March 25, 2020
Arlington Hall at Turtle Creek Park
11:30 AM (check-in), 12-1 PM (lunch & program)

Spring Funders' Forum

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, Capital One Bank, 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.

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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Online/early bird registration closes March 18th. After that date pay onsite. New in 2020, discounted registration rates for Young Professionals age 30 and under! A pril 15th is the next CFRE application deadline. Our members enjoy a special 20% off discount on the CFRE initial application. Learn more .
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.
Vicki Ellis-Olson
Vicki Ellis-Olson is Senior Community Relations Manager for Capital One, leading its corporate social responsibility efforts in Texas. Vicki’s work combines helping people, business and non-profit organizations. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and business management from the University of Houston. 
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.
Shawn Wills
Dear Friends,

The signs of the new season are all around, and nothing puts a spring in my step like connecting with you at our chapter events and programs. If you weren't at our February lunch program, you missed a dynamic presentation by Dr. Cheryl “Action” Jackson, who shared entertaining stories intertwined with golden nuggets that we could all relate to. It was a captivating, sold-out happening, and one that you’ll hear us talking about for months to come. 

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, we ‘spring’ right into our March Funders' Forum, featuring a panel representing some of our community’s most philanthropic corporations and foundations – Atmos Energy, Capital One, JC Penney and the Communities Foundation of Texas . This is an opportunity for you to hear first-hand about the initiatives and projects these corporations and foundations are currently supporting and what they look for in grant proposals. This will likely be another sell-out, so r egister here to reserve your spot today.

And because spring is about new growth, hopefully the seeds you've planted with prospective donors are beginning to blossom into perennial partnerships. If not, don’t lose hope. According to the latest report by the Giving USA Foundation, individuals, bequests, foundations and corporations gave an estimated $427.71 billion to U.S. charities in 2018. Giving USA 2019: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2018 reports that giving by corporations increased by 5.4% in 2018, for a total of $20.05 billion. Let these statistics motivate you to keep planting, watering and pruning. You’ll reap your harvest soon enough. Until then, I look forward to connecting with you soon!

Very best regards,

Shawn Wills, CFRE
President, Greater Dallas AFP
Thanks to Our 2019-2020 Chapter Sponsor
Texas Capital Bank
Teamwork photo
  • Stephanie Berry, First3Years
  • Brandon Brown, Paul Quinn College
  • Bruce Butler, Union Gospel Mission Dallas
  • April Carl
  • Joy Dahl, Polished
  • Jonathan Fechner, Bridgebuilders
  • Bianca Jackson
  • Tonya Johnson, Union Gospel Mission Dallas
  • Beni Mayer, Union Gospel Mission
  • Robin Miller, Operation Homefront
  • Kiriakis Newman, Union Gospel Mission Dallas
  • Aja Rose, Citysquare
  • Julie Siegel, Siegel Partners
  • Dena Thomas, American Cancer Society
  • Rozelyn Beck, Commemorative Air Force
  • Sara Besly, Promotional Products Education Foundation
  • Theresa Bruno, CFRE, The Shelton School
  • Lisa Bury, CFRE
  • Dan Cahalen, Texas Can Academies
  • Jeff Cathey, CFRE, The Salvation Army
  • Kate McKenna Daniels, World Affairs Council DFW
  • Susan English
  • Ashley Faye, Refugee Services of Texas
  • R. Michael George, CFRE, The Catholic Foundation
  • Jeremy Gregg, CFRE, Gregg Partners
  • Leona Harder, North Dallas Adventist Academy
  • Lisa Gayle Jones Rossi, RKD Alpha Dog
  • Emily Kettlewell, SPARK!
  • Andrea King, To Be Like Me
  • Amanda Knode, Behind Every Door Ministries
  • Pastor Michael Lawson
  • Derrick Morgan, University of North Texas at Dallas
  • Sylvia Najera, Holy Trinity Seminary
  • Adrian Palmer
  • Andrew Patton, Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts
  • Dale Rylander, Rylander Associates
  • Luanne Samuel, CFRE, Alcuin School
  • Janet Sherlip
  • Lauren Slade, Resource Center
  • Ryan Sylvan, MADD
  • Amanda Tostrud, Buckner International
John Drake, Deborah Montonen and Amanda Ryan-Smith have been recertified for their CFRE designation, and John also earned his Fellow of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (FAHP) designation. Congratulations!

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