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Fort Worth Metro Chapter Newsletter

October Chapter Meeting & Luncheon

 Monday, October 12, 2015 
11:30am - 1:00pm

 The Fort Worth Club
12th Floor
306 West Seventh Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Driving Directions 
Program Topic: The Current Environment for Annual Giving
Annual Giving - it's the pipeline and strength of your operating budget.  It's what often keeps us fundraisers up at night- how to attract and keep those donors. Want to explore how your shop compares to others our community?  This program will include a panel discussion with five seasoned annual giving professionals who will easily tell you that their place isn't perfect either.  Along with the panel discussion, there will be interactive table discussions with your fellow AFP members and panelists and plenty of opportunities for questions.

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

Michelle Crim, 
Vice President of Development & Public Relations -
Presbyterian Night Shelter (moderator)
- - - 
Lisa Fellers,
Director of Development -
The Warm Place
- - -
Angie Gallaway,
Chief Development Officer -
Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth
- - -
Natalie Houghton,
Annual Giving Manager -
Cook Children's Health Foundation
- - -
Janine Kraus, PhD,
Asst. Vice Chancellor for Annual Giving Programs -
Texas Christian University
         - - -         
Sandra Tuomey,
Director of Advancement -
Fort Worth Country Day
**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 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. 
Lyn Downing, CFRE
President's Message


Coming attractions!
The October meeting will offer you the opportunity to vote for the 2016 board of directors. Each of these AFP members have stepped
up and said "yes" when they were asked to serve and the nominating committee is quite proud of the group of leaders being proposed. We hope you agree! 
National Philanthropy Day (NPD)
November is our annual NPD celebration.  This event highlights the very generous philanthropists and volunteers in our community and it's always a privilege to be part of this special recognition luncheon. Hope you've marked your calendar for November 10th at the Cendera Center. Register here.

When NPD was first celebrated in 1986, then-President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation officially recognizing Nov. 15, 1986, as National Philanthropy DayŽ. Since then, the day has been recognized by numerous state, provincial and local governments across North America.  National Philanthropy Day is formally supported by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and hundreds of other nonprofit and for-profit organizations.   We are looking forward to a wonderful NPD luncheon here in Fort Worth and hope you are able to join us.

AFP Resource Center
I stumbled across this area of the AFP Resource Center recently.  Check out this blog led by none other than AFP International President, Andrew Watt. Lots of information and archived blogs that might be of interest to you!

Be the Cause (BTC)

Finally, please consider contributing to the Be the Cause (BTC).  The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy conducts the Be the Cause campaign which is an annual appeal to generate resources to fund AFP strategic initiatives that advance ethical and effective fundraising.  Each chapter has a goal based on membership size and previous participation and is charged with promoting the TBC to the members. Our chapter's goal is $1875 and once we reach that amount, we will receive 25% back for local use.  Click here for a pledge form you can send by mail or fax.  Or you may give online at . Click on the "Make a Gift" icon at the top right of the page.  Be sure to log in with your membership information so the Fort Worth Metro Chapter will receive credit. 


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. Rachel E. Denny, MS - Southwestern Adventist University
Ms. Kay Howell - The Cliburn
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.

Peter Matias Flynn - Member for 30 years

Michael W. Fuchs - Member for 20 years

Cathy Neece Brown - 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!  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 Institute:
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
When: Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Where: The Cendera Center, 3600 Benbrook Hwy, 
Fort Worth, TX 76116

For more information click here.
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Important Dates

11/10/15 - 

12/14/15 -
December Holiday Luncheon

05/06/16 -
2016 DFW/AFP Philanthropy in Action Conference
Friday, May 6, 2016

DFW/AFP Philanthropy In Action Conference

Irving Convention Center

**If you would like to volunteer, please contact Larry Bisno at
2015 Chapter Programs
October 12
Program Topic:  Annual Fund - Beyond Direct Mail and Special Events
Presented by Panel:

  - Michelle Crim (moderator),

    Presbyterian Night Shelter

  - Lisa Fellers, The Warm Place
  - Angie Gallaway, Ronald McDonald      
  - Natalie Houghton, Cook Childrens
  - Janine Kraus, Texas Christian 
  - Sandra Tuomey, For Worth County           Day
Target Audience:  Annual Giving, Gift Officers, Communications, Donor Relations
November 10 - National Philanthropy Day Luncheon
December 14 - Holiday Luncheon 
"Monday Must-Read"
We are proud to announce a new initiative for our members: the "Monday Must Read."  You can find it every Monday on our Facebook page.  "Monday Must Read" includes books from industry experts, studies, and other articles that you may find essential to your career development.  Be sure to like our Facebook page and follow this initiative along with other discussion posted.

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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 Wednesday, September 31. 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 

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

Register?  Questions? Contact Monique Waggoner at


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 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. Chamberlain Scholarship- AFP International Conference.

The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy is again proud to announce the Chamberlain Scholarship program for the 2016 AFP International Conference. The Foundation will offer AFP chapters in accord for 2015 one Chamberlain Scholarship, which covers the recipient's conference registration fee, minus a $10 processing fee, to the AFP International Conference on Philanthropy to be held March 20-22, 2016 in Boston, MA. The scholarship is available to individuals who have never attended an AFP International Conference, and chapters are encouraged to promote the Chamberlain Scholarship program locally.

Complete information can be found here on the AFP Website.  
Note: You must be logged in to access this page.  If you have trouble logging in, please contact Membership Services at (800)666-3863.
Deadline: October 30, 2015 
Amount: Most Registration and Travel Expenses

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

4. 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.

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!


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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