March 2016 Greater Dallas AFP Newsletter

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March 30, 2016 Luncheon 
Diane Carlson
Diane Carlson

Diane Carlson is nationally known for her fundraising achievements, having received numerous honors and awards. Diane was honored by the AFP New Jersey Chapter (Outstanding Fundraiser of the Year) as well as the AFP Las Vegas Chapter (Lifetime Achievement Award) for her outstanding fundraising talent. In this presentation, Diane will walk us through the process of managing the "ask," starting with prospect identification and ending with how to say 'thank you.' This is an audience interactive session on how to organize and solicit major gifts, whether for capital or annual. We will focus on keeping control of the Ask throughout the solicitation process. Both staff and volunteers will find this session helpful as the essential steps of major gift solicitation are discussed.

Judy Wright
Judy Wright, President
2016 Greater Dallas AFP
President's Message

Dear Members,

Spring has sprung....temperatures are warming....and the AFP Greater Dallas Chapter is heating up with new programs and events.  Please make sure you read the eblasts that come out during the month to alert you to everything going on in our chapter. There is definitely something to interest every member.
The AFP International Conference is in Boston, March 20 to 22. Join us there for three days of listening, learning and laughter among the greatest thought-leaders in international fundraising and philanthropy. If you are attending the International Conference please drop me an email at and let me know. Click here for more information on the conference and the great line up of speakers.
2015 Friend of Diversity certificate
(L to r) 2015 president Diana Marquis, 2016 president Judy Wright and 2015 diversity chair Shawn Wills celebrate receiving the 2015 "Friend of Diversity" designation.
The International Conference will acknowledge our chapter with two awards. 74 chapters out of 243 will receive the Friends of Diversity 2015 Award, including the Greater Dallas AFP. Chapters receive this designation  for performing specific activities designed to increase diversity and inclusion within fundraising in their chapter. The Greater Dallas Chapter is also one of only 34 chapters that will receive the 2015 Ten Gold Star Award. This award honors chapters that have increased professionalism within fundraising and public awareness of the importance of philanthropy. This is a great honor for the Greater Dallas AFP, kudos to our 2015 leadership!
Please note that due to the dates of the International Conference, the Greater Dallas Chapter monthly lunch program was moved to Wednesday, March 30th at 11:30 AM at Arlington Hall (same place and schedule).   
2016 Mentor Mentee luncheon
Anne Robillard, CFRE, was guest speaker at last month's Mentor-Mentee luncheon.
The AFP Greater Dallas and Fort Worth Chapters will be the beneficiary of the silent auction of PartyFest 2016. The event will be held at Dallas Market Hall on Wednesday, April 6th from 11 AM to 4 PM The 28th Annual Partyfest "Spring Showcase"  is the largest one-day exhibition and trade show of its kind held in the Southwest, a spectacular one-day event featuring over 200 of DFW's top party and event suppliers. Chapter members will receive a free ticket to attend.  
Young Professionals are going strong with two planned activities this month. Email Kat Watson at to get on the YP list.  
And don't forget to sign up for our AFP DFW Philanthropy Conference on Friday, May 6th....early bird registration ends April 1st. Best experience!
Wow, we do have a lot going on! I hope to see you at many of our programs and events.
Thank you for being a member of our chapter!
Judy Wright
2016 President, AFP Greater Dallas Chapter 
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2016 AFP Now! Campaign

Ya'll are so amazing to give back to our fundraising profession! AFP Now! is the way for our Greater Dallas Chapter to offer more quality programs and scholarships for its very own members! We are at 50% towards achieving our fundraising goal of $10,000, and almost 50% there towards our chapter participation goal of 20%. Pledge Forms are available on the AFP Greater Dallas website. When you register for this month's luncheon meeting, just tab on over to AFP Now! Each and every gift helps and MATTERS! We can do this....together! 
Anne Robillard, CFRE, if you have questions,

Be a part of the 2016 AFP Now Campaign !
2015 Fundraising Professional of the Year Jim Falk, CFRE
2015 Fundraising Professional
of the Year Jim Falk, CFRE
2016 NPD Awards

Click here for nomination guidelines and applications for the Greater Dallas Chapter AFP's National Philanthropy Day Awards for 2016.  These awards will be presented at the Philanthropy Day Luncheon, to be held Friday, November 18, 2016. We invite your nominations for:
  • Outstanding Philanthropist
  • Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
  • Outstanding Fundraising Executive
  • Outstanding Foundation
  • Outstanding Corporation
  • Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy
Executive Conversation with Diane Carlson
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If you're a Greater Dallas AFP chapter member with 10 years or more of fundraising experience, or hold an executive position with your organization, register for the latest Executive Conversation with Diane Carlson on Tuesday, March 29th, 4:30 to 6 PM. Seating is limited!
2016 DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference
early bird gets the worm

More than 550 fundraising professionals are expected to attend the 2016 AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference on May 6th to learn and network. We hope you'll join us! Conference pricing is still a bargain. Early bird registration closes April 1, 2016.
Board Basics for Young Professionals
Brown bag lunch

Make plans to attend a brown bag lunch presentation, "Board Basics," on March 16th, noon to 1 PM, at Promise House,  224 W Page Ave, Dallas, TX 75208. Greater Dallas AFP chapter president Judy Wright will be on hand for Q&A.  To learn more about the Young Professionals group for members 35 and under, contact Kat Watson at

Click here to learn about the YP Coffee Chat, first Thursday of the month!
Dallas Cityscape
Welcome, New Members!

Sherri Ansley, Housing Crisis Center
Charles Cameron, Global Heart Ministries
Kate McKenna Daniels, World Affairs Council Dallas Fort Worth
Laura Demoss
Rebecca Finberg, Denton Animal Support Foundation
Erin Krah
Scholle Brown Robertson
Kailee Selzer, KERA/KXT
Missy Wilson, Salesmanship Club of Dallas
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