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President's MessagePresident
Dear Greater Detroit AFP Members,

AFP Greater Detroit Chapter is strong because of you, its members. Keep the chapter moving forward and expand your professional network by joining an AFP Committee in 2018. Start early on those New Year's resolutions!
Listed below are the committees you can help to shape. Please contact the committee chairs directly for additional details. Yes, there is work involved, but it is well worth the time spent. All that said, if you join a committee and it is not what you were looking for, that's ok - you can always join another committee! However, don't sit on the sidelines (get involved!!). AFP Greater Detroit Chapter needs players on the field, not in the stands - It's Your Turn, Get Involved NOW!

Be the Cause Campaign
Ryan Dinkgrave
(734) 968-7607
CFRE/ACFRE Roundtable Committee
Melissa Weisse, CFRE

Committee on Directorship
Paula Brown, CFRE 
(313) 962-6202
Development Day
Tricia Brosnahan, CFRE
(248) 336-5728

Diversity & Inclusion Committee
MiVida Burrus
(248) 336-5728
Ethics Committee
Dan Jenuwine, CFRE
(248) 341-2134

Marjorie S. Fisher Fellows
Sam Young
(313) 471-0831

Marketing & Communications Committee
Stephanie Maurice
(313) 962-9446 ext 230

Kelly Cleaver
(586) 218-9792

Membership Committee 
Tanya Griffith
(313) 244-7901

National Philanthropy Day (NPD) Committee
Sommer Brock
(248) 722-5727

Ashley Ashkenazi 
(248) 721-3753

NPD Awards Committee
Steve Ragan, CFRE
(248) 872-6900

Program Committee
Bobie Clement, CFRE 
(248) 281-7252

Sponsorship Committee
Rebecca Hepner
(248) 200-3469

Thank you for making our community a better place!

Paul Miller, CFRE
AFP Greater Detroit Chapter
Tell Us What You Would Like to See in 2017!Survey

By participating in AFP Detroit's Annual Survey you can help provide valuable information and feedback regarding your experience with AFP this year, and help us plan for next year. The survey shouldn't take more than 3 minutes of your time. Complete the survey by October 13th to be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card! 

Chamberlain Scholarship ProgramChamberlain

Each year, AFP International offers the Chamberlain Scholarship Program to assist outstanding AFP members who have never before attended an AFP International Conference. Each chapter is invited to select one Chamberlain Scholar.

Our chapter's Chamberlain Scholar winner will attend the AFP International Conference in New Orleans, LA, April 15 - 17, 2018.

To qualify, you must be an AFP Greater Detroit member in good standing for at least three years, employed as a fundraising professional, never attended an AFP International Conference, and agree to complete an online evaluation about your experience at the conference.

The Chamberlain Scholar receives $500 to cover AFP International Conference registration (scholars must pay $10 to register).

Submission deadline is Sunday, October 15, 2017.  

Click here for application form.

"The conference provides a rich and diverse learning experience for fundraising professionals who are looking for new, innovative ways to raise funds and, ultimately, make an impact in the world. After attending the conference, I'm reinvigorated and excited to implement new ideas I learned."

Bobie Clement, CFRE (pictured right) was AFP - Greater Detroit's 2017 Chamberlain Scholarship recipient.
National Philanthropy Day News
Partner with AFP for National Philanthropy DayNPDsponsor

Would you like to reach hundreds of philanthropists, distinguished volunteers, and individuals active in nonprofits throughout Southeastern Michigan?

If your answer is yes, then consider partnering with the AFP Greater Detroit Chapter for National Philanthropy Day!

On November 9th, National Philanthropy Day will honor the great contribution that philanthropists and volunteers have made to our lives, community, and nation. Generous support from organizations such as yours will help to advance the education of fundraising professionals, while offering maximum exposure for your organization. Submit your sponsorship commitment by September 29th for recognition in the event program and on event signage.

Do not miss this opportunity to get your organization's name in front of more than 700 community boosters, business leaders, philanthropists and volunteers in Southeast Michigan! For more information, visit the Sponsorship Page on the AFP website or contact Sponsorship Committee Chair Rebecca Hepner.

Submit Your Distinguished Volunteers Today- 
Deadline Extended to September 22nd!DistVol
Is there a volunteer at your organization that 
directly contributes to your success? One who inspires you with their passion and motivation for your cause? 

Do you have a board member, donor, or committee chair that always goes the extra mile --- closing the gap on donations or always willing to do what they can to help out?

Is there a volunteer that your organization couldn't operate without?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you have a DISTINGUISHED VOLUNTEER!

Please celebrate them, their commitment to your organization and philanthropy as a whole at the 26th annual National Philanthropy Day dinner on November 9th at The Henry in Dearborn. Simply fill out the form and tell us a bit about your volunteer. Their photo and bio will be included in the program book that will be available at the National Philanthropy Day dinner. We only ask that you host your volunteer at the event.

Deadline extended!  Submit your Distinguished Volunteer form by Friday, September 22nd.
Local OpportunitiesLocal
Michigan Non-Profit Association offering scholarships to international fall conference!
The Michigan Non-Profit Association is offering scholarships to its international fall conference, October 25 -27. 

This October, MNA is proud to co-sponsor Our Common Future, a can't-miss gathering of more than 1,000 changemakers from all across America. Industry and philanthropy, charity and politics - they all have a role in Our Common Future, and they'll all be at the conference. Come hear headline leaders interviewed by headline journalists. Visit neighborhoods to see how good ideas grow to reality. Experience the arts as an agent of social change, and acquire the tools you need to increase your own agency and impact.

If your organization has a budget of $1 Million or less, you may be able to attend the conference, held right here in Detroit, for only $313!   If your organization is a MNA member, click here to learn more.   If your organization is not a MNA member, click here to learn more.

Programs Programs

Save the Date for Upcoming Programs!

Key Indicators for Fundraising Success 
with Danielle Jones, CFRE, Director of Investor Relations at Ann Arbor SPARK
September 28 at SPARK Central Innovation Center
Click here for more information or to register.

Development Day Chicago: The Changing Lens of Philanthropy
October 3 at the Sheraton Grand Chicago
Click here for more information.

Diversity Day
October 19 at Lawrence Technological University
Click here for more information or to register.

26th Annual National Philanthropy Day
November 9 at The Henry
Click here for more information.

Sponsorship Opportunities are Available for 2018 Programs!Sponsorship

As an AFP Greater Detroit program sponsor, you will show your organization's commitment to cultivation a culture of giving in the region.  You will receive sponsorship recognition in front of Southeastern Michigan's not-for-profit leaders.  You will also help support AFP Greater Detroit's work in promoting high ethical standards in fundraising, with proceeds dedicated to the chapter's education, scholarship and diversity programs. 

Please contact Rebecca Hepner at for more information.
Job ListingsJobs

Have an open position you are looking to fill with a great development professional? 

Post your open position to the Greater Detroit Job Page and connect to over 375 qualified candidates. 

We'll even send your listing out via e-mail to all active AFP Greater Detroit members!

$100-AFP Great Detroit Members

Want more information? Click here to visit AFP Greater Detroit's job center or contact Leslie Carmona at

Join AFP Greater DetroitJoin
It's a Great Time to Become a Member!

For 50 years, AFP has been the standard-bearer for professionalism in fundraising.  Learn more about AFP, its activities and people, and how you can be involved.

To join online, go to  For a list of AFP Membership Benefits, click here.  

Questions?  Call the AFP Membership Department at (800) 666-3863.
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