Networking Events - Meeting up with your colleagues in fundraising has never been easier!

Networking is the best way to build a group of great personal relationships with like-minded people -- especially professionals inspired to help Chicago’s non-profit organizations advance their missions.  As a member of AFP Chicago, building your network of fundraising friends and colleagues couldn't be easier.

After Hours Networking  


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Pop Up Meet & Chat (Members Only)

~Attendees earn 1.0 CFRE education points~

 

Wednesday, August 29 – 7:30AM – 8:30AM
Planning a Multi-Channel Development Strategy

Pick Your Location!

  • NORTHERN SUBURB: Panera at 1853 North 2nd Street, Highland Park, IL 60035 
  • SOUTHERN SUBURB: Panera at 10553 S Cicero Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60453

Join us for a Pop-Up Program to share tips on how to create a sustainable multi-channel fundraising strategy.

The facilitator is prepared to share her approach and techniques for Planning a Multi-Channel Development Strategy.  The techniques which will be discussed are as follows:

  •  Audience - review of your audience, timing, and themes and to ensure these are considered prior to any development strategy implementation. Test and re-test themes, formats, and signers to see what works best. 
  • Email - do an email series where the nonprofit takes a deep dive into one topic and includes information that donors cannot easily find on the organization's website.
  • Mail - test different looks, shapes, and sizes. Donors respond to reason, logic, and emotion.
  • Social media - use a lot of videos and utilize social ambassadors. 
  • Why donors give; what they give to; how they give; and who they give in response to needs to be considered and reflected in the development strategy. This will also help draw out themes and segments.

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Wednesday, September 19 – 7:30AM – 8:30AM
Data, Data, Data

Panera at 832 S Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville, IL 60048 

Join us for a Pop-Up Program to discuss how to measure and evaluate your data for greater fundraising success. The facilitator is prepared to share her approach and techniques for utilizing data. The techniques which will be discussed are as follows:

  • Know and track the following metrics at any organization: number of donors, donor giving ranges, acquisition rate, retention rate, percentage of donors increasing their gift, percentage of donors decreasing their gift and email, mail, social media, phoning, texting - performance rates.
  • Examples will be provided as to how to track these methods.
  • Examples will be provided as to how to use segmentation, testing, themes, audience, signer metrics to build a giving strategy.

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Wednesday, September 19 – 7:30AM – 8:30AM
Effective Stewardship

Ceres Café (located within the Board of Trade) at 141 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604

Join us for a Pop-Up Program to discuss…how do you get your donors to give again? How do you make them feel good about their giving? We will discuss effective stewardship strategies to win over any donor. 

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Wednesday, October 17 - 7:30AM – 8:30AM
Effective Stewardship

Panera at 190 Waukegan Rd, Deerfield, IL 60015

Join us for a Pop-Up Program to discuss…how do you get your donors to give again? How do you make them feel good about their giving? We will discuss effective stewardship strategies to win over any donor. 

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Wednesday, November 14 - 7:30AM – 8:30AM
Giving Tuesday

Panera at 5 W E Rand Rd, Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Join us for a Pop-Up Program to discuss ways to spice up your Giving Tuesday approach.

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