President's Message

How is your fundraising going? Hot? Slow and Steady? In need of a buddy boost in the worst way?

Maybe all the above depending on the fundraising topic? That is how I would grade my own efforts and results right now. I work in a small organization and wear numerous hats – continuing education and inspiration are vital for my efforts – maybe yours too.

I can’t say this enough - as an AFP member – you have access to numerous benefits that are part of your membership. A recap is here.  On the chart, look at everything next to free!

I have had personal experience and success within the mentor program – just imagine – a champion at your fingertips. Sign up here!

Need help with the ultimate gesture of affection and gratitude for a donor or volunteer. This is the answer!

Every board meeting, one member shares a favorite resource. I’ll share the list in December.  I have not shared one yet – but I do have one! This is by far one of the best resources on the planet for any fundraising topic during YOUR career! I love this firm; be sure to bookmark the link and visit often. And EVERYTHING is CFRE approved.
Laura Leach, CFRE
President, AFP San Antonio & South Texas Chapter
Associate Executive Director, SA Life Academy


Chapter News

Nominations for National Philanthropy Day 2021 are open. Honor those who make a difference in our community.
Submit a nomination: Change the World with A Giving Heart.

What's Ahead for 2021: Trends, Changes and Opportunities


Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 20th @ 4 pm via Zoom
Presented by Paul A Dunne, CFRE
As development professionals, we are charged with the huge task of juggling many different segments of donor activities: major donors, direct mail, marketing, events, board relationships, and even planned giving. This presentation will help prioritize and give clarity to those individuals who always feel they are reacting rather than being proactive in their work to ensure the greatest return. This presentation is especially informative for smaller organizations where the development director is in charge of many different areas.

Click here to register.


Join our Nonprofit Book Club

We’re launching a monthly book club and you're invited to join us via Zoom as we discuss Brian Saber’s Asking Styles on June 8, 2021.
Book Excerpt: If you’ve ever said to yourself “I’m not a fundraiser” or “I don’t fit the stereotype,” embracing your Asking Style will change your entire mindset. Once you understand your strengths – and challenges – you’ll be comfortable, confident and effective. You’ll have a roadmap for dealing with donors. You’ll know what to say, how to conduct meetings, and how to close gifts.
We’ll discuss our asking styles and share stories about what has worked (and what hasn’t) in our experiences as fundraising professionals. Whether you’re a rainmaker, go-getter, mission controller, or kindred spirit, you’ll gain new insights into the art of asking.

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