November 2015  
President's Column
Tom Taylor II

Dear AFP of Eastern Oklahoma Chapter Professionals and Friends:

As I am writing this article; Allison Walden, Steffanie Bonner, Margaret Wish and I are returning from the AFP International Leadership conference in Kansas City, MO.  We attended with our friend and incoming President of the AFP OKC Chapter, Jo Jones. It has me in a reflective state of what our own Eastern Oklahoma Chapter has done the past couple of years and what it is doing now (and in the future) after meeting with other AFP Chapter leaders across the United States.  One word comes to mind - CELEBRATE! 

Sometimes I find myself going after the next goal, the next donation or the next major gift, but when do we take a moment and celebrate what we have already accomplished and have done well? In like-size AFP Chapter meetings, we found other chapters taking notes and asking how we did what we did in Tulsa? A lot of the more metropolitan cities and chapters were asking for our contacts to see how they could replicate what works for us!  I am telling you this friends because even though the year isn't over, we have to celebrate what we know how to do well in Oklahoma, and do best in the Tulsa and Bartlesville areas in Eastern Oklahoma.  We achieved for the first time ever, the Friends of Diversity award. We moved ourselves from a Ten Star award chapter to a Ten Star Gold award chapter based on meeting best practices internationally. We have for the first time a satellite chapter with our friends in Bartlesville, OK; and not many other chapters nation-wide have a model like this.  We have great educational programming, webinars, training in ethics, and have a CFRE training coming up that other chapters can only imagine putting on! We have some of the best philanthropists around which help us celebrate our half day conference at NPD as well as celebrate the award winners at the NPD luncheon on Nov. 6th.  We brought in one Int'l Speaker, Stephen Pigeon, in partnership with Oklahoma Center for Non-Profits and the OKC AFP Chapter; and we are bringing in Tom Ahern, nationally known for the NPD conference. As we celebrate, we are recognizing what we are doing correctly in our profession, and it helps us to grow to see what else we need to accomplish.  

Please join me and our local AFP Board, if you haven't registered yet, at the NPD Conference and Awards luncheon this November 6th at Southern Hills Country Club! Let's continue to celebrate and sore even higher in remaining year and 2016.


Tom A. Taylor, II
2015 President, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Eastern Oklahoma Chapter
Executive Director/CEO at Emergency Infant Services

2015 National Philanthropy Day Conference & Awards Luncheon
Friday, November 6th-Southern Hills Country Club
Join more than 60 other fundraising professionals for our annual educational conference in the morning, and over 260 local philanthropists for the luncheon where we will honor this years outstanding award recipients!
***Deadline to register is Monday, November 2, 2015 by 5:00p.m.
AFP Conference Schedule

7:45-8:30 a.m. Registration & Business Partner Fair

 8:30-9:15 a.m. Opening Plenary Session with Tom Ahern: Everything I Know in 60 Slides

A preview of what you will hear: 

"The first give you ask of a donor is for their attention."

"Are you hogging all the credit or giving it to your donors?"

"We support a charity or cause because it give us a chance to love something about ourselves."

"Donors are staggeringly ignorant of the causes they support."

Tom Ahern is considered one of the world's top authorities on how to  increase revenue through donor communications. He has authored several well-received books and trainings on fundraising, advocacy, and persuasion, and has delivered dozens of workshops at conferences across the U.S. and internationally. Tom's client s have included:  Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Houston Grand Opera, Princeton University, Save the Children, PBS TV,   and Volunteers of America, among many others. Join Tom for 'Everything I Know in 60 Slides,' a fast-paced review of the best practices and insights Tom has gathered over 15 years of award-winning case writing, direct mail, and communication audits for non-profit organizations.
9:30-10:15 a.m. The Bu$iness of Events: A Panel Discussion
9:30-10:15 a.m. Storytelling - Presented by the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits
10:30-11:30 a.m. The Amazing, Do-It-Yourself Communications Audit - Presented by Tom Ahern
10:30-11:30 a.m. Speed Networking: A Funders Panel

11:45 a.m. -1:15 p.m. Luncheon & Awards
Award winners Lucky Lamons, Keith Boyd, Kayla Vaughn, Hannibal Johnson, and Isaac Rocha

Spirit of Philanthropy Honorees:
David & Tracy Kyle; Assistance League of Tulsa
Charles Strauser; Emeka Nnaka
Volunteer Fundraisers

Steffanie Bonner; Doug Thomas
Fundraising Professionals
Marlin Lavanhar; Tulsa's Young Professionals
Diversity & Inclusion in Philanthropy

Anna Bebermeyer; Jennelle Jacobs
Youth in Philanthropy

All NPD Winner Photos taken by Steven Michaels Photography

Be the Cause of good things happening for our chapter! 
Thanks to these members for your support of the AFP Foundation 2015 campaign.
Steffanie Bonner, Richard Boone, CFRE, Donna K. Brooks, Janice Edmiston, CFRE, Mary Ellen Evans-Opstein, Drew France, Susan Garcia, CFRE, Kimberly Goddard, Jean Ann Hankins, Nancy Hatfield, Carrie Vesely Henderson, CFRE, Gerri Inman, JD, South Tulsa Community House, Jocelyn S. McCarver, Brenda Michael-Haggard, CFRE, Chris Miller, CFRE, Toni Moore, Kelly Schneider, Suzy Sharp, CFRE, Taylor Shorb, Katherine R. Silvey, Tish Stuart, CFRE, Melody Tangyunyong, Tom A. Taylor, II, Sandra Thornton, and Allison B. Walden, Kyle Wilkes, Kelly J. Wilson, MA, and Kathy Wright.  

We have raised $1,810 in gifts and pledges from 19 donors, and will receive a distribution from the foundation for our chapter based on the total raised. 
Prize Drawing at the December 10th chapter lunch meeting!

Prizes include gift cards and free AFP luncheons for you or your guest.  If you give by then your name will be included.  Go directly to the Be the Cause online gift page:
Thank you,

Gerri Inman, JD and Tish Stuart, CFRE- Be the Cause Chairs

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors

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National Philanthropy Day Partners

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Job Openings


Communications Manager

YWCA Tulsa


Assistant Director of Development

Oklahoma State University Foundation

Assistant Director of Development

College of Arts & Sciences

Oklahoma State University Foundation


Senior Director of Development

Oklahoma State University Foundation


 Executive Director



New Members
Director of Development
Family & Children's Services
Assistant Director of Development
TCC Foundation
Development Officer
Northeastern State University

Market Development Coordinator
Community HigherEd
2015 Board of Directors

Tom Taylor, II 


President Elect

Allison Walden


Immediate Past President

Tish Stuart, CFRE

 Steffanie Bonner

Susan Garcia, CFRE

VP of Education
Jane Dunbar

VP of Advancing Philanthropy

Monica Champ

VP of Community Relations
Taylor Shorb

VP of Member Services
Kate Silvey 


VP of Government & Strategic Planning

Drew France


Bartlesville Network 

Kathy Wright


Chapter Administrator

Margaret Wish


Membership Recruiting & Retention Chair

Lindsay Hughes


Membership Services

Chris Miller, CFRE


Membership Services

Hayley St. John


Webconference Chair

Krisann Diaz


Youth in Philanthropy Chair

Kyle Wilkes


e-Communications Chair

Melody Tangyunyong


CFRE Chair

Lindsay Jordan, MNM, CFRE

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