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

Lindsey Baker

Donna Chandler
Lewisville ISD Education Foundation

John Gilchrist
Philanthropy Focus LLC

Joy Goodrum
La Buena Vida Youth Leadership Foundation

Tamara Harrington
Educational First Steps

Jessica Lee
Shumla Archaeological Center

Evie Diane Morgan
Criswell College

Winston Nelson
Manning & Napier

Whitney Schneider
World Affairs Council DFW



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






"Inclusion and Diversity: The Roles They Play in Recruiting Employees & Board Members for NonProfits"



Larry James, CitySquare

Sejal Desai, Entrepreneurs for North Texas

John Siburt, CitySquare

Hussain Manjee, DHD Films 

Anne Robillard, CFRE, M. Gale & Associates, Moderator

 Wednesday, May 27, 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 May 20th):

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

 After May 20th or registering on-site:

$40 for AFP members, $55 non-members

 Our panel members will discuss their personal, company and organization perspectives on:

  • The definition of diversity (i.e., ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation).
  • How diversity drives or doesn't drive recruitment of employees and board members.
  • Successful initiatives or best practices they've implemented or observed other companies implementing concerning employee and board diversity.
  • The million dollar question: "Is diversity headed in the right direction in the nonprofit world?"

Larry James

Known in the Dallas faith, business and media communities as a social entrepreneur and committed servant to the people of East and South Dallas, Larry James came to CitySquare in 1994 after serving 14 years as senior minister with the Richardson East Church of Christ in Richardson, Texas. He is a graduate of Harding University and Harding University Graduate School of Religion, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Tulane University. His first full-length book, The Wealth of the Poor, has been published by Leafwood Publishers. Larry and wife, Brenda, have made their home in the inner city since January 1999.

Sejal Desai  

As a Program Director for Entrepreneurs for North Texas (EFNT), Sejal Desai helps member companies with their community engagement activities and serves on NTFB's Philanthropy Council. Sejal is also the founder and CEO of SevaYatra, a social venture that coordinates social issue focused educational trips and service project opportunities at NGOs in India. She is a board member for the DFW South Asian Film Festival, serves as a mentor at United Way's GroundFloor program and is a member of the American India Foundation's DFW Leadership Council. Sejal holds a master's degree in liberal studies from Southern Methodist University, a master's in business administration from the University of Texas at Dallas and she is a Chartered Accountant from The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

John Siburt  

Dr. John Siburt is President and Chief Operations Officer of CitySquare and oversees ACU@CitySquare, a partnership between CitySquare and Abilene Christian University. John earned three degrees from Abilene Christian University, including BA in Christian Ministry, Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry.  He also earned a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Mediation from ACU and has done post-graduate work in pastoral theology at Texas Christian University. John completed the Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership offered jointly by the Center for Nonprofit Management and Southern Methodist University. He has served on the board of Christian Works for Children, the advisory board for New Friends/New Life, and on the leadership team of the Dallas Justice Revival.

Hussain Manjee  

Hussain Manjee is President & Chief Success Officer of DHD Films. As featured in CNN Money, Inc. Magazine and Yahoo Finance, his strategic approach and business acumen have propelled DHD Films from a start-up to a thriving business. Hussain earned his MBA from the entrepreneurship program at Babson College. He was recently recognized by the Dallas Business Journal with the 2014 Minority Business Leader Award and is an alumni of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. He serves on the Board of Advisors, Communications Council and the Small Business Council for the Dallas Regional Chamber. His dedicated service has afforded him multiple opportunities to discuss the President's economic priorities at the White House.

Anne Robillard
Anne Robillard, CFRE, is a fundraising consultant with M. Gale & Associates and a member of the Greater Dallas AFP Board of Directors.


Online registration closes on May 20, 2015 at 10 PM. After that date, register by fax, mail or email using the downloadable form posted at

In honor of its 55th Anniversary, AFP International is offering a $50 discount to new members joining in the Professional and Associate Member categories by June 30, 2015.  

Join online at and use Promo Code JUNE15.


President's Message

Dear Friends,

Diana Marquis  

Every month I use this forum to tout the fantastic programs, educational opportunities and professional development sessions that are available to you, members of the Greater Dallas Chapter of AFP. This will be no exception. I hope you were part of the crowd that attended last month's luncheon program meeting with representatives of The Richards Group. They brought us the latest information on social media and analytics and how to more effectively reach donors who use social media. If you were there, you participated in our own social media campaign. Amber George, our PR Chair, was on hand to encourage everyone to Tweet or Facebook or use other social media platforms to get the word out about AFP.


This month our program will focus on inclusion and diversity. Go to to learn more and to register for this informative and important program. The first participant in our Mentoring Program that started last fall will complete the program this month. We are proud of board member Jessica Weidman, Mentor Chair, for her successful first year. The next class will begin in September, so check our website for more information on joining this program either as a mentee or mentor.


The DFW Philanthropy In Action Conference is June 12th at the Irving Convention Center. This one-day conference is your best opportunity to learn from the pros, sharpen your skills, and come away with a renewed commitment to the fundraising profession.


All of these programs, educational opportunities, and professional development courses are paid for, in part, by a portion of your membership. AFP Now! is our annual fundraising campaign. We need your support to continue the work we do on your behalf. You will be receiving email appeals and we will be asking for your support at our monthly luncheons. We will have door prizes and other enticements but I know a gift card for a latte is not the reason you will give to AFP Now! You support the Greater Dallas AFP because it is important to you, your colleagues and your career. Make your donation to AFP Now!, now.




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. If you have any questions please contact Jan Murfield, Chair, 469-307-7322 or at

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

 A free conference designed for fundraisers who use Blackbaud® software will be held on June 10, 2015 at the Doubletree Campbell Centre in Dallas. Sponsored by Beyond Nines and Omatic Software, the day's sessions will focus on ways to leverage The Raiser's Edge® and NetCommunity™. Register for the event at

 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.