September 2015  

***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 includes a range of people tied to well-run events from various perspectives, including event sponsors and attendees.
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, and approximately 3 others.

11:45 a.m. -1:15 p.m. Luncheon & Awards

2015 National Philanthropy Day 
Winners Announced
To be honored Friday, November 6, 2015
We are pleased to announce the 2015 National Philanthropy Day award winners. We received a fantastic amount of diverse and highly qualified applications for each and every category, and are looking forward to honoring the following outstanding volunteers, professionals, and youth in philanthropy from our Tulsa community at our NPD awards luncheon on Friday, November 6!

Kayla Vaughn   Outstanding Philanthropist: Kayla & Scott Vaughn
Kayla Vaughn received her Bachelors of Science in Music Business from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Kayla has been involved with several nonprofit organizations, and currently serves on the boards of Emergency Infant Services and Tulsa Ballet. Kayla was a member of Leadership Tulsa's Class 46 and has served on several event committees supporting Up With Trees, YWCA Tulsa, Mental Health Association of Tulsa, Tulsa Ballet and Emergency Infant Services. Kayla was co-chair of Tulsa Area United Way's Tocqueville Society. Kayla is currently Campaign Chair of Tulsa Ballet's $25 million Integrated Campaign. Kayla and her husband, Scott, have a four year-old son named Benjamin.
Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: Isaac Rocha Isaach Rocha
Isaac Rocha received his Bachelors of Science in Management and Marketing from Oklahoma State University. Professionally, he works as the Community Relations & Development Officer at Bama Companies, where he strategically helps align philanthropic giving, government affairs, inclusion initiatives, and community impact. Isaac has been involved with several nonprofit organizations, and currently serves on the boards of the Oklahoma State Chamber, Tulsa Regional Chamber, and Workforce Tulsa and serves on advisory boards of the YWCA-Tulsa. Isaac recently graduated from the prestigious XXVIII Leadership Oklahoma class and has been recognized for his community achievements by numerous organizations including Journal Record, Achievers under 40, Tulsa Business & Legal News, and many more. 
Lucky Lamons Outstanding Fundraising Professional: Lucky Lamons
Prior to joining the Foundation for Tulsa Schools in 2010, Lucky Lamons worked for the Tulsa Police Department for 21 years. Lucky then represented the Tulsa region for four terms as a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Throughout this time, he also served on numerous community boards and groups, and completed both Leadership Tulsa and Leadership Oklahoma. He holds a bachelor's degree from Cameron University, and three master's degrees, in criminal justice from Northeastern State University and in public administration and human relations from the University of Oklahoma. As the President and CEO of the Foundation of Tulsa Schools, Lucky has raised $8 million in just five years, and has steadily increased the organization's financial impact on and strategic alignment with Tulsa Public Schools. He continues to serve on several community advisory boards. 
Outstanding Diversity & Inclusion in Philanthropy:
Hannibal Johnson
Hann ibal Johnson & Tulsa Advocates for the Rights of Citizens with Developmental Disabilities, Inc. (TARC)
Hannibal Johnson is a graduate of Harvard Law School and The University of Arkansas. Johnson is an attorney, author, and independent consultant specializing in diversity & inclusion/cultural competence issues and nonprofit governance. Johnson has also served as an adjunct professor at The University of Tulsa College of Law, Oklahoma State University, and the University of Oklahoma. He is past president of Leadership Tulsa, the Metropolitan Tulsa Urban League and the Northeast Oklahoma Black Lawyers Association. His further nonprofit involvement is extremely vast, having served on boards for organizations such as Planned Parenthood of Arkansas, The Community Leadership Association, The Rotary Club of Tulsa, Foundation for Tulsa Schools, and many, many more.
For more than 63 years, Tulsa Advocates for the Rights of Citizens with Developmental Disabilities, Inc. (TARC) has advocated for and supported children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families to get the help they need to have a high quality of life. TARC was founded in 1952 by a group of passionate and concerned parents who wanted to advocate for education and other support services for their children with developmental disabilities. Today, TARC continues to fight for the rights and full inclusion of people with developmental disabilities and is the only organization in Oklahoma dedicated solely to providing advocacy and support for people with developmental disabilities and their families. 
Keith Boyd Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy: Keith Boyd
Ten-year-old Keith Boyd, CEO of Keith's Ice Cold Beverages, LLC, was born with nonverbal cerebral palsy and relies on a power wheelchair for mobility. Keith attended Little Light House in Tulsa from birth to age six, where he was assisted in receiving the technology he uses to communicate. In the summer of 2012, his entrepreneurial spirit lead him to have a lemonade stand in order to raise money for a toy. After exceeding his goal, he donated his excess earnings back to Little Light House. With the help of his Thrive15 mentor and a sponsorship from Chick-fil-A Eastside Market in Tulsa, Keith's Ice Cold Lemonade Stand later raised $140,000 for his alma mater. Since, Keith and his parents have developed and began manufacturing a private label lemonade, now being sold in Tulsa and Northwest Arkansas, with a portion of sales from each bottle going to The Keith Boyd Foundation to support Keith's mission to help other kids with special needs gain access to the tools they need to have a voice.

