Summer 2021 Newsletter

A Message from the AFP West Michigan President Steve Ozinga
Upcoming Events!
Keynote Speaker: Lisa GreerThe 2021 National Philanthropy Day (NPD) awardees will be honored at our NPD luncheon on Thursday, November 18, 2021. This event will be virtual and held at mini watch parties. Registration coming soon!

Nominations are open through July 16th
Nominate outstanding achievements by an individual, foundation or corporate philanthropists, fundraising volunteers, and professional fundraisers
Nomination FormNPD-2021-Nomination Information
AFPWM Friday Morning Virtual Breakfast Series
First Fridays of the Month from 7:50am-9:00am
The events are free, but pre-registration is required by Wednesday before the Friday event. You will receive the link to the meeting the day before, on Thursday, from Louise “Punky” Edison. 

Upcoming Breakfasts:
July 9, 2021
Creating Your Post-COVID Personal Development Plan
Presenter: Lon Swartzentruber, Design International


New events added to the website monthly
2020-2021 Mentor and Mentees Celebration

The beautiful backyard of Libby Wahlstrom was the site of this year’s AFP-WM Mentorship Program Outdoor Celebration on May 25. With tacos from El Granjero and chilled drinks, participants discussed their year-long experience during the 2020-21 mentorship program.

The Mentorship Committee is actively recruiting Mentors and Mentees and applications are due August 23, 2021. To learn more about the program and to apply, visit the Mentorship Program page.

From the 20/21 cohort:
“Salina helped me look forward and think about how I can build up my position to have a greater impact.” -Sydney W.

“She [my mentor] helped me identify my long-term career goals as a fundraising professional.” Claire T.

“Being a mentor helps you keep your sword sharp. If you are teaching something, it forces you to live it better each day.” Jim S.

 Thank you to all the mentees and mentors! 
AFP Members, when you give to the BE the CAUSE Campaign, benefiting both our chapter and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy, you are investing in the future of our profession and advancing philanthropy for the greater good.
June 28-30, 2021 : The “Good Takeover” Challenge Match
For the first 1,000 donors who donate a one-time gift of $20 or more during the three days of ICON your gift will be matched $10 by Blackbaud!
Give by Cell Drawing!
One Lucky Winner Each Day Will Receive SIX Months Service from Give by Cell! To enter drawing, make a $50 or more gift by texting AFP to 56512. We will announce a winner every day during ICON.

The BE the CAUSE Campaign, provides support to several local, national, and international programs that promote the work of you and your colleagues and empower young professionals to join the field and continue the noble tradition of philanthropy.Diversity & Inclusion – Is a pillar of the AFP Strategic Plan, scholarships for people from diverse communities is a priority for the Foundation.Professional Development – Professional development scholarships provide fundraisers and nonprofit leaders with education, training, and leadership development opportunities.Research – provides an increased knowledge of fundraising, philanthropy, and social innovation, and includes the Growth in Giving Initiative You can make a donation be visiting:
BE the CAUSE reflects your commitment to and passion for our rewarding profession. Together we are creating societal impact.
If you would like more information, please visit

NPD Nominations Open August 1, 2020

AFP West Michigan’s National Philanthropy Day (NPD) recognizes outstanding achievements by an individual, foundation and corporate philanthropists, fundraising volunteers, and professional fundraisers. These awards recognize individuals and organizations whose lifetime, long-term, and emerging achievements have made a significant impact on society.

2020 Award Categories

When Should Nominations Be Submitted?

The nomination period is open between August 1, 2020 and August 31, 2020.

Click here for 2020 NPD Nomination Packet

Who Can Submit Nominations?

Nominations for any award may be submitted by an individual AFP member or nonmember individuals or organizations. You may make more than one nomination in any category, but no more than three nominations total. All nominations will be considered in the year presented, plus one additional year.

Click here to submit nominations


Current NPD Committee members are ineligible for all categories.

Past awardees cannot win the same category they have won in the past.

Click here to find out more information!