June 2015  
June Luncheon
How to Build Lasting Relationships with Your Donors

Imagine me and you, I do. We all imagine the perfect relationship with our donors. Now is the time to stop imagining and start living. Learn some basic (and not so basic) tips for creating and maintaining donor relationships, especially in a digital world.

Debbie Starnes

Debbie Starnes has been passionate about building donor relationships and raising money for three decades. H

er passion began when a board member tossed an RFP on her desk and said, "write this." Since that fateful day, she has raised millions of dollars, taught and mentored countless individuals, and served local, state, national, and international nonprofit organizations. Debbie specializes in grant writing, major gifts, fundraising planning, and donor relationships. She currently serves as the Development Director at Indian Health Care Resource Center in Tulsa.




Thursday, June 4, 2015

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM



Tulsa Garden Center

2435 South Peoria

Tulsa, Oklahoma 74114



Register here. Registration ends today at 6:00pm!

Walk-ins: $30.00

Please contact Margaret WishChapter Administrator, with any questions.

Save the Date: Thursday, August 20, 2015
Bring Your CEO/Executive Director and/or Board President to Breakfast
Stephen Pidgeon

Our August program is a breakfast at the Tulsa Garden Center from 7:30am-9:00am with international speaker Stephen Pidgeon. Show your boss or board president the value of why you are part of AFP of Eastern Oklahoma by bringing them as your guest to this breakfast and "wow" them with this dynamic presenter! More details to follow in late July & August.
Stephen Pidgeon is a platform speaker, teacher, consultant, and itinerant agency man who now speaks around the world. After 20 years of setting up and running the UK's largest fundraising agency, he now works with a wide range of charities in UK, Ireland, Norway, Denmark, Canada, US and New Zealand. A committed minor donor fundraiser, he has a special interest in stewardship and bequest marketing but gets excited (very excited!) at the way charities mistreat their supporters. Stephen is a visiting Professor for Plymouth University's Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy, he teaches for the UK's Institute of Fundraising (he was also a twice-elected trustee) for Fundraising Ireland and in Norway. He is a trustee of development agency VSO and a member of fundraising think-tank Rogare. Stephen writes regularly and often critically in the sector press across the world. Occasionally he Tweets on @stephenpidge and he has just published his first book How to love your donors...to death.

In conjunction with the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Speaker Series


Save the Date: National Philanthropy Day 2015
Half-Day Fundraising Conference & Awards Luncheon
Tom Ahern
Friday, November 6, 2015

Southern Hills Country Club
Tulsa, OK

Featuring Nationally-Acclaimed Fundraising Expert Tom Ahern

Tom Ahern is author of several wonderful books on how to get and keep donors, and is one of the world's leading experts on donor communications. Tom is in demand as a communications trainer, traveling internationally to present his workshops. He has recently been a featured presenter at conferences in New Zealand, the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia, and Italy as well as across North America. He's written numerous cases for successful fundraising campaigns, totaling more than $1.5 billion in fundraising goals. Recent clients include the Animal Rescue League of Boston, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Houston Grand Opera, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, National Parks Conservation Association, Princeton University, Save the Children, Texas Parks & Recreation Foundation, University of Chicago, Volunteers of America, and many smaller nonprofits.

2015 NPD Award Winners Pending
Stay tuned for more information on the conference schedule and winners in July. Registration opens September 1.

June Webinar
Seven Secrets of Successful Solicitations
Does this vicious cycle sound familiar? You have to raise money because you don't have the staff you need, but you don't have the staff you need to raise money! It is actually possible to break 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 usually don't work in small shops, and learn strategies to get volunteers who say they don't like fundraising engaged in your efforts.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Tulsa Area United Way-Bailey Room
1430 S. Boulder Ave., Tulsa, OK
Register here.
Members: Free
Guests: $20.00
Brown Bag Lunch-bring your own
Please contact Krisann Diaz, Webconference Chair, with any questions.


