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Meeting Location and Reservations:

The Southeast Tennessee Chapter of AFP meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month (some exceptions apply) at the Mountain City Club, located at 729 Chestnut Street/Chattanooga, TN 37402 from 11:30am- 1:30pm.  Meeting topics focus on different aspects of the fundraising/development fields.  2015 AFP Meeting dates: January 28, February 25, March 25, April 22, May 27, June 24, September 23, and October 28.

Please note that those who register and then are "no-shows" will be invoiced for the cost of the meal.  Those who purchased the discounted full-year lunch option still need to RSVP to each meeting.  See below for meeting information and to RSVP. 


What: AFP TN, Southeastern Chapter Meeting
When: June 24; 11:30am-1:30pm
Where: Mountain City Club, 729 Chestnut Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402
Cost: AFP Members $12/ Non members $35 / Undergraduate students $12


How to Stop the Development Churn
Carol Rowland, CFRE, Coach

The Suddes Group For Impact

How many development directors have you had to hire? How long do they stick around? How often have you felt frustrated with the options for development hires - or development jobs?

Join us for this session where we explore the 5 biggest mistakes organizations make in hiring for development positions - and share practical tips and tools that solve all those problems, to make sure you end up with a mission-matched, long-lasting team who will deliver phenomenal results.

Carol Rowland has spent 20 years in the development field.  First as a consultant for 10 years with one of Omaha's oldest firms, specializing in capital campaigns. Then as the vice president of the St. Luke's Health Care Foundation in Cedar Rapids, IA, where the team raised nearly $30M in five years.  In 2011, she left the Midwest to join The Suddes Group | For Impact where she has served as a coach for a number of organizations in fields as diverse as health care, higher education, the arts to youth camps and social service groups.  She makes her home just south of Nashville.


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To pay at the door or RSVP for pre-paid lunches, click here Please note that those who register and then are "no shows" will be invoiced for the cost of the meal.




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What: Tennessee Valley Institute for Nonprofit Excellence
When: August 11; 9:00am-5:00pm 
Where: Southern Adventist University, 4881 Taylor Cir, Collegedale, TN 37363

The TN Valley Institute for Nonprofit Excellence (TVI) is a day-long conference for regional nonprofit staff and board leadership and is presented by the Center for Nonprofits.  Breakout sessions will focus on the critical areas of nonprofit wellness.  Kent Stroman will be the Keynote Speaker, presenting "Wellness in Governance: Building an Intentional Board."  Stroman's career spans over 35 years of service in the philanthropic sector including higher education and private consulting in Fundraising, Board Governance, Strategic Planning and Leadership Development. He holds numerous credentials including Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). He is a frequent speaker and presenter to regional, national and international audiences.



What: AFP TN, Southeastern Chapter Meeting
When: September 23; 11:30am-1:30pm
Where: Mountain City Club, 729 Chestnut Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402
Cost: AFP Members $12/ Non members $35 / Undergraduate students $12

Major Gifts: Preparing Your Volunteers to Make the Ask 
Patti Lyons, Executive Partner
Pride Philanthropy

Whether your nonprofit is a one-man shop or is supported by a full complement of seasoned fundraising professionals, a successful development program depends upon an effective major gifts effort. A major gifts program depends upon a strong collaborative partnership between staff and well trained, highly engaged development volunteers. The key is mobilizing and motivating your team of volunteers to make asks. Trends in both fundraising and the economy continue to warrant a greater emphasis on major gifts from fewer individuals. Capturing the attention of individuals and organizations who can make a significant financial difference demands well-conceived strategies, a compelling case for support, the "best" individuals involved in an ask, and a recognition and communication program to sustain these gifts in the future. The short term result of a well-organized, comprehensive major gifts effort is raised expectations by the organization and donors on the significant impact of large gifts. The long term result is a broader view of philanthropy, which matches your organization's needs with the donors’ interests. This session will help to prepare your volunteers to “Make the Ask” through presentation covering current trends and best practices, an interactive case study and question and answer.

Patti Lyons is Executive Partner of Pride Philanthropy, a fourth-generation fundraising consulting firm currently celebrating its 90th year of successful support of nonprofit organizations. Begun in 1925 and originally based in Aspen, Colorado, Pride has continued to evolve over nine decades and now has staff, Executive Board members, a Board of Advisors and clients throughout the country. Patti served as Foundation Director for the Whitfield Healthcare Foundation at Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton, Georgia, from 1984 until 1988. For the last 26 years, she has been co-owner of the firm, with an emphasis on major gifts, prospect assessment, and strategies for fund development staff and volunteers. Patti has been a motivational speaker for numerous non-profit boards and her organizational and motivational skills have brought a high level of success to her many clients through the years. Patti is a long time member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Journalism. She serves in a volunteer leadership role on two nonprofit boards in her home community of Roswell, Georgia, and remains very engaged in the Chattanooga philanthropic culture. Recent regional Pride clients include Hamilton Medical Center, Erlanger Medical Center, Children’s Nutrition Program of Haiti, and Chattanooga History Center.