October 2015  
President's Column
Tom Taylor II

Dear AFP of Eastern Oklahoma Chapter Professionals and Friends:

I am very thankful for our panelists in September that featured Development experts such as Richard Boone, CFRE; Lynn Sossamon, CFRE; Pamela Dose; and Charlene Fabian, CFRE. 

Our October 1st lunch features Mark Loeber speaking on the top trends in philanthropy with Baby Boomers as donors. We also will be voting on our 2016 AFP of Eastern Oklahoma Chapter Board slate. 

I encourage you to get involved at some level with our local AFP Board either on a committee or with NPD. If you are like me, we get so involved with our own careers, our own donors, or the next event that sometimes we think I can't do one more thing. You can! 

My service to AFP, as well as getting to work with your current AFP Board, recharges my battery. I get energized by networking with such professionals, and I get ideas that help me with my career, my donors, and our events with EIS. We have an amazing slate to vote, so come and participate and help your own career. Please join me and our Board at the October luncheon as well as at the NPD Conference and Awards luncheon this November at Southern Hills Country Club!

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

AFP Eastern OK Chapter 2016 Officer Slate Announcement

Hello Members of the Eastern Oklahoma Chapter: 

We are pleased to announce the proposed Slate of Directors for the 2016 year. The election will be held at our Annual Meeting on Thursday, October 1st  at the Tulsa Garden Center during our luncheon. Nominations may be made from the floor at that meeting. 
President:  Allison B. Walden [Tulsa Regional Chamber]
President-Elect:  Steffanie Bonner [Dillon International]
Treasurer:  Christina Citty [The Bridges Foundation]
Secretary:  Susan Garcia, CFRE [Hospice of Green Country]
Vice President-Education: Jane Dunbar [American Diabetes Association - Oklahoma]
Vice President-Advancing Philanthropy:  Lindsay Jordan, CFRE [YWCA Tulsa]
Vice President-Community Relations:  Melody Tangyunyong [Tulsa Lawyers for Children]
Vice President-Member Services:  Chris Miller, CFRE [The Advancement Group]
Vice President-Governance: Eileen Kenney [TCC]
If you are interested in a leadership role with the chapter in 2016 or 2017, please contact Allison Walden at  allisonwalden@tulsachamber.com or 9188397417. 

AFP is looking for a committed and passionate leaders to serve our board and committees for the coming year and beyond.
From the Committee on Directorship (nominating committee):
Tish Stuart, CFRE - Chair  - tstuart@cctulsa.org
Tom A. Taylor, II
Allison Walden
October Luncheon
Top Trends in Philanthropy - Boomers as donors and the fastest growing giving tool in the United States

Mark Loeber

Have you wondered what motivates Baby Boomers to become donors? 

Did you know that Baby Boomers are the largest group of donors, numerically, and also the largest group of contributors each year?

This donor group comprises 25% of the adult population in the U.S. 

Mark Loeber will discuss the trends that are affecting Boomers - working longer, long-term health concerns, financially assisting adult children, etc... - that have a direct economic impact on their giving ability. You will learn what charitable solutions are appropriate to address concerns that Boomers are facing. In addition, Mark will discuss donor funds as a giving option - the fastest growing giving tool in the United States today.

Thursday, October 1, 2015
11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

Tulsa Garden Center
2435 South Peoria

Register  here.
Members: $20.00
Guests: $30.00
Last day to register is Monday, September 28th
If you have any questions, please contact Margaret Wish, Chapter Administrator.


***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
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
The success of special event fundraisers can make or break a non-profit organization's budget. This panel discussion will focus on the "business side" of event management, including current high-level trends, how to determine the value proposition of an event, how to measure an event's success, how to know when it's time to discontinue an event, and how to get a Board to accept event recommendations that can improve the return on investment. Moderated by Heather Duncan, panelists will include a range of people tied to well-run events from various perspectives, including Mandy Leemhuis, Cassie Reese, Phyllis Dotson, and Marlo Duffy Turner.
9:30-10:15 a.m. Storytelling - Presented by the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits
Every organization has stories to tell that can educate the public, empower their clients, and illuminate their mission. But, not every nonprofit uses their stories to connect to donors and support their fundraising efforts. This session will cover tried and true storytelling methods that can maximize your fundraising responses, build relationships with those who invest in your organization, and grow your community impact.
10:30-11:30 a.m. The Amazing, Do-It-Yourself Communications Audit - Presented by Tom Ahern
Your donor communications... bless their hearts - Are they any good? Effective communications all have at least a dozen things in common. These "secrets" derive from marketing, psychology, eye-motion studies, journalism, and a vast body of knowledge specifically about fundraising appeals. In this session, you'll learn what the world's top communicators know about the subtle science of persuading people to give, and how to judge your own materials against these very same standards.
10:30-11:30 a.m. Speed Networking: A Funders Panel
This fast-paced networking session gives you a chance to meet representatives from some of Tulsa's most generous corporations and family foundations. You will have a chance to ask questions about funding opportunities and share information about your nonprofit organization. Moderated by Drew France of CAP Tulsa, planned participants include representatives from: Zarrow Family Foundations, ONE Gas, Osteopathic Founders Foundation, BOKF Foundation, and Cox Communications.
*** Have Questions for the Panel?  Send them to Allison Walden at  allisonwalden@tulsachamber.com ***

11:45 a.m. -1:15 p.m. Luncheon & Awards
CFRE Review Course
AFP's revised CFRE Review Course offers development professionals an opportunity to review the main components of a complete fundraising program based on fundraising experience at the five-year level. This two-day, intensive program provides an overview of skills, techniques and program information needed to pass the CFRE exam, or simply master the art of fundraising. Modules offered in this course include a basic review of philanthropy; marketing and communications skills; gift solicitation and closing techniques; volunteer management; building a comprehensive development program and so much more!
NEW THIS YEAR-AFP Eastern Oklahoma is proud to be the only facilitator for CFRE Course Review in our region, and this year will open the "virtual door" to participants outside of Northeastern Oklahoma. This year's two-day course review will be offered online through web-conferencing to AFP members and non-members residing outside of the AFP Eastern Oklahoma service area. Simply sign up for the course review as a virtual participant to take advantage of this option. The deadline for signing up as a virtual participant is Friday, October 2, 2015.
And to our "locals," please don't fret! We have a special surprise for you as well! All AFP Eastern Oklahoma members who complete this year's CFRE Course Review will be entered to win a drawing of two $500 scholarships to help offset the cost of your training and to put toward your CFRE exam fee. We will draw for the scholarships at the close of the course review on Saturday, October 17.
Add to these announcements a completely refreshed course format, computer lab with complimentary laptop & smartboard use, and energized CFRE volunteer leadership, and this year's course review is sure to be one of our best ever!

Friday, October 16, 2015: Noon to 5:00p.m. (lunch provided)
Saturday, October 17, 2015: 900a.m.-5:00p.m. (breakfast & lunch provided)
YWCA Tulsa Multicultural Center
1845 East 17th Street, Tulsa, OK 74112
Register here.
Members: $390.00
Guests: $490.00
Please contact Lindsay Jordan, MNM, CFRE, Webconference Chair, with any questions.
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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Job Openings
Tulsa Habitat for Humanity


New Members 

Karen Dills
Executive Director
RSVP of Tulsa, Inc.

Director of Development
Price Tower Arts Center

Cowboy Country Fellowship
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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