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Celebrating New & Renewing AFP Members

Welcome to our new AFP Greater Madison Chapter members and thank you to our renewing members! We are excited to have these members as a part of our community of fundraisers coming together to learn, connect, and support the causes we believe in.

Learn more about membership and benefits 

What does AFP Greater Madison look like in 2020 and beyond?

We are right there with all of our nonprofit colleagues as we navigate this new space. The shifting needs of our members and continuing to be a resource to our community remain our top priority. Our Chapter has consistently relied on monthly in-person meetings and small group discussions to meet the needs of our local development community. One of our key components to all of the professional development opportunities is the chance to network with each other, something that can be very difficult in a virtual world. As we look at the rest of 2020, the board and committee members will continue to seek opportunities for us to come together, network, gain professional development, and support one another through all of this. Check out a few updates on some of the major programs including Fundraising Day Wisconsin and National Philanthropy Day.


‘Beware the Ides of March’: American Players Theatre continuing to adapt during COVID-19

Events are a major part of our fundraising efforts, but they are the lifeblood of operations at fine arts-based non-profits like American Players Theatre (APT). 

We talked to Sean Sobecki, Development Director for APT and a member of the Young Professionals Committee of AFP Greater Madison, about how APT has adapted and pivoted their event-focused fundraising approach during this pandemic after having to cancel all nine of their shows this summer.

Celebrating New & Renewing Members

Welcome to our new AFP Greater Madison Chapter members and thank you to our renewing members who have joined us since February! We are excited to have these members as a part of our community of fundraisers coming together to learn, connect, and support the causes we believe in.

Learn more about membership and benefits and for new members joining by June 30, get $50 off a professional or associate new membership

In Support of Justice

AFP Greater Madison supports those seeking to build a better future for all in our communities and holds zero tolerance for the racist actions taking place. Now, more than ever, we are here to listen, learn, connect, and support.

Stay Connected to AFP Greater Madison

We know that we write to you in unprecedented times and a period of instability for our nonprofit partners and community. This is a difficult time for many and we want you to know that we are here for you. AFP Greater Madison has always been a hub for connection among our fundraising community. While we are unable to bring us all together we want to remain that during this time.

Nonprofits 101: Blackbaud Courses Free with AFP

Your AFP membership comes with a benefit that you might not be aware of: free access to introductory-level courses from Blackbaud University!

The partnership with Blackbaud provides all AFP members with a set of eight courses covering core concepts about nonprofits and fundraising. These courses are a great starting point if you’re looking to expand your knowledge beyond your role, or if you’re just getting started in the nonprofit world and want a big-picture overview. 

The ‘Invaluable’ value of becoming a CFRE

Class is in session! In preparation for the CFRE refresher course this July with Immediate Past President of AFP Greater Madison, Jen Davie, CFRE, we wanted to give you a quick refresher ourselves! We start out with some basics and then sit down with Lori Werbeckes, CFRE, Fund Development Director at the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired, to give you her five benefits of becoming a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).

AFP Member Spotlight with Patricia!

We talked to Patricia Eldred, CFRE, the Development Director of Middleton Outreach Ministry, and a long-time member of AFP Greater Madison, about her love of AFP Greater Madison and how she values her membership. 

Thank You 2019 Committee Members

Thank you to all of our 2019 committee members! You helped AFP Greater Madison offer rewarding programs, host top-quality events, and strengthen the fundraising profession through diversity work and mentorship opportunities. Committees and task forces are the heart of the chapter. Meet 2019 committee members!

The Best Parts About AFP Membership

Do you take advantage of all your AFP membership benefits? With access to so many perks, you might be wondering which ones are the most valuable to you. That’s exactly what we asked our very own AFP Membership Committee members. Here’s what they had to say!   

Mentorship Program Launches in February 2020

In this Q&A learn about the new AFP Greater Madison Mentorship Program launching this February! Fundraisers, participating as both mentors and mentees, will benefit from the program. The program aims to facilitate meaningful connections between seasoned professionals and current leaders in the Madison non-profit sector with young professionals— the next generation of leaders, and those who are new to fundraising as a career.

Meet the 2020 AFP Greater Madison Board of Directors

At AFP Greater Madison's Annual Membership meeting on December 17, chapter members approved our 2020 nominees for the Board of Directors. Meet the new board members and see the AFP Greater Madison 2019 Annual Report.

Top-5 Giving Tuesday Tips, Tricks and Takeaways from Heartland Farm Sanctuary

Fun, furry, photogenic… another successful Giving Tuesday for Heartland Farm Sanctuary! If you Facebook Live it, they will come!

Executive Director Jen Korz and her small team at Heartland Farm Sanctuary did just that and more in raising over $28,000 in their latest Giving Tuesday campaign. Aided by the generous support of their board (100% participation!), who committed a $10,000 match, they crushed their original goal of $20,000 for their biggest Giving Tuesday yet. In this article, Jen shares her top-5 tips, tricks and takeaways for Giving Tuesday.

2020 AFP Greater Madison Nominated Board of Directors

At AFP Greater Madison's Annual Membership meeting on December 17, chapter members will vote to approve our 2020 nominees for the Board of Directors. Check out the board slate before you vote.  Learn more about the upcoming event.

Getting involved in our local chapter is the best way to get the most out of your AFP membership. If you'd like to learn more about open board positions or how to participate on a committee, contact us.

Honoring Community Champions

On November 8th, AFP Greater Madison honored the winners of the 2019 National Philanthropy Day Awards. These individuals, businesses and organizations have shown commitment and passion to strengthening our community and making it a better place to live for everyone. See photos from the event and hear from award winners in their own words.

