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The mission of the AFP Greater Austin Chapter is to facilitate ethical and effective philanthropy in Central Texas. The 370 members of the Greater Austin Chapter represent a cross-section of professionals who serve the diverse nonprofit organizations of our community.

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The core purpose of the AFP Greater Austin Chapter is to foster a vibrant philanthropic community through nurturing fundraising professional excellence.

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Integrity, Inclusion, Collaboration, Professionalism, Uncrushable Optimism



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Thursday, July 27, 2017 (7:30am-9:00am), Williamson County Breakfast 
Being the Development Director your Executive Director always wanted and the Executive Director your Development Director always wanted.

No single, internal, relationship is more important in a nonprofit organization than that of the Executive Director and Development Director. One leads and guides the organization in carrying out its mission, and the other does the work of securing the funding in order to carry out that mission. Join us as we explore the “shoulds” and “should nots” for both the ED & the DD, along with some great advice from experienced ED/DD teams. Who should attend? Current and future Executive Directors, Development Directors & Board members.

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Thursday-Friday, July 27 - 28, 2017
CFRE Refresher Course

The AFP Austin CFRE Refresher Course has helped many development professionals prepare for and pass the CFRE test. The Course offers development professionals an opportunity to review the main components of a complete fundraising program in preparation for the CFRE Exam.

Organized around the domains of the exam, it is a two-day, intensive program providing the overview of skills, techniques, and program components based on fundraising experience at the five-year level.

Faculty: Fayruz Benyousef, CFRE; Robin Bradford, CFRE; Mollie Butler, CFRE, CFRM; Elizabeth Darling, CAE, CFRE; Adrienne Longenecker, CFRE

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Friday, August 18, 2017
Advocacy: What role do you play?

Issues for Nonprofits and Foundations from the 2017 Texas Legislative Session

Austin attorney Richard Meyer will present an overview of bills and issues in the 2017 session of the Texas Legislature that affect nonprofits, foundations, state associations and quasi-public agencies. Included are issues related to governance and oversight of nonprofits, possible extension of government agency "open records" laws to certain nonprofits, privatization of state social programs such as foster care and handing those functions to nonprofit vendors, fundraising, protection of religious beliefs of organizations providing public services, new "B-corps", and property tax exemptions.  For background, see

Speaker: Richard W. Meyer, Attorney

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Thursday, August 31 2017
Meaningful Mentoring

A mentor has the potential to change the trajectory of your life. At its core, a successful mentoring relationship is based on the ability to have uncommon conversations. But- how does one learn to do just that? This workshop will help you learn the essential skills and steps to identify, create, and cultivate a truly impactful mentoring relationship while exploring the unique benefits and challenges that may be present in the context of the fundraising profession. Join Jessica Sager and Kenda Lovecchio for this special in-depth workshop style presentation and walk away with the tools you need to build successful mentoring relationships.

Speakers: Jessica Sager and Kenda Lovecchio

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Friday, September 15, 2017
Building a Culture of Philanthropy at Your Organization

Many of us in the nonprofit sector have realized that having a scarcity mentality leads to a lack of conditions for success. This creates painfully high turnover and unsustainable relationships between constituents and our organizations. Studies like Underdeveloped from CompassPoint and the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund helped us understand the need to nurture a strong culture of philanthropy. This kind of culture, however, cannot be achieved if the only people pushing for it are fundraisers—the very people whose time and resources are already stretched thin!

In this panel session led by Blackbaud Institute Managing Director, Ashley Thompson, you’ll hear from local experts who have charted courses for all different areas of their organizations, including marketing, programs, the board, and everything in between. Their perspectives will help you foster awareness with your organization’s leaders and better articulate philanthropy’s role inside and outside your walls.

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Tuesday-Friday, September 26-29, 2017
Principles & Techniques of Fundraising

This baseline course of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Series is great for all levels of professionals.  It provides you with the framework for operating a successful total development program and is the basis for the rest of The Fund Raising School's courses.  This course, along with 3 others, will earn you the Certificate in Fund Raising Management.

Faculty: Deborah Eschenbacher, Paula Jenkins

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