Greater Dallas AFP Newsletter August 2020
In This Issue

  • President's Message
  • Workshop Series: Summer of Online Fundraising Optimization 
  • Next Virtual Luncheon Program is August 26th
  • "Thursday's Thoughts" Virtual Cocktails & Collaboration
  • New Scholarship Opportunities to Join AFP Greater Dallas
  • Welcome, New & Renewing Chapter Members
  • Congratulations, CFREs!
President's Message
Dear Friends,

A friend recently sent me a meme that read “Can’t believe spring break is almost over.” While my first reaction was to laugh, I realized that it was true – my daughters came home from school on a Friday afternoon in March, ready to enjoy the spring break week, and they have not been back to school face-to-face since then. 

So much has happened and there are still so many unknowns. What we do know is that virtual events, social distancing and finding new ways to engage our members, donors and clients are here to stay for the foreseeable future. These are the goals we must continuously focus on and work towards, as organizations and institutions everywhere have been affected by this pandemic. We can all use this opportunity to adjust our fundraising strategies, because one thing is sure: although the doors of schools and gala halls have been closed since March, the show must go on!

At your AFP Greater Dallas Chapter we are no different, as we continue to look for and identify valuable programming, training and resources to keep you up to date during changing times and to help you be successful in your efforts to reach your organizational goals. With that said, take a look at the many upcoming chapter programs and opportunities in this newsletter and plan to join us soon – I can’t wait to see you!

Best Regards,

Shawn Wills, CFRE
President, Greater Dallas AFP
Thanks to Our 2019-2020 Chapter Sponsor
Texas Capital Bank
Session 3: Donation Page Optimization 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 1 PM
Learn how to turn more website visitors into donors with an optimized donation page. Hosted by NextAfter.

Even if you missed the June and July webinars, you can still register for the series and receive the slides and recording for Sessions 1 & 2!
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Don't Ice Skate Out on the Pond Alone, Know Before You Go
August 26, 2020, 12-1 PM
$20 Members/$25 Non-Members

Sometimes gifts and grants, while wonderful opportunities, present legal and ethical dilemmas with very considered decisions to be made. Kent Weimer will share with us his up close and personal real life stories from the donation trenches, and include practical, ethical considerations that ultimately impact an organization's operating procedures and fundraising philosophies. 

If you have not already done so, REGISTER TODAY
Cost: $20 Members/$25 Non-Members
About Our Speaker
Kent Weimer
Kent Weimer has been Director of Trusts, Estates and Gift Planning for the Parkland Foundation since 2012, and has spent over 30 years in nonprofit management and development. Along the way, he has accumulated a host of best practices gleaned from first hand experiences at institutions that include Lake Forest College and the world renowned Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. A graduate of the University of Montana, Kent is a Board Member and Chair Elect of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners and Past President of the Dallas Council of Charitable Gift Planners.
Thursday's Thoughts
Virtual Cocktails & Collaboration Happy Hour

August 13, 2020 at 5 PM

Connect with your AFP colleagues and invite a guest to check in on the challenges and opportunities we are all facing in this new age of fundraising.
  • Online Giving Campaigns
  • Cultivating New Donors During a Pandemic
  • Overcoming New Challenges

Register in advance for this FREE meeting!
For Black and African American Fundraisers
  • Communities Foundation of Texas has partnered with the Greater Dallas Chapter AFP to offer scholarships for up to twenty Black and African American fundraising professionals to join the Greater Dallas Chapter of AFP. Deadline to apply is August 14, 2020.

AFP Global Membership Scholarships
  • AFP Global is funding eight membership scholarships for the Greater Dallas Chapter AFP. Previous AFP members and fundraisers who have not yet joined are welcome to apply by August 14, 2020.
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  • Meredith Cantrell, Auction & Event Solutions Texas
  • Meghan Dours
  • Gabriella Hernandez, Texas Can Academies
  • Hannah McCue
  • Ariel Watt
  • Lesly Bosch Annen, CFRE, Annen Consulting
  • Adam Beathard, The Salvation Army
  • Libby Camp, The Salvation Army
  • Pam Chicol, Camp Summit
  • Howard Craig, Stewards 4 Life
  • Sandy Diamond, Temple Emana-El
  • Paul Dunne, CFRE, Catapult Fundraising
  • Tina Floyd, Tina Floyd - Consultant To Nonprofits
  • Ellen Hatcher, Dallas Children's Advocacy Center
  • Clayton Hollingsworth, The Lamplighter School
  • Caren McGratty, UT Southwester Medical Center
  • Wendy Newberg
  • Betheny Reid
  • Anne Robillard, M. Gale & Associates
  • Lisa Shear, CFRE, The Salvation Army
  • Allison Sheeder, The Salvation Army
  • Melanie Smoot, Frisco Family Services
  • Anthony Vidmar, Midwestern State University
Congratulations to new CFRE Laura Hayes!

If you've earned your CFRE or been recertified recently and want to share the great news, let us know!