April 2022 Newsletter

A message from the AFP WM Board of Directors

Spring is here.  It’s a time of growth and we are hopeful for more connection with good weather.  We all look forward to more in-person meetings, connecting with donors, volunteers and with each other.  Many of us  will be attending AFP ICON in Las Vegas May 2-4th.  There are so many great session that will leave us inspired and ready to take on new challenges.  Please follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn to see session recaps and photos. Attend the AFP CFRE Refresher Course via Zoom on September 13th, 15th, 20th, 22nd, and 27th 2022. 

Advance your journey toward CFRE certification through the self-exploration of knowledge and peer exchange of best practices — facilitated by knowledgeable fundraising practitioners — with the AFP CFRE Refresher Course.  

Who Should Attend  
Anyone seeking to earn the CFRE certification – for the first time or to recertify, and who can meet the minimum requirements set by CFRE International by the date of the CFRE Exam. 
CFRE Requirements

AFP Members = $300 
Non-Members = $360 

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 Alexa Sorensen 

May 6, 2022
Ten Ways to Kill Your Campaign
Presenter: Keith Hopkins, Hopkins Fundraising Consulting

June 3, 2022
Donor Retention Strategies
Presenter: Janice Fonger, J. Milito & Associates
REGISTERDo you have a topic you’d like to see covered?

Contact Alexa Sorensen or Kent Vanderwood

Scholarships, Scholarships Everywhere!

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

Educational Courses
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

Dear AFP West Michigan Member,
Each and every day, the important work you do demonstrates that you are a leader in effecting change in our community, making it a much better place for all of us. These three words—Empower, Strengthen, Transform— describe WHAT you do as a fundraiser and WHY you do it.
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.
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. 

As the Chapter Chairperson for the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – BE the CAUSE Campaign, I am reaching out today to ask you to invest in your colleagues, your local chapter, and the AFP Foundation by donating to the BE the CAUSE Campaign.
You can make a donation be visiting: https://afpglobal.org/donate
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 https://afpglobal.org/be-cause-campaign or contact me with questions.
Thank you for your support and dedication to philanthropy in our community!
Angela J. Freier
Director of Development, Conductive Learning Center of North America
Chapter Chairperson – BE the CAUSE Campaign, AFP West Michigan

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Mentors/Mentees Share Their Experiences

Mentee Sydney Watson — Sydney Watson, Communication and Development Coordinator at Community Food Club, discussed her experience as a mentee. “I could text Salina for help about anything,” she noted about mentor Salina Bishop, Director of Development at Grand Rapids Symphony. They discussed her fundraising questions and worked through how to work in a small nonprofit organization. Since this was Sydney’s first development position, they talked a great deal about next steps. “Salina helped me look forward and think about how I can build up my position to have a greater impact,” said Sydney.

Mentee Clair Timmer — “I plan to continue meeting with Melissa,” said Claire Timmer, Stewardship and Hospitality Coordinator for Kids’ Food Basket. As a mentor, Melissa Block, Associate Director of the Children’s Healing Center, helped Claire get into the details of stewarding donors and planning for events. But it was much more. “She helped me identify my long-term career goals as a fundraising professional,” said Claire. “I am lucky to have Ashley Diersch as my professional mentor at Kids’ Food basket, but it is amazing to have outside input from a seasoned professional like Melissa.”

Mentor Jim Steenbergen — First-time mentor Jim Steenbergen, Executive Director of Sunset Legacy Foundation, reflected on his time in the program. “Being a mentor helps you keep your sword sharp. If you are teaching something, it forces you to live it better each day,” said Jim. A life-long learner, he noted that “Mentoring offers the opportunity to step outside of the echo chambers that we fall into. I also thought I had some knowledge to perhaps pass on after working in the field for over 20 years.” Jim was pleasantly surprised by how much he learned from mentoring Abigail McIntyre, Director of Community Engagement at Protect Life Michigan. “Abigail was well-versed on the technological aspects of conversing with donors in the digital space – something that I’m not really equipped to do,” he noted. “She provided a lot of ideas to me.” He is already looking forward to being a part of the mentoring program again next fall.