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Fort Worth Metro Chapter Newsletter

December Chapter Meeting & Luncheon

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

 The Fort Worth Club
12th Floor
306 West Seventh Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
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Program Title: Presidential Fireside Chat - 2015 and Beyond
Summary: Our December program will include remarks and Q&A from both Lyn Downing as the outgoing president and Katherine Curtis as the incoming president. 
Community Support: As you may recall from our October meeting, we drew names allowing our membership the opportunity to support another non-profit in our community at our December luncheon.  AFP member Rachel Denny's name was selected in the drawing and she has selected Southwestern Adventist University as this year's recipient.  Rachel works in their Office of University Advancement as a Development Officer.  Rachel has shared with us some areas of greatest need.  We encourage each of you to celebrate the spirit of giving with us and consider bringing an item from the list or even making a cash donation.
Southwestern Adventist University is the only four-year degree granting university in Johnson County, the 25th most populous county in Texas. U.S News and World Report just released their most recent analysis of higher education that ranks Southwestern Adventist University as the 22nd best of the western region colleges. Southwestern Adventist University offers a high-quality education centered around three major initiatives: build knowledge, increase faith and providing service. They are proud to be known as a Hispanic serving institution in addition to serving many first-generation students and a high population of students from low income households.  Below is a list of items their students frequently need but often aren't able to afford.
The items collected will be distributed to our students in need by our Dean of Students and our Residence Hall Deans.
  • Laundry soap
  • Dryer sheets
  • Fabric softener
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Gloves/beanies (warm hats)
  • Jackets
  • A few students need comforters and sheets
  • Non-perishable food (easy mac, Ramen, canned soups, etc.)
**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


Happy Holidays everyone. Giving thanks is high on our to-do lists and taking time to prepare for the many celebrations of the season takes a toll on our time management skills.  Balancing the demands of our work life (must meet end of year goals) as well as devoting time to our families and friends is never harder than at year end. But, we always find a way, don't we?

National Philanthropy DayŽ Celebration - 

I am especially thankful to this year's co-chairs, Nancy Jeter and Karen Derrick, who along with a wonderful committee of AFP volunteers produced a super National Philanthropy Day (NPD) event. We were thrilled to have a sold-out event again this year.  Cendera Center went over the top to provide a welcoming atmosphere for our guests. We really enjoyed our gracious emcee, John Robinson, who guided the awards program.  He added his own special "flare" to the event and kept everyone thoroughly engaged. It was a wonderful day of celebration.

Be The Cause - 

Please consider this a final ASK for your participation in the
Be The Cause (BTC) campaign.  The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy conducts the Be the Cause campaign - an annual appeal to generate resource 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 BTC to the members.  Our chapter's goal is $1,875 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 on here 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 Chapter will receive credit.

Looking Ahead to 2016 - 

Your board of directors is hard at work finalizing a 2016 chapter budget, and working on programming for the next year.  Katherine Curtis is anxiously awaiting her adventure as President, while I am looking forward to the role of Immediate Past-President.  It's been a wonderful two years, and I know the next two will be equally as exciting.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the December 14th program at the Fort Worth Club.  Trisha Dunbar and her team have put together what promises to be a very informative program, and --REMEMBER-- we are giving back to Southwestern Adventist University at this meeting.  It will be an opportunity for gift giving to a wonderful organization.  Look for details above in the program section of our newsletter.


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!

Ms. Priscilla Miller - Junior Achievement of the Chisolm Trail, Inc.
Mrs. Michelle Norris - The Fort Worth Public Library Foundation
Neil Barrow - Lane Gorman Trubitt, PLLC

2015 Fort Worth AFP National Philanthropy Day
Thank you to Everybody who helped make this event a success!
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1/11/16 -
January Members Luncheon

2/8/15 -
February Members Luncheon

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

DFW/AFP Philanthropy In Action Conference

Irving Convention Center

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2015 AFP Fort Worth Chapter Scholarships

1) Five - DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference Registration Scholarships Available.  

Deadline: March 15, 2016


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2) James R. Holcomb

Certified Fund Raising Professional (CFRE) Reimbursement Scholarship- CFRE Review Course or CFRE Exam Reimbursement - Two scholarships for 2015 remaining.

Deadline: Anytime, can be used for the, next class May 4-5, 2016; Amount: $250

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Announcing James Holcomb Scholarship winners:


Vicky Payne - Wichita Falls Faith Mission, Inc.

Hillary Bessinger - ACH Child and Family Services


3) Chamberlain Scholarship - 

AFP International Conference.


Announcing Chamberlain Scholarship Winner:

Erin McDonald - Camp Fire First Texas

She won an AFP International Conference Registration and travel expense to the International Philanthropy Conference March 20-22, 2016 in Boston, MA.

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