January 2018  

President's Report

Dear AFP Colleagues,

At the beginning of each year, our AFP Greater Louisville Board of Directors change and a new crop of directors and future leaders join the Board.  It’s this rotation that keeps the Chapter strong and progressive.  

As my first message as your Chapter President, I want to begin by thanking and acknowledging  the following Directors who have served our Chapter honorably and volunteered hundreds of hours over the last several years to better the Chapter:  Cathy Galante, Kate Biagi-Rickert (Community Foundation of Louisville), Natalie Gupton (AgSafe), Leisa Ray (A Woman’s Choice) and Jennifer Webb (Kentucky Center).  You will be missed and we hope you remain active in the Chapter.  

Second, I want to congratulate our 2018 Board of Directors: 

  • Immediate Past President - Jamie Campbell (Christian Care Communities)
  • President-Elect – Julie Torzewski (Baptist Health Foundation)
  • Secretary – Heather Benson (Visually Impaired Preschool Services)
  • Treasurer – Leslie Wilson (Sisters of Charity of Nazareth)
  • VP Communications – Mary Ellen Howard (Day Spring)
  • VP Membership – Anne Cannon (Norton Healthcare)
  • VP Programs – Traci Simonsen (Norton Healthcare)
  • VP Diversity – Abby Link (Uspiritus)
  • National Philanthropy Day Chair – Lindsey Davis (LifeSpring Health Systems)
  • At-Large Members:
    • C.F. Callihan (Centerstone)
    • Pam Carter (USA Cares)
    • Jeff Hollis (Goodwill Industries)
    • Angela Champion-Sprowls (St. Vincent DePaul)
  • Service Chair – Mark Rountree (Ashley | Rountree and Associates)

We have a great group of leaders this year and I am extremely excited to see what is in store for our Chapter!


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Membership Corner

Welcome to New Members:

Linda Susan Medley, Vice President of Advancement with Midway University

Ashley Reynolds, Executive Director with South Central Kentucky Kids on the Block

Membership Special!

Winter Blues Promotion: 
Beat the winter blues by joining AFP Greater Louisville all year long! 
Pre-register for this year’s remaining 10 monthly lunch meetings ($200) for the price of only nine lunches ($180). All lunches must be paid in advance now.  No refunds or transfers.  Registration and payment are due by Wednesday, Feb 28. (*Includes regular meetings February - December.  National Philanthropy Day not included.)   Click here to register for this special offer!  
Act quickly— this offer will expire at our next meeting on February 28.
Celebration Corner: 

Let us celebrate YOU in 2018!

Please submit your career milestones, years of service, new job, promotion, or other exciting news in your life as a fundraiser - Self-report or give another colleague a shout out! Send all news to monthly. We'll need your news by the 1st of the month to be included in the next newsletter. Anything received later may be added to the next month's news.


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Annual Giving Summit - January 2018!

Annual Giving Summit with Lynne Wester

January 24, 2018
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Norton Health Learning Center
9500 Ormsby Station
Louisville, KY 40223

Annual Giving Summit with Lynne Wester

Wednesday January 24, 8 am - Noon

Norton Healthcare Learning Center 

For more information and to register go to

Donor Retention isn’t Speed Dating

The concept behind speed dating is to meet as many people as possible as quickly as possible—and 99% of them you’ll never see again.  Actually, that’s not too far off from the statistic that 80% of donors never make a second gift.  What can you do to develop a successful donor retention program, what works and what doesn’t, and how can you improve your retention rate?  Learn how to form a lasting relationship with your donors.

Donor Relations for Annual Giving Donors

Regardless of gift size, today’s annual fund donors expect more than a gift receipt acknowledging their contribution. Donors are looking to see the impact their philanthropy and the collective resources of the annual fund are having on the institution. As we recognize that retaining donors is essential for long-term success, creating robust stewardship programs for your annual fund donors across all levels is mission critical. In this session, we will explore the various messages and channels that have proven to be effective touches in annual fund stewardship.

Lynne Wester strongly believes that donor relations is the key to unlocking fundraising success and that organizations must be as dedicated to the donor experience, or DX, as they are to the ask itself. Sometimes referred to as the Olivia Pope of fundraising, Lynne helps organizations when they need it the most – when crisis or opportunity arrive.

Lynne and her teammates at the Donor Relations Guru Group partner with nonprofits large and small on a variety of initiatives from developing sound strategy and vision to utilizing technology and creating meaningful donor engagement - all designed to positively affect the fundraising bottom line. Her guidance has led her clients to be recognized on the national stage for fundraising innovation, creative communication, and groundbreaking donor relations work.

The DRG website in a unique industry tool filled with resources, samples and thought leadership on donor relations and fundraising. Lynne is regularly featured in publications such as the Washington Post, Chronicle of Philanthropy, and CASE Currents and has authored three books of her own on a myriad of industry topics.

Lynne received her B.A. from the University of South Carolina, holds a Masters in Strategic Fundraising and Philanthropy from BayPath University, and proudly sports a DUCKtorate from the Disney Institute.



$35.00 Member Ticket
$55.00 after 12:00 am January 19

$55.00 Guest Ticket
$75.00 after 12:00 am January 19

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Save the Date!

Join us at our February 28th AFP Monthly Meeting where we will hear all about ethics, accountability and compliance of nonprofits with "Rules Were Made to be Followed" presented by Cara Jarrell with Steptoe & Johnson and Leslie Smart, CFRE with KentuckyOne Health

Are you PCI Compliance? Do you have a COI and Gift Acceptance Policy? Don't miss this session to ensure your guiding your organization with the highest level of ethics and transparency for success.

Cara Jarrell 

Cara Jarrell, Attorney, Steptoe & Johnson


Leslie Smart

Leslie Buddeke Smart, CFRE, KentuckyOne Health


Click here & register to attend today!


$20.00 Member Ticket
$25.00 after 12:00 am February 24

$40.00 Guest Ticket
$45.00 after 12:00 am February 24




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Job Listings

Classified Job Listings

To submit job listings, please send a document (.pdf or .doc format) that includes: (a) information about the position (such as a job description) AND (b) directions for applying to the position to Please also let us know a date when you would like us to remove the posting (if not notified otherwise the position will remain listed for 30 days).  Current job listings are also included in the monthly e-newsletter, and on the AFP Greater Louisville Chapter Facebook Page.  

Effective April 2014, the price for a job listing is $25 if the hiring organization has an employee who is an AFP member in good standing. The price for a job listing is $50 if the hiring organization does not have an employee who is an AFP member in good standing. The fee is due at the time of the listing request.  

AFP Greater Louisville reserves the right to refuse any job listing deemed inappropriate. 

Marketing and Development Coordinator

Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies

Job Posting
Dec. 26, 2017


Office Coordinator


Job Posting
Jan. 3, 2018


Assistant Development Director

Beside U For Life

Job Posting
Jan. 5, 2018


Executive Director

Cedar Lake Lodge

Job Posting
Jan. 6, 2018


Program Coordinator

Doors to Hope

Job Posting
Jan. 14, 2018


Job Posting
Jan. 17, 2018

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