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December Newsletter

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Thank you to everyone who attended and made National Philanthropy Day a success!  To see the awardees and sponsors, visit the AFPWM site.  A big shout out to our Media Sponsor, Grand Rapids Business Journal; Grand Sponsor. Hopkins Fundraising Consulting; and Print Sponsor, Lawson Printers.

Year-end’s over, now what? Leverage your data to make 2023 your best year!
Speaker: Jonathan Helder, Timothy Group,
January 6, 2023
7:30am – 9:00am
Location: Holiday Inn Downtown Grand Rapids
Hiring? The West Michigan AFP chapter website is the perfect place to advertise your employment opportunities and reach hundreds of potential prospects with fundraising and development experience. The cost is only $100 for members and $125 for nonmembers, and the exposure is priceless. If you would like to post an employment opportunity, Please contact Chapter Administrator, Deb O’Donnell.

Gratitude with Purpose 
by Mark DeWitt, Senior Philanthropy Advisor, Hope College Gifts to our organizations requires thoughtful and measured stewardship to express gratitude. Early in my career, my office adjoined the stewardship coordinator and I enjoyed sharing creative ways with her to connect with donors, sometimes in an extremely cost-efficient way, that give great joy to the donor and endeared them to sustain the mission. I’ve learned to lead with stewardship as the resulting joy creates opportunities to discuss the next gift or donor aspiration.
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AFP West Michigan has membership scholarships available for the seasoned fundraising professional, the young fundraiser who is just getting started in their career and for the college student who wants to learn more about fundraising!  Learn More

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If you are a current or a new member and you want to learn more about the latest fundraising trends and techniques, we have an educational scholarship waiting for you! Learn More

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