Worth Metro Chapter Newsletter

September Chapter Meeting & Luncheon

 Monday, September 14, 2015 
11:30am - 1:00pm

 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 $3.00 for the luncheon.
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. 
 Current Rates are Startling!  What Can Every Fundraiser Do to Reverse the Trend?
This session explores the Fundraising Effectiveness Project report commissioned by AFP and the Urban Institute. The dismal news in this report can and should be an eye opener for every nonprofit engaged in fundraising. We will focus on the root causes of poor retention rates, and offer tips for improvement based on the principles of Dr. Adrian Sargeant and Tom Ahern: two world renowned authorities on building donor loyalty. Sargeant and Ahern's principles are based upon years of research conducted in the sector and can be used by any organization, whether you are a one person shop or a large department. We will show examples of their principles in action. The results can be astounding when put into daily use!

Target Audience:  Senior Leaders / Executive Directors, Gift Officers, Donor Relations, Researchers (CFRE Credit approved)

About the Presenter:
Chris Painchaud, Bloomerang
Chris has been helping nonprofits increase efficiency and raise more money for over 13 years, both in his professional career and as a personal fundraiser. And he has worked in the nonprofit sector for his entire 30 year career. His experience ranges from managing small & midsize nonprofits (both c3 and c6) to personal fundraising, volunteering and board leadership for nonprofits in his community. Chris is currently a Regional Sales Account Executive at Bloomerang. With Bloomerang, he is helping to revolutionize how databases are used in the charity world and bringing focus on donor retention.  Prior to Bloomerang, Chris had spent seven years at eTapestry, where he worked on the ground floor of the then fledgling business, and eventually led the launch of the company's first "vertical market" specialization efforts, where he led the healthcare team. Before that, he was an executive with several trade associations in Indiana and in Ohio.  Chris serves on the Board of Directors of Safe Families of Indiana; is a youth mentor with Shepherd Community in Indianapolis, and is a perennial top fundraiser for the Indiana Chapter of the American Diabetes Association.  Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism & Communications from Ohio State University.
Lyn Downing, CFRE
President's Message


Many of you are probably in planning mode these days for your upcoming fiscal year.  Whether it is finding good information on best practices, samples of materials or articles on a wide array of fundraising topics, I have just the source for you.  Your AFP membership includes access to the Resource Center, which hosts a wonderful collection of information.  Just log in at and go to the Resource Center tab at the top.

Another tool in your AFP toolbox is The AFP Ethics Assessment Inventory™ (EAI) and is available online for voluntary use.The EAI is based on research conducted by the Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC) at the University of St. Thomas-Minnesota and on input from nearly 2,000 AFP members.

A 14-item online survey instrument, the EAI provides fundraisers and organizations the following:
  • A snapshot of their ethical performance.
  • A comparison of themselves with peers from across AFP.
  • A way to assess and strengthen ethical dimensions of their practice.
Check it out at HERE!

I've got one more tip to share.  A great article Advancing in Your Fundraising Career is available in the Hot Topics section of the Resource Center.  Here's a summary of the suggestions:
  1. It's critically important to develop and adhere to a personal mission.
  2. Think about where you want to be in 10 years and how you are going to get there.
  3. Take part in the CFRE and ACFRE credentialing process.
  4. Learn as much as you can from as many sources as possible
  5. Develop your own market niche.
  6. Keep a file documenting your accomplishments.
  7. Be committed to networking
  8. Practice interviewing.
  9. Learn to negotiate.
As always, thank you for your involvement with the Fort Worth Metro Chapter and I look forward to seeing everyone at the September 14th luncheon!


Lyn Downing, CFRE
Alzheimer's Association

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. Christie King, MSW --- American Cancer Society
Ms. Christy Pierce --- YMCA, Fort Worth
Trish Rodriguez --- YMCA Fort Worth
Mrs. Susan Wood --- Hope Center for Autism
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.

Cleve Lancaster - Member for 20 years

Timothy Johnson, CFRE - Member for 10 years

Ashley White - Member for 5 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, 11:30am-1:00pm
at the Cendera Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
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:
**download the form and email to 

Back to School and Back to Basics!

It's easy if you apply for the Fundamentals of Fundraising Scholarship.  Early Bird Registration ends: September 7, 2015.
Check out the link above to find an application and the guidelines.

Thinking International, why not apply now for the Chamberlain Scholarship?

