Association of Fundraising Professionals -
Fort Worth Metro Chapter Newsletter
April Chapter Meeting & Luncheon

 Monday, April 11, 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:
"The Dilemmas of Ethical Fundraising"

Do you ever find yourself feeling a little alone when making decisions?

In addition to your staff position, do you hold volunteer positions in other organizations?

What is your role when organizational changes occur and ethical dilemmas are created?

The April program is designed as an interactive presentation devoted to leadership, decision making, and ethical challenges. As you prepare for the April meeting, Annette asks that you think about the fundraising and organizational hats that you wear in both your staff and volunteer roles.

Presented by:
Annette Blaschke

Annette, a member of AFP for 26 years, has served as president of the Fort Worth Metro Chapter (2006 & 2007), and was also the recipient of the 2002 Ben Franklin Award (professional fundraiser of the year).

She began her career as a professional educator.  Annette was a high school teacher and later became a workshop trainer for students and teachers in the areas of human relations, communication, and leadership

During her many years as a professional fundraiser, she has had extensive experience in: annual giving, capital campaigns, planned giving, database design and management, volunteer training, event planning, donor relations, and board development.

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Katherine Curtis, CFRE
President's Message

April 2016

This morning I woke up in Boston to snow falling from the sky, freezing temperatures and excitement about day two of the AFP International Conference. While spring has officially begun, the northeast didn't get the memo.
At the Chapter President's Meeting I attended on Sunday as part of the conference, an overwhelming sense of pride fell over me for our chapter. While many chapters, by their own admission, stood up to say their members are comfortable in "the way we've always done things",, I proudly stood up as one of the very few who believe our chapter members are truly changing the way our community thinks about fundraising and philanthropy. We are strategic thinkers, intentional about our career paths, and relationship and community builders throughout north Texas.
Our chapter is one of 34 AFP Chapters who received the 10-star Gold Award. There are chapters across the USA and throughout the world. And because of you, your dedication to our profession, and our amazing team that leads our chapter, we are 1 of 34 who receive the highest honor from AFP. Pat yourselves on the back for this amazing accomplishment made possible by you, our members.
I look forward to seeing you at our April 11 meeting to share more about the international conference and hear from our colleague, Annette Blaschke, as she shares with us dilemmas of ethical fundraising.

Katherine Curtis, CFRE
Girls Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains
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.

Mark Woolverton - 15 Years

Paula K. Parrish, CFRE - 15 Years

Jackie L. Hamm - 5 Years

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.
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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Important Dates
04/11/16 - 

05/06/16 -

11/17/16 -

*For a list of 2016 Program Dates and Titles, CLICK HERE
2016 AFP Fort Worth Chapter Scholarships

1) FiveDFW Philanthropy in Action Conference Registration Scholarships Available.  

Deadline Extended!: March 31, 2016


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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 Nancy Fisher at: [email protected]
Wednesday-Thursday, May 4-5, 2016

CFRE Review Course
*Space is Limited!*
**Scholarship Extended
to March 29, 2016**

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 [email protected]

**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 ([email protected]) or Erin Wescott ([email protected])

2016 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

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