Greater Dallas AFP Newsletter

March 2024

In This Issue

  • President's Message
  • Register for March 27 Luncheon Program
  • 2024 NPD Happy Hour and Volunteer Survey
  • Support your local AFP chapter by giving to APF Now!

President's Message

I’m writing this letter a little past the deadline. And I’m sure for those of you reading it, you’ve been frantically up against some deadline recently. It’s tax season, we are approaching spring fundraising season, and spring break is rearranging schedules for many. We are all trying to make hay while the sun is shining. And yet, I hope we can all take a breath and be grateful for how much our profession, fundraising, and the agencies we serve have endured. We are incredibly resilient and resourceful.

As a chapter we are working to be evergreen and find ways to better serve our current members and recruit new ones. Your participation makes our chapter stronger.

Speaking of staying evergreen, our Emerging Leaders Chairs invite you

to a March 19 Networking Happy Hour today at Vidorra Addison, 5 - 6:30 pm, 5100 Beltline Rd. #410, Dallas 75254. We hope anyone interested in Emerging Leaders and/or taking advantage of the Chapters mentorship program attends - that means potential mentors and mentees. As a former mentee of this program, I can attest to how invaluable it was for me professionally and personally.

I pray each of you has a successful month – no matter the metric of success!

With gratitude,

Alicia Peoples, JD

President, Greater Dallas AFP

March Luncheon Program: Foundations 101

Family foundations, corporate foundations, community foundations, donor advised funds - what is there to know about them, and how can your relationships (and success rates) with them be maximized? Sarah Cotton Nelson, former Chief Philanthropy Officer for Communities Foundation of Texas, will share insights into each grantmaking group, and provide tips related to grant writing and relationship management for better funding outcomes.

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

  • 11:30 AM Networking
  • 12-1 PM Luncheon Program

Maggiano's Restaurant

NorthPark Center

205 NorthPark Ctr

Dallas, TX 75225


Sarah Cotton Nelson is a social impact leader, strategist and executive coach with 20+ years’ experience guiding organizations to maximize their impact. She spent 14 years at Communities Foundation of Texas enhancing CFT’s policies and procedures to ensure more racially, geographically and culturally inclusive and equitable grantmaking and community-responsive nonprofit capacity building in her role as Chief Philanthropy Officer. Prior to this role, she teamed with other researchers to conduct public policy research studies for the RAND Corporation; managed a youth center for teens in downtown Los Angeles; and supported nonprofits in the post-war period in El Salvador with USAID. Sarah is a 2022-2024 Independent Sector Bridging Fellow, 2017 Presidential Leadership Scholar, a 2016 GEO Change Leaders in Philanthropy Fellow, a 2003 American Marshall Memorial Fellow, and a 1997 graduate fellow in public policy and economics at Pontifícia Universidad Católica in Chile, with undergraduate degrees in international development and Spanish from UC Berkeley. 

Learn more and register now for this upcoming event 

Members and non-members are welcome! Discounted rates for emerging professionals age 30 or less than 4 years as a fundraising professional, member or non-member).

$35 Member

$30 Emerging Professional (age 30 and under or less than 4 years as a fundraising professional)

$50 Non-Member

Volunteer for the 2024 NPD Celebration!

Our 2024 National Philanthropy Day Celebration will be held on Thursday, November 14, 2024 at the Dallas Arboretum. Claire Mock and Hannah Garcia, 2024 NPD Co-Chairs, invite you to volunteer to serve on the 2024 Nation Philanthropy Day Committee. The success of this event truly relies on the incredible support of volunteers like you. 

We will be holding a Happy Hour in April for anyone interested in learning more about the committee. We hope you will all join us. If you are interested in joining or continuing as a member, please take this brief survey so we can contact you and check your availability for a fun Happy Hour! Please feel free to share the Survey Link with anyone who would be a great addition to the committee!

CFRE News & More

Your Greater Dallas AFP Chapter has earned 2024 Gold Ten Star and 2024 IDEA Champion designations! Thanks to all who worked so hard on behalf of our chapter throughout last year and contributed to our successful applications.

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The work we all do to support Dallas area nonprofits has never been more important! Together we can help each other thrive. Please invest in the important work of our fundraising profession by supporting your Greater Dallas AFP Chapter's annual AFP Now! Campaign. Learn more and make your gift HERE.

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