AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR 2020 NPD AWARDS: In recognition of our new workplace realities, the nominations deadline for the 2020 NPD awards has been extended to April 15, 2020. We hope this extra time helps in gathering the information you need to complete the new online nominations forms. Now is the time to recognize outstanding members of our philanthropic community!
Shawn Wills
Dear Friends,

Things have definitely changed since we last met in February! Who would have thought that we’d all be sequestered in our homes due to a global pandemic? Although it feels more like a sci-fi movie, COVID-19 has altered our ability to meet monthly, as well as how we do our jobs as fundraisers.

As you know, we have rescheduled our March and April lunch programs for June and July, respectively. And that is under the assumption that we will have some degree of normalcy by then.

Whether we meet again soon or sometime in the future, I want to encourage you to stay focused on the things that matter most to you — health, family, faith or otherwise. These are challenging times for everyone, but we fundraisers are a resilient bunch! We have learned, time and time again, to roll with the punches any time the U.S. economy has fluctuated. We bounced back after 9/11 and the 2008 recession; we will get through this, too.
I also implore you to use this time to get re-energized about your mission. Besides meeting with donors, hosting fundraisers or attending luncheons or galas in person, there are other things we can do until this crisis ends. Fundraising professional Adam Ruble offers valuable tips in his blog post, 10 Things Fundraisers Can Do From Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic .

I do have some great news to share: The Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Dallas Chapter has once again been named a 2020 Ten Star Chapter!

Every year, AFP, the largest association of professional fundraisers in the world, honors chapters for achieving goals that align with key objectives in its long-range strategic plan. Chapters receive the Ten Star designation for performing specific activities designed to increase professionalism within fundraising and public awareness of the importance of philanthropy. Only one-third of all AFP chapters earn the Ten Star designation, so the Greater Dallas Chapter is one of a select group.

Congratulations to our members, sponsors and donors for all you did to make this outstanding honor for our chapter possible!

Very best regards,

Shawn Wills, CFRE
President, Greater Dallas AFP
June 24, 2020
Arlington Hall at Turtle Creek Park
11:30 AM (check-in), 12-1 PM (lunch & program)

Spring Funders' Forum

Our popular Funders' Forum program has been postponed until June. If you have already registered for the March program, your registration will automatically carry over to June. In the event we are instructed by the city or local health officials to extend the postponement of activities through the summer, an announcement will be posted on our website and our social media channels. An email will also be sent. .

Do you need an accommodation to attend this AFP event? Please contact Paul Ammons, Diversity Chair for AFP Greater Dallas, at to discuss accessibility options we are able to provide.
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April 15th is the next CFRE application deadline. Our members enjoy a special 20% off discount on the CFRE initial application. Learn more .
Thanks to Our 2019-2020 Chapter Sponsor
Texas Capital Bank
The list of resources below does not constitute an endorsement by the Greater Dallas AFP, real or implied, of any product or service or event described below.
  • Click here for tips on Social Distancing & Development from Catapult.
  • Join a free webinar presented by on April 2, 11 AM Central Time, Fundraising Today: How is COVID-19 Impacting nonprofit Health?
  • Read the latest news for Nonprofit Leaders from UST.
  • Here are 12 Tips for Fundraising Right Now, from The Better Fundraising Co. 
  • TechSoup helps equip 501(C)(3) nonprofit with technology resources to meet your mission, serve your community, and support your staff. 
  • Join The NonProfit Times, Moore and fundraising experts from three national charities for a free one-hour on-demand webinar on mail and digital messaging to donors during the coronavirus pandemic.

If you have fundraising tips and resources to share, email .  
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  • Deborah Arango, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
  • Mills Chenot, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
  • Charles Jones
  • Timothy Moore, Children's Medical Center Foundation
  • Logan Muse
  • Susan Read
  • Christopher Rhodes
  • Samantha Barakat, UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Carol Bieler, Children's Medical Center
  • Bill Braem, Children's Medical Center Foundation
  • Devon Briggs, Children's Medical Center Foundation
  • Leslie Clay
  • Audra Cozart, Children's Medical Center Foundation
  • Debbie Diamond
  • John Drake, Baylor Scott & White Irving Foundation
  • Nathan Eudaly, Dallas Architecture Forum
  • Diane Fullingim, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas
  • Ciera Harris, Children's Medical Center Foundation
  • Suzanne Harrison, Children's Medical Center Foundation
  • Ellen Haynes, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
  • Diane Panasci James, Metrocrest Services, Inc.
  • Gracie Loveridge, Dallas LIFE
  • Steve Massey
  • Matt McBryde, Citysquare
  • Sharon Neal, UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Jaymie Pedigo, The Heritage Guild of Collin County
  • T. Burrel Poston, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital
  • Bill Scott, Resource Center
  • Charmin Taylor, Children's Medical Center Foundation
  • Karen White, Delta Delta Delta
If you've earned your CFRE or been recertified recently and want to share the great news, let us know!