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Greater Dallas Chapter E-Newsletter                                                                  January 2012 
In This Issue
2012 Officers & Directors
Welcome, New Members
News of Note
Chapter Contact Information
Chapter Luncheon Event
President's Message
Job Listing Service

2012 Board of Directors


Melanie Perkins,


Sue Bailey,


R. Michael George, CFRE,

Immediate Past President

Tara Dunn,

VP/External Affairs

Rebecca Rhule, CFRE,

VP/Professional Advancement

Cheryl Reynolds,


Anne Thomas,


Christina Moore-Salinas, CFRE




Mack Campbell, Diversity Chair
Larry Crouch, CFRE, At Large
Tanya Downing, Governance

James N. Falk, CFRE, At Large

Mary Freeman, AFP Now! Chair

Jack Gray, At Large

Victor Korelstein, CFRE, 

Scholarships Chair

Ann Letteer, Programs Chair

Deborah Montonen, CFRE, At Large
Cindy Palmer, New Member Orientation/Mentoring Chair
Barry Smink, CFRE,

Youth in Philanthropy Chair
Judy Wright, DFW Conference Chair

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

Welcome, New Members!

Garry Arasmith
Pursuant Group

Paul Ditto

Karen Echols

Chris Hollingsworth

Barry Johnson
Johnson Financial Group
Lindsay Lane
Vogel Alcove

Sue Palencia
Catholic Charities of Dallas

Anna Urban
Oak Hill Academy

Bunny Ridenour
St. Alcuin Montessori


News of Note 

Click here to download a free VIP pass to the 24th Annual Partyfest Spring Showcase for event planners and suppliers on January 11, 2012 at Dallas Market Hall.

Mark your calendars for the 2012 Fundamentals of Fundraising course, Thursday and Friday, October 18th-19th, at Dallas Baptist University. 

The Greater Houston Chapter AFP is hosting an "Ask the Experts" conference on February 28th, plus a CFRE review course on February 26th-27th.

The San Antonio Chapter AFP hosts its annual conference on February 23rd-24th. 

TCU's Office of Extended Education is offering a series of classes on philanthropy and fundraising taught by Bill McLeRoy, CFRE, beginning January 25, 2012. For more information go to

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) by 5 PM, the first Friday of each month.



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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




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Chapter Educational Session & Luncheon



Murad Auctions and Auction & Event Solutions

"Strategies for Successful Event Fundraising"


 Wednesday, January 25, 2012


11:30 AM - Noon: Networking

12-1 PM - Program

 Arlington Hall
 3333 Turtle Creek Blvd.

Dallas, TX 75219

Early bird registration (received by Wed., January 18th)

After January 18th or registering on-site


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Louis and Claire Murad will share ideas and strategies for successful event fundraising at our first chapter event of the New Year. You'll take away ideas for creating new and exciting sponsorships, successfully utilizing technology and online fundraising to enhance your event, promoting your event through social media marketing and PR, and planning live and silent auctions for your next gala or auction. This interactive seminar will give you many practical ideas you can put to work immediately to help take your fundraising events to the next level.

Louis and Claire Murad are the owners of Murad Auctions and Auction & Event Solutions. Louis Murad is a professional, full time, licensed auctioneer who has been helping clients in the DFW area execute successful live auctions for the past ten years. He is a full time benefit auctioneer. He and his staff work with nonprofits, schools, and other fund raising entities, consulting and working to increase the profits of all types of fundraising events. He is a member of the National Auctioneers Association and holds the Benefit Auction Specialist designation. Claire Murad consults with her clients in all aspects of event fundraising. She began as a volunteer, functioning as auction chair, live auction chair, and solicitations chair for several nonprofits. Since 2003 they have helped clients with their event night processes and streamline check in and check out. In 2007, Louis and Claire saw the AES touch-pad technology and were determined to bring this revolutionary system to Dallas. In 2008, Auction & Event Solutions DFW opened its doors and Claire now oversees the marketing operations in Dallas, and works with their clients to provide them with superior service to create successful events. 


Deadline to register online at is Wednesday, January 18th. After that date, make reservations by fax or mail on a space-available basis. 


President's Message

Dear Friends,
Melanie Perkins headshot
I am honored, humbled and thrilled to be President of the AFP-Greater Dallas Chapter for 2012!

A little about my background. I have been an active AFP member for over 10 years, and have served on the Board in various positions since 2008, as Programs Chair, VP/Professional Advancement and President-Elect. I was on the National Philanthropy Day Committee from 2004 to 2009, serving as NPD Luncheon Chair in 2007. My paying job for the past three years and counting is as Executive Director of the McKinney Education Foundation.  

As my predecessor Michael George has pointed out, the AFP Greater Dallas Chapter has been and continues to be the go-to resource for area fundraisers. AFP is about serving the community and serving you - our members. Our goal is to help you reach your fullest potential as a fundraiser, whether you are new to the profession, have a few years under your belt, or are (ahem!) rather seasoned. From Fundamentals of Fundraising to our monthly networking luncheon programs to the DFW Philanthropy Conference to our Executive Conversation series, we have you covered, whatever your level of expertise.

To increase our effectiveness as Board Members and ensure we continue to offer meaningful programs and services to our membership, the Board is attending a half-day retreat on Thursday, January 19th. We need your help! Please forward your ideas and suggestions for 2012 to me at I look forward to reporting the results of the retreat in the February issue of the AFP Greater Dallas Chapter e-newsletter.

In the meantime, don't forget to sign up for our January 25th program on putting on a successful special event by Louis and Claire Murad of Murad Auctions. I'll be there, so if we haven't met please come say howdy! (Did I mention I'm an Aggie? Gig 'em!)

Happy New Year!






Melanie Perkins
Greater Dallas AFP President 

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Job Listing Service 

Project Transformation seeks a Development Associate. Bachelor's degree, prefer 1 to 3 years grantwriting or related experience. Open until filled. Visit for full job description. To apply, send cover letter, resume and writing sample to   

Southern Methodist University seeks an Advancement Officer 2 (Assistant Director of Development) at the Dedman School of Law. Bachelor's degree and minimum 3 years professional work experience, preferably in fundraising/development, nonprofit or academic environment, required. Familiarity with Dallas and its legal community a plus. Complete job listing and application at under "Staff Career Opportunities" and Job ID 900074.

Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity seeks an Events Coordinator to manage internal and external events that include fundraising, advocacy, outreach, awareness building, tours and stewardsip engagements. Must be able to work flexible hours, some evenings and weekends. Bachelor's degree and two years' special events and/or volunteer management experience required. Deadline January 15, 2012. Submit cover letter and resume to

Dallas Pregnancy Resource Center seeks a Director of Stewardship. Must have proven track record in fundraising with 3 years or more of experience. Send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to No phone calls, please. 

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden seeks a Membership Development Manager. 3 or more years membership development or successful related marketing/sales experience required. Supervisory and non-profit experience, undergraduate degree preferred. Open until filled. See, "About Us." Submit resume and salary history to Charlotte Morrison, VP of Human Resources,   

Seminary of the Southwest seeks a Director of Annual Giving & Alumni Relations. Bachelor's degree and experience with donor management software, including Raiser's Edge, preferred. Flexible work schedule. Competitive salary package based on education, skill and experience. Deadline 5 PM Friday, January 13, 2012. Email or mail resume, cover letter and three references to Marion T. Lee, Bacon Lee & associates, PO Box 15018, San Antonio, TX 78212,  

ChildCareGroup seeks a Director of Development. Deadline January 31, 2012. Interested candidates should forward resumes to

College graduate seeks paid or unpaid internship, full or part-time, in north Dallas. Email   

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