AFP - GTS Monthly Newsletter


A Letter From Our President

Hello AFP members!

On behalf of AFP Greater Tri-State Chapter I am pleased to announce our Chamberlain Scholarship recipient is Jessica Schlader. Jessica is the Grants and Research Officer for Clarke University, as well as a Member-At-Large for our very own AFP Board. We hope that Jessica will have an excellent experience at AFP ICON and will bring back lots of wonderful knowledge to share with our chapter.
As the year begins to wind down I only have a couple more of these President’s reports to write for you. It’s been an honor serving our chapter as your Board President. I would like to thank each and every one of our Board members and those who volunteer on committees. It’s been a fantastic year with lots of great events and learning opportunities and we couldn’t do it without you! If you are a new member and haven’t had the opportunity serve on a committee yet please take a moment to consider this. We will have sign-up sheets at our annual meeting/Winter social event on Tuesday, December 3 in the lower level of 1st and Main from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m—I hope to see you all there!
The Annual Meeting typically takes place at 6 PM, but the rest of the night is a fun time to socialize with other AFP members. During the business portion of this event we will also vote on the slate of officers for next year.
The proposed slate of officers for 2020 is as follows:
Immediate Past President: Amy Schauer
President: Jeff Schneider
President Elect: Wendy Knight
Secretary: Amy Unmacht
Treasurer: Greg Orwoll

NPD Chair: Christel Tatro
Communications Chair: Karen Tuecke
Membership Chair: Wendy Sweeny
Education/Program Chair: Courtney Leonard
At Large Members:
David Moore
Andy Schroeder
Jessica Schlader
Jennifer Walker
Tiffany Stietz
My sincere gratitude for all you do to make our community stronger!

P.S. If you ever have a question about our chapter or just want to network with another fundraising professional feel free to reach out,

Education Committee

Annual Meeting and Winter Social
Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: 1st and Main, 101 Main Street, Dubuque, IA 52001
Cost: Complimentary
Description: Join us for our final event of the year as we honor our AFP Board and long-time members, celebrate our achievements in 2019, and look forward to 2020. 

No RSVP is necessary and please feel free to bring a guest to this complimentary event located in the lower level of 1st and Main.

True Colors Workshop
Date: January 15, 2020
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Hospice of Dubuque, 1670 John F Kennedy Rd, Dubuque, IA 52002
Cost: AFP Members Complimentary; Non-Members $10
Description Bring your lunch and learn from AFP Member Tiffany Stietz as she leads participants through guided activities that provide insight regarding how their personality – color spectrum affects their professional and personal relationships.

Please confirm your attendance by contacting Tiffany Stietz at

The presentation will take place in the Theisen Education Center at Hospice of Dubuque. Enter the second set of doors on the east side of the building.

Register Today! International and Online Education Opportunities
Baltimore, Maryland
March 29 – 31, 2020
Visit for more details and to register.

Member-Only Webinar Opportunities
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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
  • 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.

We are accepting two more members to join our group. If you have any interest or know of someone who is an AFP member that enjoys communications, please reach out to us.

Karen Tuecke - Chair
Christel Tatro

Welcome & Thanks!
Welcome to Danielle Shea, Marketing & Communications Director at the Dubuque YMCA/YWCA, our newest member! We look forward to getting to know you.

Also, thank you to all those members who have renewed recently – we are glad to have you as continued members of our chapter!

Know a Potential New AFP Member?
AFP Greater Tri-States Chapter is offering free chapter dues for new members throughout 2019 - just use the code: IA50 when registering at
Contact Wendy Sweeney ( with any questions.

Be The Cause
Special thanks to Jean Tucker and Sr. Cathy Katoski (which was matched by Community Brands) for your recent gifts! We appreciate your participation & generosity! We VERY CLOSE to being able to reach our chapter’s high goal of $727! If we will achieve this, we will receive 35% back to our chapter.  100% of our Board of Directors has contributed this year, and we hope you will consider a contribution as well.

The Be The Cause campaign supports the Chamberlain Scholarship, which allows members the opportunity to attend the annual conference at a very reduced cost.  Each individual chapter also receives a percentage back to put toward programming. Click here to make a gift to the Be The Cause Campaign.

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


AFP Greater Tri-State Chapter
National Philanthropy Day
Registration begins at 11:15am
Grand River Center
The National Philanthropy Day RSVP deadline is right around the corner on Tuesday, November 5th……do you have yours in? We would love to see you there! Remember that special table reservation rates apply for AFP members (Table of 8 for the cost of 7, a $40 discount). For your convenience online payments can be made at

Contact Deanne Althoff with questions or for more information – or 563-556-7878.