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Raising Spirits, Raising Money Newsletter for AFP Nebraska Volume 7, Issue 2, June 2010 Contents:  President’s message  Government Relations  Every Member Campaign  National Philanthropy Day  Give and Gain  Membership Corner  Upcoming programs

President’s Message Chris Sommerich, CFRE I hope that this summer you all are finding time to relax and recharge your batteries. You never know what great fundraising ideas may spring into mind as you reel in a fish or hike through the woods or cheer on your child’s baseball team! Keep a notepad handy. As chapter president, I had the privilege in April of representing AFP-Nebraska at the 47th AFP International Conference on Fundraising in Baltimore. Along with about a dozen other Nebraskans, I experienced some terrific sessions across a broad range of fundraising topics. The energy level was really high (no surprise in a conference of several thousand fundraisers), and there seemed to be a lot of optimism about weathering the economic hardships and adapting to the future. The economist Susan Raymond summed it up best for me: the economic recession may be scary and is changing some things forever, but it is also the opportunity of a generation. We need to figure out how to organize, innovate, and manage ourselves better, and work together in ways that we should have before.

In the Chapter Presidents’ meetings during the conference there was much discussion about the negative impact of the economy on chapter membership. Most chapters have experienced similar decreases to us here in Nebraska, but again there was optimism that things are turning around. Membership in AFP is of great value to professional fundraisers and their organizations, and we will work hard to communicate those benefits. We appreciate YOUR help in advocating for membership in AFP. Three weeks after the AFP International Conference, our chapter hosted the AFP Mid-America Conference in Omaha. 125 fundraisers from Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, North Dakota, and elsewhere attended the conference and benefited from excellent sessions by Kay Sprinkel Grace, Larry Stelter, Beverly Browning, and many others. This conference would not have been possible without the hard work of the MAC committee, particularly Paul Strawhecker, Ryan Strawhecker, Ann Rourke, Jodie Nolan, Bob Chitwood, Kelly Butts, Joanne Harse, Luann Davis, and Diana Wilkins. A big thanks to Steve Van Buren and Firespring for the great conference website, as well as to sponsors Paul Strawhecker, Redfield & Company, Larry Stelter, Diamond Marketing, Mutual of Omaha, Nonprofit Association of the Midlands, and American Association of Grant Professionals. I also want to extend a special thanks to the Omaha Zoo Foundation, which generously provided the space for our “Tropical Adventure” reception for conference attendees at the Henry Doorly Zoo. As we move into the second half of 2010—the 50th anniversary year of AFP—my appreciation for the time and talent contributed by the AFP-Nebraska board members and other volunteers continues to grow. The collective efforts of so many of you make this a truly great chapter.

Government Relations Tari Hendrickson, Government Relations AFP Nebraska endorsed passage of Amendment 1, which was approved by voters in the primary election on May 11, 2010 Amendment 1 will allow nonprofit agencies to use tax-free bonds for certain construction projects and equipment needs. Also, cities and counties could issue the tax-free bonds on behalf of the nonprofits seeking them. Bonds would have to be repaid by the nonprofit using them and tax money would not be able to be used to repay the bonds. To the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Nebraska Chapter: On behalf of the Yes on Amendment 1 Committee we want to personally thank you for your commitment and participation to the YES on 1 campaign. Your time

and effort played an enormous part in the final crusade to pass Amendment 1 and further grow nonprofit organizations throughout Nebraska. Amendment 1 passed on May 11th and will soon become a definitive financing tool for the state's nonprofits. From capital improvement projects, to the ensuing increased services provided, to the birth of new nonprofit organizations and jobs; Amendment 1's passage was a landmark vote for the state of Nebraska and its citizens. The groups and leadership that carried the weight of the Yes on 1 grassroots message are to thank for this. We admire your dedication to the mission of Nebraska nonprofits and we commend you on your organization's daily work to improve lives and communities. Thank you once again for your much appreciated contribution to this campaign. Sincerely, Robert J. Hallstrom, Treasurer, Yes on Amendment 1 Rick Carter, Executive Director, Lincoln-Lancaster Human Services Federation Barb A. Bettin, President/CEO, YMCA Lincoln Andy Bradley, Executive Vice President, Goodwill Industries, Inc. Anne Hinder Camp, CEO, Nonprofit Association of the Midlands Jeff Yost, President/CEO, Nebraska Community Foundation

Every Member Campaign 2010 Hillary Nather-Detisch, MPA, CFRE President-Elect Every day many of us our faced with challenges due to the current economic climate and how that affects our organization’s bottom line. As a fundraising professional, we all know the importance of making gifts to nonprofit organizations. The Every Member Campaign is a way for us to give back to our profession by making a gift to support the work of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy. The AFP Foundation’s primary focus is to generate the resources to fund AFP strategic initiatives that advance ethical and effective fundraising. Our gifts will be used to support education programs and training of professional fundraisers worldwide and increase the public’s awareness of philanthropy and understanding of philanthropy.

Also, if we make this year’s chapter goal of $4,540.00, then 25 percent of our chapter members’ giving to the Every Member Campaign will come right back to AFP-Nebraska as a partnership grant in 2011 (Our chapter succeeded in 2009 –CONGRATULATIONS!). That means that we would have access to at least $1,135.00 to help offset costs from our own chapter’s expenses. Our chapter’s board has committed to 100 percent participation in the Every Member Campaign. Please join us. To make a quick and easy (and secure) gift online, visit the AFP website at and click on the “Make A Gift” link on the left hand side of the page. Or if you prefer to mail in a pledge form, that form in included in this newsletter. On behalf of your entire AFP-Nebraska board, thank you for joining us in making a gift to the Every Member Campaign! If you have questions, please contact me at or (402) 342-3458, X1005.

