May 2015  
May Luncheon
Capital Campaigns: Does just reading that make you nervous?

Worry no more- We have just the panel to help us think through capital campaigns and what they can mean for our organizations. We will discuss what is involved as far as planning and executing a successful capital campaign. We will also find out what funders are looking for as they agree to fund our campaigns.


Gary Shaffer, Tulsa County Library
Kent Stroman, Stroman & Associates
Bill Major, Zarrow Family Foundations 
Deacon Kevin M. Sartorius, Catholic
Kelley Scott, Clarehouse








Roberta Preston, Girl Scouts













Maggie Yar




Thursday, May 7, 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.

Bartlesville Network Ribbon Cutting 
A ribbon cutting for our Bartlesville Network was held on Thursday, April 23 following the monthly luncheon. Chamber ambassadors were on hand to welcome the network as a new member of the chamber. Special thanks goes to Charlene Drew and Ken Wright (holding the ribbon) for their help in making the luncheons happen, and Tish Stuart for her role as network liaison.
Congratulations to our Bartlesville Network on a great start!
Bartlesville Network Luncheon
Maximizing Small Shop Fundraising

Fundraising is essential to any nonprofit. We need money to hire staff, yet we need staff to fundraise. Eliminate the "chicken or the egg" dilemma by learning how to best leverage the talent currently at your organization. Mandy Fair, Development Director at the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, will discuss the steps needed to strategize, plan and execute realistic fundraising goals for your organization. You will learn tips on how to best develop an attainable fundraising plan, cultivate your current and prospective donors and determine steps needed to increase awareness of your agency. 



Thursday, May 28, 2015  

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM


Bartlesville Regional United Way

415 Silas Street

Bartlesville, OK  74006




Register here.


Mandy Fair, Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits

Mandy Fair is the Development Director for the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits. With three years of fundraising experience under her belt, Mandy helps the Center achieve its yearly fundraising goals by completing grants, prospecting potential donors, cultivating and stewarding current donors and coordinating the Center's two special events; Visions-A Celebration of Nonprofit Leadership in Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards in Tulsa. Mandy received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Writing and a Master of Human Relations degree from the University of Oklahoma.


How Tulsans Can Help Relief Efforts in Nepal

By now we have all heard about the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25, 2015, and you may be wondering, "What is the best way I can help?"  

Well, the answer is simple: give money.   

 "More than your plane ticket or your collection of old T-shirts, what is most needed in Nepal right now is money. Donate what you can, to a reputable relief organisation, and do research to find out where your money will go. If you can, compare a few organisations with aid appeals and ensure that you agree with their approach," says Claire Bennett of The Guardian.   


And before you decide to go to Nepal and personally help on the ground with relief efforts, you might want to think twice. 

"What many may not realize is that the influx of people trying to come to Nepal is actually making the problem worse," says Madison Richardson, a local Tulsan who was living in Nepal at the time of the earthquake. (She and her husband are now back in the United States).  "The one airport is so overwhelmed and is having to turn away supply and aid planes because there is no room for them to land.  Plus clean water and food is a huge issue right now, so more people on the ground is more mouths to feed.  Unless you are a trained response professional and have been requested to come help, the best thing you can do is to donate to a trustworthy organization so the people on the ground have the funds to buy food and supplies for those hit hardest.  


Tulsa Public Radio offers tips about donating to any organization providing relief efforts in Nepal.  To see that story, click here


AFP Eastern OK's Presenting Business Partner  

Leadership Tulsa New Voices Board Internship Program


Leadership Tulsa is now accepting applications for the New Voices Board Internship Program. This program is the result of a partnership between Leadership Tulsa and The Tulsa Area United Way, and is designed to increase the diversity on Tulsa Area United Way agency boards.


Leadership Tulsa is seeking candidates with diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds who have the commitment to serve the nonprofit sector in a leadership role, but have not previously served on more than one nonprofit board of directors. Participants in the program will gain training and support through a full day educational session and quarterly breakfasts with board mentors. The program will begin in August 2015.


