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President's Letter PresLtr
Dear AFP Greater Detroit Chapter Members,

As I wrap up my term as president of the Greater Detroit chapter, I am grateful to so many who work tirelessly to make our chapter the robust and successful unit that it is.  Thank you to our outstanding Executive Committee, Board of Directors, committee chairs and committee members.  These volunteers give of their time and talent so that all of you can have a rewarding experience as AFP Greater Detroit Chapter members.  Thanks also goes to our chapter management staff who keep all the plates spinning behind the scenes.  

Welcome to our incoming new board members and returning board members elected at the annual meeting on December 6.  I would like to personally thank those who are completing their service at the end of the year: Paul Miller, after several years on the board and leading the chapter through many improvements and much success as president and immediate past-president; Dan Alpert, who led the Ethics Committee in creating an outstanding program last summer; and Anna Weaver.  Congratulations again to the chapter Fisher Fellows and each of the more than 40 mentees who celebrated successful completion of the Mentorship AFP program at the annual meeting.  Many of you have shared with me what a valuable experience the program has been for you. 

It has been so rewarding to have served as chapter president, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity.  It is my pleasure to turn the reigns over to incoming president Diane Gulyas, and I wish her, the board and the chapter all the best.  I'll be chairing the Committee on Directorship in 2019, so if you have been thinking about getting involved give me a call! 

Happy Holidays!

Tricia Brosnahan, CFRE
President, AFP Greater Detroit Chapter
Thank you to the more than 60 members that joined us at the 2018 Annual Meeting and Luncheon on December 6. Fun was had by all as we celebrated the achievements of our members over the past year and looked forward to the successes of 2019. This included recognition of those that completed the 2018 AFP-GDC Mentorship Program, and the 2018 Marjorie S. Fisher Fellows Program. Congratulations!

A special thank you to our speaker, Matthew VanBesien, President of the University Musical Society at the University of Michigan, for sharing his perspective and experience in fundraising.

2018 Board of Directors, left to right: Paula Durant; Melissa Weisse, CFRE; John Hebert; Steve Ragan, Bobie Clement, CFRE; Tricia Brosnahan, CFRE; MiVida Burrus; Ashley Calhoun; Dan Alpert; Angie Schmucker, CFRE; Michael Palmer (chapter administrator).

AFP Greater Detroit Chapter Mentee Program graduates and Fisher Fellows pictured with chapter President, Tricia Brosnahan (center).
Be the CAUSE... Your Gift Can Make a Difference BtC

Our chapter can take pride in the fact that 100% of our board has made a gift to the BE the CAUSE Campaign. Passion, purpose and pride not only drive what we do, but why we do it.

My fellow Board members and I invite you to join us by making a gift to the BE the CAUSE Campaign in support of our chapter and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy. Your investment in the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy will help support local, national and international programs, such as Diversity & Inclusion, Professional Development, and research.

Please visit to learn more and to donate!

Thank you,

Ryan Dinkgrave
AFP Greater Detroit Board Member
Upcoming ProgramsPrograms
Webinar: A New Language for Engaging Volunteers in Major Gifts
January 17, 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Daniel J. Jenuwine, CFRE ( more about Daniel
Executive Director
Oakland Community College Foundation

You may be scaring off your volunteers when you talk to them about major gift fundraising. In this webinar, you will learn how the language we typically use to describe personal solicitations can raise their worst fears, and how to replace it with a new language that excites involvement.

For more information, click here.

Approved CFRE credit hours: 1

Member: $10 
Non-Member: $25 

Meet the Funders Panel - Influence and Strategy      SAVE THE DATE!
February 28, 8:00 - 9:30 AM

Get inside the heads of decision makers of three very influential foundations that fund locally and around the world. Learn how foundation leaders view the issues facing Southeastern Michigan, how they view their role in leading initiatives such as diversity and inclusion, and what they see are the most important trends and challenges facing the region from now until 2028.

Registration and more details coming soon!
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Job Seekers
Looking for a new opportunity? Click here  to see available positions.

Have an open position you are looking to fill with a great development professional?

Post your open position to the AFP Greater Detroit Chapter job page and connect to nearly 400 chapter members and their networks of development professionals.

We'll even send your listing out via e-mail to all active AFP Greater Detroit members!

$100 AFP Greater Detroit Members
$200 Non-Members

Want more information? Click here to visit AFP Greater Detroit's job center or contact Paula Durant at

A special thank you to  Non-Profit Personnel Network for sponsoring AFP- Greater Detroit Chapter's monthly job posting e-mails!

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It's a Great Time to Become a Member!

For 50 years, AFP has been the standard for professionalism in fundraising. Learn more about AFP, its activities and people, and how you can be involved.

To join online, go to .   For a list of AFP Membership Benefits, click here.

Questions? Call the AFP Membership Department at (800) 666-3863.
Sponsorship Opportunities are Available for All Programs!Sponsor
As an AFP Greater Detroit program sponsor, you will show your organization's commitment to cultivating a culture of giving in the region. You will receive sponsorship recognition in front of Southeastern Michigan's not-for-profit leaders. You will also help support AFP Greater Detroit's work in promoting high ethical standards in fundraising, with proceeds dedicated to the chapter's education, scholarship, and diversity programs.

Please contact Rebecca Hepner, CFRE for more information at .
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