AFP Eastern OK's Presenting Business Partner


Bartlesville Network June Luncheon
But They're Driving Me Crazy...
Trying to deal with that coworker who just doesn't approach work the same way you do? Or perhaps you have two employees who constantly butt heads. Maybe it's a potential client or donor that you just can't seem to connect with.
It's inevitable- dealing with people is challenging. Different styles and personality quirks can make interactions difficult.
So learn how to overcome these challenges. Learn what makes people tick and how to better manage your relationships. You'll walk away with new-found confidence and tips that allow you to overcome even the most difficult interactions.
Julia Crouch will facilitate this entertaining and enlightening session. Light bulbs will go off as you finally understand the reasoning behind the behavior. Mark your calendars now and get ready to open up a whole new way of dealing with others.

Thursday, June 25, 2015  

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM


Bartlesville Regional United Way

415 Silas Street

Bartlesville, OK  74006




Register here.


Julia Crouch

Julia Crouch currently serves as Executive Director of Operational Innovation with Oklahoma Wesleyan University, where she is involved in special projects and institutional improvement. Holding a business degree from Oklahoma State University, Julia has enjoyed a well-rounded career in human resources and other business areas. Her previous work experience includes Director of Academic Assessment at OKWU, Executive Director of Bartlesville Community Foundation and Senior Vice President of 66 Federal Credit Union (now Truity). Julia is active in the community, including former service on Bartlesville Regional United Way's Board of Directors, the Chamber's board, and a number of volunteer positions at her church. Though not a Bartlesville native, she's lived in the community for over 20 years. She and her husband Danny own acreage just east of Bartlesville and enjoy outdoor activities and spending time with family.


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!
So far our chapter has received gifts and pledges totaling $850 from seven members. Thank you to Susan Garcia, CFRE, Gerri Inman, JD, South Tulsa Community House, Brenda Michael-Haggard, CFRE, Tish Stuart, CFRE, Melody Tangyunyong, Tom Taylor, II, and Allison Walden. Our mid-range goal is $2,250 with at least 20% of our members donating.
There will be a prize drawing at the September 10th luncheon for those who have donated or pledged by that time. Prizes include gift cards and free AFP luncheons for you or a guest.
President's Column
Tom Taylor II


Dear AFP of Eastern Oklahoma Chapter Professionals and Friends:



I look forward to seeing you at our June luncheon, and please remember that we take the month of July off for the Tulsa luncheon, but Bartlesville will have a great program lined up for the end of the month.  I am more than excited to finally announce our August program "Bring your CEO/Exec. Director or Board President to Breakfast" to be held, Thursday, August 20, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. Until 9 a.m.  This will be our first breakfast program and is geared towards showing your Executive Director and/or Board President the value of your AFP membership! How will that happen you are asking?  Our featured program will be an international speaker, Stephen Pigeon, from England! We are partnering with the Oklahoma Center for Non-Profits on sharing their National Speaker Series speaker. We'll get him for a more advance topic in the a.m. and he'll have a 4 hour presentation for any development professional from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. that same day.  This will serve as our combined programming for Tulsa and the Bartlesville chapters for August.  I encourage you to save the date now, and register yourself and your boss! I have already asked our Board President for EIS to attend with us.  Find further details on Stephen Pigeon in this month's newsletter.  Please join me and your fellow AFP Board members this year across Eastern Oklahoma showing what a great profession we are in and that we practice ethical and transparent fundraising. 






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

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Professional Partner

Presenting Partner

NPD Partner


NPD Supporting Partner

Youth in Philanthropy Supporting Partner


Business Partners
In This Issue
Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter View our profile on LinkedIn 

Job Openings


Director of Development

Price Tower Arts Center


Grant Writer

YWCA Tulsa


Executive Director

Tulsa County Child Protection Coalition


Executive Director

Crime Prevention Network


New Members 


 Julie Davis
Associate Director
Up With Trees

Debra Hull
Development Coordinator
Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits

Tonya Van Zandt


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

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter View our profile on LinkedIn 
AFP Eastern Oklahoma Chapter | P.O. Box 33103 | Tulsa, OK 74153 | (918) 978-9718