December 2016

A Message from Our Chapter President

Giving Thanks!


AFP Greater Detroit Chapter is strong because of you, its members. I am thankful for all you do for the chapter and our community. Without quality, mission driven fundraisers, where would our community, state, and world be?! Thank you!

Enjoy the Holiday Season with your friends, family, and of course, DONORS! I look forward to another impactful year at AFP in 2017. With your help, so much good will occur.

Consider attending the AFP program on Philanthropic Leaders: Building a successful fundraising system for board, staff and volunteers. See the link to learn more and to sign up.

Thank you for making our community a better place! Happy Holidays!

Paul Miller, CFRE
AFP Greater Detroit Chapter

Featured Program

Philanthropic Leaders: Building a successful fundraising system for board, staff and volunteers Webinar

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Member Cost: $10.00 Non-Member Cost: $25.00
*Registration closes January 30th at 5:00pm.
*A link to the webinar will be sent to you by email one day prior to the event.

Register Now!

Program description:
Philanthropy begins at home with those closest to the organization – the board, staff and volunteers. After all, how can we ask the community to invest in the organization when those closest to it haven’t been given the opportunity? At the same time, over half of all board chairs and executive directors identify philanthropy as one of the most important areas for board improvement! What to do?

Designed to motivate and inspire, this dynamic webinar will provide principles of fundraising that can be immediately personalized and applied by board members, staff and volunteers. It will include:

1) a Values, Vision and Voice exercise – a reflection of why your board members value their affiliation with your mission and how they can align these values with your strategic fundraising plan

2) a system to implement successful annual campaigns that can be launched and enhanced year after year

3) the necessary tools to develop comprehensive annual board, staff and volunteer giving campaigns.

These initiatives will create a culture of philanthropy in your organization – a culture that paves the way to long-term fundraising sustainability.

Please invite board members, volunteers and key staff people to attend the webinar!


Stacey Anderson is an energetic and gregarious leader who revels in helping nonprofits of all shapes and sizes corner their missions and love their donors.

Heather Gallant is a successful nonprofit leader with expertise in founder-leader transitions, strategic problem-solving during times of uncertainty and organizational change processes.

For more information on the presenters, click here!

Connect with AFP Greater Detroit!

Current News

Congratulations to the Incoming 2017 AFP Greater Detroit Chapter Board of Directors

President – Paul Miller, CFRE, Presbyterian Villages Foundation
President Elect – Patricia Brosnahan, CFRE, Detroit Zoological Society
Immediate Past President – Paula Brown, CFRE, Reading Works
Treasurer – Diane Gulyas, CFRE, University of Michigan-Dearborn
Secretary – Rebecca Hepner, Salvation Army

MiVida Burrus, Walsh College
Leslie Carmona, CFRE, Wayne State University
Bobie Clement, CFRE, Presbyterian Villages Foundation
Kelly Conway, CFRE, Oakland University
Ryan Dinkgrave, Southwest Solutions
Tanya Griffith, Community Social Services of Wayne County
Dan Jenuwine, CFRE, Richner and Richner
Steve Ragan, CFRE, Southwest Solutions
Laura Tomassi, Richner and Richner
Melissa Weisse, CFRE, Leader Dogs for the Blind

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AFP Career Resources


Looking to hire an AFP member for your development team? Post your position on the AFP Greater Detroit website. Thirty day postings are $100.00 for AFP members and $200.00 for non members.

Looking for a new job? There are several open positions on the AFP Greater Detroit Job Bank. Positions recently posted include:

Looking to sponsor your own job posting email blast? Contact for more information. One email blast is $100 for AFP members and $200 for non members.

Events Manager
Michigan Humane Society

Major Gift Officer - SECS
Oakland University

Senior Campaign Officer
The Henry Ford

Membership Manager
Detroit Regional Chamber

Assistant Director of Advancement
Cranbrook Schools

Development Director
Michigan League of Conservation Voters

Events Associate
Michigan Humane Society

Chief Development & External Relations Officer
University of Michigan, School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Director of Development
Life Remodeled

Development Associate
Shelter Association of Washtenaw County

Special Events Coordinator
Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan

President and Chief Executive Officer
The Catholic Foundation of Michigan

Join The AFP Greater Detroit Chapter

Have you been thinking about joining AFP? There is no time like the present! AFP membership gives you access to a network of fundraising and development professionals, the AFP mentor program and discounts on educational programs.

AFP offers several membership types that can fit with any budget AFP membership starts as low as $75. AFP also offers an installment plan.

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If you have questions about your membership please contact Tanya Griffith,

Click here If you are interested in becoming a member.