This scholarship is designed for members that have never attended the International AFP Conference.
1. Applicants must complete the AFP Chapter application.
2. Applications for the Chamberlain Scholarship are due to chapter office by 5 PM on October 1, 2015.
3. The scholarship will be paid directly to the International Conference registration.
4. Chamberlain Scholars will receive instructions from AFP International for registering themselves for the conference.
5. Scholars are responsible for making their own travel and lodging arrangements.
Apps and guidelines click here.
Disney Institue:
Disney's Approach to Business Excellence
There are five powerful lessons in business, lessons carefully developed by the Disney organization in its never-ending pursuit of excellence. These universal pillars of a successful business-leadership, culture, service, brand and innovation-are the keys to sustained business excellence. Together, these lessons forge an enduring bond between inspired leaders, motivated employees, satisfied customers, and an ability to continually grow the brand. Throughout this course, you will discover insights that drive the Disney organization and practice adapting these insights to strengthen your organization to obtain the goal of long-term results. Your ticket price includes a hot breakfast, lunch and a snack along with all day beverage service.  What you will learn:
  •       Adapt time-tested Disney business insights to assess and improve your organization.
  •       Develop a leadership vision that inspires dedication and commitment among employees.
  •       Apply key elements of the Disney employee engagement strategy to strengthen your culture.
  •       Develop an organization that supports consistent delivery of exceptional quality service.
  •       Foster a collaborative environment that draws on the creative resources of your entire organization.
  •       Incorporate time-tested principles for building and fortifying brand loyalty
Accredited by:
-American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)
-National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)

Cost: $450 for individual tickets
$400 for company group rate (3 or more) before 9/1/15
When: Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Where: The Cendera Center, 3600 Benbrook Hwy, 
Fort Worth, TX 76116

For more information click here.

On September 9th, LGT will be hosting a not-for-profit educational seminar in Fort Worth at the James L. West Alzheimer Facility. The event is free to attend with breakfast provided.
Tentative topics to be discussed are:
--Not-For-Profit FASB Exposure Draft
--Affordable Care Act Impact 
Those who register and do not attend or cancel by 8/24/15 will be billed $25.

Looking forward to having you,
Elizabeth Dahlgren 
Lane Gorman Trubitt, PLLC
Important Dates

10/12/15: October Members Luncheon

12/14/15 - December Holiday Luncheon
Special Thanks

Thank you to all who attended the July Member's Luncheon!!!



(Presenter Ann Rice)


(Presenter Ann Rice with Mae Ferguson, Executive Director FW Sister Cities) 


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.

AFP Connection Circle
The Greater Fort Worth Chapter is bringing back leadership circles. We will have a new AFP Connection Circle starting in October and going for 5 or six sessions, depending on need and interest. The Connection Circle will meet on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 3:00-4:30 p.m. or 3:30-5:00 p.m. at a location convenient to where the members of the circle work. We will meet in October, November, January, February and March, with an April session as a possibility. 

This circle is open to AFP members with 7 or fewer years of experience and the cost is only $25
. The Connection Circle will be limited to a maximum of 10 participants, so each of us can get the best experience possible. During our time together, we will learn from each other, share our experiences, good and bad, make new friends and enhance our careers. The group facilitator will be Craig Schaefer, a past president of our chapter, recipient of the Ben Franklin Award and over 46 years of nonprofit experience. A co-facilitator will also be part of the group. If you are interested in signing up for this experience, you can register here. Registrations will be open until Tuesday, September 15. If the demand is high enough, a second group will be considered.

2015 AFP Web/Audio Conferences
Summer is nearly over and it's time to think again about professional education opportunities. A high quality, low cost, convenient option are the
AFP 2015 Webinars offerred 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

Tuesday, September 29th
"Creative and Compelling Fundraising Messages for Digital Solicitations" - Derrick Feldmann

Register?  Questions? Contact Monique Waggoner at

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2015 Chapter Programs
September 14
Program Topic:  Donor Retention: Current Rates are Plummeting!  What Can Every Fundraiser Do to Reverse the Trend?Presented by:  Chris Painchaud, Bloomerang

Target Audience:  Senior Leaders / Executive Directors, Gift Officers, Donor Relations, Researchers
October 12
Program Topic:  Annual Fund - Beyond Direct Mail and Special Events
Presented by Panel:
  - Lisa Fellers, The Warm Place
  - Angie Gallaway, Ronald McDonald      
  - Natalie Houghton, Cook Childrens
  - Janine Kraus, Texas Christian 
  - 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. Fundamentals of Fundraising- Annual Fundamentals of Fundraising two-day course.
Deadline: September 12, 2015 
Amount: Based on need and available scholarship funds.

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

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

5. 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 

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.


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