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

September Luncheon
So you have Questions? Come learn from the BEST!

Richard Boone, CFRE
Boone, CFRE
Pam Dose
Pam Dose
Charlene Fabian, CFRE
Charlene Fabian, CFRE

Lynn Sossamo n, CFRE

Come Learn from the best. Our distinguished panel will share their best advice, what they have learned throughout their career and what they might have done differently. They will also answer those questions you have always wanted to ask those who are more experienced and wiser!

Thursday, September 10, 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 7th
If you have any questions, please contact Margaret Wish, Chapter Administrator.

Bartlesville September Networking Luncheon
Writing Winning Grant Proposals

This luncheon will cover basic components of grant writing. While Dr. Michael will focus on the requirements of federal grants, her explanation also applies to most other state and private foundation grant application. This includes, but is not limited to: effective narratives, budgeting, how to assure your budget matches your activities and milestones, active voice, and teamwork.

Thursday, September 24, 2015
Bartlesville Regional United Way
415 Silas Street
Bartlesville, OK 74006
Members: $15.00
Guests: $20.00
Registration opens September 10th. 

Nicky Kay Michael, Ph.D.
Nicky Kay Michael, PhD, has been a grant writer for the past twenty years raising millions of dollars for her organizations. She has written for city and tribal governments, school districts, hospitals, rural counties, and numerous non-profits. Although her expertise is federal grant applications, she is also successful in private proposal strategies. She has witnessed the field in its infancy through the growth into certification processes of the last five to ten years. In 2012, the Native Americans in Philanthropy honored her with the prestigious Circle of Leaders program.

Professionally, she is an elected leader of the Delaware Tribe of Indians and honorably serves as the Secretary for the Tribal Council. Her PhD is in History from the University of Oklahoma, her MA is from Oklahoma State University and her BA is from Stanford University. She has also experienced numerous leadership programs such as the Udall Foundation Congressional Internship and Americans for Indian Opportunity Ambassador Program.
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: Free
Guests: $390.00
Please contact Lindsay Jordan, MNM, CFRE, Webconference Chair, with any questions.
Will you say YES when you receive a call from the AFP Foundation asking you to donate to the Be the Cause campaign? Our support provides the highest quality of educational programs such as our free webinars. Part of every gift will come to our chapter for our outstanding programs such as Stephen Pidgeon's presentation at our chapter's breakfast on August 20th.
If you make your gift or pledge before September 10th, your name will be included in our prize drawing for gift certificates and more! You can donated online  here!
Thank you,
Gerri Inman, JD and Tish Stuart, CFRE- Be the Cause Chairs
President's Column
Tom Taylor II

Dear AFP of Eastern Oklahoma Chapter Professionals and Friends:

My organization, Emergency Infant Services, and I are in prep for our biggest annual event coming up the 11th of September, 2015; Kaleidoscope Ball. We strive to raise between 25% and 30% of our annual budget at this event. I am reminded of the outpouring of support and generosity that Tulsa, Bartlesville and Eastern Oklahomans have at our finger-tips. The philanthropy of individuals, corporations, faith-based groups, and foundations are unmatched in most communities our size or even larger!  

We featured the ever dynamic, international speaker, Stephen Pidgeon, from the UK in partnership with the Oklahoma Center for Non-Profits on Aug. 20th. He spoke about loving our donors to death from an executive level.  The fact that we partnered with OCNP and the OKC Chapter of AFP to make this happen in Oklahoma excites me! Collaboration is a key component to making all of our lives better, for those donating monies to make their community the best place to live, to those serving those in need, or those volunteering their time and talents.  

We have announced our NPD winners as well as our NPD conference and awards luncheon that spotlight everything above! When we surveyed our membership at the end of last year, our more seasoned and tenured development professionals expressed a need for educational sessions that spoke to their needs. 

I am super stoked to see the September 10th panel luncheon announced that someone at every level of our profession can enjoy.  Please join me and our AFP Board at the September luncheon featuring the experts Richard Boone, CFRE; Lynn Sossamon, CFRE; Pamela Dose; and Charlene Fabian, CFRE and ask them your questions!  Our year is only 4 months from turning into a new year.  Let's continue to collaborate and make our profession the best in the industry!


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

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors

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Job Openings


Director of Development

Family & Children's Services


New Members 


Kelly Hawver
Director of Resource Development
Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa

Carissa Lott
Business Office Manager
Price Tower Arts Center

Calvin A. Moore, MBA


Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa


Karen Dills

Executive Director

RSVP of Tulsa, Inc.


Juanita Green, BA

Director of Development

Price Tower Arts Center


 Wallace D. Poplin, BS, MS

Director of Development

Rejoice Christian School 

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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