April 2015  
April Luncheon
Diversity & Inclusion in Your Non-Profit: Where to Start and Make an Impact?

Ever wonder what diversity and inclusion means for your organization, or where a non-profit should start in assessing how to focus on diversity and inclusion? Curious about how to pursue diversity and inclusion with your mission to achieve a positive impact for your organization's vision, clients, and donor base?

Moises Echeverria, Ok. Center for Community & Justice
Robert Babcock, ONE Gas, Inc.
Denise Reid, Mosaic
Risha Grant, Risha Grant, LLC








Moderated by Robert Babcock, (ONE Gas, Inc.), panelists Moises Echeverria (Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice), Risha Grant (Risha Grant, LLC), and Denise Reid (Executive Director, Mosaic & Workforce, Tulsa Regional Chamber) will discuss these important aspects of diversity and inclusion you won't want to miss!



Thursday, April 2, 2015

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM



Tulsa Garden Center

2435 South Peoria

Tulsa, Oklahoma 74114



Register hereRegistration ends today at 6:00pm!

Walk-ins: $30.00

Please contact Margaret WishChapter Administrator, with any questions.

New Member Orientation
If you joined AFP of Eastern Oklahoma in the last quarter of 2014 or to date in 2015, please join us onThursday, April 2nd at 10:30am for a new member orientation at the Tulsa Garden Center prior to the April luncheon.
We will be reviewing membership benefits, National Philanthropy Day, CFRE training, AFP website navigation, committee involvement, and more!
Orientation is free to attend. Click here to register.
April Webinar
Fundraising on a Shoestring (Fundraising for Those with No Time to Fundraise)

You may have to raise money because you have no staff to raise the money and you have no staff because there isn't enough money. It is actually possible to break out of this cycle! In this session, designed for small shops, you will learn how to decide which of the many fundraising activities will work for your organization, get examples of activities that don't usually work in small shops and why, and strategies for how to get volunteers involved in fundraising even when they think they don't like fundraising.


Thursday, April 23, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Tulsa Area United Way - Bailey Room
1430 S Boulder Ave, Tulsa, OK

Brown Bag Lunch - Bring your own.
Guest Luncheon:     $20.00
Member Luncheon:   FREE 


Register here.


For questions, contact Krisann Diaz, Audio Conference Chair, 918-592-4224 x240 or kdiaz@tulsahabitat.org
Bartlesville Network Luncheon
Getting In: How You Can Connect With Major Funders
If you've ever wanted to connect with someone but lacked the avenue through which to do so, you'll love this presentation. Getting In is the #1 answer people give when asked for their biggest obstacle to one-on-one gift solicitation. Whether you are fundraising to advance your mission or simply want to build more genuine relationships, you won't want to miss this engaging presentation.


Thursday, March 26th, 2015 


11:30 AM - 1:00 PM


Bartlesville Regional United Way

415 Silas Street

Bartlesville, OK  74006




Register here.

Regarded as America's ASKING

Kent Stroman, CFRE

Coach, Kent Stroman, CFRE is a talented speaker, insightful advisor, effective communicator and published author.  Since 1976 he has been involved in teaching and organizational leadership, impacting numerous organizations with his passion for excellence.

Kent's purpose in life is to Equip, Inspire and Encourage.  He accomplishes this through speaking, writing, teaching, consulting and executive coaching.  Kent has been married to Marva for 36 years.  Together they have three children; Aaron, Michelle and Monica, and six grandchildren, with another due in May!  


After a 25 year career in higher education, Kent launched STROMAN & Associates, consulting in fundraising, board governance, strategic planning and leadership development.  In recent years Stroman has been personally involved in fundraising efforts generating tens of millions of dollars for charitable causes.  He is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), BoardSource-trained governance consultant, Sarkeys Foundation-approved retreat facilitator, and serves as an adjunct consultant for the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits.  Kent has earned the Association of Fundraising Professionals' Master Trainer designation, and in 2003 was named the Outstanding Fundraising Executive by our Eastern Oklahoma Chapter of AFP.




Sponsored by the Bartlesville Community Foundation

Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits' ONE Awards
The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits' ONE Awards will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 5:30p.m. at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa.
Local Awards finalists include The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges and Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma. Congratulations to these two organizations for being named finalists in their respective award categories!

Tickets to the event may be purchased on the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits website here.
April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month

Beyond the tireless work done by nonprofit staff, volunteers are the lifeblood of many nonprofit organizations. Millions of volunteers provide our agencies with their time and talent which often equates to thousands of dollars worth of work helping with administrative duties, fundraising, and event planning and execution, just to name a few. While most people volunteer simply to give back, it is also important that they feel appreciated. Not only is it the right thing to do to thank volunteers for all they do, but it keeps them coming back to help with event after event, or year after year. April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month, and more specifically, April 12-18, 2015 is National Volunteer Week. According to Points of Light, "National Volunteer Week is about taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change-discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to make a difference."


As nonprofit leaders, it is important we take the time this month to thank our volunteers and board members (after all, they are volunteers too!). Baudville has several great ideas and themes for how to thank these people who are so vital to the work we do.


AFP Eastern OK's Presenting Business Partner  

Member Spotlight

Erin Wambold 

Erin Wambold


Erin Wambold is the Director of Development at The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges  which has been providing recreation and fitness services to people with physical disabilities since 1957.  Erin just stared with The Center last month and is very excited about working with the staff, center members, the board, and the community.


