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President's Message
Time to Roll up Our Sleeves!!PRES

Welcome to the first quarter of 2017! Entering my second year as AFP Greater Detroit Chapter President, I am filled with excitement for what this year will hold for our thriving chapter.

Part of what can make 2017 great is having more of you, our great AFP Greater Detroit members, rolling up your sleeves and joining a committee!

From my vantage point, AFP Greater Detroit Chapter has 30 or so member volunteers doing most of the planning work. To truly take the chapter to greater heights, that number needs to double, at least!

This is a wonderful opportunity to get your voice and ideas heard. The next great idea is there for the taking! Please review the committee list and reach out to join today.

Marketing & Communications
Co-Chairs: Stephanie Maurice ( & Kelly Cleaver (

Chair: Laura Tomassi   ( )

Diversity & Inclusion
Co-Chairs: MiVida Burrus ( ) & Candy Geeter (

Chair: Kelly Conway, CFRE ( )

Chair: Tanya Griffith  (

Chair: Rebecca Hepner (

National Philanthropy Day
Chair: Sommer Brock (  )
Thank you for making our community a better place!
Paul Miller, CFRE
AFP Greater Detroit Chapter

Current News
AFP Mentorship Mentorsip Program Now Accepting Applications!
Are you new to the field of Fund Development?

Are you a seasoned professional looking to share your experience?

AFP Mentorship is here to provide assistance and guidance for those who are just beginning their fundraising careers.

Participating mentees will be assigned to a fundraising professional who will serve as their personal mentor.

Mentors will provide guidance, encouragement and support.

Mentees will be invited to participate in six interactive conference calls lead by senior level fundraising professionals.

 The best part is that the cost of this program is included in your AFP Membership!

If you are interested in participating in Mentorship AFP as either a Mentee or Mentor, please contact Kelly Conway at 248-370-2146 or to request an application.

Applications Due March 24, 2017!

Click here to download the Mentor Application
Click here to download the Mentee Application.

Emerging Fundraisers: Apply to be a Marjorie S. Fisher Fellow of the AFP Greater Detroit Chapter Fisher
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Detroit Chapter Marjorie S. Fisher Fellows program strives to educate and empower the future generation of fundraisers in the region and is supported through the generosity of the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation.

Fisher Fellows will receive the following benefits over a one-year period:
  • Membership in the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Detroit Chapter
  • Financial assistance to attend up to six chapter-sponsored educational programs
  • Inclusion in the Mentorship AFP program 

A limited number of fellowships are available. For consideration, applicants must be:
  • Currently employed in a fundraising capacity at a local non-profit organization located in the city of Detroit or serving a constituency in the city of Detroit
  • Age 30 or under, or if over age 30 have two years or less of professional fundraising experience
  • Not a current AFP member
Those working in small organizations with limited development support are encouraged to apply.

Applications Due March 24, 2017.

 For more information and to apply, please visit our website.

Click here to download the Alumni Scholarship Application.
Click here to download the Mariorie S Fisher Fellows Program Application.

Member News
Welcome to our new membersMembers
Ann Agler, BA
John Hale
Omari Taylor
Thomas Lynn Bales, BS
Melissa Rodriguez
Callie Patricia Wilkinson
Erin Ehlers
Catherine Smith

Carolyn Geck
Jennifer Stark

Oakland University Program OU
Indiana University's renowned Lilly Family School of Philanthropy will be offering their classic "Principles and Techniques of Fundraising" , April 24 - 27, 2017, on the campus of Oakland University.  Find out more at IUPUI's website.
Past Programs Past
January Webinar: Philanthropic Leaders: Building a successful fundraising system for board, staff and volunteers
This dynamic webinar provided principles of fundraising that can be immediately personalized and applied by board members, staff and volunteers.
February Workshop:
Successful Fundraising Partnerships 
Thank you to everyone who joined us this week at our February workshop: Successful Fundraising Partnerships. Professionals from Greater Detroit joined a panel of speakers from Hospice of Michigan and the Grand Rapids Ballet to hear how the two organizations creatively partnered to raise $500,000 through a production of The Nutcracker and how other organizations can approach their own creative partnerships.

Save the Date Save
Join us on March 30, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. for a Detroit Funder's Panel!
Representatives of foundations from Southeast Michigan will be joining AFP to discuss their priorities and initiatives for the region and their nonprofit partnerships. More information coming soon! This is an in-person program.
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