AFP Greater Madison August 2011 eNews  
President's Report
Greetings Friends:

It was only a few months ago when I reported out on the excellent AFP International Conference held in Chicago this spring.  The next conference is scheduled for early April in Vancouver.  It's a little early for planning, but if you have never attended the AFP International Conference on Fundraising, I highly recommend that you apply for the Chamberlain Scholarship.  As a former Chamberlain Scholar, I speak from experience about the amazing educational opportunities available at the annual conference.  And the Chamberlain Scholarship will cover much of the cost of the conference.  The AFP Foundation covers the conference fees and the chapter offers a matching scholarship to help cover travel costs.  Let me know if you would like more information about the Chamberlain Scholarship or watch for updates on application in the coming weeks.  The scholarship is available to first time conference attendees only.

The board continues to be excited by our increasing membership numbers.  We've almost recovered our membership numbers to the levels from a couple of years ago when we experienced such a sharp decline (which we attribute to the economic decline).  Welcome to all new members and returning members, and for those veteran members who stayed with us, thank you!  After 8 years of chapter membership, I continue to learn from all of you and look forward to many more years of camaraderie.

News from IHQ:

Warm regards,
Cheri Buckner
Chapter President
Special Report: the Diversity Partners
By Edwards Lee

The Diversity Partners pilot project is an initiative of the Greater Madison chapter's Diversity Committee aimed at strengthening the fundraising capacity of emerging non-profit organizations that are deeply embedded in one or more of Greater Madison's communities of color. After a nearly a year of community needs analysis and planning, our chapter conducted an extensive application and interview process, eventually selecting Freedom, Inc. as our pilot partner in the project. The Chapter agreed to work with Freedom, Inc. over a 2 year period to help the organization create a comprehensive development plan and build its long-term fundraising capacity.

Freedom, Inc. is a grassroots non-profit organization that provides services and advocacy to low and no-income communities of color in Dane County. Their primary goal is to look at new definitions and solutions to end violence against women and children. They work to inspire and educate individuals through leadership development and community organizing that will bring about social, political, cultural, and economic change to low-income communities.

While the project has progressed a little slower than originally anticipated, Diversity Committee Members and Freedom, Inc. board and staff representatives have been working together regularly over the past 18 months. We have assisted with an organizational assessment to gain an understanding of their fundraising readiness and we have developed a deeper understanding of the organization's initiatives, finances, and organizational culture.

Finally, one of the goals of the Diversity Partners project was to leverage the expertise of the entire chapter to ensure the project's success. To that end, we will be seeking chapter members and others in the community to volunteer their expertise. Some possible areas where we could use expertise include strategic planning, financial analysis, marketing, and others. As other specific projects come up, we will be communicating them via email and chapter meetings. If you are interested in helping, please contact Edward Lee at or 608.729.1211.

Networking Breakfast on Sept. 29th
NetworkingBreakfastIn an effort to expand our offerings to members, the Madison Chapter of AFP will be holding a Development Networking Breakfast on Thursday, September 29th from 8:00 to 9:00 am at the offices of Madison Community Foundation. 

A $10 registration fee includes bagels and coffee.

Scholarships Available
Are you thinking about gaining more personal development skills in the field of fund raising? Our chapter offers scholarships to cover one-quarter to one-half of the costs of member continuing education. Scholarships can be applied to registration fees and travel costs for workshops and conferences.

Please inquire at least one month prior to needing the funds. Applications are available on the chapter web site. Contact Peggy Halloran,, with questions.

As noted above, also watch for information about applying for the Chamberlain Scholarship in the coming weeks.
Member Movement and Kudos
This summer has been a busy one for AFP members with many transitions and exciting new oppertunities.
  • Florence Edwards-Miller became the new Administrator for the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin.  
  • Adam Erdmann will shortly become the Director of Development for Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters.   
  • Boris Frank returns to consulting as Boris Frank Associates.  
  • Elaine Glowacki is the membership coordinator at Forest Products Society in Madison.  
  • Emily Gruenewald became the Director of Development at UW Whitewater.    
  • Nicole Hoffmann was recently promoted to Chief Development Officer at American Red Cross for Western Wisconsin   
  • Ed Lee is now Senior Vice President at the Urban League of Greater Madison.  
  • Richard Lee became the new Development Director at Goodman Community Center.   
  • Tracy Lynn Marks Geeb is now a Grant Writer for Clean Wisconsin.      
  • Debby Meyer is now with the Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired.
  • Pete Schmeling became Director of Development for Marshfield Clinic.     
Finally congratulations to chapter members Sara DeKok and Renee Moe who each welcomed new babies into their families.

Please send your member news, movement, honors, etc. to Florence Edwards-Miller for inclusion in the next e-newsletter.

AFP Greater Madison Chapter
P.O. Box 45046
Madison, WI 53744-5046

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