Greater Dallas AFP Newsletter December 2020
In This Issue

  • President's Message
  • Apply by December 15th for the 2021 Chamberlain Scholarship!
  • Support AFP Now! and You Might Win a $1,000 for Your Nonprofit!
  • Welcome, New & Renewing Chapter Members
  • Congratulations, CFREs!
President's Message
Dear Friends,

As my term as chapter president comes to an end, I want to express my sincere gratitude to my fellow AFP board of directors and committee members. Board service is one of the toughest volunteer roles, and our board and committee members took on their duties with dedication, grace and seriousness, especially during a year impacted by a global pandemic.

I also want to thank our hundreds of members and friends. You continued to show up with a passion to connect, learn and grow. We started the year with two back-to-back sold-out lunch programs, then pivoted to online programming and networking opportunities, and held our first ever virtual National Philanthropy Day Awards Celebration. Your willingness to support every new initiative and idea we had leaves me incredibly humbled and grateful to have had the opportunity to preside during this time. 

I also want to thank our chapter donors and sponsors. It is because of you that we are able to bring our members such strong programming and educational opportunities. Thanks to Texas Capital Bank, our 2019-2020 chapter sponsor. Texas Capital Bank is committed to helping communities prosper through strategic investments, and the investment they have made in our chapter is so greatly appreciated. 
I also want to thank Communities Foundation of Texas for their commitment to building a pipeline of more diverse fundraisers by providing 20 scholarships to Black and African American development professionals, and AFP Global for always being such a strong supporter of advancing our goal to elevate the professionalism of fundraisers at all stages of their careers, promote high ethical standards and build trust among donors. APF Global continues to be a champion in serving as a powerful voice in confronting the pressing challenges facing the nonprofit sector today. Lastly, I want to send a special thank you to Catapult Fundraising for allowing our chapter to use their platform for all of our virtual programming this year. This was certainly a year like no other and I am thankful to Catapult for stepping in to assist with our technical needs.

As the end of the year draws near, I hope everyone will take the time to rest, restore and reflect. And while this year may not have played out as we initially planned, I am thankful for the growth and for the many opportunities to lead. Thank you to our Greater Dallas AFP chapter members, and thank you for everything that you do to make our communities better, healthier, and more prosperous for us all. 

Happy Holidays!
Yours in the spirit,

Shawn Wills, CFRE
Chapter President, Greater Dallas AFP
You Could Be a Chamberlain Scholar!
2021 AFP Chamberlain Scholarship

The Ralph Chamberlain Scholarship provides a complimentary registration for a member of the Greater Dallas Chapter to attend the 2021 AFP ICON Virtual ConferenceClick here to download an application.
You Could Win $1,000 for Your Nonprofit
AFP Now logo
To put some fun in our fundraising, when you make a gift of $25 or more to the Greater Dallas Chapter's 2020 APF Now! campaign by December 15, you will be entered into a drawing to win a $1,000 grant for your favorite non-profit organization! If you have already given to AFP Now! this year, you are already entered in the drawing! 

Support our mission to provide professional development for Dallas area fundraisers. Successful fundraising creates a more successful community!

The more you give, the more chances you have to win!
  • $25 = 1 chances
  • $50 = 5 chances
  • $100 = 25 chances

Make your gift to AFP Now! by December 15, and you could be calling a lucky nonprofit with some very good news! Questions? Email, or call (972) 233-9107 ext. 204.
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  • Maxi Anderson
  • Laurie Ann Farrell
  • David Hatteberg
  • Cheryl Jackson, Minnie's Food Pantry
  • Kathy Lanier, Carroll Education Foundation
  • Kelsel Thompson
  • Laura Gray, Canine Companions for Independence
  • Kevin Hall, Grant Halliburton Foundation
  • Rebecca Little
  • Barbara McColm, CFRE, McColm and Associates
  • Rebecca Rhule, CFRE
  • Tony Smercina, Catholic Extension
  • Heather Watkins
  • Missy Whisler, The Dallas Arboretum
  • Jamie Winholtz
If you've earned your CFRE or been recertified recently and want to share the great news, let us know!