AFP - GTS Monthly Newsletter


A Letter From Our President

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As I look forward to what is to come in 2020, I also reflect back on the work that was done in 2019. With that said, I’d like to thank Amy Schauer for her leadership while Chapter President this past year. Amy’s dedication to our profession, and our chapter, in particular, has positioned the AFP Greater Tri-State Chapter for unique and exciting growth opportunities in 2020. I personally credit and thank her for making my transition into the role of President a seamless and (almost) painless one! Amy will continue to serve on the AFP Board of Directors in 2020 in the role of Past President.

Additionally, I want to thank Sister Mary Ellen Green, Kelly Meyers, and Dennis Rima for their years of service to our chapter on our Board of Directors. Sr. Mary Ellen served for many years as Treasurer for our chapter and in June, she accepted an opportunity to continue her ministerial work in Northern Wisconsin. We wish her all the best! Kelly, who serves as Director of Philanthropy for the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, served this past year as President-Elect after leading us as Chapter President in 2018. Dennis, who serves as the Director of Development at Clarity Clinic in Dubuque, leaves the board after several years. Kelly and Dennis remain highly active members of the Greater Tri-State Chapter. Thank you all again for your years of leadership on the AFP Greater Tri-State Board of Directors!

Looking forward now to 2020, I hope to see all of you at one or more of the many great education and networking events to be hosted by our Chapter in the coming year. Also, if I don’t already know you, I’d love to have the opportunity to do so. I invite you to connect with me on LinkedIn or send me an email to, and I’ll seek to make these connections as well.

Thank you all for making our chapter great and I wish you all the best in 2020!

Jeff Schneider
Director of Annual Giving
563-556-2580 x219

Education Committee

Join the Education Committee!

Our chapter Education Committee is looking for new members to help us plan and implement education programs in 2020.  If you are interested in learning more, please contact Courtney Leonard at 563-588-6585 or

Register Today! International and Online Education Opportunities

AFP ICON 2020 

Baltimore, Maryland

March 29 – 31, 2020

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Member-Only Webinar Opportunities

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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
  • Monthly E Newsletter  
  • Event and Educational Opportunity Emails
  • Manage the Facebook account and post events as needed
  • Website Design and Management

Are you interested in being a part of the Communications Committee? We have two seats open and welcome any of our members to consider being a part of the communications team. 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 activity as needed.

Karen Tuecke - Chair
Angie Herting
Amy Schauer

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National Philanthropy Day


Welcome to 2020! National Philanthropy Day (NPD) is a long way off, but it’s not too early to start brainstorming about the people that you can nominate for our Chapter’s NPD awards. We know there are many, many incredible people and businesses that give back to make our community great. Who were some of your organization’s star supporters in 2019? We will be accepting nominations for Outstanding Individual Philanthropist (or Couple), Outstanding Philanthropic Organization, Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser, Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, and Outstanding Fundraising Professional. Nomination forms will be available in May. Watch for more info to come! 
Christel Tatro