NATIONAL PHILANTHROPY DAY HONOREES ANNOUNCED Meg Johnson, National Philanthropy Day Chair On Wednesday, November 17, 2010, the Nebraska Chapter will honor seven outstanding individuals, an outstanding corporation and an outstanding foundation at our annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon. This year's honorees have made a tremendous impact through their giving and service to humankind. Join us as we celebrate the following J. Paul & Eleanor McIntosh, Norfolk, NE - Outstanding Philanthropists; nominated by Nebraska United Methodist Foundation Todd & Betiana Simon and Paul & Annette Smith, Omaha, NE - Outstanding Volunteer Fundraisers; nominated by Big Brother Big Sisters of the Midlands Brianna Brass, Lincoln, NE - Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy; nominated by Cedar's Home for Children Kitty M. Perkins Foundation/Shoemaker Family Foundation, Cambridge, NE Outstanding Foundation; nominated by Nebraska Humanities Council American National/People's National Bank, Omaha, NE - Outstanding Corporation; nominated by Methodist Hospital

Thank you all who took the time to nominate your donors. It is a wonderful act of stewardship to do so. And a big shout out to Jenny Cardwell for chairing the Nominations Committee.

Look for NPD sponsor information in your mailbox over the coming weeks. It's not too early to start thinking about purchasing or putting together a table and planning who you'll bring to this year's event. The spirit of philanthropy will surely inspire all who attend! If you have questions or want to get involved, call Meg Johnson at 402-817-2002.

Save Thursday, September 9th, for the 2010 Give and Gain Conference Suzanne Sughroue, Give and Gain Chair AFP Nebraska and the Nebraska Partnership for Philanthropic Planning are joining forces for the first time ever to present a fantastic day of networking, speakers, and information for fundraising professionals from across the region. To be held at the new Salvation Army Kroc Center in Omaha, the conference will present very exciting speakers from across the country. Keynote speaker Marc Carmichael from R&R Newkirk, Sandra Henningsen from Crescendo, Andrea Glatzer from CMG Interactive (an expert on web 2.0 and website design for nonprofits), as well as other experienced local presenters will offer insights and breakout sessions in three different education tracks. The day will conclude with a panel discussion on relevant fundraising topics featuring allied professionals - attorneys, CPAs, and trust officers as well as donors. Questions? Please contact Suzanne Sughroue at (402) 486-8614 or

Membership Corner Kathy Katt, Vice President of Membership AFP Membership…What’s in it for YOU? Speaking from first hand experience, the benefits of AFP far out weigh the cost. By becoming an AFP member, you have unlimited information and resources at your fingertips. From online blogs and ‘hot topics’ to price advantages and an incredible network of colleagues, AFP has much to offer. Visit today and browse the member section to take advantage of these great benefits. If you’re not already a member, why wait – join today!

Membership Update Currently our chapter has 115 members, this number is down from 136 members in May 2009. From March - May 2010 we have had 19 members renew their membership and 8 new members have joined. If your membership has lapsed, please renew today so you don’t miss out on any important information or resources that will benefit you and your organization. Welcome New & Renewed Members Kathryn R. Aultz Lisa Bradley, Metropolitan Community College Lisa Cuevas Jorgensen, Omaha Performing Arts Jodi Hall, Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa Lisa Hukill Pam Perry, Metropolitan Community College Julie Smith, Food Bank of Lincoln Marcia White, Nebraska Community Foundation

Member Spotlight

LuAnn Davis, CFRE Vice President for Advancement Union College AFP Member since 1983 1. Toughest part of your job: Two things come to mind: having adequate resources like time, budget, staff, and volunteers to do everything that needs to be done and building a culture of philanthropy among board members and campus employees so everyone becomes an active solicitor appropriately presenting opportunities for philanthropy engagement with people they have relationships with. 2. Why did you join AFP?

My reason for joining AFP was no different than the majority of AFP members - I wanted to network with fellow professionals who could guide, advise and inspire me in my work. 3. How does membership to AFP enhance your development work and what AFP benefits are the most important to you? The AFP Resource Library at international headquarters is something I access frequently to learn best practices, get sample materials and find solutions to challenging issues my staff are dealing with. I also value the educational opportunities, especially those at the local and regional level. 4. The best development advice I ever received: Ruthita Fike, currently CEO at Loma Linda University Medical Center, gave me my start in development at the college following my graduation from Union. When she left campus for another position, she gave me a sand castle that is prominently displayed in my office yet today. Her counsel was “Success comes from pursuing your dreams.� She challenged me to always have a dream and to stand up for whatever was needed to make that dream a reality.

If you have membership questions or would like to join AFP, please contact Kathy Katt, CFRE at 402-342-3836 x115 or

Upcoming Programs The next monthly program will be on Aug. 19th in North Platte NE. Watch for details in your e-mail box soon!!

June 2010 AFP Nebraska Newsletter  

Updates, announcements and information from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Nebraska Chapter

June 2010 AFP Nebraska Newsletter  

Updates, announcements and information from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Nebraska Chapter