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Greater Dallas Chapter E-Newsletter                                                        April 2015   
In This Issue
Job Listing Service
2015 Officers & Directors
Welcome New Members
Chapter Contact Information
President's Message
News of Note
Click here to register for the 2015 DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference, and the 2015 CFRE Review Course

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2015 Board of Directors


Diana Marquis, CFRE,


Sue Bailey,

Immediate Past President

Judy Wright,


Melanie Perkins,


Larry Crouch, CFRE

VP/External Affairs

Jennifer Pearson, CFRE

VP/Professional Advancement

Tori Correll, CFRE,


Mary Freeman, CFRE, 


 Leslie Clay, 




Stephanie Brigger, Programs Chair
Ashley Chellgren, At Large

Janet Davis, CFRE, At Large

Sarah Elliott, 2015 NPD Chair

Amber George,
Public Relations Chair

Darrin Goldin, JD, Governance Chair
John Honaman, CFRE,
Youth in Philanthropy Chair

Holly Hull Miori, AFP Now! Chair

Kimberly Humphries, CFRE, At Large

Mary Kardell,
Executive Conversations Chair

Deborah Montonen, CFRE, At Large
Jan Murfield, CFRE,
2015 DFW Conference Chair
Carrie Nelson, CFRE,
Hospitality C

Anne Robillard, CFRE,
New Member Orientation Chair

Luanne Samuel, CFRE,
Scholarships Chair 

Jessica Weidman, Mentor Chair

Shawn Wills, CFRE, Diversity Chair

To contact the Greater Dallas Chapter AFP Board of Directors, go to



   Welcome, New Members!

Jeniifer Atchison

Bill Braem
Children's Medical Center Foundation

Kimberly Brisse

Alexander Casser

Rathna Gray
Children's Medical Center Foundation

Holly Hassmann
Children's Medical Center Foundation

Vicki Johnson
The Salvation Army

Anne Leary
American Heart Association Southwest Affiliate

Kristen McCaffery

Jennifer Staub
Clarkson Davis

S Zale
Texas Credit Union League



Chapter Contact Information:


Greater Dallas Chapter AFP

14070 Proton Rd. Ste 100, LB9

Dallas, TX 75244

972/233-9107 ext. 204

Fax 972/490-4219






"Friend-Raising and Fundraising in the Digital Age"


Ruth Fitzgibbons and Elizabeth Clayton, The Richards Group

 Wednesday, April 22, 2015

 11:30 AM - Noon: Networking

12-1 PM - Luncheon Program

 Arlington Hall at Lee Park

3333 Turtle Creek Blvd.

Dallas, TX 75219

 Save with early bird registration (received by April 17th):

$30 for AFP members, $45 for non-members

 After March 18th or registering on-site:

$40 for AFP members, $55 non-members


Today there are more than 2 million nonprofits competing for our collective hearts and minds. Many have compelling causes worthy of support. So why do so many fail? The answers lie in the increasingly sophisticated and dynamic world of digital friend- and fundraising. How do you find people who will care about what you're doing? How do you engage them in your efforts, your activities, your events? Get them to share? To advocate? To donate? Ruth Fitzgibbons and Elizabeth Clayton, from The Richards Group's cause branding practice, will explore these questions and more.

Elizabeth Clayton  

Before joining The Richards Group, where she specializes in nonprofit branding, Elizabeth Clayton spent six years at United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, where she worked with C-suite corporate executives creating year-round engagement plans for their employees. The result: $25 million raised for 90-plus nonprofits in the Dallas community. Elizabeth also helped create a national program for young professionals across the United Way of America system. 

Ruth Fitzgibbons  

Ruth FitzGibbons became the public relations guru for The Richards Group in 1994. She has grown the PR discipline from one employee and one client to its current size of 25 crack professionals serving more than 40 companies, institutions, and organizations. She has served as editor and writer for New York magazine, The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Ladies Home Journal and D Magazine. She is a member and former president of The Dallas Assembly, and a member of the Dallas chapter of the International Women's Forum.


