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June Newsletter

Learn more about the next luncheon, read Shawn Wills' President's Message, see who has joined and renewed, and much more.

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Dear Friends,

The health and well-being of our members, sponsors and guests remains the highest priority for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Dallas. Our executive board is closely monitoring the evolving Coronavirus situation, and following guidance from Dallas County Health & Human Services (DCHHS) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We are also in contact with Arlington Hall on the steps they are taking to ensure public safety.

We know that the opportunity to engage with our members, donors/funders, sponsors, and guests face-to-face is vital to our profession and is a longstanding tradition for our monthly lunch programs. As such, we will continue to monitor developments closely and will adapt our protocols as necessary to provide maximum well-being for everyone.

At this time:

  • The March 25th Funders Forum program has been rescheduled for June 24th.
  • The April 22nd Implications of the 2017 Tax Laws on Nonprofit Fundraising program is rescheduled for July 22nd.

Both rescheduled programs will be held at our usual meeting location, Arlington Hall at Turtle Creek Park.

If you have already registered for the March program, your registration will automatically carry over to June. In the event we are instructed by the city or local health officials to extend the postponement of activities through the summer, an announcement will be posted on our website and our social media channels. An email will also be sent.

Please know that we are committed to continuing to provide resources and information for our membership as we all take unprecedented and necessary steps to curtail the virus. We are so very grateful for your membership and we thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during these times. Please contact me if you have any additional questions.

Stay safe!

Shawn Wills, CFRE
Chapter President, AFP Greater Dallas

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Luncheon (Postponed from )

More Info / Register Now

Guest Speakers: Liz Beauchamp, Atmos Energy; Sarah Cotton Nelson, Communities Foundation of Texas; Patrice Withers-Stephens, JCPenney
Luncheon Program:

Funders' Forum

Funders' Forum
Online Event
June 24, 2020
12-1 PM
$20 Members/
$25 Non-Members

Back by popular demand, go "Behind the Curtain" with us again as the Greater Dallas AFP hosts an Online Funders' Forum. Funders from Atmos Energy, JCPenney and The Communities Foundation of Texas will share insights into their funding "cause areas," typical dollar awards and funding schedules. We'll ask for the "secret sauce" - their funding priorities when making tough decisions about awarding program dollars.

This ONLINE meeting was originally scheduled for March 25th and was postponed to June 24th due to COVID-19 restrictions. If you were registered for the March 25th event, your registration will automatically carry over (if you're unable to attend you can request a refund, afpchapteroffice@afpdallas.org).

If you have not already done so, REGISTER TODAY

Thanks to Catapult Fundraising for hosting this event!


Register Online Here. Alternatively, you may download the reservation form and fax it in. (For security purposes we urge you NOT to email this interactive PDF form with your credit card number on it back to us. Instead, please snail mail, fax to 972-490-4219, or print out and scan before sending with your credit card information.) Online registration closes on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 10 PM. Online registration accepts credit cards only. To pay by check, mail or fax in the downloadable registration form.


Liz Beauchamp, Vice President of Governmental and Public Affairs at Atmos Energy. She previously served as Director of Public Affairs for the Mid-Tex Division of Atmos Energy. Beauchamp is involved in a number of community organizations including the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, North Texas Commission and Downtown Dallas Inc. She is a graduate of Abilene Christian University.?

Sarah Cotton Nelson is Chief Philanthropy Officer for the Communities Foundation of Texas. Nelson was named to the Dallas Innovates list of "2018 Movers and Shakers: North Texas Social Innovators You Should Know." She was a 2017 Presidential Leadership Scholar, a 2016 GEO Change Leaders in Philanthropy fellow and a 2003 American Marshall Memorial Fellow. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.

Patrice Withers-Stephens, Manager of Charitable Contributions at JCPenney, has over a decade of experience in corporate social responsibility and community relations. She serves on the board of Bridge2Greatness, Incorporated, and was recognized by Women of Visionary Influence as Nonprofit Mentor of the Year in 2017. Patrice is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University and Amberton University, where she received a Master's degree in Professional Development.

Time: 11:45:00 AM - Networking
12:00:00 PM - 1:00:00 PM - Luncheon Program : Funders' Forum

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Luncheon (Postponed from ) — Philanthropy in a Changing World

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

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Turtle Creek Conservancy & Arlington Hall Conservancy

AFP Dallas appreciates Turtle Creek Conservancy for graciously opening its doors to us for our schedule of monthly programs. Turtle Creek Conservancy is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to preserve, maintain and thoughtfully develop Oak Lawn Park and Arlington Hall," says Gay Waltrip Donnell, President and CEO of Turtle Creek Conservancy. By booking events at the Hall, you and your organization support Turtle Creek Conservancy's mission of caring for these Dallas treasures. For rental information visit www.arlingtonhallatleepark.com. We invite you to join Turtle Creek Conservancy to support our mission and meet our philanthropic members at www.theparkconservancy.org.