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Mark Your Calendar for the 26th Annual National Philanthropy Day Dinner!

Thursday, November 9, 2017 
at The Henry in Dearborn

National Philanthropy Day is the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Detroit Chapter's premier event to celebrate and honor the passion, commitment and leadership of Southeastern Michigan's philanthropists, distinguished volunteers and those in the fundraising profession. 

Submit Your Distinguished Volunteer Today!
Is there a volunteer at your organization that directly contributes to your success?  One who inspires you with their passion and motivation for your cause? 

Do you have a board member that always goes the extra mile - closing the gap on donations or always willing to do what they can to help out? 

Is there a volunteer that your organization couldn't operate without? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you have a DISTINGUISHED VOLUNTEER

Please celebrate them, their commitment to your organization and philanthropy as a whole at the 26th annual National Philanthropy Day dinner on November 9th at The Henry in Dearborn. Submissions are open now for your Distinguished Volunteers! Simply fill out the form and tell us a bit about your volunteer. Their photo and bio will be included in the program book that will be available at the National Philanthropy Day dinner. We only ask that you host your volunteer at the event.
Submit your Distinguished Volunteer form by Friday, September 8th.

Questions?  Please contact our 2017 National Philanthropy Day committee chairs, Sommer Brock at, or Ashley Ashkenazi at  

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Become a Sponsor of the 2017 National Philanthropy Day Dinner!
We invite you to partner with AFP Greater Detroit to honor and recognize the awardees! For more information on how you can become a sponsor of National Philanthropy Day, click here.  Confirm your commitment by completing our online sponsorship form here.   

Questions?  Please contact Rebecca Hepner, Sponsorship Chair at

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Upcoming Events

Top 10 Fundraising Risks for Nonprofits; David Ripple photo
inspired by Melanie Lockwood Herman's article of the same name

August 30, 8:30 - 10:30 AM

Fundraising is not without risk. As fundraisers, we must be aware of hazards of our profession. David Ripple, President of The Remington Group, will present the top ten risks associated with raising financial support, based on Melanie Lock Herman’s observations as well as his own career as a high-level development professional.

For more information, click here.

Receive CFRE credit hours: 2 

American Cancer Society
20450 Civic Center Dr., Southfield, MI 48076 

Member Price $35; Non-Member Price $50

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Key Indicators for Fundraising Success Danielle Jones photo

September 28, 8:30 - 10:00 AM

Are you collecting data that’s useful and actionable? Danielle Jones, CFRE and Director of Investor Relations at Ann Arbor SPARK, will present on key performance indicators that every development office should be tracking.  Attendees will walk away with an understanding of how to create a scorecard to track metrics and collect comparative insights to guide immediate and future actions.

For more information, click here.

SPARK Central Innovation Center
330 E Liberty Street, Lower Level, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Member Price $25; Non-Member Price $40

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Development Day Chicago: The Changing Lens of Philanthropy

October 3, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Development Day Chicago 2017 invites hundreds of fundraisers to the Sheraton Grand Chicago for a full day of creative sessions under the theme of the Changing Lens of Philanthropy. We’ll offer four different tracks – or focuses -  for learning, Get the Gift, Lead the Gift, Connected Fundraising, and Fundraising by Segment. Each focus will offer three sessions throughout the day and each area has at least one advanced level session to engage fundraisers at the executive end of the spectrum.There are plenty of offerings for those of us in the mid-range of our careers to those who are relatively new to the profession.

Early bird member $275, after September 1st, $300
Early bird non-member $325, after September 1st, $350

All AFP members, regardless of what chapter they belong to, receive the member pricing.

Click here for more information and to register.

Welcome to the Greater Detroit Chapter

Mission: The Association of Fundraising Professionals-Greater Detroit Chapter is the premiere resource for fundraisers in Southeast Michigan as Detroit’s main driver of philanthropy in our community. 

AFP Greater Detroit, seeks to foster the professional development and growth of fundraising professionals, to preserve and enhance philanthropy and volunteerism, and to promote the highest ethical standards in the fundraising profession worldwide.

AFP Greater Detroit believes that diversity and inclusion create a strong, vital and unified force for the effective pursuit of an organization's mission and achieving philanthropic success.  Through it's educational programs, AFP Greater Detroit acts as a resource to fundraising and nonprofit professionals throughout Southeastern Michigan.  AFP Greater Detroit offers the best networking opportunities, an unwavering commitment to the highest ethical standards, and the most exciting and cutting edge educational and professional advancement opportunities. Learn how you can get involved and join AFP today!


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