March 2013

In This Issue...

  1. Can't Miss Events
  2. News & Updates
  3. AFP Chicago Job Bank
  4. Building Community Through Philanthropy


Wednesday, March 6 - Mingle with Friends & Colleagues at AFP Chicago After Hours 
Please join us for AFP Chicago After Hours on the 6th from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at DeLux Bar & Grill in the River West neighborhood. Stop by after work for informal drinks, networking, and camaraderie between AFP members and friends. This event is FREE to members and nonmembers!  Click here to RSVP.                       

Tuesday, March 12 - Ethics In Philanthropy Roundtable Features Dynamic Chicago Panel
Join AFP Chicago as we move the topic of ethics beyond scandal and code.  Building on the inaugural event of 2012, come engage in a discussion of ethics grounded in the needs of our members that will leave you better prepared for the unthinkable. 

Facilitated by George Roe, Director of Business Ethics in the College of Business Administration at University of Illinois at Chicago, panelists include Elinor Hite, Adler Professional School of Graduate Psychology; Terry Mazany, The Chicago Community Trust; Paul Pribbenow, Ph.D., Augsburg College; Rev. Alexander Sharp, Protestants for the Common Good; and Laura Washington, Chicago Sun-Times. For more information on this dynamic program, please click here, or click here to register.

Friday, April 19 - Find the Keys to Fundraising Success Breakfast Program
Join AFP Chicago for breakfast and an educational program, Keys to Success: Partnering with Non-Development Staff to Fundraise

Learn from leaders in development:
 Charles Katzenmeyer, Vice President, Institutional Advancement, The Field MuseumSusan Brady, Research Coordinator and Clinical Educator,Marianjoy Rehabilitation HospitalKathleen Hechinger, Chief Financial Officer, Joffrey Ballet; and Penny Hunt, Senior Consultant, Marts & Lundy as they discuss the skills and key tactics necessary to partner effectively with non-development staff in order to engage these donors and prospects.  Also, hear from non-development staff about their experience working with development to secure major gifts, what motivated them to help, and how you can incorporate these practices into your own development efforts. For more information, click here. You can register here

AFP Chicago Features Honorees of the 2013 Philanthropy Awards Luncheon 
On May 10th, AFP Chicago will proudly honor eight of the most distinguished leaders of the Chicago’s philanthropic and nonprofit sectors at the 37th annual Philanthropy Award Luncheon.  Please allow us to introduce you to three of the eight awardees today:

John and Rita Canning – Distinguished Philanthropists
Many people have said: “When you look for the definition of Chicagoland philanthropist, you should see a picture of John and Rita Canning.” Read more...

Kerry and Sarah Wood – Emerging Philanthropists
Many of you know Kerry Wood as a former pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. What you may not know about Kerry, is that, he and his wife, Sarah have been giving back more than $2.5 million to the Chicago community they love, through the Wood Family Foundation. Read more...

Nathan Pautsch – Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy
An 8-year-old boy, Nathan’s story is best told by his dear friend, Mikayla, who inspired his strong devotion to the fight against childhood cancer. Here is her story: Read more...

Sponsorships are currently available for the Philanthropy Awards Luncheon.  Please visit us here for more information, and save Friday, May 10th on your calendar.

Lt. Governor Sheila Simon discusses education reform with AFP Chicago
We began our 2013 series of educational programs with Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon. As the state’s point person on education, the Lt. Governor made the case for innovative programs that improve learning opportunities for students in Illinois. Read more...

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Call for Proposals - AFP Chicago Midwest Conference on Philanthropy
The Donald E.Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont is the place to be on Tuesday, October 8, 2013! Please mark your calendars for AFP Chicago’s Midwest Conference on Philanthropy- the region’s premier learning event for fundraising professionals.
If you’re interested in being considered as a presenter, please complete and submit a request for proposal (RFP) to AFP Chicago by Monday, April 1, 2013

Registration will open in June with an early bird rate offered until September 1st. Follow us here to stay up-to-date on what’s to come this October.