Online registration closes on April 17, 2015 at 10 PM. After that date, register by fax, mail or email using the downloadable form posted at

President's Message

Dear Friends,

Diana Marquis  

The 52nd International Fundraising Conference was held in Baltimore, March 29th - 31st. Judy Wright, your President-Elect, and I attended along with a local contingent and approximately 4,000 other fundraisers from across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and around the world. I met people from the Bahamas, Killeen, and England. The Greater Dallas Chapter is a large chapter with about 400 members. We had the opportunity to meet in workshops with same size chapters such as New York City, Houston, and Los Angeles. It was so invigorating to hear what other chapters are doing with their programs, National Philanthropy Day and member benefits. An area of particular interest to me is the AFP PAC. The chair this year is from the Houston Chapter and the single issue that the PAC advocates for is the protection of the charitable deduction. Let me know if advocacy is your interest so our Chapter can be more involved. And remember, mark your calendars for the next AFP International Conferences in 2016 (Boston) and 2017 (San Francisco).


If you didn't make it to Baltimore, or even if you did, make plans to attend the 2015 DFW Philanthropy In Action Conference on June 12th at the Irving Convention Center. Every year this conference is put together by volunteers from the Dallas and Fort Worth AFP Chapters. This year, Jan Murfield from the Dallas Chapter is serving as Chair. Click here to register. There will be a broad range of workshops to attend, and the keynote and closing speakers are the icing on the cake: Penelope Burk and our very own Suzanne Smith. For those of you eligible to earn the CFRE accreditation, the CFRE Review Course will be offered prior to the Conference on June 10th and 11th. Click here for more information and to register.


And be sure to register for our monthly program meetings held on the fourth Wednesday of the month at Arlington Hall centrally located in beautiful Lee Park. On April 22nd we'll offer another phenomenal program with Ruth Fitzgibbons and Elizabeth Clayton from The Richards Group. The topic is something we all need to know more about: "Friend-raising and Fundraising in the Digital Age." Bring a friend, bring your boss. See you there!

(And for the handout from last month's program with Suzanne Smith, go to



Diana Marquis, CFRE

2015 Greater Dallas AFP President 

 Greater Dallas AFP President Diana Marquis says "Stay in touch with your Greater Dallas AFP Chapter and don't miss news of important events and opportunities!" Changed jobs? When your title, business and/or mailing address, email, or any other contact data changes, be sure to go to  immediately and update your personal record. The Greater Dallas Chapter receives updates monthly, but if you only correct your information locally, it will be overwritten when we import the latest national spreadsheet into our local database.

News of Note
Penelope Burk
2015 DFW Philanthropy Conference Keynote Speaker Penelope Burk
  Mark your calendars, registration is open for the  2015 AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference  on Friday, June 12th, at the Irving Convention Center. Join us to hear keynote speaker, Penelope Burk , well known for her experience in not-for-profit management, fundraising and research. Early bird registration has been extended until April 10th, and you could win a complimentary guest registration if your name is drawn from everyone who takes advantage of early bird savings. If you have any questions please contact Jan Murfield, Chair, 469-307-7322 or at
The Greater Dallas Chapter won the 400-plus member Chapter Grouping category for highest 2014 growth in membership, with a cash prize of $2,500. Our chapter was recognized at the Chapter Presidents Council meeting at the recent AFP International conference in Baltimore.

The Grantsmanship Center is partnering with the Dallas Public Library to offer Essential Grant Skills workshop, May 5-6, 2015. AFP members, use the promo code DALLAS50 for a $50 discount off registration. There is a limited number of $100 discounts for organizations with budgets under $500,000. Call 800-421-9512 or email for more information.

AFP International presents the third annual Development and Finance Symposium, June 9-10, 2015 at Rice University. Click here for more information.

Deborah Montonen, CFRE, is the new Senior Vice President of Development at Junior Achievement Dallas.

Paul Quinn College presents its fifth annual "A Community Cooks" event on Thursday, April 23rd at the We Over Me Farm at Paul Quinn College. Click here for more information.

The Greater Austin Chapter AFP will host "Principal and Techniques," April 21-24, 2015, and a second class, "Capital Campaigns," September 23rd-25th. For more information contact Christine Kutnick at for more information.

Techno Savvy, a computer science after-school program for middle school to high school students, is looking for a grant writer and website designer. Call or text 773-606-1147.


Click here to view the 2015 program schedule and registration details for the North Texas Chapter of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning. 


Attention, AFP members! If you've been recognized with an award, promotion or honor, share the news with your Dallas Chapter friends! Send your news item (up to 50 words)

Moving? Changed Jobs?  When your title, employing organization and/or mailing address, email address or any other contact information changes, you must go to   and update your personal membership record. Any local updates would be overwritten when we import the latest national spreadsheet into our database.