Greater Dallas AFP Newsletter November 2020
In This Issue

  • President's Message
  • Register for the National Philanthropy Day Virtual Awards Program on Friday, November 13
  • December 2, 2020 Program: The Better Together Fund
  • Thursday's Thoughts Virtual Cocktails & Collaboration is November 12
  • Young Professionals Virtual Happy Hour is November 17
  • Welcome, New & Renewing Chapter Members
  • Congratulations, CFREs!
President's Message
Dear Friends,

November is the perfect time to say thank you.

Thank you to our members, sponsors, supporters and friends, and especially to my fellow board members, without their unwavering dedication to this chapter and this work, I am not sure where we would be. In the midst of a global pandemic, we have worked collectively to deliver relevant programming, trainings, networking opportunities and leadership development courses that you have come to expect and rely on for your professional development and growth. Additionally, thanks to Communities Foundation of Texas and AFP Global, we were also able to grant 28 scholarships to help strengthen and diversify the pipeline of development professionals. Thank you to everyone who has worked to make these opportunities possible. 

Now, as we get closer to the end of the calendar year, I am once again reminded of the great work and the generous spirit of individuals, foundations and corporations throughout our communities who give selflessly of their time, talents and treasure. So it’s only fitting that during this month of thanksgiving, we give thanks and honor some of these remarkable individuals and institutions during our 35th Annual National Philanthropy Day Virtual Awards Program, which will be a time for celebration and inspiration. Just added to our program is John Olajide, President and CEO of Axxess and current Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Dallas Regional Chamber. Mr. Olajide will provide keynote remarks on the importance of giving back and lifting up our communities to make this city a better, more vibrant place for us all.

Tickets and tables are still available. Please consider this opportunity to join us and show your support to the honorees and for your AFP Greater Dallas Chapter. Additionally, if you register by November 10th you will be entered in a drawing to win a 10.2-inch Apple iPad (your ticket also includes a complimentary admission to one of our 2021 luncheon programs).

There are three ways to attend and support 2020 National Philanthropy Day:

(Pictured: Greater Dallas AFP President Shawn Wills)
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December Program:
The Better Together Fund Awards Grants That Drive Social Change
Join Helen Holman, Senior VP and Chief Impact Officer of The Dallas Foundation for a look at the Better Together Fund, an innovative granting program that was developed to encourage and support nonprofits. The group who created the Better Together Fund three years ago includes some of the strongest philanthropic organizations in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, including The Dallas Foundation, Lyda Hill, LH Capital Inc., The Meadows Foundation, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and Hoblitzelle Foundation.

Thanks to Catapult Fundraising for hosting this online program!
Thursday Thoughts
is a casual peer-to-peer virtual happy hour when AFP members and non-member guests hold an open conversation to discuss and share ideas on a variety of topics, challenges and current events. Join us at 5:30 PM on November 12 by registering here, we'll be discussing:
  • Leveraging Corporate Philanthropy
  • Matching Gifts
  • Ways to Get Involved
  • Volunteering that Pays
Young Professionals Virtual Happy Hour
for members and non-members age 30 and under. Check in and connect with your Young Professional fundraising colleagues. It's a vibrant online community of up and coming movers-and-shakers who are sharing their experiences and lessons learned. Join us on November 17 by registering here.
This month I also want to give thanks to our 2021 slate of new board members who have accepted the call to serve in a leadership position within our chapter. I am encouraged by the many new names and faces added to our board, and I am extremely excited about our future and what’s in store for us.

Let’s finish the year strong! I look forward to seeing you soon.
Yours in the spirit,

Shawn Wills, CFRE
President, Greater Dallas AFP
Teamwork photo
  • Mary Elizabeth Benton
  • Deanna Carpenter, NAMI North Texas
  • Jordan Castilla
  • Emily Henry, Studio Outside
  • Rachel Lamb
  • Virginia Mudge, Earthx
  • Courtney Bagot
  • Marcus Baker
  • Jerry Carlisle
  • Joanna Clarke
  • Erin Fincher, CFRE
  • Shannon Gardner
  • Keri Goins
  • Cameron Hernholm, CFRE
  • Diana Kao
  • Habib Loriot-Bettaieb
  • Cheryl Unis Mansour
  • Jennifer Massey
  • Talia Sampson McAllister
  • Cody Meyers
  • Natalie Quinn O'Roark
  • Zahra Coburn Perez
  • Lana Ridenour
  • Jami Ritter
  • Sara Stamp
  • Katherine Weaver
Congratulations to Paul Dunne, 2021 Greater Dallas AFP President, who has recertified for his CFRE designation!

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