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Greater Dallas Chapter E-Newsletter                                                        February 2015   
In This Issue
Job Listing Service
News of Note
2015 Officers & Directors
Welcome New Members
Chapter Contact Information
President's Message

New! Now you can Post and view jobs on our chapter website!
News of Note

 The Saada Family Foundation has given a million dollar gift to the Alcuin School. Jean-Claude Saada made the announcement at the Greater Dallas AFP's holiday luncheon in December.


Trophy Club Women's Club is now accepting grant applications, due by February 14, 2015. Group must be a 501(c)(3) serving Denton and NE Tarrant counties. Funding priorities include children, women, and families. Go to or email for an application. 

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


Click here to view the schedule upcoming events at the Center for Nonprofit Management.

Click here to register for a free workshop, "The 5 Most Common Challenges in Development," presented by Schuyler Lehman on March 4, 9-11 AM at Arlington Hall.

Lisa Turner Anastasi, former Bush Center VP, is now on the senior staff at the USO.


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.
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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!

Cathy Allgood

Elizabeth Anderson
Consumer Credit
Counseling Service

Michael Brown
North American Division of Seventh Day Adventists

Kerry Duraso
Salvation Army DFW

Stephanie Haddix
Buckner International

Chaney Hatcher
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

Shirley Heitzman
Faith Family Academy
Charter Schools

Lydia Herschap
KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth

Amiee Lumiere

Stephanie Markman
National Math and Science Initiative

Felix Meneses
Make-a-Wish Foundation

Mike Miles
Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society

Heather Newell
Irving Cares

Cecil Pajda
Parkinson Voice Project

Melissa Smrekar
Delta Delta Delta Foundation

Roy Stanford
Texas Baptist Men

Julie Summerville
Salvation Army DFW

Liz Vickers
National Math and Science Initiative

Pyeper Wilkins
Dallas County
Community College District


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






"Engaging Your Board in Creating Sustainable Funding"


Terry Axelrod, Founder and CEO, Benevon

 Wednesday, February 25, 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 February 18th):

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

 After February 18th or registering on-site:

$40 for AFP members, $55 non-members


New for 2015! Professional Development Subscription,
click here for more information

Terry Axelrod  

Terry Axelrod, founder and CEO of Benevon, trains and coaches nonprofit organizations to customize a systematic process for engaging and developing relationships with individual donors, ultimately creating sustainable funding. Benevon has trained and coached more than 4,000 nonprofit teams over the past eighteen years. Terry has more than 30 years' experience in the nonprofit field, including founding three nonprofit organizations in healthcare and affordable housing. She realized early in her career that the only path to sustainable is to treat donors the way you would treat a close friend or family member, someone with whom you planned to have a lifelong relationship. Terry created the Benevon Model in 1996 after serving as development consultant to a private inner-city school. There she designed and implemented fundraising and marketing programs that yielded $7.2 million in two and a half years, a significant endowment, and national recognition. She is the author of seven books and several DVDs, including her most recent book, The Benevon Model: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting it Right. Terry is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Michigan, where she received her master's degree in social work and a bachelor of arts degree. She currently serves as a life trustee of Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. 


Online registration closes on February 18, 2015 at 10 PM. After that date, register by fax, mail or email using the downloadable form posted at

Diana Marquis
Dear Greater Dallas AFP Members,


Your AFP Board of Directors held its annual planning retreat recently at the fabulous CitySquare campus, just south of downtown Dallas. Thank you Shawn and Larry for hosting us! We're working on a great year of programming, special events, and social activities. I'm sure you've been asking yourself, "How do I get more involved with my AFP chapter?How can I share my organizational skills, my creativity, and my network?" The answer is, join a committee. Do you have an outgoing personality? Join the Hospitality Committee. Are you a people person? Join the Membership Committee. Are you all about social media? Join the Public Relations Committee. Email and get involved.


Another way to get involved is to participate in Texas Legislative Action Day in Austin on Wednesday, March 4th. There is no registration fee. You just have to get yourself there. The goal is to raise awareness about AFP among our legislators. Join your fellow fundraisers from across the state as we meet with our lawmakers and let them know about the impact we make in their districts.


March 2015 will be a busy month because from March 29 - 31, the AFP International Conference will be held in Baltimore, Maryland. Register now!


Many thanks to those of you who invested in our new Professional Development Subscription. You won't have to remember to pay each month for our luncheon programs and you can attend five webinars without bothering to pay because you already have. You've saved money and time. Congratulations!


In case you didn't hear, Bryan Clontz, who spoke in January on Planned Giving, was fantastic! He was entertaining and informative. His presentation was a great way to kick off the New Year. This month's program will focus on board engagement with Terry Axelrod, and the March program will be on social innovation. Register early, bring your colleagues, invite your boss, and ask a board member to be your guest. Everyone will benefit from these two programs and other programs throughout the year.


Lastly, one more thank you to all of you who take the time to complete the survey we send to you after each luncheon program. Your feedback is important, and it helps us give you what you want. See you at our next meeting, the 4th Wednesday of the month.


Best wishes,


Diana Marquis

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.