AFP Chicago Breakfast Workshop Series

Learn and link with other fundraisers

Professional education and networking go hand-in-hand at AFP Chicago’s breakfast workshop series.  Several times per year, AFP Chicago brings together thought-leaders who share their expertise and insights on some of the most pressing issues facing fundraising professionals today. AFP Members, in 2018 we're excited to offer you a lower registration rate for all of our breakfast programs! $30 for members and $55 for non members.

8:30 am - 9:00 am      Registration, Breakfast, Networking
9:00 am - 10:30 am   •   Program 

Save these dates for our all of our 2020 Education Breakfast Programs and stay tuned - as details on program speakers and programs are posted.

    • Friday, February 28 – Kellogg - Wieboldt Hall
      Is 501c3 Status Now Meaningless?
    • Friday March 13 – Maggiano’s Banquets
      All the Ways Your Donors Can Make a Major Gift This Year
    • Friday, April 17 - Maggiano’s Banquets
      Under Resourced and Under Staffed: From Small Shops to Large Shops, Fundraisers Always Have Limits to What can be Accomplished in a Given Year
    • Friday, June 12 – UIC
      Development and Finance Directors: A Successful Collaboration
    • Friday, October 16 – Location TBD
      Crucial Conversations: Dealing with Microaggression and Unconscious Bias
    • Friday, November 13 – Maggiano’s Banquets

And don't forget to "bundle" your registration!  Instead of registering for each event separately, purchase a "bundle," and gain access while you SAVE.  Bundling your programs provides you convenience, savings, and flexibility!  Learn more here.

February Breakfast Workshop

Friday, February 28, 2020 | 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Wieboldt Hall at Kellogg School of Management, 340 E Superior St, Chicago

Is 501c3 Status Now Meaningless? 

Come hear from incredible speakers as you explore how your nonprofit can stand out in an evolving philanthropic landscape.

How do our nonprofit organizations thrive and survive? Is 501c3 meaningless to the next generation? To our longstanding supporters? Fundraising is changing rapidly and new challenges to the sector abound. Donors have innumerable options and no longer see traditional organizations as the only or best way to address social concerns. So…how do we compete with new forms of social enterprise seeking philanthropic support? What do we need to know about the emerging entities that are attracting interest and excitement? How can we better focus our message to keep our organizations relevant and appealing? This fast paced session will equip participants with the tools they need to stand out in an increasingly crowded landscape.

By the end of this interactive presentation, participants will:
•   Better understand the evolving landscape of social impact philanthropy.
•   Determine how to reinvigorate relationships with donors and prospects.
•   Tell their story in a more compelling manner to compete effectively for attention and investment.

This program is approved for 1.5 CFRE points.




Mary J. Foley

Managing Director
Catholic School Management & Mission Advancement
Christian Brothers Services


Liz Livingston Howard
Executive Director, Center for Nonprofit Management
Clinical Professor of Management
Kellogg School at Northwestern University




March Breakfast Workshop

Friday, March 13, 2020 | 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 W. Grand, Chicago

Ways to Give: The Many Ways You Can Secure A Major Gift This Year

Understanding gift-planning options – estates, trusts, donor-advised funds, bequests, stock, annuities, retirement assets and other vehicles for giving – can be daunting if it is not your primary development responsibility or your organization is accepting these types of gifts for the very first time.

This program will focus on the different strategies and giving vehicles that can help a major gift donor create an enduring legacy, meet personal and family financial and estate-planning goals – and ultimately make a difference to your organization today and for years to come. Our panel of experts will reflect on philanthropic trends and their major gift successes, including the ways in which these gifts were cultivated and secured. Whether you run a one-person shop or you are an Major Gift Officer crafting a custom-built or a blended gift, you will come away from this program with solicitation and gift planning techniques that meet the needs of your major gift donors.

This program is approved for 1.5 CFRE points.




Kristin Carlson Vogen (Moderator)
Senior Director of Philanthropic Services
Chicago Community Trust


Jason James Shuba
Director of Gift Planning
University of Illinois Foundation




Jimmy Byrne
Associate Director, Planned Giving and Major Gifts
Joffrey Ballet of Chicago






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