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Nonprofit Prophet Ten Star Chapter Volume 1, No. 4

P. O. Box 40386, Memphis, TN 38174-0386

April 2012

April Luncheon The Role of Communications in Fundraising Campaigns Linda Jackson McNeil is the Vice President of Development for BRIDGES, where she consistently reaches an annual campaign goal exceeding $1.3 million. She has successfully directed a $10 million capital campaign, a $5 million challenge campaign, introduced a planned giving program and has secured $13.5 million for BRIDGES endowment. McNeil is a lfe-long Memphian who has helped lead - and in some cases create - several of Memphis’ philanthropic initiatives. In 2010 she was awarded the Crystal Award for Outstanding Fundraising Executive from the AFP Memphis Chapter.

Kim Gaskill is co-owner of Gaskill Strategies, LLC a Memphis-based firm that works with nonprofits (and for-profits) for communications, fundraising and strategic planning needs. Past and present clients include Methodist Le Bonheur, BRIDGES, Ballet Memphis, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others. Gaskill has been active in the public relations and development sphere in Memphis for 20+ years. She is a recipient of the MBJ’s Top 40 under 40 and 50 Women Who Make a Difference, as well as being a graduate of Leadership Memphis.

Thursday, April 12th CBU, Thomas Center, 11:30am - 1:00pm To register for the April 12th luncheon, please visit Paying by credit card (VISA, Mastercard & AmEx) is not only welcome but preferred! We can only accept cash or checks at the door and we no longer send invoices. REMEMBER to make your luncheon reservation no later than noon Tuesday (4/10). Cancellations, when necessary, should be made as early as possible to avoid being charged for the unused reservation.

Members $15

Non-members $25



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Please join us for our April 27th Webinar


Fundraising is a Crowded Field: Compose a Compelling Message that Will Bring in Bucks!

Trevor Thompson Founder/CEO The Sickle Cell Center Fnd

Presenter: Mark Grimm, Communications Consultant Competition for nonprofit fundraising dollars is fierce, exacerbated by a tough economy where individuals and companies often have less to give as the needs grow for the organizations that philanthropy supports. This session centers on sharpening your message to focus more on why the available fundraising dollars should come to you.

Marissa Aaker Graduate Student University of Memphis

In this session: •Begin to take a new approach on how to communicate with donors and prospects •Better understand how message clarity and quantification go hand and hand •Have a clearer idea on how to achieve clarity •Have a greater appreciation for tracking the right things

Carole Colter Graduate Student University of Memphis Olivia Buffington Mississippi State University

April 27, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. -- University of Memphis Alumni Center – 635 Normal Street

Natalie Cole Annual Fund Manager Nat’l Hardwood Lumber Assn

Please arrive by 11:50 a.m., and feel free to bring your lunch. Free to AFP Members; $10 for Non-Members Register:

Chaka Conway Development Officer BRIDGES

Save the Date

AFP Memphis Conference Thursday, August 2nd, 2012 New Location! University Center, University of Memphis Campus

Reginald Hameth Development Officer BRIDGES

Crystal Awards 2012 Thursday, November 15th, 2012 Same Location! University Center, University of Memphis Campus Thank You!

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Our appreciation to Meritan and CBU for allowing us the use of their facilities for our meetings in March.

Thank you National Foundation for Transplants and SunTrust for providing door prizes at our March luncheon.

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20 Questions with Liz Salton Each newsletter we like to get to know one of our members a little better through a series of 20 questions. This month, Liz Salton shares a few details on both a personal and professional level. 1. Full name (people know you as)? Liz Salton 2. Date & place of birth? February 22 - Mt. Clemens, Michigan 3. How long have you lived in the area? Most of my life - we moved to Memphis when I was 6 months old. 4. Occupation? Special Event Coordinator for Le Bonheur Foundation 5. Who was your most influential role model? My parents 6. Favorite place to go, favorite trip, hike, etc.? Ghost hunting with my sisters 7. Favorite local business? The Art Center Supply Store 8. Favorite food? Mexican - I love chips and dip 9. Favorite book? Eelfish, A Rock and Roll King - written by yours truly! Also anything written by Rupert Holmes 10. Favorite movie? My Man Godfrey - 1936 with William Powell and Carole Lombard - great movie! 11. What do you waste your money on? Eating out 12. What is the craziest & most adventurous thing you have done? Ghost hunting! This summer we have plans to spend the night in a haunted insane asylum! 13. What is your fondest memory? Summertime family gatherings and our “Front Porch Productions�. 14. If you could change one thing about Memphis what would it be? Nothing. I love Memphis just the way it is. 15. What do you think makes Memphis a good place to live? I love the diversity - Memphis is a great mixture of everything for everyone. 16. Tell me about one hidden Memphis treasure others should know about? The Crystal Grotto at Memorial Park Cemetery 17. What do you do to de-stress? Sing! 18. If you were to try any other profession for one day, what would it be? A lounge singer. 19. What is one fundraising best practice you can share with AFP membership? Use an agenda at meetings and stick to it. It really helps get the job done in a timely manner and leaves no stone unturned. 20. Complete this sentence: Liz Salton is thankful for the opportunities that come knocking and not being afraid to answer the door.


April issue of Nonprofit Prophet  

April issue of Memphis AFP monthly newsletter

April issue of Nonprofit Prophet  

April issue of Memphis AFP monthly newsletter