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Nonprofit Prophet Volume 11, No. 7

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

July 2009

Monthly Luncheon Thursday, July 9, 2009

“Strategies for Raising Funds in Difficult Economic Times” Joe Birch Our emcee for the annual Crystal Awards, news anchor Joe Birch will share how he identified creative strategies to help overcome challenges faced when losing key sponsors of the Gibson 5K Joe Birch co-anchors the 5, 6 and 10 o’clock news each weeknight on WMC-TV 5, the Memphis NBC television affiliate. The Mid-South Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences inducted Joe Birch into its Silver Circle in 2009. The Silver Circle celebrates those who have devoted more than a quarter century service to the television industry. Joe has devoted his entire career to the viewers of WMC-TV on the broadcast outlet’s highly rated Action News 5. The Mid-South Gridiron Show, Inc. named Joe Birch Headliner of the Year for his decades of service to the non-profit community. Joe is the Founder-Race Director of the Gibson Guitar 5K for St. Patrick Learning Center, Inc. which attracted a record crowd last month.

To register for the July 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 (7/7). Cancellations, when necessary, should be made as early as possible to avoid being invoiced for the unused reservation. Members $15 = Non-members $25

Deadline approaching! Nominations forms for the 2009 Crystal Awards are due June 29! Nominating someone for a Crystal Award is good stewardship, good motivation and a good way to say thank you!


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In memory of Laurie Cook McIntosh 1952-2009 Laurie Cook McIntosh, a former president of the AFP-Memphis chapter, died after a long illness on June 15, 2009. She was a long-time fundraiser in the Memphis community, mentor to many development professionals, visionary leader, award-winning actress and beloved friend. Her fundraising career included leadership positions at Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center, the National Kidney Foundation, Planned Parenthood and Youth Villages. Her passion for and belief in the causes she championed was key to her success. Many fundraising professionals throughout the city were blessed to have Laurie as a mentor and friend. Her leadership and vision helped both the causes she represented and the people who learned from her. She leaves her husband, Bob McIntosh - a fellow actor - her mother, Sue Cook and was preceeded in death by her father, well-known broadcaster Fred Cook. In spite of her health challenges over many decades, she faced life with strength, graciousness and joy. She will be greatly missed. Laurie McIntosh defined the term “a classy lady”. She was professional in all she did. She was a leader in her tenure as AFP President, as well as guiding those of us who followed after her. She will be missed. - Elise Bone, Dir. of Marketing & Development, Meritan I cherish every day spent with Laurie. She was an inspirational leader and a creative and strategic planner. She had a way of bringing out individual talents to achieve our overall goals. I agree with what so many others have said – that she made everyone around her want to be a better person. - Kavanaugh Casey, Director, Le Bonheur Foundation She was a fine fundraiser who treated the prospect and donor with the greatest respect and went about the cultivation process with honesty and enthusiasm. She was a tough, but sweet presence. She had to be tough to have waged her battle with cancer for so many, many years. Most know of her theatrical career, because that was what it was--a career. It was not a career in terms of making a living, but it was in making a life. She lived and breathed theatre. She appeared in many plays at Theatre Memphis, Playhouse on the Square, Circuit Playhouse and Germantown Community Theatre. She always gave a sensitive performance. In her final performance, some four weeks ago - ”Third” at Circuit Playhouse - she played the part of a college professor who had cancer. According to a friend of mine, before she took the part, she made sure the character got better. The character did get better and Laurie took the part. Unfortunately, real life did not emulate the play. I will miss her on at least two levels and many more. - Marler Stone, Planned Giving Coordinator, Youth Villages



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Notes from the June meeting Dr. Bev Pray, Executive Director of the Center of Ethical Leadership at CBU, first walked those attending through a study of worldwide ethics and universal principles. She then gave the Moral Competency Inventory. Members were able to see where they scored in four key areas: • Integrity • Responsibility • Caring for Others and • Forgiveness. Members will be able to go online later and retake the quiz to see how they might have improved.

Our thanks and appreciation to Christian Brothers University and to the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis for their ongoing support and the use of their facilities for our luncheon and board meetings. Our further thanks to those generous donors and organizations who provided the door prizes for the June meeting: Girl Scouts Heart of the South • Memphis Jewish Home and Rehabilitation Center • The University of Memphis

Reprinted with permission of Mark Litzler

Legislative Updates — According to a report and recommendations by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Congress should keep the value of itemized deductions at today’s 33 and 35 % levels. Doing so would maintain the incentives for charitable giving and other deductible costs, and would help finance health care reform by saving $68 billion over ten years. — H.R. 2435, introduced by Rep. Suzanne M. Kosmas, D-Fla., would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the taxfree treatment for distributions from individual retirement plans for charitable purposes. We will be remembered not for the fruit we pick, but for the trees we plant. -African proverb



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July Audioconference

Welcome New Members!

A Blueprint for Fundraising Success in Any Economy: Creating a Sustainable, Comprehensive Development Model

Bret J Bilbrey

Dir of Alumni & Development St. Benedict at Auburndale

Presenter: Kent Dove, CFRE 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. • Thursday, July 23, 2009 at BRIDGES, 477 N. Fifth Street

Linda Safford

Director of Development Friends For Life

Based on experiences gained and lessons learned during a career that spans five decades, Kent Dove will describe and detail a comprehensive, integrated development model that has allowed numerous nonprofits to create programs that have grown exponentially and been able to sustain that growth over time. Dove will present a blend of fundraising basics and cutting edge trends on changes in donor attitudes. Learn how to apply techniques to build solid relationships with donors that provide annual, special major, planned and capital gifts over time and permit nonprofits to maximize their private giving potential.

