AFP Chicago                                                                            December 2016

Inspiring Chicagoland Program and Annual Meeting Photo Gallery is Live! 

Did you miss our program and annual meeting with the Chicago Community Trust's, Jason Baxendale? 
Check out photos from the event on the AFP Chicago Facebook
Thanks once again to our sponsor:

Grant Gilbert, CFRE Receives the 2016 President's Award

Grant Gilbert, CFRE, Senior Director, Central Region, World Wildlife Fund received the award during our December 2 Program and Annual Meeting at River Roast in Chicago. The Award is presented to a fundraising professional who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to AFP Chicago. 

Check our profile on Grant here

2016 AFP Foundation for Philanthropy...
Make Your 2016 Be The Cause Gift Today!

Have you made a pledge to the 2016 BE the CAUSE Campaign?  Be the Cause is the cooperative, annual fund campaign of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and our AFP Chicago Chapter.

Your investment in the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy will help support local, national and international programs:

  • Diversity & Inclusion:  the planning phase of the North American expansion of New Faces of Fundraising-a multi-year initiative-will begin in 2016
  • Professional Development:  Professional development grants (formerly scholarships) provide fundraisers and nonprofit leaders with education, training, and leadership development opportunities.
  • Research:  Research that increases knowledge of fundraising, philanthropy, and social innovation includes the Growth in Giving Initiative.

Learn more here...

Make a gift!



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Crystal Williams, CNP, Assistant Director, Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management at North Park University


Crystal Williams is assistant director at the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management at North Park University. In her role, Crystal oversees execution of all programs and is the lead for content development. She has more than 10 years of nonprofit experience and started her career in fundraising. 

We talked with Crystal recently about when her interest in development began and her favorite part about working for North Park. She's also given us some highlights on her first year as an AFP Chicago Board member. 

Meet Crystal! 

Congratulations to the 2016 Graduating Class of AFP Chicago Fellows

Jamie Boban, Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative
Robin Knox
, Family Rescue
Ashli Owens
, Spark Program
Caryn E. Turgeon, Umoja Student Development Corporation
Sabina Wee, Marillac St. Vincent Family Services (not pictured) 

The graduating class was recognized at our December 2 Annual Meeting. On behalf of AFP Chicago, congratulations to these amazing individuals!

Community Links

North Park University

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Chicago (YNPN Chicago)

Axelson Center Professional Development Programs



A Very Special Thank You to Our 
2016 Partners!

Campbell & Company
Northern Trust
Advocate Health Care
The Alford Group
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

North Park University
Northwestern Medicine

Interested in 2017 Opportunities? Please contact Stacey O'Malley or Dan Winter


Fundraiser's Forum 
Guest Column Series 

Member Engagement By Generation
by Amanda Myers, Abila 

At the core of many nonprofits and associations and their mission delivery is membership - recruitment AND retention. It's not a stretch to say members serve as the lifeblood of these organization. Member engagement is crucial.

Read on...

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2017 Membership Directory 

We are working on compiling our 2017 Membership Directory, which will include all current members as of January 31, 2017.

To confirm your membership status or update contact information, please visit the AFP International website or contact AFP International at 800-666-3863.


Happy Holidays from AFP Chicago!