AFP - GTS Monthly Newsletter

A Letter From Our President

Hello AFP members!

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our AFP Summer Social at Convivium Urban Farmstead, as well as those who joined us prior the social for speed mentoring. It was a great turn out and a lot of great networking was happening throughout the evening. Our members are our greatest asset so please remember you can reach out to other members any time you need help, advice, or have questions about a resource.
Speaking of resources, AFP Global just announced three new programs and member benefits that include:

  1. AFP 360 degrees, a complete leadership development and career training program
  2. Negotiation workshops offered in partnership with the American Association of University Women
  3. Ethics Month in October

You can learn more about these member benefits and resources here:
AFP is also hosting a new AFP IDEA Women’s Impact Summit October 5-6 following the AFP Lead conference. This will be held in Phoenix, AZ and is $200 to attend. More information is available on the website.
Have you liked our chapter page on Facebook? It’s one of the best ways to find out what events are coming up. You can find our Facebook page at Watch for information about our Fall conference—save the date for October 22! The conference will begin at 8:30 am and end with a networking lunch to wrap up by 1:30 pm. We hope to see each and every one of our members there. It will be a great learning opportunity and a wonderful way to connect with others in our field.

If you ever have a question about our chapter or just want to network with another fundraising professional feel free to reach out,
Enjoy your August!

With Gratitude,
Amy Schauer
Chapter Board President
Education Committee

Save the Date: AFP Greater Tri-States Chapter Fall Workshop
How Well Do You Know Your Donors? From Powerful Donor Surveys to Making the Ask
Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Location: Clarke University Fabiano Conference Room, which is located inside of the RC and Celeste Wahlert Atrium, 1550 Clarke Drive, Dubuque, IA 52001
Cost: AFP Members $20; Non-members $35
Description: This year’s fall workshop will be facilitated by AFP Master Trainer Jennifer Walker and focus on the importance of utilizing powerful donor surveys to build and sustain relationships in fundraising and how that information can translate to making effective asks. Following each topic, there will be an opportunity for group discussion. The AFP Greater Tri-States Chapter wishes to extend special thanks to the East Central Intergovernmental Association for their generous sponsorship of this workshop.
  8:30 a.m. –   9:00 a.m.   Registration
  9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.  Powerful Donor Surveys to Build and Sustain Relationships
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  Group Discussion
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.  Making an Effective Ask
11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Group Discussion
12:00 p.m. –   1:30 p.m.  Networking Lunch
Making Your Annual Appeal Appealing to Donors
Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 12:00- 1:00 pm
Location: Carnegie-Stout Public Library (Aigler Auditorium- 3rd Floor)
Cost: Free
Description: In August we will be reviewing annual appeal letters. Come get tips, tricks and advice from fellow fundraising professionals on the dos and don’ts of appeal writing. Please bring your lunch and a copy of an annual appeal letter for review and discussion. 
Please RSVP by contacting Jessica Schlader at
Free parking is available on Bluff Street.
Branding your Nonprofit
Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019  at 12:00- 1:00 p.m.
Location: Hospice of Dubuque Theisen Education Center
Cost: Free for AFP members, $10 for non-members
Description: Nonprofit organizations exist to make an impact. Branding can help deepen the impact you make: clarifying your goal, translating your mission to a powerful story and making sure your voice is cohesive. Join the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Greater Tri State Chapter and Vicki Dirksen, Principal/Partner of Plaid Swan to learn more about branding your nonprofit organization.
Please RSVP and confirm your attendance by contacting Tiffany Stietz
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.
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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- Check email once a week; responding to, or forwarding email to the correct contact.

Monthly E Newsletter- Update membership emails the beginning of each year and add new members throughout the year as needed. Request articles for the monthly newsletter, from the president and committee chairs. Prepare and send the newsletter out in a timely fashion.

Event and Educational Opportunity Emails- Send invitation emails to each event and/or educational session in the Tri-State area.

Facebook- Manage the Facebook account and post events as needed. Invite people to like, share and comment.

Website- Oversee and update the chapter website which includes events, invitations to activities, generate announcements, posting employment opportunities, educational and National Philanthropy Day updates and general management of
 the content and discussions.

NEW*** 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- Please send any events and education opportunities, newsletter items, job postings or AFP website changes to Karen at
Christel Tatro- Please send anything for social media to Christel at


Thank you for attending the social!
We had a great time at Convivium Urban Farmstead on July 11, and welcomed several potential new members. Thanks to everyone who joined us, and we look forward to seeing you at an event again soon!
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
If you have not yet done so, please consider a gift to this campaign during 2019. This year, our chapter goal is $631.67, and we are so close to achieving our goal! Click here to learn more about the Be The Cause campaign.
Thank you to Mark Singsank  for your recent gift! We appreciate your participation & generosity!

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 or 563-588-2700.
National Philanthropy Day

Save the Date
AFP Greater Tri-State Chapter
National Philanthropy Day
Grand River Center

Help us celebrate National Philanthropy Day and honor philanthropy in our community. Start thinking about deserving individuals and organizations, as we will be seeking nominations soon!

If you are interested in joining this committee or have any questions about potential involvement, please feel free to reach out to me or 563-556-7878.  Plans for the 2019 celebration will officially begin around the March timeframe.

Questions about our events? Please contact our Program Committee Chair: 
Courtney Leonard at

Visit our website for complete event details and other information:

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