May 2014 

Think About It 

President's Message


Tish Stuart

President, AFP Eastern OK Chapter




"SHIFT" was the theme of the international AFP conference. Thank you for allowing me to represent our Eastern OK Chapter for this inspiring gathering packed with educational and training sessions.  This visit to San Antonio also gave me the opportunity to visit the Alamo with Lindsay Hughes (Catholic Charities) and Amanda Summers (LIFE Senior Services). The other attendees from our chapter were Charlene Fabian, CFRE (Oklahoma Methodist Manor), Kent Stroman, CFRE, CPA (Institute for Conversational Fundraising), Kathy Wright (Stroman & associates), and Ken Wright (Theater Bartlesville). Kent Stroman presented a standing-room-only session titled "Five Strategies to Increase Your Annual Fund Revenue."


The SHIFT message reminded us to identify new opportunities and shift to capture them so we can maximize our giving results. Donor retention has emerged as a wide-spread challenge, and several presentations addressed it during the conference.The recommendations seemed to center on Donor-Centered fundraising relationships.


Thank you for your commitment to our profession!    

Local News

SHIFT in Action


Featured this month in the Tulsa World was an article about Parent Child Center which helps illustrate the message of the international AFP conference, "SHIFT". In the article it talks about the merging of two previously separate organizations to make a successful inclusive program which is now the Parent Child Center. Very interesting read!


Also check out these great stories from the Tulsa World:


Model of Goodwill: Employee honored for her enthusiasm, inspiration to others  


Foundation taking grant requests from nonprofits


Sun Life Financial accepting applications for Rising Star academic grants 

Mentoring Moment
A Two-Way Learning Experience


Kate Davis

"When I think about AFP's mentoring program, what comes

to mind is the simple fact that all I have learned about development over the years, I have learned from my mentors. Like many of us, I fell into the development world totally by accident. I was just a mom and a community volunteer who all of a sudden found herself having to go back to work to support her family. I went from being a Tulsa Opera board member and volunteer, to staff member overnight. Carrie Vesely-Henderson, co-chair with me for AFP's mentoring program, was the development director. She was my very first mentor and she is still teaching me today.

Through my involvement with AFP and its mentoring program, I have had many mentors (who I now call friends) through the years who have taught me so much, challenged me to learn new things and helped me to make difficult decisions - all the while encouraging me and supporting my efforts to be the best development director I can be."


AFP's Mentoring Program is open and available to all AFP members. We need to continue to learn new things and encourage each other to succeed.


If you would like to be a part of the Mentoring Program, please contact Kate at 918-624-0201 or You may also contact Carrie Vesely-Henderson at 918-289-0330 or


-Kate Davis, Child Abuse Network

AFP Eastern Oklahoma Chapter

Chair, Mentoring Program 


Every month the AFP chapter will feature a real-life experience of an AFP member that speaks to the value and authenticity of mentorship. If you're interested in participating in the mentorship program as a mentor or a mentee, please contact Kate Davis

May Luncheon
Advancing Your Career and AFP Membership Benefits & Resources 


Take charge of your career by choosing your path and building the right skills to prepare for the future. Learn tips and trends from local nonprofit professionals on how to advance your career, and hear from a regional AFP executive on how AFP membership and its many benefits can aid you on your journey.


Advancing Your Career   

Led by AFP Tulsa President Tish Stuart, CFRE, this panel discussion will feature nonprofit professionals sharing their paths to career advancement, as well as the skills, resources and training they found imperative to their success. Education levels, skills, and training necessary for advancement in fundraising, as well as requirements to earn CFRE and ACFRE certifications will be discussed, along with national and regional salary trend data for fundraising-related fields.

Jean Ann Hankins Executive Director Ronald McDonald House Charities
Tom A. Taylor, II Executive Director
Emergency Infant Services 
Chris Miller,CFRE President COO, 
The Advancement Group
Allison B. Walden Vice President of Development,
 Tulsa Regional Chamber






 AFP Membership Benefits & Resources

AFP International Executive Larry Hostetler, CFRE, will share how to maximize your AFP membership benefits to build fundraising and leadership skills, as well as emerging trends and news from the field of fundraising. 


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Tulsa Garden Center 
2435 South Peoria
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74114

Registration closed
Walk-ins:     $30.00 
For more information, please contact Margaret Wish, Chapter Administrator.

AFP Eastern OK's Presenting Business Partner

Cast Your Vote: State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grants

State Farm will award forty $25,000 grants through its Neighborhood Assist program. 


The top 200 nonprofit causes were selected in March, and the final 40 grant winners will be selected through Neighborhood Assist's Facebook App. Vote on your favorite cause April 28-May 16.

Build Your Bookshelf
Storytelling for Grantseekers 


Storytelling for Grantseekers

Grant proposals are arguably the most difficult assignments of nonprofit fundraisers. Restrictions on word and character limits, not to mention growing competition, means development professionals must tell their organization's story in a poignant yet concise way. Storytelling for Grantseekers: A Guide to Creative Nonprofit Fundraising by Cheryl Clarke is a fantastic resource for nonprofit fundraisers who need some assistance in translating the passion for their agency's mission into a story-like proposal that will yield grant funds. The book covers specific topics such as grantwriter's block and how best to tackle the "short stories" preceding full grant proposals, such as letters of inquiry and cover letters. 


AFP Eastern OK's Presenting Strategic Partner

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Think About It
Mentoring Moment
May Luncheon
State Farm Grants
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Child Abuse Network


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2014 Board of Directors



Tish Stuart


Chapter Administrator

Margaret Wish



Jane Dunbar



Jocelyn McCarver


Immediate Past President

Amy Miller



Suzy Sharp


VP of Education

Steffanie Bonner


VP of Advancing Philanthropy

Susan Garcia


VP of Community Relations

Allison Walden


VP of Member Services

Kate Silvey


President Elect

Tom Taylor

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