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Welcome to the AFP Chicago December Newsletter

Congratulations to our honorees! #AFPCfaces of Philanthropy Awards 

Thank you to the talented, dedicated volunteers, sponsors, attendees, and our esteemed honorees, all of whom collectively made the 44th Annual AFP Chicago Faces of Philanthropy Awards an extraordinary virtual event. We honored eight amazing individuals who represent the very best of our community. They are transformative leaders, diverse thinkers, eager trailblazers, and prominent philanthropists - each a shining beacon of possibility, change and hope for Chicago. The event is now available for viewing; click here.

Make a gift to support AFP Chicago using the
Faces of Philanthropy Donation form. Your gift will help support AFP Chicago as we develop, connect, and lead a diverse community of fundraising professionals who advance generosity and positive social change in the greater Chicago area.

Congratulations John Huebler, CFRE 2020 AFP Chicago President's Award Recipient

AFP Chicago presented the 2020 President's Award to John Huebler, CFRE, on Friday, December 4th, at the Chapter's Annual Meeting. John's service and leadership to the Chapter and the fundraising profession have been exemplary and have made him a respected figure in Chicagoland fundraising. His foresight and commitment to AFP's ideals have played a significant role in AFP Chicago's continued success.

Announcing the 2021 AFP Chicago Officers and Directors

The members of the 2020 Committee on Directorship are pleased to present the 2021 Officers and Directors who were elected at the Annual Meeting. AFP Chicago thanks all of our returning and new board members for their service and commitment to our members and the Chicago philanthropy community. AFP Chicago also thanks 2020 Board member Nicole Layton, who has completed her service.

New Chapter Administration Coming January 1, 2021

AFP Chicago is pleased to announce that Chicago Association Management (CAM) has been selected as our new Chapter Administrators beginning in 2021. Our Board of Directors is excited to have the CAM staff join AFP Chicago and look forward to introducing the team to you in the coming weeks.

We share our gratitude and appreciation for Williams Management Resources (WMR) and its AFP Chicago Chapter staff as they conclude their tenure at the end of this year. Many thanks to Pam Williams, Gail Brooks, Jackie Peiffer, Becky Gilbert, and the rest of the team at WMR for the leadership, guidance, and friendship provided to our Chapter for nearly 20 years.

How to keep your New Year’s Resolution

If expanding your network or sharpening your leadership skills are among your goals for next year, joining an AFP Chicago committee is a perfect way to jump start your resolution. Volunteer opportunities include planning educational workshops as part of the Continuous Learning Committee, facilitating affinity groups with the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Committee, and cultivating AFP Chicago sponsors within the Philanthropy Committee. Apply for an AFP Committee.

Submit your application by December 31st to kick off your committee service in 2021 – and you’ll have a head start on your New Year’s resolution!

$5/2% AFP Global 2021 Dues Increase

As a reminder, in 2019, the AFP Global Dues Task Force and Board of Directors agreed to an automatic biennial (every other year) dues increase of 2% starting 2021. This change will result in a $5 increase—effectively 42 cents a month—in member dues beginning January 2021 for the Professional and Associate categories. The increase will allow AFP Global to continue providing relevant programs for members in leadership, ethics, and continuing education. Members who renew in January 2021 will receive renewal materials about the increase.


AFP Chicago Asian/Pacific Islander (API) Affinity Group
Friday, December 18th • 3:00 - 4:00 PM

The AFP Chicago Asian/Pacific Islander (API) Affinity Group provides opportunities for API development professionals to build community, explore our role as API fundraisers, and share successes, challenges, and resources. The API Affinity Group welcomes any Chicago-based development professional with an API identity of any nationality, including but not limited to: Central Asian, East Asian, Native Hawaiian, Southeast Asian, South Asian, and Middle East Asian. Join the conversation at our December monthly group meeting. RSVP

CFRE Application Deadline
January 15, 2021 

A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) is a fundraising professional who has gone the extra mile to confirm their own mastery of fundraising practices. The CFRE is the only accredited, globally recognized certification for fundraising professionals. Are you ready to make 2021 the year you become a CFRE? Now is the time to pour yourself a mug of “Go get ’em!” Submit your application on or before the January 15 application deadline to take a massive step towards achieving your professional goals!

You will have one year to sit for the CFRE exam from the day your application is approved, giving you plenty of study time. AFP Chicago members always enjoy a special discounted CFRE initial application fee of US$700. Whether 2021 is the year you plan to land your dream job or you are ready to take on greater responsibilities at your current organization, being a CFRE can help you get there. Login to your CFRE account to put the finishing touches on your application or start your application.


Successful Mentorship Starts with Communication and Ends with Reciprocity By: Derek Lambert, Director of Development, Rush University Medical Center

When viewed through an organizational lens, whether occurring in a formal setting, such as in AFP Chicago’s Peer Mentorship program, or as an informal connection made between two colleagues –mentoring has long been recognized as a valuable human resource development tool. But on an individual level, a strong mentorship opportunity can provide skill-sharpening and career development for both mentor and protégé alike.

What makes a good mentorship experience?  An NIH-funded, multi-institutional study defined several values that can make or break the mentorship experience.  The authors write, “Successful mentoring relationships were characterized by reciprocity, mutual respect, clear expectations, personal connection, and shared values. Failed mentoring relationships were characterized by poor communication, lack of commitment, personality differences, perceived (or real) competition, conflicts of interest, and the mentor’s lack of experience.” (Straus, 2013) 
Learn more.

AFP Chicago Welcomes Our New Members

We're happy to have you!

Deirdre Harrison, Big Dipper Projects, Inc.
Marty Kenahan, Envision Unlimited
Leah Rapley
Meaghan Stainback

New members as of November 2020
If your name is not included, please contact Becky Gilbert at [email protected].

Member Resources

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Community Links

Community-Centric Fundraising (CCF) 

Nonprofit Management Essentials is Live!

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN)

North Park University

Axelson Center Professional Development Programs



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