Greater Dallas AFP Newsletter June 2020
In This Issue

  • President's Message
  • Workshop Series: Summer of Online Fundraising Optimization 
  • Next Virtual Luncheon Program is June 24th
  • Next CFRE Application Deadline is July 15th
  • COVID-19 Fundraising Resources for AFP Members
  • Welcome, New & Renewing Chapter Members
  • Congratulations, CFREs!
Shawn Wills
Dear Friends,

The first half of 2020 is shaping up to be one of the most historic periods our generation has experienced. Because of COVID-19, people all over the world have been forced to adapt to a new way of life at home, work, school and elsewhere, and the recent uprisings across the U.S. have added a different set of challenges to the global landscape.

That’s where adaptability comes in. According to a 2014 Barclays report, 60% of employers say adaptability has become more important over the last decade, and is one of the key skills necessary for career success. Think of adaptability like a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it gets. In times of adversity, when you are forced to pivot quickly and re-strategize, you are building the kind of muscle that fundraising professionals will rely on time and time again.

And speaking of fundraising, this month we’re providing several opportunities to learn from local community funders and fundraising experts as we dive back into our monthly programs and launch a new Summer Workshop Series .

On the second Wednesday of each month this summer, we will host a CFRE-approved Summer Online Learning Series in partnership with NextAfter . Register for the courses individually or save money and register for all three.

And to round out the month, as promised we will feature our popular Funders Forum . Originally scheduled for March, we will now host this program as a virtual event. Mark your calendars for June 24 and plan to join us for a conversation with Communities Foundation of Texas , JCP and Atmos Energy on the changing times, and what philanthropy looks like during this current state. Different format, same great information. 

Your Dallas AFP is adapting so we may continue to provide you with opportunities to learn, connect and grow. I hope you will take advantage of one or more of these programs and events, and hope to talk to you soon. 

Best Regards,

Shawn Wills, CFRE
President, Greater Dallas AFP

PS: As I type this report, my mind has been flooded with emotion following the murder of George Floyd and the protests happening around our country. Never have I wanted to say so much, yet found myself at a loss for words; words that could never fully express what I'm feeling. How do I explain hundreds of years of injustice in such a short space? The answer is, I can’t. So instead I will leave you with words from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, written in 1963 but still so relevant today: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” 

I am honored to lead our chapter during this time in history, and I am so proud that we have been acknowledged as a 2020 IDEA Champion (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access). There is much more to do, and I look forward to working alongside each of you to make real progress. Be well and be safe.
Thanks to Our 2019-2020 Chapter Sponsor
Texas Capital Bank
Summer of Online Fundraising Optimization 

On the second Wednesday each month this summer, NextAfter and AFP Dallas will host a webinar exploring a different area of online fundraising with a highly practical and research-backed webinar.  First event is "Email & Donor Acquisition" on June 10th. Register for individual webinars, or save and register for the entire 3-part series!
Spring Funders' Online Forum
June 24, 2020, 12-1 PM
$20 Members/$25 Non-Members

Back by popular demand, go ”Behind the Curtain” with us again as the Greater Dallas AFP hosts its first Funders' Forum for 2020. Funders from Atmos Energy, JCPenney and the Communities Foundation of Texas will share insights into their funding “cause areas”, typical dollar awards and funding schedules. We’ll ask for the “secret sauce”….their funding priorities when making tough decisions about awarding program dollars.

This ONLINE meeting was originally scheduled for March 25th and was postponed to June 24th due to COVID-19 restrictions. If you were registered for the March 25th event, your registration will automatically carry over (if unable to attend request a refund, ).

If you have not already done so, REGISTER TODAY
Cost: $20 Members/$25 Non-Members
Thanks to Catapult Fundraising for hosting this event!
About Our Panelists
Liz Beauchamp
Liz Beauchamp , Vice President of Governmental and Public Affairs at Atmos Energy. She previously served as Director of Public Affairs for the Mid-Tex Division of Atmos Energy. Beauchamp is involved in a number of community organizations including the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, North Texas Commission and Downtown Dallas Inc. She is a graduate of Abilene Christian University.
Sarah Cotton Nelson
Sarah Cotton Nelson  is Chief Philanthropy Officer for the Communities Foundation of Texas. Nelson was named to the Dallas Innovates list of “2018 Movers and Shakers: North Texas Social Innovators You Should Know.” She was a 2017 Presidential Leadership Scholar, a 2016 GEO Change Leaders in Philanthropy fellow and a 2003 American Marshall Memorial Fellow. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.
Patrice Withers-Stephens
Patrice Withers-Stephens, Manager of Charitable Contributions at JCPenney, has over a decade of experience in corporate social responsibility and community relations. She serves on the board of Bridge2Greatness, Incorporated, and was recognized by Women of Visionary Influence as Nonprofit Mentor of the Year in 2017. Patrice is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University and Amberton University, where she received a Master’s degree in Professional Development.
2020 CFRE logo
It’s been an upside-down year in so many ways. If you’ve vowed to take control of your career and professional development in 2020, mark your calendar for July 15th, the next CFRE application deadline. By submitting your application, you’ll take an important step towards CFRE certification. Our members always enjoy a special discounted CFRE initial application fee of $700. When you submit your application on or before June 30, 2020, you’ll enjoy having 18 months to sit for the exam instead of the usual 12 months. Login to your CFRE account here to put the finishing touches on your application or start your application
Click here to view the AFP Global COVID-19 Resource Guide. If you have fundraising tips and resources to share, email .  
Teamwork photo
  • Rachel Assi, Wise Resource Development
  • Amy Britton
  • J.R. Bucklew, Pioneer Bible Translators
  • Stephanie Chandler, United Way of Grayson County, Inc.
  • Arnold Adkison
  • Chuck Anderson, Mission Advancement Professionals
  • Kelley Atwood, UT Dallas
  • Metta Brinegar, Dallas Arboretum
  • Elise Christmas, Make-A-Wish North Texas
  • Carrie Croley
  • Jana Haigood, Alcuin School
  • Emily Hancock, Safehaven of Tarrant County
  • Edward Laity, DVA Navion
  • Diana Marquis, DM Group Consulting
  • Clarice P. Medley-Weeks, Paul Quinn College
  • Heather Newell, Irving Cares
  • Joseph Wooddell, Criswell College
  • Laura Hayes, CFRE
  • Diana Marquis, CFRE

If you've earned your CFRE or been recertified recently and want to share the great news, let us know!