AFP Greater Madison May 2011 eNews  

Notes from the AFP Chapter Presidents Council in Chicago

Greetings friends,

CheriBucknerThere was a large group of Madison AFPers at the International Conference in Chicago.  It was great to see so many familiar faces and get to know many people so much better.    


I want to pass on some information from the Chapter Presidents' Council Meeting. 


First of all, our local chapter was recognized as a 10 Star Chapter again for our efforts in 2010.

The award encourages chapters to perform specific activities designed to increase professionalism within fundraising and public awareness of philanthropy.  Considering that it was such a difficult year economically, I'm very proud that we continued to perform at a high level.


The AFP Nonprofit Organizational Membership Task Force shared that a new Nonprofit Organizational Membership is available!

Organizational membership begins at 8 members at a rate of $2000. As the member numbers increase in an organization, the price per member decreases.  Both the International Headquarters and the chapters will discount dues for multiple memberships. The hope is that this program generates more memberships, thereby increasing chapter event attendance, number of volunteers and engagement.  For more information, contact for more information!  



The Membership Innovation Task Force  continues to look at a new AFP membership model. Here are the items that will be moved forward in the near future.

  • Creation of a Next Generation Membership Category
  • Installment Plan for Dues Payments marketed more heavily

Also, during the conference, Paulette Maehara made her last official appearance as President and CEO of AFP and new president, Andrew Watt, was introduced.   Read Andrew's blog.  

Thanks for your continued participation in AFP!

Cheri Buckner, Chapter President


Share Your Wealth of Fund Development Experience: Write A Book!

Patricia L. Eldred, CFRE

At the AFP Conference in Chicago, I enjoyed a rare face-to-face meeting with my colleagues on the Publishing Advisory Committee with whom I've served since 2007. We regularly do our work via teleconference, so meeting in person was a treat. Our Committee reads books proposals submitted by aspiring writers, discusses the proposal and decides whether to recommend them for publication. Depending upon content, quality of the writing and the author's platform as well as whether the book will add something new and/or significant to the field, it may be accepted, rejected or returned for further work. In the past year the four new and excellent books at left were published by AFP/John Wiley & Sons. They are available in the AFP online bookstore or at

To learn how you can submit either a preliminary or full proposal visit and search for "publishing."

Make a Nomination for Philanthropy Day!
The National Philanthropy Day celebration is a very special event for the Greater Madison Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

On this day, as we reflect on the meaning of giving and celebrate our Madison area philanthropic community, we also seek to acknowledge those individuals and organizations within the community that are at the heart of so many meaningful and important endeavors. These are the people who exemplify leadership and set a powerful example for others to follow.

At AFP we understand that many of the philanthropists who make exceptional commitments to the Madison community often go unnoticed. We need your help to identify and recognize these quiet heroes.

Won't you please consider making a nomination for the 2011 National Philanthropy Day Awards?  The special award categories and criteria are listed below. Nominations will be accepted through 4 pm on Thursday, July 29.  

This year's celebration will be held on Friday, November 11, at Overture Center for the Arts.


My  AFP Conference Experience
by Chris Ziemba, Development Manager, The Salvation Army

Attending the AFP International Conference  was both overwhelming and gratifying.  I was fortunate to be able to get to Chicago in March, along with many fellow AFP Members, to get the latest in fundraising information and inspiration.

So in telling you about the event, I thought I would share the "Three Things I Wanted You to Know" about the AFP conference:
  1. Blake.  If you ever get an opportunity to see or hear Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS shoes, I recommend you check out his story.  Wouldn't you want to know how a guy decides to give away a pair of shoes for each one he sells - one for one?  Blake was an engaging, fun and inspiring speaker.
  2. Social Media and technology were everywhere at this conference.   Not only was this one of the most popular session topics but people were "tweeting" constantly about session topics, speakers and dinner plans.  Sometimes it was hard to keep up. Attendees even had a swipe card to offer vendors which meant less need for paper business cards.
  3. Best Laid Plans. Finally, even an anticipated plan for a great session can lead to a "dud" now and then. What I really appreciated was the relationships renewed and other fundraising people I met this year.  They made the conference work for me.  They made the trip worth it. 



Next Generation of Fundraising Professionals
Congratulations to the 11 charter members of the AFP-UW Madison Chapter on receiving the collegiate chapter's official charter! The UW group became the 25th collegiate chapter, the first in the Big Ten and first in Wisconsin. Chapter President Rebecca Peloquin (Junior, Psychology Major) represented her colleagues at the AFP International Conference in Chicago, March 20-22, where the charter was approved. "t was a very valuable experience," Becca reflects on the conference. "I met lots of accomplished and inspiring individuals, absorbed all the helpful information provided by the education sessions, and left feeling excited about what I can do.

Collegiate Chapters are their own AFP affiliates, not a "junior" chapter of the local professional membership. However, in seeking chapter status, the collegiate chapter must have the endorsement of the professional members along the commitment to mentor and partner with the students.

Establishing a collegiate chapter was originally in the Greater Madison Chapter's 2008 strategic plan. Kristi Shepard, Director of Leadership Giving at United Way of Dane County, serves as the liaison to the professional chapter and advises the collegians. Jeanan Yasiri, Executive Director of the UW center for Nonprofits, is the campus advisor. The Center is also the chapter's campus "host."

The students already have an impressive list of accomplishments that was submitted in applying for chapter status, most notably their RFP process for local nonprofits to execute a fundraising project each spring semester. Last year more than 80 organizations requested the collegiate chapter's involvement.

We look forward to future partnerships and collaborations with the AFP UW-Madison Chapter going forward!

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