Nonprofit Job Bank June postings See the newest job postings at

Data Entry Clerk

National Foundation for Transplants

Learning Objectives • Model a comprehensive program that will provide sustainable fundraising success • Build a new culture of giving for the 21st Century Suggest at least three key things (in each area) you can do today to ensure sustainable success going forward. • Building and maintaining a continuous lifetime giving program • CASE stating process • Annual Fund • Major Gifts/Planned Giving • Communications/P.R./Marketing • Share at least one idea you can implement tomorrow at work.


Brightness-Massage School for the Blind

Director of Development and Public Relations The Bodine School

Director of Fund Development Girl Scouts

Development Specialist Church Health Center

Communications Team Leader Cumberland Presbyterian Church

Target Audience: All levels

If you have a job opening and would like help getting the word out, please visit to post your opening.

Remember audio conferences are free to AFP members and $10 for non-mem¬bers. Please be seated by 11:45 p.m.



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20 Questions with Carol Kirby Each newsletter we like to get to know one of our members a little better through a series of 20 questions. This month, Carol Kirby shares a few details on both a personal and professional level. 1. Full name (people know you as)? Carol Kirby 2. Date & place of birth? August 12th in Memphis 3. How long have you lived in the area? All my life (I’m not telling how many years that is!) 4. Occupation? Executive Director of Development for The Campbell Foundation, the charitable arm of Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics 5. Who was your most influential role model? I’ve had the good fortune to work with wonderful people through the years, but I have to say that my first professional role model at my first job after college was one of my bosses at a radio station group, who, even though he was a vice-president, he was “one of the team”, doing whatever needed to be done, even cleaning out the supply closet! He was so kind and humble and treated every staff member exactly the same. 6. Favorite place to go, favorite trip, hike, etc.? Favorite place: Ft. Walton Beach/Destin; Favorite trips: Too many to mention - Cruises, especially one from L.A. along the Mexican Riviera and trips to Paris and the south of France 7. Favorite local business? Easy Way and Farmers Markets 8. Favorite food? Home cooking restaurants and TCBY 9. Favorite book? I’m a John Grisham fan 10. Favorite movie? Love the classics - Wizard of Oz, Sound of Music 11. What do you waste your money on? I’m not really much of a shopper. 12. What is the craziest & most adventurous thing you have done? Taking a helicopter tour in Kauai, Hawaii 13. What is your fondest memory? My wedding day almost 20 years ago. 14. If you could change one thing about Memphis what would it be? Less crime 15. What do you think makes Memphis a good place to live? With my background at the Ronald McDonald House, Le Bonheur Foundation, and now with Campbell, Memphians are very fortunate to have the highest caliber of healthcare available for children and adults and to have the facilities and scientists doing important medical research in many areas that affect the daily lives of millions of people. 16. Tell me about one hidden Memphis treasure others should know about ? Many things...spend a day being a “tourist” in Memphis and discover what our visitors see and experience. 17. What do you do to de-stress? Having a day at home, cooking, biking/walking/running 18. If you were to try any other profession for one day, what would it be? Running a bed and breakfast 19. What is one fundraising best practice you can share with AFP membership? Acknowledge every gift, no matter the amount, with a personally signed letter and for larger gifts; ask board members or executive staff to make thank you calls to donors. 20. Complete this sentence: [your name] is: Carol Kirby is privileged to be in a profession that serves people and the many needs in our community.

National Philanthropy Day & the 2009 Crystal Awards Your nominations are requested by June 29. Complete details and nomination forms can be found at 5


Nonprofit Prophet Calendar of Nonprofit Events

AFP posts these events as a service to its members and is not responsible for the accuracy of the information provided. Send relevant information about nonprofit events to

2009 June 29- Due date for Crystal Award nominations. For more information, go to

August 8 - “Summer In The City – Fiesta,” 7:00-10:00 pm, Chickasaw Oaks Mall, $35.00 per person: music, entertainment, food and beverages, silent auction to benefit the programs and services of Volunteer MidSouth – A Hands On Network 13 - AFP Professional Development Conference, Holiday Inn, U of M 20 - Methodist Healthcare Foundation 28th Annual Living Awards Benefit, 6:00 pm - The Hilton Memphis. Call 516-0500 for information.

October 15 - 20th Anniversary Chefs’ Celebrity Gala benefiting the Child Advocacy Center, Holiday Inn, U of M

November 5 - Facing History and Ourselves Memphis Benefit Dinner, The Peabody Hotel, 6:00pm 19 - National Philanthropy Day Crystal Awards Luncheon, Holiday Inn, U of M 20 - Methodist Healthcare Foundation 8th Annual Cancer Center Luncheon featuring Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning actress/director, Kathy Bates, 11:45 am - The Peabody Hotel Grand Ball room. Call 516-0500 for information.

December 2010 February 13 - Works of Heart Valentine Art Auction benefiting the Child Advocacy Center, at Memphis College of Art

A person shows what he is by what he does with what he has.


Nonprofit Prophet July 2009  

monthly newsletter for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Memphis chapter

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