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Community-Centric Fundraising (CCF) 
Community-Centric Fundraising (CCF) is a new fundraising movement that is grounded in racial and economic justice. CCF believes in ending the white-savior complex and poverty tourism that mark current fundraising philosophies and practices, prioritizing the needs of the entire community over the needs of individual donors and organizations, and fostering a sense of belonging and interdependence within the practice of fundraising in the nonprofit sector. It believes in the work of fundraising not as individual transactions but holistically, encouraging mutual support between mission-driven organizations and nonprofits.  Launch event was held on July 13th.  Sign up for CCF's mailing list here.  Learn more here.

Nonprofit Management Essentials is Live!
Nonprofit Management Essentials is live,  thanks to the generous funding of The Allstate Foundation. Powered by the Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management, this set of free online resources was developed for emerging nonprofit leaders. Will you please help us spread the word?

What is it? Free online content, delivered by Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management faculty and practitioners, to provide emerging nonprofit leaders with essential, fundamental information across a broad range of nonprofit management topics.

Who is it for? Emerging leaders in the nonprofit sector, professionals who are new to the sector, as well as board members looking to deepen their knowledge of the sector.

Free? Really? Yes, generous funding from The Allstate Foundation makes this valuable content available at no cost for nonprofit professionals.

How can I help? Please help us get the news out by forwarding this email to your staff, putting a notice in your next newsletter and/or sharing through social media. We can provide information to share in any format — just let us know what you need!

You can learn more and view a complete list of topics here!

Transplant Hope.  Join Be The Match.  Every three minutes someone is diagnosed with a life-threatening blood cancer. More than 14,000 patients don’t have a matching marrow donor within their family. They depend on Be The Match to help find someone to give them hope for a cure.

Be A Cure for someone with a life-threatening blood illness.

Patients need you!  For thousands with blood cancers like leukemia or other diseases like sickle cell anemia, a marrow transplant is their only hope for life.  If you are of diverse ancestry, patients especially need you because they are likely to match someone who shares their heritage.

If you are interested in hosting a bone marrow drive at your organization or with your employer contact Sheena McNeal at 312-2720-4582 or email [email protected].  You can also share this link via your networks and social media to join online, here

For more information about Be The Match visit us at | Be the Match Registry Filer

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Chicago (YNPN Chicago)
About YNPN Chicago: YNPN Chicago serves local nonprofit professionals (generally in their 20s and 30s) who make up a substantial segment of the Chicago area’s nonprofit workforce. Interested in learning more about YNPN? Click here for information and a list of their upcoming activities.

North Park University Offers AFP Members 40% Tuition Scholarship
To learn more about this great opportunity, click here.

Axelson Center Professional Development Programs
North Park University’s Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management offers educational workshops for nonprofit professionals September – April and an annual conference in June. Topics include fundraising, marketing, human resources, board governance, volunteer management and many more. Learn more about upcoming programs at

Fundraising for Good
Fundraising for Good provided by the Baumhart Center for Social Enterprise and Responsibility seeks to help fundraising executives navigate competing priorities to ensure that financial goals are met and their organizations thrive. AFP Chicago members will receive a 10% discount on the program fee.

Grant Professionals Association Chicago Area Chapter
Grant Professionals Association Chicago Area Chapter helps grant professionals seek to continually improve their professional knowledge and skills in grant research, proposal development, and post-award grant management. We set the standard with our commitment to ethical practices, our high-quality educational offerings, excellence in resources, and our community of professionals committed to serving the public good.

Chicago-Area Three Pillars Initiative

Three Pillars Initiative (TPI), a national 501c3 philanthropy service organization, helps communities set up programs to teach teens the art, science and business of philanthropy through fundraising, grantmaking and community service activities. The maiden program started in Oak Park and it received one of AFP’s Philanthropy Awards in 2020. Elmhurst and the North Shore communities of Wilmette and Winnetka have just launched their new programs this fall, in large part due to the many AFP-Chicago members who were instrumental in making this happen!

Three Pillars wants to see more communities in the Greater Chicago area establish their own youth philanthropy programs starting in the 2023-24 school year. They are again looking for AFP members who are willing to engage community stakeholders, help raise startup funds and recruit adult volunteer program mentors. While this could be in any community, TPI is particularly interested in talking with AFP members who have local ties to the community in which they currently live. More information is available from Rick King, TPI Board President, at 312-497-1173 or [email protected].