AFP - GTS Monthly Newsletter

A Letter From Our President

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How did the first quarter of the year go for you? Are you feeling any effects because of the 2018 tax reform? I hope the year is off to a tremendous start for you and the amazing missions you work to fund. Even on the most difficult days remember that fundraising is a noble profession. You are helping to create positive change in our world and I value each of you.

The Strategic Plan of You (AFP Daily, March 5)

As fundraising professionals we are always planning; planning the next appeal that needs to be mailed or the details of an upcoming event. But are you planning for your own personal and professional development? In AFP Daily on March 5, there was a micro-learning opportunity with a video titled The Strategic Plan of You. In this video Vern Snyder, ACFRE provides advice on how to create a strategic plan for ourselves. He asks if we have thought about where we want to be in 5 years. Have you considered this? He suggests doing a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) on ourselves and setting specific, named goals for our career. If this concept sounds interesting to you, you can view the video at this link I would suggest we all take time to think carefully about our own personal and professional development, as AFP member you have taken an important step in your professional development. Remember you will get out of AFP what you put in, attend monthly events, reach out to other members with your questions, read AFP Daily, and check out the website for even more resources.  

AFP Members Can Now Access Blackbaud University

Another learning opportunity through AFP is a partnership with Blackbaud to offer 5 foundational topics: Basics of Fundraising, Basics of Marketing, Basics of Personas, Basics of Impact, and Basics of Finance. Find out more at You will need your AFP member login to access content.

In closing, I would like to thank those AFP members who participated in the Speed Mentoring event and Mentoring kick off for our Chapter. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a mentor or seeking a mentor please talk to Wendy Sweeney, Membership Chair.

Thank you for all you do! Please contact me if you have any questions about AFP or just to connect about fundraising!

Amy Schauer
Education Committee

Ethics Development Dialogue
Date: April 10, 2019
Time: 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Location: ECIA (East Central Intergovernmental Association)
7600 Commerce Park, Dubuque, IA 52002
Cost: AFP Members Complimentary; Non-Members: $10 (A light breakfast will be provided)
Description: Transparency inspires confidence. Beyond what the law requires, nonprofits can demonstrate their commitment to ethical practices by being entirely transparent with financial information and fundraising practices.

Please join us to discuss the various aspects of ethical fundraising. Please contact Sister Mary Ellen Green at to confirm your participation.
Directions: ECIA is located off Seippel Road, between Chavenelle and Middle Road (Pennsylvania). Visitors may park in the front of the building and there will be signage directing you to the meeting space as you enter the lobby.
The AFP International Conference Review with 2019 Chamberlain Scholar Cassie Busch
Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Time: Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Two by Two Character Development Office
470 W. 4th Street, Dubuque, IA 52001
Description: Bring your lunch and learn from our 2019 Chamberlain Scholar Cassie Busch about her key takeaways from the 2019 AFP International Conference.
This is a complimentary program, but advance registration is appreciated.  Please contact Jessica Schlader at to confirm your participation
Register Today! Regional, International, and Online Education Opportunities
Fundraising and Development for Nonprofits Conference

Presented by the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI
May 29 – May 31, 2019
Registration Fee: $495
Visit for more details and to register.

Member-Only 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 this exclusive opportunity, visit 



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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.

Promote other chapter events and activity as needed.
Karen Tuecke- Chair- Please send any events and education opportunities and any job postings or AFP website changes to Karen at
Angie Herting- Please send anything you would like in the AFP Newsletter to Angie at
Christel Tatro- Please send anything for social media to Christel at

Membership Committee


New Mentor Program
Thank you to those who attended the “speed mentoring” event on February 28. We look forward to continuing great conversations, and hosting another, similar event in the future!
Be The Cause
Thank you again to everyone who donated to Be the Cause in 2018. In total, our chapter raised $595 during the campaign last year. Be the Cause funds are used to promote a culture of philanthropy through partnership grants back to local chapters and scholarships, which includes the Chamberlain Scholarship. That scholarship helps one local AFP member attend the AFP International Conference each year. Click here to learn more about the Be The Cause campaign.
This year, our chapter goal is $631.67. Please consider a gift to this campaign during 2019. Let anyone on the Membership Committee know if you have any questions. Thank you for your consideration!

New Members
If you have a membership question or know a prospective member we could reach out to, please contact any of the committee members noted above. We can also assist you with a variety of membership related questions including, membership renewal dates and obtaining membership forms for new members, etc.

Wendy Sweeney


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

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