Are you informed on Informed Delivery?

Preparing for your year-end appeal? This is a perfect way to simultaneously enter your mail piece in the digital world and the physical world. And did we mention it's free?!

That Post Conference Feeling

AFP Greater Madison Chapter President-Elect, Sarah Linn, loves learning about new fundraising tactics, systems and ideas. She recently attended the AFP LEAD conference in Phoenix and shares with us some of her top takeaways and a whole boatload of enthusiasm! 

'I love making dreams come true' Angela Davis reveals her top-5 tips for grassroots organizations

In case you missed the AFP Greater Madison September Luncheon: Grassroots Fundraising, we’ve got you covered with Angela Davis and her Top-5 takeaways from the event!

In Their Words: Valuable Takeaways from Fundraising Day WI Scholarship Winners

This year, three ambitious AFP members won scholarships to attend Fundraising Day Wisconsin at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino on August 22. Presented by the Greater Madison and Southeastern Wisconsin AFP Chapters, this annual educational program brought together over 400 fundraising colleagues from around the state to hone their fundraising skills, network and learn from national and international fundraising superstars.

After the conference, the scholarship winners shared with us some of their favorite moments, takeaways or experiences.

What you need to know about corporate philanthropy

Stephanie Hayden, TASC’s Strategic Philanthropic Advisor, shares her thoughts about corporate giving strategies after revamping TASC's corproate philanthropy program over the last year. No matter its size or mission, any nonprofit can implement a corporate giving program. Here's how...

Press Release : Announcing Impact Association Management as New Administrators

April 18, 2019, Madison, Wisconsin –Impact Association Management (Impact) is pleased and proud to announce the signing of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Madison Chapter (AFP Greater Madison) as their newest client.   

“We are looking forward to our partnership with Impact. We are impressed with the quality of work they can provide for the Association of Fundraising Professionals and we know we are in great hands”, shares AFP Greater Madison’s President, Janie Winston  

Reflections on AFP ICON 2019

Despite being amongst strangers in a room I’d never set foot in 1200 miles from home, my experience at AFP ICON 2019 began with a moment so familiar it felt as if I were back in my office: I wrote a thank you note. This wouldn’t be sent to my typical audience of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin’s donors stepping up for reproductive health though. This act of gratitude was directed to a fellow AFP member who had made an investment in my growth as a Chamberlain Scholar. Writing that donor, themselves a fundraising professional, alongside other scholarship recipients representing organizations improving lives in different ways all around the world, I couldn’t help feeling an overwhelming sense of community. 

UW-Madison Collegiate Chapter: Your Help is Needed

Our Greater Madison Chapter of AFP encourages young professionals to pursue careers in this rewarding and important field. One way that we’ve dedicated chapter resources is by nurturing the UW-Madison Collegiate AFP Chapter. We seek your help to revitalize the campus chapter.

Mentorship Is Key To Career Success For Young Professionals

"Fundraisers, participating as both mentors and mentees, will benefit from the program. We want to facilitate meaningful connections between seasoned professionals and current leaders in the Madison non-profit sector with young professionals— the next generation of leaders, and those who are new to fundraising as a career," says Pete Schwieger, Co-Chair of the AFP Greater Madison Young Professionals Committee. "However we believe that this program goes beyond the fundraising community and is more than a professional development opportunity, it helps us a fundraisers further each of our organization’s mission. This mentorship program is ultimately for all people served by non-profits in the greater Madison community."

In this Q&A learn about the new mentorship program and other upcoming events and programs by the AFP Greater Madison Young Professionals Committee.

Bucky Parades for Philanthropy

It was hard to miss them last summer. Eighty-five Bucky Badger statues were on display throughout greater Madison as part of Bucky on Parade from May 7–September 12, 2018. Local and regional artists transformed these 6-foot fiberglass statues with everything from glow-in-the dark paint, to full army fatigues and mosaics.

By the project’s close, $1 million was raised for charity, along with countless memories of a summer to remember. Learn how local organizations and the community came together to create a uniquely Madison experience while supporting area nonprofits. 

Many Hands Make It All Possible

AFP is more than a professional association, it is an important cause for our community. I joined AFP Greater Madison for professional development and to make connections with others in the field of fundraising. Having an industry association membership on your resume says you are committed to your profession and actively participating in its advancement. But what if you could get even more out of your membership?

The Importance of Leaders in Successful Development Programs

For many years, development professionals used to think that having the right donors was the most important ingredient for successful annual fundraising programs or capital campaigns. Today, we recognize that passionate and committed leaders are perhaps the most important variable for successful projects. This is to say the right leaders provide access to the right donors. Given their scale and magnitude, the right leadership structures are critical for capital campaigns.

Cultural Competence: The first step is inclusion

With each new year comes the inevitable resolutions – both personal and professional. I am going to start doing a lot more of this, and a lot less of that. We should pay much more attention to this and stop worrying so much about that. And most years by the end of Q1 we find ourselves operating pretty much the same way we did last year.

In.clu.sion is the action of including or being included within a group or structure. I find it ironic that such a short definition, demands such a long look at what actions we now take daily, weekly, monthly etc. (or don’t take) to include those not already part of our ‘group or structure’.

AFP International Launches New Website and Member Resources

The new AFP International website re-launched after a major renovation this past year! In addition to its fresh new look, the new site offers four main areas for you to build community, gain relevant documents and training and find the latest tools and resources. 

Learn & Grow |  Impact & Advocate  |  Connect & Network  |  Tools & Resources

Of course the best way to soak in all the great, new resources at your fingertips is to check it out for yourself. Note: one of the most important changes to note is that the domain has changed! AFP International's website is now housed under: