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Free Online Courses! Blackbaud University – Fundraising and Nonprofit Basics

When was the last time you brushed up on your fundraising skills?
06/23/2020 | [email protected] | 0
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AFP St. Louis Chapter’s Stance Against Racial Injustice

We know this is a dark and difficult time communities all across our country. These past several weeks and months have brought unprecedented change and unforeseen impacts to not only the nonprofit sector, but to our society as a whole.
06/09/2020 | [email protected] | 0
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Free Online Courses! Blackbaud University – Fundraising and Nonprofit Basics

When was the last time you brushed up on your fundraising skills? AFP, in partnership with Blackbaud University, is excited to offer introductory-level courses on fundraising and relevant nonprofit topics at no charge to AFP members!

Explore these 8 topics and start learning today

  • Basics of Fundraising: Learn about implementing fundraising strategies, using case statements, acquiring major gifts, retaining donors, and leveraging the donor life-cycle
  • Basics of Marketing: Marketing is the cornerstone of social-good success. Is your organization continuing to spread your message and tell your story? Learn how to not only stand out as an organization, but also shine
  • Basics of Personas: Does your organization have personality? Do you know how to leverage personas? Learn how to engage supporters, target donors, and ultimately raise more funds
  • Basics of Impact: Learn how to measure and share your impact with your staff and donors
  • Basics of Finance: Acquire the skills to translate nonprofit financial jargon, complete financial tasks and procedures, run common financial reports, and understand goals and objectives of the finance office
  • Basics of Events: Is your organization planning and executing events effectively and successfully? Learn how to not only create buzz-worthy events, but also how to create meaning, purpose, and connection with your supporters
  • Basics of Nonprofit Organizations: Understanding hierarchy and structure is essential for all healthy nonprofit organizations. Learn about the individual roles and responsibilities of nonprofit leaders: board of directors, executive director, development director, finance director, and programming director.
  • Basics of Volunteers:  Volunteers are 100% necessary in the social good world. Is your organization fully utilizing volunteers? Learn the best ways to recruit, train, and retain your volunteers, turning them into long-term supporters.


Learn More and Register Today!

Please note
If you have not registered for an AFP Webinar or E-Course before, you will need to create a free account in our learning management system. This login is different than your AFP member login. Due to their structure, these courses are not eligible for CFRE education points.

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AFP St. Louis Chapter’s Stance Against Racial Injustice

We know this is a dark and difficult time for so many members of the St. Louis area and communities all across our country. These past several weeks and months have brought unprecedented change and unforeseen impacts to not only the nonprofit sector, but to our society as a whole. Inequities and fear brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with the racism, extreme rhetoric and violence currently dominating our airwaves and social media channels, are devastating for our colleagues, neighbors, friends and communities.

While we acknowledge these important issues, acknowledgement by itself is not enough. Last week, one of our AFP colleagues boldly challenged AFP Global to be more than an ally – and asked that AFP also be a collaborator for radical, necessary change.

AFP St. Louis has made the following commitments:

  • As a Board, we will complete Forward Through Ferguson’s Path to Racial Equity Worksheet to understand and transform our chapter’s path towards racial equity.
  • When making decisions on behalf of AFP St. Louis, we will consider the following questions:
    • Whom does this benefit?
    • Does this differentially impact racial and ethnic groups?
    • What is missing that will decrease or eliminate racial disparities?
  • We will purposefully recruit and work with people from different backgrounds, races, ages, and walks of life to serve on an AFP committees and the AFP Board. We recognize that the non-profit and the fundraising sector still have a need to grow in this area and we commit to diversifying our representation in leadership and decision-making positions. 
  • We will use a racial equity lens when selecting program topics and speakers.

The nonprofit community depends on the grace and generosity of a broad constellation of donors, public and private, so it’s often our inclination to measure our words carefully in public forums. We believe it is far past time to speak up. Racial justice is not a political issue; it’s a human rights issue. We hope you’ll speak up and act too.

