Development Day Chicago 2019
We are very excited to announce our keynote presenter, Vu Le! 

Friday, September 20th | 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Radisson Blu Aqu Hotel - Chicago

AFP Chicago's premier learning forum is back and better than ever! We are very excited to announce our keynote presenter, Vu Le ("voo lay"). Vu is a writer, speaker, vegan, Pisces, and the Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps, a nonprofit in Seattle that promotes social justice by developing leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaboration. Known for his no-BS approach, irreverent sense of humor, and love of unicorns, Vu has been featured in hundreds, of his own blog posts at

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AFP Chicago is proud to introduce...
The 43rd Annual Faces of Philanthropy Awards Luncheon Honorees 

For over 40 years, AFP Chicago has honored the committed, passionate individuals and corporations who work on behalf of the nonprofit organizations that AFP Chicago serves. AFP Chicago is pleased to honor those who demonstrate high ethical standards and exemplify the philanthropic spirit of our great city. 

Congratulations to our extraordinary, 2019 Philanthropy Awards Luncheon Honorees:

Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols
Distinguished Philanthropists Award
Dan Weishar, The Andrew Weishar Foundation
Emerging Philanthropist
George S. Wright, Citi
Executive Leader Award
Christine O'Reilly-Riordan, Chicago White Sox Charities
Professional Grantor Award
Christine Zrinsky, Lincoln Park Zoo
Benjamin Franklin Award
Liz Thompson, Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education
Outstanding Community Leader Award
Richard W. Hutson
Outstanding Volunteer Award

The award recipients will be recognized for their outstanding contributions at the 2019 Awards Luncheon on May 3, 2019, at the Hilton Chicago.

Registration now open!

Networking After Hours...
Thursday, February 21st 
Hub 51 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Registration is Closed - EVENT SOLD OUT

Brighten up your cold winter and join us for our first networking event of the New Year ... and bring a friend!
You are invited to build your relationships with some of the leading professionals in our field and make new ones at THE HUB 51, one of the top 10 restaurants in Chicago located in the vibrant River North neighborhood. Come connect with other fundraisers and non-profit professionals and have fun in this spacious urban hot spot!
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Thursdays will never be the same again!
We are delighted to announce monthly opportunities #AFPThirdThursday to network with your peers in fundraising! You are invited to build your relationships and make new ones! These monthly casual events are a great opportunity for members and non-members in the Chicagoland community to meet, network, and hang out.  Due to the growing popularity of these monthly meet-ups, be sure to RSVP and reserve your spot. Space is limited!


AFP Chicago Breakfast Workshop Series
Enthusiasts, Strategists, Closers, Oh My:
The New Major Donor Archetypes—
and Your Prospects

Friday, February 15th | 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Maggiano’s Banquets - 111 W. Grand Ave., Chicago

What a GREAT turnout for our first educational program of 2019 exploring donor psychology and the key communication tools that will motivate donors to choose your organization the next time they make a gift.  A special thanks to our inspiring panel: Elizabeth Halajian, Director of Development at Chicago’s Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Colleen O’Grady, Philanthropic Strategist, Lipman Hearne, and Anand Varghese, Director of Annual and Major Giving at Greater Chicago Food Depository who provided us with their insights and expertise.

Introducing ALL Access Education Bundling Package

We are happy to introduce our first ever, members-only, education "bundle" pricing!

As the quality of our events grows, what's not growing for many of you is your budget, which puts a crimp on your ability to invest in your professional and personal development. We now have a solution!  Instead of registering for each event separately, purchase a "bundle," and gain access while you SAVE.  Bundling your programs provides our member's convenience, savings, and flexibility.
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AFP Chicago Breakfast Workshop Series
A Fundraiser’s Secret Weapon:
The Power of Storytelling

Friday, March 15th | 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Maggiano’s Banquets - 111 W. Grand Ave., Chicago

As fundraisers, we are responsible for arousing sympathetic emotions and inspiring action through stories. So often, though, we get caught up in the details… the time and date of the next event, the prospect list for our upcoming direct mail piece, the conversion rate for our website “donate now” button… that we forget to dwell on or even share our success stories. Storytelling can be a powerful tool to attract and motivate donors.

Join us to learn how to identify meaningful content within your organization, construct a compelling story, and effectively communicate it to your audience. Attendees will hear from a local fundraising leader about how storytelling has worked for their nonprofit and walk away with techniques they can immediately put to use in their organization.

Marco Buscaglia, Freelance Writer, Editor and Content Strategist
Brian Paff, Director of Marketing & Communications, Erie Neighborhood House


This program has been approved for 1.5 CFRE continuing education credits.

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