January 2013
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2013 Board of Directors

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Amy Miller


Tish Stuart

Immediate Past President

Pam Dose 
Jane Dunbar 
Laura Chalus 
VP of Education
Steffanie Bonner  
Monthly Programs Chair Toni McGee  
Web Conference Chair 
Pat Atkinson 
VP of Advancing Philanthropy
Susan Garcia 
CFRE Chair
Monica Champ    

Professional Partners Chair
Kate Davis  
Youth In Philanthropy Chair  
Christina Ward
VP of Community Relations
Allison Walden

Newsletter Chair   

Lindsay Jordan

Social Media Chair  

Brandi Moore

Publicity Chair

Carrie Salce

VP of Membership Services
Kerry Hornibrook

Recruiting and Orientation Chair

Amanda LeCrone

Member Retention Chair

Lindsay Hughes

Volunteer Coordinator

Ashlee Noland

NPD/Conference Chair

Heather Duncan

Awards/Scholarships Chair

Tom Taylor  
Chapter Administration  Margaret Wish 

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Local foundations make 2013 changes to giving guidelines


The New Year has brought changes to the giving guidelines and funding priorities of some of our region's most generous foundations and community partners. 


The Grace and Franklin Bernsen Foundation has implemented several sweeping changes to its funding guidelines for 2013. Please visit the foundation website www.bernsen.org for more information. You may see the foundation's full Foundation Policies and Guidelines for Applications document here.  

The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation has reduced the number of proposal due dates in 2013 from four to two times a year, focusing on application deadlines of January 15 and July 15 only. 


It has also elected to streamline its 2013 application requirements and processes for many of the organizations that currently receive regular operating funds and program support from the Foundation. These changes do not affect how grants are managed by the Maxine and Jack Zarrow Family Foundation, which continues to offer four proposal deadlines a year.

For complete application information for returning and new applications, please visit www.zarrow.com. As with any grant application, be sure to contact the foundation's grant administrator for complete information and guidelines.

AFP, Eastern Oklahoma forges new partnership with TAUW for webinar series
Tulsa Area United Way The chapter's monthly webinar series has a new, convenient location thanks to a partnership with the Tulsa Area United Way. 

All 2013 chapter webinars will be conducted in the newly-renovated Bailey Room of the Tulsa Area United Way, located at 1430 South Boulder Avenue in downtown Tulsa. 

The room is equipped with a generous-sized screen for easy viewing, with plenty of lot parking adjacent to the building to accommodate guests. As TAUW staff and others associated with the organization join us at webinars throughout the year, please extend your sincerest appreciation for their support and partnership.

Webinar pricing is $20.00 for guests and complimentary to members. Payment is preferred online in advance. Webinar notices will be sent to chapter members each month as a reminder to register.

Webinar sessions are held Noon to 1:30 p.m. Brown bag lunch is suggested as refreshments are not provided on site. Questions about webinars should be directed to Pat Atkinson, Audio Conference Chair, 918.671.2742 patatk@cox.net.

For a complete list of all webinars to be offered by the chapter during the 2013 calendar year, click here.
Seven rules for successfully soliciting your board  
by Gail Perry, CFRE
Sourced from Advancing Philanthropy, Winter 2013
Getting more out of your board doesn't have to be a headache. Learn seven important tips from fundraising pro Gail Perry, CFRE to develop more financial support and personal commitment from your board members in the coming year.

Rule No. 1: Show why board members need to give generously. Board members' financial contributions lend vital credibility to your fundraising efforts. Be up front about why their gifts matter.

Rule No. 2: Be clear about expectations. Line out what you expect, verbally and in writing - and be sure your board members agree on what is required up front.

Rule No. 3: Get board members to solicit other board members. Peer-to-peer requests are powerful. Utilize a model giver on your board to make the ask and keep the conversation going.

Rule No. 4: Give the subject of board donations lots of visibility. Report regularly and clearly on the status of board gifts. Provide giving deadlines and follow-up reminders.