Here are some concrete ways to take action:

Educate yourself on racial justice issues. There are a number of resources available. Bloomerang has compiled a great list of readings, webinars, podcasts and a list of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) consultants, fundraisers and thought leaders. Check out this article about characteristics of white supremacy culture. Learn more and consider attending this Unraveling Whiteness series. Also, consider attending AFP St. Louis’ Community-Centered Fundraising Session on June 24th.

Educate yourself on the role of philanthropy. Philanthropy is not blameless in this struggle. Shielded by our expressed purpose to make the world better and intoxicated by our own savior narrative, we have entrenched some terrible philosophies and practices that perpetuate white supremacy and racism and have contributed to the murders that we are now protesting.” Check out Vu Le’s recent blog post.

Sign the Emergency Charity Stimulus Letter to create an emergency charity stimulus to mandate an increased payout for private foundations and donor advised funds. This bill would raise the payout rate from 5% to 10% resulting in increased funding towards nonprofits. Many nonprofits would be able to strengthen their mission including those whose focus is on ending racial disparities and injustice. 

Fund Black and Brown-led organizations and organizations supporting racial justice. Here is a list of some to get you started: A Red Circle, Arch City Defenders, Forward Through Ferguson, Creative Action Lab, WePower, Action STL, Color of Change, Close the Workhouse, The Bail Project, Solidarity Economy STL, Jamaa Birth Village, Dreambuilders 4 Equity, Unleashing Potential, Employment Connection, and ACLU Missouri.

Speak out. Often you have a platform to challenge others’ words and actions that perpetuate racism. Speak up. If it makes you uncomfortable, you are probably on the right track.

This is hard work. But systems are not unchangeable. People created systems by making decisions, and people can change them by making new ones. Some will resist the change, and that is why we must stand together and continue to gain allies in the long-term effort for equity, justice and equal opportunity.

THANK YOU to our AFP members, colleagues, and friends for all you do to support the St. Louis community, Missouri, and our nation. You are deeply appreciated and valued for the role you play in our non-profit and philanthropic community. We welcome you to help us continue to improve as humans and non-profit professionals. If you have questions or comments or would like to get involved with AFP, please contact us at [email protected].


Lyndsey Reichardt, MPA, CFRE Chapter President
Theresa Fleck, MA, CFRE – President-Elect
Jim Schallom, MPPA, CFRE – Immediate Past President
Lori Becker – Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) Chair

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COVID-19 Resources for Non-Profits

AFP has compiled the following list of resources for you.  If there is a topic you would like to know more about, please email us at [email protected] and we will see what we can find for you.

We will continue to add resources to this list.



Information Landing pages


Resources & Emergency Funds

  • Coronavirus and COVID-19 Funds
    Giving Compass compiled a list of vetted funds that are addressing immediate and long-terms needs stemming from the Covid-19 crisis.
  • Let's Build Hope
    Let’s Build Hope ( is offering up to 40 hours of free phone consulting to nonprofits in the coming 30 days. If you are struggling with how to manage coronavirus challenges around events, major gifts, stewardship, etc., please call us at (314) 716-2496. One hour per each nonprofit, please.
  • COVID-19 Regional Response Fund.
    This is a robust collaboration of philanthropic-minded organizations which we expect to grow and include many more businesses organizations, for‑profit and nonprofit alike, seeking to provide a united impactful response to the short‑term and long‑term hardships that have been and will continue to be experienced by our neighbors in the St. Louis region
  • Frequently updated compilation of COVID-19 Fundraising Advice - Bloomerang
    Bloomerang has compiled a library of crisis fundraising advice, articles, opinions, webinars, videos and resources in the wake of the new coronavirus and its impact on the nonprofit sector.
  • COVID-19 Resource List
    Curated by Beth Kanter, Janet Fouts, Linda Baker, Sarah Goddard, Susan Tenby, Wendy Harman, Meico Marquette Whitlock, Barbara O’Reilly. Includes information on nonprofit resources, philanthropic response, and health advice. Share with others with #NPCOVID19 hashtag.
  • Information on COVID-19
    During times of crisis, one of our most valuable resources is good information — particularly in a digital world filled with too much noise. In an effort to help you manage your information intake so that you can spend more time focusing on your community (and your own health), we’ve curated a list of resources and articles that we hope you’ll find helpful.
  • Interim Guidance for Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus 2019 - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.
  • Coronavirus Communications Triage Kit - The Communications Network
    Coronavirus Crisis Comms Triage Kit — to share and crowdsource best practices, resources, and examples of effective crisis comms from foundations and nonprofits covering many of the tasks you’re likely attending to.
  • $349 Billion In Forgivable Paycheck Protection Loans For Nonprofits
    The $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Recovery (CARES) Act includes $349 billion in forgivable loans for nonprofits and small businesses. The main purpose is to help organizations keep their employees on the payroll between now and the end of June 2020. Hence, the name of the program: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The application window opens on Friday, April 3.


