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Fort Worth Metro Chapter Newsletter

February Chapter Meeting & Luncheon

 Monday, February 8, 2016
11:30am - 1:00pm

 The Fort Worth Club
12th Floor
306 West Seventh Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
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Program Title:
"Effective Prospect Cultivation Events"

The first step with any prospect is to introduce your organization and projects through a series of cultivation tactics.   The Cultivation Event has successfully proven to be a way to initiate new relationships with prospects and donors with board members,  volunteers and staff participating.  Barbara H. McColm, associate with M. Gale & Associates, LLC, will share the steps of how to conduct host events while  Clint Riley, Executive Director of Texas Center for Arts + Academics, will share  success stories and outcomes of cultivation events showcasing his organization.


Barbara H. McColm, CFRE
has more than 28 years years of experience in non-profit fundraising. Prior to working as a fundraising consultant, Barbara worked for two non-profit corporations, Harris Methodist Health Foundation in Fort Worth, Texas and Sears Methodist Retirement Foundation in west Texas. Barbara has been a fundraising consultant since 2005 and is currently a consultant with M. Gale & Associates, LLC. 

Clint Riley has been the Executive Director of Texas Center for Arts + Academics since June, 2012, (formerly Texas Boys Choir, Inc.) overseeing Texas Boys Choir, Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts, and the Texas School of the Arts located in Fort Worth. Previously he worked at the Santa Fe Opera, Dallas Theater Center and Dallas Black Dance Theatre.

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Katherine Curtis, CFRE
President's Message


Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo and cold weather must mean - February is near!

If you joined us January, you learned tried and true networking techniques to introduce yourself to prospective donors. Now, how do you introduce those prospects to our organizations? Join us Monday, February 8, as we learn how to incorporate a successful cultivation event into your annual plan.

Behind the scenes of AFP Fort Worth Metro Chapter, we have been hard at work submitting our AFP International Headquarters (AFP IHQ) online paperwork for the AFP Accord, the first of many online submissions for AFP IHQ. We are officially in Accord to the AFP IHQ standards of an AFP Chapter. So what exactly does that mean? Officially from the AFP IHQ website, here is the rationale for Accord:

In addition to reviewing the activities of all chapters and enabling AFP to assess the services we currently provide, the Accord process is vital to maintaining AFP's ability to offer all U.S. chapters 501(c)(3) status and provide Directors' and Officers' liability insurance and General liability insurance to all chapters.

We are thrilled to remain in Accord!

I look forward to seeing each of you on Monday, February 8, at the Fort Worth Club. 

Katherine Curtis, CFRE
Girls Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains
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!

Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth P. Page -
Purpose Drive Youth Empowerment

Mrs. Lynda Gearheart -
Lena Pope

Ms. Lynn Meredith Rogers - 
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
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.

Vinsen H. Farris, CFRE - 25 Years

Theresa M. Hocker - 15 Years

Anna Hammonds - 5 Years
Jennifer Kethley Appleman - 5 Years
Dwight Robarts - 5 Years
Happy Valentine's Day!
Thank you for strengthening your community through your work and volunteerism! 
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3/14/16 -
March Members Luncheon

05/06/16 -

11/17/16 -
National Philanthropy Day Luncheon

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Wednesday-Thursday, May 4-5, 2016

CFRE Review Course
in conjunction with the
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 to be on the conference planning committee, please contact Larry Bisno at [email protected]

**To volunteer for the day of the conference, please contact Caren Handleman (Chair of Guest Relations) at 
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"Thank you for the James Holcomb Scholarship award and the Kudos on earning the CFRE!"

- Vicky Payne, CFRE AFP Fort Worth
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"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.

This week's article:

2016 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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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
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 

Register?  Questions? Contact Monique Waggoner at