Association of Fundraising Professionals -
Fort Worth Metro Chapter Newsletter

Start Spring Break by lunching with friends at the Chapter meeting in March!!!
March Chapter Meeting & Luncheon

 Monday, March 14, 2016
11:30am - 1:00pm

 The Fort Worth Club
12th Floor
306 West Seventh Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Driving Directions 
Our Year of Programming is planned based on the life cycle of a Fundraiser - First we learned about useful Networking Techniques, in February we learned about Cultivation Events and now we are going to dive into topics that relate to all Fundraisers indifferent to tenure, organization and budgets.

Program Title: "Table Topics for Fundraisers"

The March program will be very interactive and one not to miss if you are looking to make impactful connections! The AFP Chapter has put together 9 Table Topics for you to discuss with your fellow AFP Members because we can always learn a thing or two from each other!
Table Hosts will be offering discussions on these 9 topics:
- Board Building
- Brand Awareness
- Organizational Culture/Communication
- Donor Relations, Retention and Recognition
- CFRE Certification
- Marketing and Communications for Special Events
- Major Gifts
- Annual Giving
- Planned Giving

CLICK HERE for Parking Information.
Katherine Curtis, CFRE
President's Message

March 2016

As we all stare out our office windows wishing for a day to play outside in the beautiful weather, don't forget the amazing work we are each doing as fundraisers in our community.

Networking, mentoring and learning from each other is what keeps many of us coming back meeting after meeting. It's what makes our chapter special. From our revamped mentoring offering to our March meeting focused on networking and table topics important to our members, I challenge each of you to utilize those you meet in AFP to help you grow in the profession. Whether you are new to the profession or you've been around for a few years, we can all learn from each other.

Also in March, our members have the opportunity to participate in an AFP Webinar for $10 at CNM Connect - Fort Worth. Five Simple Strategies to Boost Donor Retention will be held Tuesday, March 29. To register, click here.

Our chapter continues to strive, and we can't do what we do without each of you! Thank you for your dedication and participation in our chapter.

I look forward to seeing each of you on Monday, March 14, 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!

Ms. Nancy Mitchell - Advancement Foundation
Kristi Wiley, MFA - Aids Outreach Center
Mrs. Jennifer T. Howard
Margie Curtis, MED - Trinity Habitat for Humanity
Mrs. Natalie Houghton - Cook Children's Health Foundation
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.

Kathleen B. Dodson - 15 Years

Janet Glaze, CFRE - 10 Years
Not-For-Profit Planned Giving Breakfast
You're invited to LGT's February 18th not-for-profit educational breakfast, featuring 
Neely D. Duncan, CPA, CFE, FCPA and Cathy R. Sheffield, MBA, CFRE, CSPG.
Planned giving experts will share their advice and answer your questions. Three CPE credits will be awarded.  Click here for more information, or to register online.
Don't Miss the 28th Annual Party-FEST!!!
  • Date: Wednesday, April, 6th, 2016
  • Place: Dallas Market Hall - Main Hall Map to Dallas Market Hall
  • Times: 11a-4p Trade Show/Silent Auction/Educational Seminars
  • Silent Auction: Benefiting the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Dallas & Ft. Worth Chapters (THAT'S US!!!)
  • Attendee Cost: $10.00 on-line $15.00 at the door 
  • Free Parking free lot shuttles
Click Here for more details or to register.
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Important Dates
3/14/16 -
04/11/16 - 
April Members Luncheon

05/06/16 -

11/17/16 -
National Philanthropy Day Luncheon

*For a list of 2016 Program Dates and Titles, CLICK HERE
Wednesday-Thursday, May 4-5, 2016

CFRE Review Course
*Space is Limited!*
**Scholarship Deadline
Fast Approaching!**

CFRE Certification adds value to your contribution to your employers, clients, and constituents.  In addition, the AFP Compensation and Benefits Study consistently reports that CFREs receive higher compensation than those who do not hold the CFRE certification.

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

**To volunteer for the day of the conference, please contact Caren Handleman (Chair of Guest Relations) at 

November 17, 2016
Cendera Center

Awards include:
- Distinguished Philanthropist
- Outstanding Philanthropic Organization
- Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
- Outstanding Professional Fundraising Executive
- Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy

Award Nominations due Friday, April 29th.

*If you would like to join the NPD planning committee, please contact Karen Derrick ( or Erin Wescott (

A Note of Thanks
Hats off to the Fort Worth Chapter for reaching our "Be The Cause" goal with 100% participation!!!
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Special thanks to all guests who joined us for the February lunch and chapter meeting. The word about our dynamic AFP Fort Worth Chapter is spreading! We had a guest from Brownwood, Texas for the presentation on cultivation events.
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

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
"Five Simple Strategies to Boost Donor Retention" - Shannon Doolittle (Click here for more information)

Register?  Questions? Contact Monique Waggoner at

"Monday Must-Read"
Check out our Facebook page, like it, comment, and share posts. Please let us know if you read something you would like to share.

2016 AFP Fort Worth Chapter Scholarships

1) FiveDFW Philanthropy in Action Conference Registration Scholarships Available.  

Deadline: March 15, 2016


Click Here for application



Next CFRE Review Class

May 4-5, 2016

James R. Holcomb

Certified Fund Raising Professional (CFRE) Reimbursement Scholarship- CFRE Review Course or CFRE Exam

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

Click Here for application

Contact Pamelia Rost 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.
For those interested in being matched with an AFP Mentor, please click on this link and complete the mentoring form, and email it back to AFP Office.  Matches will be made as soon as possible depending on need and availability.

If you're an experienced professional and would like to become a mentor, please let Lauren Harris
know and she'll get you matched!

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