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Nonprofit Prophet Ten Star Chapter Volume 1, No. 3

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

March 2011

Monthly Luncheon I will meet you there. . .

Building a successful CEO -

Development Director Relationship.

The relationship between an organization’s executive leader and the lead fundraising staff is key to the organization’s fundraising success. Nancy Williams will talk about the importance of this relationship, and thoughts on creating and sustaining a healthy and productive relationship. She will comment on the synergy of a effective partnership that builds on the different and complimentary skills and roles of these two leaders. Nancy Williams has served as the Executive Director of the Memphis Child Advocacy Center since 1994. Prior to that, she served as Director of Development at the Children’s Museum and Executive Director of the Mental Health Association. CBU, Thomas Center, 11:30am - 1:00pm

To register for the March 3rd 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 (3/1). Cancellations, when necessary, should be made as early as possible to avoid being invoiced for the unused reservation. Members $15

Non-members $25 1


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Welcome New Members!

Thank you Renewed Members!

Michel Allen Director Allen Projects

Leo Arnoult Arnoult & Associates Inc.

Mary Braddock

Joel Ashner Memphis Jewish Home & Rehab

Christina Brown Director of Development KIPP Memphis

Elise Bone Meritan (formerly Senior Services) James R. Boyd BRIDGES USA, Inc.

Tracy Burgess Development Coordinator National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Kris Crim Y-CAP Branch YMCA

Peggy Butze Director of Fund Development Girl Scouts Heart of the South

J. J. Doughtie Foxbridge Assisted Living Community

Christopher Churchill Executive Director Hardwood Forest Foundation

Sheila Ferguson Shelby Residential & Vocational Servs.

Claire Farmer Director of Annual Fund Memphis University School

Dee Flood Methodist Hospice Robert Fockler Community Fnd of Greater Memphis

Marlon Foster Executive Director Knowledge Quest

Kay Horne National Foundation for Transplants

Susan Mills Chief Executive Officer Goodwill Homes Community Services, Inc.

Carol Kirby Campbell Foundation

Hannah Newsom Development Outreach Supervisor The Church Health Center

Steve Pike Pink Palace of Museums

Laura Rabb

Thank You!

Fundraising Consultant National Foundation for Transplants Barbara Standing Development Director Mid-South Spay & Neuter John Vranas Senior Vice President ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Our appreciation to Meritan and CBU for allowing us the use of their facilities for our meetings in February. • Thank you Suntrust, Memphis Jewish Home & Rehabilitation Center, and Girl Scouts Heart of the South for providing door prizes at our February meeting.



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20 Questions with Jennifer Strain Each newsletter we like to get to know one of our members a little better through a series of 20 questions. This month, Jennifer Strain shares a few details on both a personal and professional level. 1. Full name (people know you as)? Jennifer Strain 2. Date & place of birth? July 7th in Memphis, TN 3. How long have you lived in the area? All of my life except for 5 years in Denver. 4. Occupation? Development Coordinator at The Campbell Foundation 5. Who was your most influential role model? My parents are my most influential role models. 6. Favorite place to go, favorite trip, hike, etc.? My favorite trip was two weeks in New Zealand with ten friends. It was a great adventure with memories of a lifetime. 7. Favorite local business? Flight Restaurant on South Main. 8. Favorite food? The chicken korma at Bombay House in Cordova & my mom’s carrot cake. 9. Favorite book? I’ve enjoyed everything written by Charlaine Harris. 10. Favorite movie? This is a tough question since I love movies. I’d have to say The Holiday - no matter how many times I’ve seen it, the ending always tugs at my heartstrings. 11. What do you waste your money on? All the girly stuff: makeup, clothes, shoes! 12. What is the craziest & most adventurous thing you have done? Loading up my car and moving to Denver with two friends - with no job or money - a totally free-spirited move. 13. What is your fondest memory? My wedding day and all our fabulous trips we’ve taken since. 14. If you could change one thing about Memphis what would it be? Better public transportation. 15. What do you think makes Memphis a good place to live? Memphis offers really affordable housing in comparison to other cities. 16. Tell me about one hidden Memphis treasure others should know about? The summer music series at the Old Millington Winery. Bring your picnic basket, chairs, and relax - a perfect way to wrap up the weekend. 17. What do you do to de-stress? Vacation! A change of scenery does wonders for the soul. 18. If you were to try any other profession for one day, what would it be? Broadway musical cast member singer, dancer, actor. 19. What is one fundraising best practice you can share with AFP membership? Be genuine and treat everyone with respect. 20. Complete this sentence: Jennifer is: an avid world traveler.



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Join us for our Thursday, March 24 WEB/AUDIOCONFERENCE! Seriously Good Innovation…in Practice! Presenter: Jon Duschinsky, founder of bethechange, an international non-profit consultancy Innovation is about more than just bright ideas. It is about making them happen! If you ever feel like you could be doing more to make real change, but you just don’t have the tools to do it, then this session is for you! Jon will take you on a powerful journey beyond the creative to help you understand what makes a great idea and how to build a strategy that can transform your fundraising and build a truly innovative organization. At the conclusion of this session, participants will: • Understand the principles of innovation and creativity and how to apply them • Have experienced and learnt from real-life examples of powerful innovation • Know how to increase the innovation in their organization 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. – University of Memphis Alumni Center – 635 Normal Street Please arrive by 11:50 a.m. and feel free to bring your lunch! Free to AFP Members; $10 for Non-Members Register here: Also, mark your calendar for our Thursday, May 19 WEB/AUDIOCONFERENCE. Developing a Planned Giving Marketing Plan Presenter: Timothy Logan, ACFRE 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. – U of M Alumni Center 2011 Crystal Awards Nominations It is not too early to start thinking about prospective nominees for the different categories of Crystal Awards. Nominations deadline is May 31st. Crystal Awards is scheduled for November 29th, 2011. If you have any questions, please contact Missy Rainer, Nonprofit Job Bank See the newest job postings at If you have a job opening and would like help getting the word out, consider using the AFP website to post your position. Door Prizes Needed! If your organization would like to donate a door prize for our monthly luncheon, please contact Laura Terry at

Newsletter Information In order to get the newsletter out on time, information needs to be sent to the editor no later than the 15th of the previous month. Please send your information, including events for the calendar, to Jennifer Strain at Please help the editor and send calendar events in the correct format. Thanks!


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