Call for President’s Award Nominations

Beginning this year, AFP Chicago will present the President’s Award at the annual Midwest Conference on Philanthropy (previously presented at the AFP Chicago Philanthropy Awards Luncheon).  The award will be presented to a fundraising professional who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to AFP Chicago. To nominate a deserving individual please click here. The deadline for all nominations is Friday, March 29, 2013. 

AFP Chicago Receives Ten Star Award and Friends of Diversity Designation
We are pleased to announce that AFP Chicago has received both the 2012 Ten Star Award and the 2012 Friends of Diversity designation from AFP International.  The Ten Star Award honors chapters for achieving goals that align with key objectives in its long-range strategic plan. Chapters receive the Ten Star Award for performing specific activities designed to increase professionalism within fundraising and public awareness of the importance of philanthropy. The Friends of Diversity designation is awarded to chapters accomplishing diversity-related goals established by AFP International and at the local level. 

March Peer Mentor Class Begins Soon With Outstanding Participation 
The AFP Chicago Peer Mentoring Program received an outstanding number of applications for the March class. Twenty young professionals applied to receive a one-year mentor match from an experience fundraising professional. Protégés and mentors will be introduced to one another and begin their year at a kickoff event on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. At this time, the Peer Mentoring Committee also congratulates those protégés and mentors who are completing their match which began a year ago.

AFP Chicago appreciates the sponsorship of this program from the School of Business and Nonprofit Management at North Park University. For 2013, AFP Chicago members will be offered new benefits from this partnership. Details soon!

AFP International Conference, San Diego April 7 - 9
Interested in attending the AFP International Conference in San Diego?  AFP Chicago will be among the chapters recognized for chapter achievements at the International Conference in San Diego, CA April 7 - 9. For more information on the conference, visit the International Conference website.
Proposed Grant Reforms; IL Budget Issues - March Government Relations Update
Submitted by:  Krista Ravenscraft
Please click here to read this month's update.

Kaleidoscope – AFP’s Diversity and Inclusion eNewsletter Winter Issue
The Winter issue of AFP’s Kaleidoscope eNewsletter on Diversity and Inclusion is now available.  To access this issue, click here.

AFP Offers Member Dues Installment Plan
Take advantage of this membership dues payment opportunity - the installment plan breaks dues into six payments.  Please contact Joseph Roadarmel, AFP Manager of Membership Services, at [email protected] or (800) 666-3863 for details. 



Making a Career Change?  Take a Look at the Positions Available on the AFP Chicago Online Job Source

Are you a member planning a career change?  Visit the AFP Chicago Online Job Source and review job postings from Chicago area not-for-profit organizations looking for skilled development professionals.  Posting includes a full description of the organization, the position and expectations; salary range; benefits; and contact information.  Take a look today - click here for more information.
Members will need to log in using their user name (email address) and passwords to see job postings on the website. 

Looking for Skilled Development Professionals for your Open Position?  List your Jobs in the AFP Chicago Online Job Source
Have an open position within your organization?  Consider listing it in the AFP Chicago Online Job Source.  The Job Source connects Chicago area not-for-profit organizations with skilled development professionals.  This cost-effective listing reaches the right people in the philanthropic community.  Your posting includes a full description of your organization, the position and expectations; salary range; benefits; and contact information, and the online format allows you to reach your targeted audience quickly. For more information, click here.


Members on the Move

Find out who has recently joined AFP Chicago or changed jobs here.

Community Current Events and Announcements

  • A Force for Good Mentoring Program Seeks Mentors for Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) – – Application Deadline Extended through June 30, 2013.
    The Chicago Police Department and its partner agencies have developed this program to provide 35 Chicago CBOs with skill-building classes, technical assistance and mentorship to increase their capacity to identify, obtain and manage grants and other funding. For more access the application, please click here.
  • Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Chicago (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


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