AFP - GTS Monthly Newsletter


Monthly Member Newsletter

December 2020

A Letter From Our President

What a year it has been. As I begin to write what will be my final newsletter as GTS Chapter President, I think back 11 months to our chapter’s 2019 annual meeting and what I “thought” this year would bring for our chapter. At that point, we were all unaware that a microscopic virus was about to wreak havoc on 2020 in a way that not many alive today have ever experienced.

For our chapter, it altered much of what we had planned this year. It made most of the in-person events we all enjoy either be held virtually or canceled altogether. I bring this up not to complain, as many have experienced much greater personal and/or financial loss at the hands of this pandemic than these inconveniences. I bring it up to acknowledge my appreciation for all the efforts made by our chapter leadership and our chapter membership for digging in and doing what we could in these abnormal times.

This Thanksgiving, perhaps more than ever, I feel that I have a lot to be thankful for. Professionally, my list begins with our local AFP chapter and the broader local fundraising community. Specifically, I’m thankful that our chapter leadership, who worked hard to continue providing benefit to our members, especially when it became difficult to do so. I am thankful for our chapter sponsors for sticking with us, especially when it would have been easy to pull back, as businesses/companies everywhere tightened their belts. And most of all, I am thankful to our members for not only sticking with us year but for working harder than ever to make our community a better place to live and to provide vital support to those in need. Thank you all for doing what you do, and doing it well.
Lastly, thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Chapter President, I sincerely appreciate it. I wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving!


Jeff Schneider
AFP Greater-Tri State Chapter

Education Committee

Upcoming Chapter Programs

Face-to-Face AFP Chapter Programming Update
The AFP Greater Tri-State Chapter continues to closely monitor the rapidly changing COVID-19 pandemic, and in an effort to keep our members safe, AFPGTS has decided to suspend our in-person educational opportunities through the end of 2020.
Register Today! Regional, International and Other Education Opportunities
AFP Coronavirus/ COVID-19 Online Resource Guide
To review this resource guide visit:
Townhall Session with Fundraising Expert Amy Eisenstein
Every Thursday at 3:00 EST for as long as this crisis lasts, Amy Eisenstein is leading a free, live townhall session to address the most current issues facing the nonprofit sector, as well as provide guidance and inspiration to help fundraisers raise money and stay top of mind with their donors. To learn more and register, visit Amy’s website here.
Fridays with the Fund Raising School
The Fund Raising School continues to offer free webinars. These webinars are more conversation than presentation – providing you with an opportunity to learn and sharpen your fundraising skills in an online, interactive forum that also allows you to ask, share, worry, wonder, and vent! To listen to past recordings of these popular sessions, visit the Fund Raising School website here.
Free Webinar Opportunities with Andrea Kihlstedt
Join fundraising expert and bestselling author Andrea Kihlstedt as she leads a variety of webinars on a number topics — everything from campaign materials to hiring the right consultant. To learn more, visit the Capital Campaign Masters’ website here.
Member-Only AFP Webinar Opportunities
AFP International offers many membership benefits at no additional cost. Members have the opportunity to view a library of webinars facilitated by industry experts and thought-leaders directly on their desktop or mobile device. To take advantage of these exclusive opportunities, visit
2020 AFP Webinars
In addition to the member-only webinar opportunities, AFP International is offering a wide curriculum of live and prerecorded webinars in 2020 facilitated by industry experts. To learn more and register, visit
Blackbaud University
Whether you're a new fundraiser or need a refresh of basic fundraising and nonprofit skills, get free guidance with Blackbaud University. Check out the five courses available now and start learning here: 

AFP Job Openings: 

For additional information please click this link:

Job Postings on AFP-GTS Website and on Facebook

Job postings will go on the website and on the Facebook page as they are received. Also, a link to all current postings will be included in the monthly newsletter, which comes out the last Tuesday of the month. The postings will be removed during the first week of the following month if your organization does not reach out to the communications committee and reaffirm the position is still open. All current opportunities are listed at the link above.

                                        Communications Committee
Communications Committee Responsibilities
The Communications Committee plays an important role in managing the communication process for the chapter both internally and externally.

Members of the Communication Committee will:
  • Manage the chapter Gmail account
  • Compose the Monthly E-Newsletter  
  • Create Event and Educational Opportunity Emails
  • Manage the Facebook account and post events as needed
  • Format the Website Design and Management
Are you interested in being more active with the AFP – Greater Tri-State Chapter? We invite you to be a part of the Communications Committee. We enjoy each other’s company, conversation, and contributions to communicating the activities that take place in our chapter. Many hands make light work! Please contact Karen today at or call 563.588.2008 and ask for Karen at ext. 109. 

If you would like to post a position, submit an article for the monthly newsletter, a press release or just to contact us with any questions, please use this link for your request: Request Form

Our committee promotes other chapter events and activities as needed.
Karen Tuecke – Chair
Angie Herting
Amy Schauer

Membership Update

Be The Cause
If you have not yet done so, please consider a gift to this campaign during 2020. This year, our chapter high goal is $759.00, and we are so close to achieving our goal! Click here to learn more about the Be The Cause Campaign.
Special thanks to everyone who has already made their gift this year! We appreciate your participation & generosity!
If you, or someone you know, would like more information about joining AFP, please reach out to Wendy Sweeney at

If you have questions about how to help a new member join, about the Be the Cause campaign, or how to contact an AFP member please contact Wendy Sweeney at
National Philanthropy Day
Committee 2020


I would like to extend special thanks to all of the committee members this year--Shirley Brown, Kara Murphy, Kelly Myers, Greg Orwoll, Dennis Rima, Jeff Schneider, Andy Schroeder, and Danielle Shea. It was a challenging one, and together we were able to continue to highlight philanthropy in our community and recognize those who have made an outstanding impact.

If you have not had a chance to see it yet, the National Philanthropy Day awards presentation video is available for on-demand viewing at or on the NPD page of our Chapter website at
I encourage you to send your own notes of congratulations to the winners, as they were not able to be recognized in a public setting with their peers this year. If you need their contact information, please let me know ( We hope to be able to recognize them in person at next year’s National Philanthropy Day Luncheon.

As we approach our Chapter Annual Meeting on December 8, I invite you to consider joining the National Philanthropy Day committee for next year. The committee meets monthly to plan the event beginning in March. If you have questions about how you could help, please reach out. Working on a committee is a great way to get to know other Chapter members!
The National Philanthropy Day Committee continues to assess the current status of our community and how best to both honor the outstanding philanthropists among us, while also responsibly keeping our awardees and guests safe. Please watch for additional communications in the coming weeks regarding the 2020 National Philanthropy Day Luncheon.
Be safe out there!

Christel Tatro

Foundation & Communication Assistant
Stonehill Communities