Rule No. 5: Take charge of the process yourself. Don't leave 100% board investment to chance. Be proactive, consistent, strategic, direct and appreciative.

Rule No. 6: Give the board lots of credit and acknowledgment. Reward the behaviors you want to develop. Create an environment of celebration and abundance in handling board contributions.

Rule No. 7: Tie the board's gifts directly to your program results. Let board members know what they are accomplishing through their gifts. Give them meaningful information on the results they have created. 
Each month, NewsRaiser will feature a professional development story to inform and equip our members in service to advance the fundraising profession.


AFP members offered online professional development


Action University is an online professional development tool exclusively for AFP members. AU takes a best-selling business book each week and summarizes in into a 10-15 minute video, accompanied by a workbook, a PDF summary, and an author-led webinar. 


This month's featured book - Brain Rules: 12 principles for surviving and thriving at work, home, and school


Brain Rules Multi-tasking is the great buzz word in business today, but the brain can really only focus on one thing at a time. Author John Medina presents readers with 12 common-sense principles on how the brain works and how we can use them to our benefit at home and work. 



February Luncheon: Invest in Your Strengths


Strengths Finder
What makes you stand out? According to ground-breaking research by Tom Rath, author of
StrengthsFinder 2.0., your professional success is tied directly to the development of your natural strengths. 
Don't miss your chance to self-identify what makes you great and apply your professional strengths in ways that will make your unique self even better.  

Presented by Dr. Kathy Seibold

Vice President for Community Investments at the Tulsa Area United Way

Thursday, February 7, 2013
11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Tulsa Garden Center, 2435 South Peoria, Tulsa, OK 74114


Come to our February 7 luncheon and change the way you look at yourself, and the world around you.


CFRE Training - Save the Date!


Featuring Speakers Patricia Moline, CFRE, CFP and Kent Stroman, CFRE
April 18-19, 2013 
Bailey Education Foundation at Bailey Medical Center  
10502 E. 106th St. N., Owasso, OK

Whether you are pursuing your Certified Fund Raising Executive designation or simply want to improve your skills, this course is an excellent educational and professional development experience. Participation will increase your effectiveness in fundraising and help prepare you for the certification process. 
A note from our chapter president: Amy Miller

I am really looking forward to this week's presentation on Strengths-Based Leadership. First, I could study leadership strategy and trends all day; and second, I love personal development, including using the tools I've gained from Strengthsfinder. Strengthsfinder, through a series of behavioral and value-related questions, identifies an individual's top five "strengths" of the defined 34 personality traits. Then the program details each trait, describing how to use it to your best advantage and how to work with others whose top five are different from yours. I have found it very useful in my professional life, as well as in my private life.

I recently had the opportunity to speak to a group of high school students who are taking part in the 6th cohort of the Youth Philanthropy Initiative in Tulsa. Facilitators Adam Seaman and Terrie Shipley work with each cohort of students for three years with the purpose of preparing the next generation of philanthropists and change agents. As a part of the YPI program, the students participate in Strengthsfinder, which identifies each student's top five strengths and teaches them how to use this to their advantage. This knowledge allows these young people to position themselves to do what they do best every day -- to choose hobbies, careers and other activities based on the traits and behaviors at which they naturally excel. It also helps them better understand their differences, which will certainly help them navigate their future paths.

My presentation was based on my career in fundraising and how it enables me to be a change agent within the communities my nonprofits serve. Additionally, I talked about how each person's own strengths can facilitate different aspects of fundraising and nonprofit management careers. I'm eager to hear from Dr. Seibold to learn more about how to utilize my strengths to become a better leader. I hope to see you there.
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The State of the AFP
by outgoing AFP National Chair, Andrea McManus

As a final communication for 2012, outgoing AFP Chair, Andrea McManus, CFRE and AFP President and CEO, Andrew Watt, FInstF recently shared a letter with all outgoing AFP chapter presidents.  The letter shares the organization's successes and perspectives on a very productive and challenging year. Click here for the full text in PDF format.