The Center's annual Polo Classic is Saturday, May 16 at Mohawk Park and is just one example of a fundraising event that Erin assists with to help ensure success for The Center. She has more than 18 years' experience with raising funds for schools, non-profit agencies, religious affiliates, and community clubs of all sizes.  She is excited to share that she does enjoy her position and looks forward to continuing with this line of work. Having grown up with a wonderful best friend who is also a member of The Center, gives Erin a personal understanding of some of the struggles that the members may be experiencing in their lives. Therefore, it is that much more significant for Erin to be able to give back where the need is so essential.   


As an adult, Erin went back to school to obtain her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Northeastern State University and then continued on for a Master's Degree in Human Relations with a strong emphasis in Psychology from the University of Oklahoma. Her Professional affiliations are:  a member of The Association of Fundraising Professionals, Leadership Tulsa Member, Leadership Broken Arrow Member, Zarrow Symposium/Education Committee member, and a prestigious Board Member of The Mental Health Association in Tulsa.   


Lastly, Erin would like to share that if anyone is interested in helping The Center team with their fundraising event efforts and enjoys having fun, to please contact her at (918) 794-4506 with your ideas and enthusiasm. 



*Member Spotlight is a new addition to our newsletter that will feature the professional and personal accomplishments of our members. If you would like to be featured or have an AFP colleague featured, please email Taylor Shorb at tshorb@crsok.org.


AFP Eastern OK's Presenting Business Partner

Congratulations, Chapter!

For the first time ever our chapter has achieved the AFP Friends of Diversity designation, thanks to the hard work of AFP Past President Tish Stuart, CFRE, the Board, and all of our members in 2014! This designation

created by AFP International encourages chapters to perform specific activities designed to increase diversity within fundraising and public awareness of the importance of philanthropy in all cultures. Our addition of the Outstanding Diversity and Inclusion in Philanthropy award at the 2014 National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon, and programming throughout the year on topics of diversity and inclusion are examples of how we achieved the Friends of Diversity Designation!


In addition to achieving the Friends of Diversity designation, our chapter has also been awarded Ten Star Gold status for the first time ever! After receiving Ten Star status several times, our chapter went above and beyond last year to secure the advanced achievement of Ten Star Gold! The Ten Star Gold award requires 10 goals (an increase from the four required for the Ten Star award), and six additional optional goals. As a Ten Star Gold chapter, we receive one free webinar, one free AFP membership scholarship to use in our chapter, Recognition at Chapter Presidents Council meeting, a listing in Advancing Philanthropy, a certificate of achievement, and use of the Ten Star Gold logo on our website, in newsletters, and other marketing materials.

Congratulations again, everyone! Together we achieved these awards and should be proud of ourselves!

President's Column
Tom Taylor II


Dear AFP of Eastern Oklahoma Chapter professionals and friends:


We are finding ourselves gearing up for the spring season, and all that comes with it. It means we get to say farewell to those colder temps as well as the snow and ice. We get to say hello to the warmer weather, thunder storms and those glorious Oklahoma sunsets that paint the Green Country sky. We canceled our March luncheon due to the Tulsa Public Schools being closed and potential fewer numbers in attendance. Do you ever think that everything happens for a reason? We had an OUTSTANDING Diversity & Inclusion Panel lined up, and they agreed to come back! They are set for our April 2nd luncheon with Robert Babcock from One Gas serving as the moderator. Right after that cancelled luncheon, the news stations were permeated with the tragic story coming from a college fraternity that lacked the very education we seek in diversity and inclusion. I encourage you to register and ask your questions from these esteemed professionals to help this from happening among our organizations or clients.


AFP is hosting its International Conference in Baltimore, MD March 29th through April 1st. I am honored to attend along with a few others from our Eastern Oklahoma Chapter to see what trends in fundraising we can bring back and share through networking and education sessions. I am letting spring be a time to renew my professional clock and attitude. I hope we all can celebrate our successes among each other!





Tom A. Taylor, II
2015 President, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Eastern Oklahoma Chapter
Executive Director/CEO at Emergency Infant Services
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New Members 


Rebecca Mankiller
Development Coordinator
Hospitality House of Tulsa 

Alex Paschal
Manager of Community Engagement

 Jeff Summers
Make-a-Wish Oklahoma    

2015 Board of Directors

Tom Taylor, II 


President Elect

Allison Walden


Immediate Past President

Tish Stuart, CFRE

 Steffanie Bonner

Susan Garcia, CFRE

VP of Education
Jane Dunbar

VP of Advancing Philanthropy

Monica Champ

VP of Community Relations
Taylor Shorb

VP of Member Services
Kate Silvey 


VP of Government & Strategic Planning

Drew France


Bartlesville Network 

Kathy Wright


Chapter Administrator

Margaret Wish


Membership Recruiting & Retention Chair

Lindsay Hughes


Membership Services

Chris Miller, CFRE


Membership Services

Hayley St. John


Webconference Chair

Krisann Diaz


Youth in Philanthropy Chair

Kyle Wilkes


e-Communications Chair

Melody Tangyunyong


CFRE Chair

Lindsay Jordan, MNM, CFRE

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