Videos & Webinars

  • How to protect yourself against COVID-19 (90-second video) – World Health Organization
    WHO - COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a new coronavirus introduced to humans for the first time.
  • Building an Online Ambassador Program
    The digital revolution has created a new and exciting opportunity for alumni, student and parent volunteers to get involved and support their school's fundraising efforts. Using social media and email, online ambassadors help to spread the word and create excitement around giving days and other special initiatives while reminding people about the importance of philanthropy throughout the year. Developing an online ambassador program doesn't require a lot of time or resources, but it can have a major impact on your fundraising efforts.
  • Overcoming Obstacles in Fundraising
    Whether you're a gift officer or a phonathon caller facing rejection after a solicitation or your institution is simply dealing with a public relations challenge, it's important to understand how these predicaments may impact your overall fundraising efforts. Knowing how to respond when challenges arise and appreciating when it is (or isn't) okay to conduct solicitations can have a lasting impact on your advancement efforts.

    Register now for your entire team to learn how to overcome obstacles in fundraising.

    This recording is eligible for 1.25 points of CFRE credit.
  • Soliciting Gifts Over the Phone
    Whether you’re a student caller, a gift officer, or a volunteer, phone calls are still one of the most efficient and effective ways to solicit a gift. But there are a lot of factors that distinguish a successful call from an unsuccessful one. Being prepared and having a structured plan before you pick up the phone will not only lead to a more relaxed and flowing conversation, it will also increase your likelihood of success.

    Register now for your entire team to learn how to successfully solicit gifts over the phone.

    This webinar is eligible for 1.25 points of CFRE credit.
  • Virtual Gift Officers
    When it comes to developing relationships with donors, nothing beats a face-to-face meeting. Direct engagement can not only drive increased support, but it can also provide valuable insight to inform prospect identification and qualification. But small teams, limited budgets, and geography often prevent advancement programs from reaching some of their most important supporters in person. One way to address these challenges is to empower gift officers to focus on phone and email engagement, allowing for personal interactions that meet organizational capability while ensuring that donors remain connected with your institution.

    Register now for your entire team to learn how to develop a virtual gift officer program for your annual fund.

    This webinar is eligible for 1.25 points of CFRE credit.
  • Nonprofit Fundraising Events during Coronavirus - Virtual? Cancel? Postpone?
    A video by charity auctioneer Abra Annes who offers advice on what to consider and how to make the call to cancel your fundraising event.
  • Grantspace
    Live Training and Special Events
    In-person or online, learn from our training experts and your peers in the field.
  • Ongoing Meeting About COVID-19 Nonprofit Impact
    Please email us at [email protected] to be added to the information portal.
  • CCS Fundraising: Strategies during COVID-19
    As the COVID-19 crisis affects our personal and professional lives, CCS Fundraising is here to support you. Below you will find insights that every nonprofit organization can use to face these unprecedented, challenging times. As fundraising experts, we know that the principles and best practices of fundraising don’t change, but sometimes we must find new ways to implement them.



  • Emergency Aid for Nonprofit Organizations Amidst COVID-19
    The charitable sector is on the front lines of addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, but risks catastrophic damage from evaporating revenue, new demands, and major disruptions in charitable giving. Tell your legislators that Congress must provide emergency aid to nonprofit organizations by expanding charitable giving and providing organizations with grants, loans, and tax credits.