Participants will be chosen based on their application and letters of reference, and there is no charge for the program. the number of participants selected will be limed to 15-25 people. Applications must be postmarked no later than June 1, 2015. Click here for the application.


If you have any questions about the program or the application process please call the Leadership Tulsa office at 918-477-7079 or email Nancy Gillespie at                                        

Your gift to the Be the Cause campaign is a strategic investment in our Eastern OK Chapter and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy, supporting fundraising education, leadership development, diversity & inclusion, and scholarships for mentors. This year a portion of every dollar donated will come to our chapter. Eastern OK Chapter will have several rounds of prize drawings for donors, so if you give or pledge soon, you will have more chances to win! You may also receive a phone call from the AFP Foundation, so if you give then or give online we will add your name to the drawings. Donate today here!

Member Spotlight

Lindsay Hughes 

Lindsay Hughes


Lindsay is currently the Assistant Director of Mission Advancement at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Tulsa. She has been with CC for over 6 years. In that time she has helped raise over ten million dollars for the organization!


Lindsay is an alumna of the University of Tulsa, where she graduated in 2003 with a degree in Marketing. Since college, she has worked in the non-profit sector in all aspects - fundraising, events planning, marketing, etc., etc., etc. She has worked for Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School in Oklahoma City and the American Cancer Society before landing at Catholic Charities. As with many in the non-profit world, she wears many different hats - she is in charge of the Catholic Charities Annual Appeal, Cooking Up Compassion (their annual dinner and live auction), and marketing and public relations. 


Lindsay's goal in life is to be happy with every aspect, which is made so much easier because of her two dogs, Ruby and Sheldon, and her family! 


*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


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Build Your Bookshelf
How to Raise $1 Millions (or More!) in 10 Bite-Sized Steps: A Failproof Guide for Board Members, Volunteers, and Staff
You may be looking to supplement what you learn at our luncheon this month on capital campaigns, and this book is an excellent resource to do just that. It  breaks down strategic plans for capital campaigns into 10 easy steps that make this daunting subject particularly more palatable for board members and volunteers who may not have professional experience in fundraising. It is also one of the most recent books on the market in the subject, which makes a big difference when our society moves at such a fast past with technology advances.
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:


I can't believe that it is May already! We are almost half way through our calendar year and have a lot of great stuff in store for you ahead.  We have an in-depth and diverse array of professionals that comprise the Capital Campaign Panel lined up for May 7th. I encourage you to register and ask your questions from these esteemed professionals on should you and your organization embark on a capital campaign or capital improvements? Are you in one, and need a little extra push? There will be funders, a consultant and colleagues who have gone through a campaign or who are in one now to answer all of our questions.  I, along with a couple of others from our Eastern Oklahoma Chapter attended the AFP Int'l Conference at the end of March.  I am excited to announce that our chapter will get to experience at least two of the dynamic and exciting National speakers before this year ends in the Tulsa area.  We'll get to see one at an educational session breakfast that we are hosting in August, and the another one at our NPD Conference!  Stay tuned for announcements after our May AFP Board meeting about upcoming Membership networking cocktail hours and for this year's CFRE education classes. Networking together, sharing best practices, and helping one another through our respective organizations, we can help to build strengths among agencies such as social services, education, health/wellness and the arts to better Green Country where we all live.  Please join me and our board this year and together, let us become the formidable team that helps to break down obstacles in our own backyard!





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


Director of Development

Price Tower Arts Center


Grant Writer

YWCA Tulsa


Development Director

Child Abuse Network, Inc.


Development Director

Reading Partners


Development Director

Tulsa Ballet



New Members 


Nathan Barnett
Administrative Assistant
Muscogee (Creek) Nation Higher Education Scholarship Foundation Program

David Harder, BA
Communications and Development Director
Blessings International

Lindsay Sparks 

Marketing & Development Manager
The Salvation Army of Metro Tulsa  


Debra S. Starnes

Development Director
Indian Health Care Resource Center

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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