In This Issue
LuncheonMarch Luncheon: Diversity Makes Us Stronger: Recruiting a Diverse Board of Directors
Stephanie Cameron, Jillian Childress, Daniel Gomez, Risha Grant, Toby Jenkins
Alison Anthony - Moderator 

Thursday, March 2, 2017 | 11:30am - 1:150pm
Tulsa Garden Center

Most organizations, especially nonprofit organizations, desire and understand the importance of having a diverse board of directors. Whether reflecting the diversity of the community or leveraging diverse insights and thoughts for better decision making, a board who represents unique backgrounds and experiences can truly make our organizations stronger. Most sophisticated funders and donors also ask about board diversity. So, while we all agree that board diversity is important, many organizations still struggle to effectively recruit a diverse board. Alison Anthony, President of the Williams Foundation and a leading diversity champion, will facilitate a panel of area leaders who are making strides on this front. The panel will share updates on regional initiatives helping to grow board diversity and will outline steps that organizations can take to meet their goal of a truly diverse board. 
Steffanie Bonner
2017 Chapter President

Dillon International
PresidentLetterLetter from the President
Dear AFP of Eastern Oklahoma Chapter Professionals and Friends:

Your AFP Chapter of Eastern Oklahoma believes in Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) in Philanthropy. Our board defines the chapter's position as 'achieving a broad representation of experiences, perspectives and cultures to ensure that the best possible thinking, ideas and opportunities are considered for the organization(s) we support. We will intentionally create a respectful and welcoming environment that is open to all. Our AFP Chapter of Eastern Oklahoma appreciate the unique contribution of every member of the community and strives for acceptance and inclusion for those communities.'

In 2014 the chapter placed a broad, intentional emphasis on the chapter's D&I efforts in both our programming and board.  This same year we added a D&I Chair position to our board of directors who is dedicated to promoting our objective. I'm happy to announce our 2017 D&I Chair is Ashli Sims.
SurveyMarch Webinar: Building a High Revenue Major Gift Program: The 5 Major Hurdles that are Holding You Back and How to Overcome Them
Gail Perry, CFRE
Thursday, March 23, 2017 | 12:00 - 1:30p
Tulsa Area United Way

Major Gifts are the holy grail for many nonprofits - but actually creating and implementing a solid, systematized major gift fundraising can be a challenge. There are plenty of hurdles that hold smart fundraisers and deserving nonprofits back. Join Gail Perry CFRE to learn what it really takes to raise the major gifts your organization needs so badly. You'll discover the 5 major hurdles that stand between you and major gift success.  
Janice Edmiston
MemberSpotlightMember Spotlight
If you could go back and do one thing over in your career, what would it be and why?
I wish I would have fully grasped earlier in my career that one of my fundamental, fundraising responsibilities was to be a leader while giving the appearance of being a follower.
When I started fundraising, I was a conventional, respectful employee performing tasks to raise money by following the chain of command within the leadership team. I did not give myself a voice on the team. As I matured and my organization(s) experienced financial setbacks or opportunities, I realized my CEO, board of directors and co-workers expected and depended upon me to successfully guide them through financial challenges. I was the professional knowledgeable of the best fundraising practices who had the CEO's ear. I was 13-years into my professional practice when I realized I should behave as an equal, visionary member of the leadership team. With that realization, I transformed into a fundraising strategist capable of acting and speaking with authority and full self-assurance to position my CEO, the board, others and my organization for success. Leadership self-awareness empowered me to be a confident, front-runner fundraiser rather than a persistent master-of-tasks that followed the status quo for the team.
NPDNational Philanthropy Day Committee
Are you interested in helping plan our 2017 National Philanthropy Day Educational Conference & Luncheon? We are in the early planning phase of this event, and would love to add to our growing committee.

Worried about a time commitment? Don't be! We have several opportunities to provide support for this event. From planning the educational sessions to securing locations.

The best part about being on our National Philanthropy Day committee? You have the opportunity to see firsthand the amazing philanthropic community we have right here in Tulsa!

Contact Michelle Reagor if you are interested in joining the 2017 committee. 
GovernanceAFP Position on Repeal of the Johnson Amendment
February 22, 2017
President Trump and some members of Congress have called for a repeal of the Johnson Amendment, which would allow churches and nonprofit organizations to get involved in partisan, electoral politics, including endorsing and raising money for parties and candidates.

In response, AFP has released the following statement opposing this proposal:

"The foundation of philanthropy - what the charitable sector does at its core-is to bring people together to advance causes and create change. People who believe in an issue-regardless of their creed, background, nationality, political leanings, or any other factor-unite to support a cause through giving, volunteering and other types of engagement. It doesn't matter who you are as long as you support the issue and the cause.
New Members
Diana Denny
Lindsey House
Lindsey Hughes
Counseling & Recovery Services
Barbara Sears
Oklahoma Family Legal Advocates
Tricia Wells
The Leukemia & Lymphoa Society
Holly Yeagle
Volunteers of America

JobsArea Job Listings
Director of Development
The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges
Guest Services Associate
Hospitality House of Tulsa
Senior Development Officer Major Gifts
Arkansas Children's Foundation
- Springdale, Arkansas
Vice President of Development
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
NPNewsNonprofit News
Women of the Year Pinnacle Awards
Congratulations to the following Eastern Oklahoma Chapter members on receiving the YWCA Pinnacle Award: Stephanie Cameron, OK2Grow; Jocelyn McCarver, Youth at Heart; Suzann Stewart, Family Safety Center.
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Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence Awards finalists named 
Congratulations to Hospitality House of Tulsa and Catholic Charities for being named as a finalist for the Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence Award!
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Do you have something to celebrate? Did you or your member organization recently receive an award?
If so, let us know so we can share this with our chapter. 
  AFP Eastern Oklahoma Chapter
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P.O.Box 33103 | Tulsa, OK 74153