AFP Chicago                                                                            February 2016

February Educational Breakfast
Conflict is Opportunity: Understanding and Managing Conflict to Create Strong Partnerships  
Friday, February 19 | 8:15 a.m. at Petterino's 

 Robert (Rocky)Petrovich

This session, presented by Robert (Rocky) Petrovich, will explore the opportunities that conflict presents and the various tools and strategies to better resolve and manage conflict and enhance our roles as development professionals. 

If conflict is managed correctly, it can lead to:
innovative ideas,
- a significant increase in individual productivity,
- a more cohesive development team,
stronger relationships with donors.  

Learn more & register

2016 Faces of Philanthropy Awards Luncheon is May 6!

Please join AFP Chicago in celebrating excellence in philanthropy on Friday, May 6 at the Chicago Hilton.

Congratulations to each of our 2016 honorees:

The Chicago Community Trust
Kimball & Karen Anderson
Jesse H. Ruiz, Drinker Biddle
Steve Solomon, Exelon Corporation
Michelle Sherbun, PCC, ELI-MP, Merlin Solutions, LLC
Diane Latiker, Kids Off The Block, Inc.
Susan Staehely, Make Your Mark
The Swifty Foundation Board of Directors 

Learn more about our honorees here

Register for the #AFPCfaces of Philanthropy Awards Luncheon today!

Peer Mentoring Spring Class
Don't Miss the Application Deadline!

2015 October Peer Mentoring Class

Are you interested in Peer Mentoring - either as a mentor or protege?

If you are not familiar with this opportunity, the Peer Mentoring Program pairs proteges (fundraising professionals with less than 5 years of experience) with a mentor (a seasoned fundraising professional) for one year. This program has been very beneficial and career-changing for many fundraising professionals and is one of the many benefits that is free to you with your AFP Membership.  

Interested? Please complete the application here and submit it by February 26

For questions or more information, please visit our webpage or contact Sherre Jennings Cullen or Melanie Dykstra.



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2016 Honoree Spotlight


In celebration of the AFP Chicago 40th Annual Philanthropy Awards Luncheon over the next few months, we will be spotlighting our distinguished 2016 honorees. 

This month, we are introducing our 
Distinguished Philanthropists Award honorees, Kimball and Karen Anderson.


"Throughout their professional lives, Kimball and Karen have been strong partners in giving. Their desire to give back to others runs deep and stems from childhoods when their parents exposed them to the importance of contributing to others."


Both lawyers, Kimball is a senior partner at Winston & Strawn and Karen, who had previously worked at Vedder Price and the Chicago Board of Education, is now retired.  Through their generous personal financial contributions and their leadership in philanthropy, the Andersons have made a long-lasting, tangible impact across a range of charitable causes in Chicago.  Much of their philanthropy in the last forty years has focused on a range of causes related to legal aid.  

Meet Kimball and Karen Anderson here.

Community Links

Northwestern University's upcoming major gift fundraising course opportunity

North Park University


Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Chicago (YNPN Chicago)


Axelson Center Professional Development Programs


Thank You to Our 
2015 Partners

Advocate Health Care

Campbell & Company
Relationship Science
Allstate Insurance Company
Ann and Robert Lurie Children's
Hospital of Chicago Foundation
Northern Trust

Networking Opportunity 

February After Hours
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 The Scout - 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Stop by after work for informal drinks, networking, and camaraderie between AFP members and friends. These events are FREE to members and nonmembers!

RSVP to join us!

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Fundamentals of Fundraising Course
A great primer for those new to the field of fundraising 

Registration opens in March! Fundamentals of Fundraising will be held Thursday, July 21 through Friday, July 22 at CCS in Chicago. 

Registration will open on March 1, 2016. Please contact Elizabeth Haley with questions.  

Learn more...

Member News

Do you have a success story to tell us? 

Have you recently received an award, written an article, or achieved something outstanding? Please let us know - so that we can feature YOU in this newsletter! 

Please contact Pam Williams with your news. 

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