How to Give

  • Give STL Day
    Nonprofit budgets are especially tight these days, with many having to cancel critical fundraising events and revenue-generating programming because of the coronavirus pandemic. Your support now can help your favorite nonprofit(s) power through this difficult period, which can include a heightened demand for services, despite decreases in staff and volunteer capacity.
  • Giving Tuesday Now
    #GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 –  in addition to the regularly scheduled Dec 1, 2020 #GivingTuesday – as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

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2019 Friends of Diversity

AFP St. Louis is proud to be recognized as a 2019 Friends of Diversity Designation Chapter!

The Friends of Diversity Designation recognizes those chapters who have accomplished many of the key objectives outlined in AFP International’s advancing diversity strategic goal. This designation encourages chapters to perform specific activities designed to increase diversity within fundraising and public awareness of the importance of philanthropy in all cultures.

One of 90 chapters to receive this designation, our chapter is committed to increasing inclusion, diversity, equity and access in the fundraising profession. 

AFP St. Louis will be recognized for this distinction at the 2019 AFP International Conference in San Antonio, Texas.


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Taco Your Teacher, Burrito Your Buddy


There are few sounds in life louder than an entire gymnasium filled with middle schoolers during a rally-- the day before Halloween weekend. I was in awe, a huge grin stuck on my face, and slightly afraid of the sheer energy of the tween mob. The invitation I received was to accept an over-sized check on behalf of the Wright City middle school student body to the Wright City Chapter of Care to Learn. It seemed pretty innocent and non-descript. I came prepared with a short speech and a few Halloween jokes up my sleeve, but was definitely not anticipating this intensity and scene before me.

The backstory, which I quickly absorbed, was that this rally marked the culmination of a highly competitive and passionate penny drive. For weeks, Wright City students, staff and faculty were collecting spare change to help meet the emergent health, hunger and hygiene needs of local students through the Care to Learn – Wright City Chapter. Most of the student body were anonymously, and selflessly, reducing barriers for their peers to attend and be able to focus in school. Food insecurity, inaccessibility to healthcare, transportation gaps, unstable housing, and the lack of basic needs not only cause shame and stigma for kids, but often keeps under-resourced students from exceling in school. Because who can concentrate in math or science when you are itching non-stop from lice, have worn the same clothes for three days, and haven’t eaten for two of them? The reality is that over 50% of all Missouri public school students’ qualify for federal free or reduced lunch rates and low-income students are four times more likely to be chronically absent. Students across our state-- often have to focus on basic survival over an education.

Wright City Middle School students continue to challenge these statistics, while simultaneously building a positive school culture, commitment to service, and inspiring a philanthropic spirit. Each coin collected throughout the penny drive was a chance to vote for, or against, a team (comprised of students, faculty and staff) to participate in ‘Taco your teacher, burrito your buddy’. Perhaps I should explain….? Ever wish you could pour nacho cheese and sour cream on your seventh grade English teacher’s head? Do you love tacos and wish you could swim in salsa and guacamole? Throw shredded cheese and hamburger meat at your Principal? Now’s your chance to live the dream.

Back at the rally, the excitement was building. All that spare change added up. The Principal announced that $2,400 was collected, and the crowd went wild. The kids started chanting ‘Care to Learn’ over and over again, with a deafening roar. When the gym finally quieted enough for the microphone to be heard, the winning teams were announced (in order of votes). More squeals from the bleachers, as the teams gathered, and students identified their teachers and friends. The winning teams organized by tables stocked with massive bowls of lettuce, shredded cheese, Costco-sized containers of salsa, sour cream and more. The losing teams cautiously put on goggles and reluctantly sat down in kiddy pools, spaced out before the masses. It began. ‘Taco your teacher, burrito your buddy’ suddenly became very clear. Laughter, shouts of encouragement, oooohhs, and gasps from the crowd were accompanied by pictures and Facebook posts-- as the audience collectively cringed and giggled at the same time.

In the world of fundraising, development and philanthropy, it is an experience I will never forget. Never underestimate the power of nacho cheese, junior high humor, and the compassion and dedication of local students. This year, the Wright City Middle School rally was called ‘Sundae Spectacular.’  You do the math.

Annie Mayrose, Greater St. Louis Region Director
Care to Learn

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