December 2016 Greater Dallas AFP Newsletter

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December 13, 2016 Holiday Luncheon
"United Forever" 
Jennifer Sampson

Jennifer Sampson is chief executive officer and president of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, the largest non-governmental funder of programs to improve education, income and health in Dallas, Collin, Rockwall and southern Denton counties. Jennifer received her BBA from Baylor University and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas. She has completed executive education courses through the Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She started her professional career at Arthur Andersen in 1991 and ten years later joined United Way as senior vice president and chief financial officer. In 2004, she was promoted to chief operating officer. In 2011, she was appointed CEO and president.  Jennifer Sampson is a founding member of the United Way's Women of Tocqueville Society and serves on the United Way Worldwide National Professional Council, Fortune 500 Task Force and Select Cities. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Dallas, and was a member of the Cattle Baron's Ball Committee from 2001 to 2008. She has been a member of the Crystal Charity Ball Committee since 2009 and has served on the Baylor University Alumni Association Board of Directors and Executive Committee. She is a member of the International Women's Forum, the Business and Community Advisory Council of the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank Board, and the Dallas Assembly. She was named the Women's Council of Dallas County's 2012 Woman of the Year, and was recognized as one of the youngest recipients of the Baylor Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013.

Margaret McDermott
Margaret McDermott is a civic leader, philanthropist, patron of the arts and educational champion long committed to making her community a better place. In 1955, she and her late husband Eugene McDermott, co-founder of Texas Instruments, established The McDermott Foundation, which has given millions of dollars in support of educational, cultural, social, and other civic ventures. He and Margaret worked diligently to promote quality education to maximize everyone's capacities for thinking and doing. She has received many honors, including honorary membership to the American Institute of Architects, the Linz Award and the Santa Rita Award, the highest honor bestowed by the UT Board of Regents and in 2015 she received the Texas Medal of Arts Award. The city of Dallas named the Margaret McDermott Bridge in her honor. Mrs. McDermott celebrated her 103rd birthday in February.

Mary Templeton
Mary Templeton is a community volunteer currently serving on a number of non-profit boards in the Dallas area.  This includes her service as a ten year member of John Paul II High School Board, Ms. Templeton is the chair of the Development Committee and sits on the Finance and Endowment committees. Ms. Templeton also currently serves on the SW Region Boys and Girls Club of America.  Past board affiliations are with University of Dallas, Dallas Arboretum, Ursuline Academy Foundation, and the AT&T Performing Arts Board.  She is a member of the Advisory Council of The Catholic Foundation and is currently working with the Diocese of Dallas, United Way and the Dallas Arboretum with development projects.  Ms. Templeton was the recipient of the 2011 Catholic Foundation Award for service to the community. Ms. Templeton has a BS in Computer Science and Economics from Union College located in Schenectady, NY.
   During her fourteen year career with General Electric, she worked for a number of different components primarily in marketing, finance and audit.

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President's Message
Judy Wright

Dear AFP Family,

'Tis the season! Please join us at the chapter's annual holiday luncheon celebration and our last event of 2016, on Wednesday, December 13th at Arlington Hall. We are overjoyed to have Jennifer Sampson, CEO of United Way of Dallas and two extraordinary community philanthropists, Margaret McDermott and Mary Templeton, as our featured speakers. Click here to make your reservation today!
Our chapter has been blessed with so many excellent programs this year, from entrepreneur and philanthropist Kendra Scott to fundraising guru Laura Fredricks. Along with our educational luncheon programs, we pride ourselves on providing professional development to the fundraising community through the Fundamentals of Fundraising course, AFP DFW Philanthropy Conference, two CFRE review classes, three Executive Conversations, events for Young Professionals and our first satellite program in Plano. What a great year it's been, thanks to everyone who participated!
I hope you were able to attend our National Philanthropy Day luncheon last month at the Hyatt Regency. It was an incredible day for our community to come together and honor this year's outstanding philanthropists, corporation, foundation, fundraising executive and youth in philanthropy.
Our chapter is over 400 members strong. Thanks for attending our programs, supporting AFP Now!, networking at new member events and happy hours, and participating in our mentor/mentee program. Let 2017 chapter president Mary Freeman or chapter administrator Madeleine Crouch know if you are interested in serving on a committee this coming year.
A special thank you to my fellow 2016 Board of Directors, an incredible group of members who have given their time and talent to lead the chapter's membership, programs and events. Kudos for doing such a great job!  I have been honored to serve as the Greater Dallas AFP's president this year. It has been a sincere pleasure meeting and working with so many of you.
Here's wishing you and your family a most joyous holiday season, I'll see you on the 13th!

Judy Wright, President
Greater Dallas Chapter AFP

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2016 NPD honorees
2016 National Philanthropy Day Honorees

2016 NPD luncheon
Over 460 attended the 2016 NPD luncheon.

2016 Youth in Philanthropy
One of our 2016 Youth in Philanthropy honorees,
Garage Sale Girl Kristen Lee.

2016 and 2016 NPD chairs
2016 NPD chair Tara Judd (right) passes the torch to 2017 chair Meagan Burton.

Support AFP Now! in Your Year-End Giving
Zuca travel bag
You might win this Zuca travel bag when you donate to the 2016 AFP Now! campaign.

Our  AFP Now! fund helps the Greater Dallas AFP provide professional development support for deserving chapter members, and to go above and beyond programming for local programming and events. 70% of your gift remains with the chapter, and 30% is sent to support the AFP Foundation.

As we head into the last weeks of 2016, please consider making a donation. Every gift will help us reach our member participation goal of 20% and funding goal of $10,000. We are so close! 

Make your tax exempt  donation or send an additional gift online today! Everyone who donates will be entered into a drawing to win a Zuca travel bag (pictured on right.)

Make your tax exempt donation or send an additional gift online today, download an AFP Now! pledge form to support your chapter's educational outreach, or contact Anne Robillard,, to make a pledge.   
News & Events

The North Texas Chapter PPP has changed its name to the Dallas Council of Charitable Gift Planners.The name change and rebrand is a result of strategic changes within the national organization, the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, and its desire for the local council to be aligned with national. Visit the  new local chapter's website now at

The  Communities Foundation of Texas has named David J. Scullin as its new president and chief executive officer starting in January, 2017. Mr. Scullin comes to the CFT having servied Fortune 500 clients at two global firms, and with  extensive leadership experience with public, private, nonprofit and civic groups including the Fort Worth Chamber, Greater Phoenix Economic Council and Greater Phoenix Leadership.

Register now for CMN Connect's Strategic Planning Symposium on Monday, December 5, 2016, in Fort Worth. 

Register now for CMN Connect's "Building a Strong and Effective Major Gift Program" Symposium, Wednesday, December 14, 2016 in Fort Worth. 

If you have less than five years of fund development experience or are new to fund development, consider earning the Fund Development Certificate Program. Classes offered by CNM Connect on January 18, 2017 in Dallas and January 25th in Collin County. Early bird registration ends December 16th.
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