Karen Griner
Educational Conference Co-Chair

Penelope Burk is coming! Penelope Burk is coming! If you haven’t experienced a presentation by world-renowned speaker and fundraising expert Penelope Burk , this could be your last chance! If you have heard her before - as I have, many times - you also should not miss this opportunity to be inspired by her one last time before she retires next year.

Join us September 13th at Birmingham-Southern College , where Penelope will be making her final stop in Birmingham! She’ll make you laugh, maybe even cry, as she shares with us stories backed by her famed donor-centered research that will give us the tools to be the very best fundraisers we can be. She’ll also make some predictions on how political contributions in next year’s presidential election might affect our fundraising efforts in 2020.

As you can tell, I am a huge fan of Penelope and her books, Donor-Centered Fundraising and Donor-Centered Leadership . And I am not alone - at AFP International Conferences, I have witnessed many standing-room-only audiences who have crowded together to hear her speak. Locally, those of us who attended her previous Birmingham appearances still talk, years later, about how empowering her presentations were.

I highly encourage you to not only get a ticket for yourself, but also for some of your board members. Because, as we all know, board members are critical to our fundraising success, and Penelope will lay out the evidence to prove that point.

We expect tickets to this event to sell out! We are also offering early-bird ticket prices: $50 for AFP members and $75 for non-members until August 31st. After August 31st, tickets will go up by $25 for members and non-members. So there is somewhat of a sense of urgency that you buy your tickets now !

If your nonprofit doesn’t have the budget for a ticket, there’s still hope. AFP Alabama is offering four scholarships to attend the conference. Applications are due August 30th . Click here to apply for a scholarship!

We look forward to being inspired with you on September 13th!


The Educational Conference is sponsored by

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Penelope Burk to Birmingham!
Congratulations to this year's National Philanthropy Day honorees! Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination!

William M. and Virginia B. Spencer Outstanding Philanthropist
O’Neal Industries, Inc., Shareholders and Family Members
Nominated by University of Alabama at Birmingham

United Way of Central Alabama Outstanding Civic Leader
B ill Terry, Highland Associates, Inc.
Nominated by the Boy Scouts of America, Greater AL Council and St. Mary’s on the Highlands Episcopal Church

Outstanding Corporate Citizen
Capstone Collegiate Communities 
Nominated by Glenwood, Inc. 
William S. Roth Outstanding Fundraising Executive
Caroline Bolvig, United Way of Central Alabama
Nominated by United Way of Central Alabama 
The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham Outstanding Professional Advisor
Steve Briggs, Petra Life Services
Nominated by United Way of Central Alabama

Outstanding Charitable Organization
Walker Area Community Foundation
Nominated by Girls Inc. of Central Alabama

Bill Moran Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy
Christian Huddle, Mountain Brook High School Class of 2018
Nominated by STAIR of Birmingham

Click here for more information on purchasing a VIP table, table of 8, or individual ticket.
National Philanthropy Day VIP Tables for Sale
How can you give one of your best supporters or volunteers an unforgettable thank you? Do you work for a small shop without a budget for a large appreciation event or a
large shop where making one volunteer or donor among thousands feel special is challenging?

AFP’s National Philanthropy Day luncheon on Thursday, November 14th, is an unbeatable opportunity to honor your special volunteer in the company of Alabama’s most notable fellow philanthropists and an experience they will never

Investing in a Volunteer in Philanthropy (VIP) table means your honoree will receive event recognition, a beautiful trophy, and a head shot and bio in the Birmingham Business Journal . And you get a very appreciative supporter!

Only three VIP tables are left! Reserve your table and pay now by credit card or contact Rhonda McDavid, VIP Chair, at rhonda@sdiabetes.org or 205-222-2477 to pay by check by year end.

Work with your staff or board of directors to choose a supporter to honor, and make sure your honoree can attend National Philanthropy Day on November 14th. Let your honoree know how many colleagues, friends, or family they can invite to join them at your table of eight; some organizations include their CEO, Development Director, and/or Board Chair at the table.

Your $650 investment delivers:

  • Community-wide recognition that is exclusive to only 15 organizations with VIP tables
  • A VIP table of eight for the National Philanthropy Day awards luncheon
  • Birmingham Business Journal photo and bio
  • Professional photos
  • A unique, hand-forged iron VIP trophy

Click here for more information on National Philanthropy Day and VIP tables.
Congratulations to Jeffrey Ware , Director of Philanthropy at The Nature Conservancy in Alabama ! Jeffrey's name was drawn as the winner from 31 total donors to AFP's Be The Cause and received a free ticket and book for the upcoming Educational Conference with Penelope Burk !

AFP Alabama wins when members contribute to Be The Cause, supporting AFP Global Foundation and chapter grant support of education programs. To donate to Be The Cause and support your profession and chapter, go to www.afpglobal.org , click on donate, and choose AFP Alabama as your chapter.

P. O. Box 130365
Birmingham, AL 35213