Happy Summer! It’s time for vacations, swimming pools, baseball, ice cream, and fireworks. Some of my fondest memories are of spending countless hours at my hometown swimming pool, riding my bike home with my towel around my neck, walking into our air conditioned home – almost feeling like it was cold, due to my wet swimsuit – and heading back out to baseball games after a filling dinner.
Trust me, I know that not everyone is/was blessed enough to have those same memories. In our world of fundraising, we know that summer can also mean different things. Hot days and nights for those living without air conditioning, the uncertainty of meals for children who aren’t in school, the inability to afford fresh produce, the desire to take part in a summer activity or sport, but not having the means to be a part of the team.
Our work as fundraising professionals can help change those experiences for both the young and old. The work that we do can be life changing. We all have stories and memories about why we do what we do. We really are the fortunate ones – to have the opportunity to help so many.
A reminder to submit nominations for National Philanthropy Day awards. We have so many people, foundations and corporations from all across Nebraska we could honor. This year we have a new category, Outstanding Fundraising Professional. Certainly, there are many who would be worthy of that recognition! Please help us celebrate those who continue to contribute to the needs of our communities.
Thank you for the work that you all do, for your membership in AFP and for your friendship. Don’t forget your sunscreen!
Meet a member! Heather Loughman - Development Manager at Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties
Q: As Development Manager at Community Action of Lancaster and Saunders County, what is a typical day like? What do you like most about your job?
A: I’ve had the privilege of working at Community Action for nearly six years. My current role allows me the opportunity to inspire new partnerships to advance the agency’s work to fight poverty in Lancaster and Saunders Counties. A typical day consists of everything from writing grant proposals, to developing content for our social media pages (find us/like us/follow us!), to developing and managing campaigns, to planning special events, to building relationships with current and prospective donors. I think my favorite aspect of this job is that I never truly know what each day will bring.
My favorite days are those where I get a call from a kind community member who wants to donate books or diapers or other supplies to help out our Early Head Start and Head Start enrolled children….days a participant of ours achieves a major goal, like buying a house, becoming debt-free, or achieving a degree….days I hear stories from our direct service staff about children making significant developmental gains….and, of course, every day I get the pleasure of checking the mail to receive the donations of some of the kindest people in our community. I am constantly blown away by the generosity of our friends….to see people coming together to support their neighbors, that’s what really speaks to my heart and drives me to do this work.
Q: What made you decide to go into fundraising as a profession?
A: As is the same for many of us in the field, it just sort of happened. I began my professional career as a grant writer and loved the idea that I could use my skills to inspire others to create positive change. I say often that getting a grant or donation for Community Action gives me a bigger thrill than many things in life – I guess that’s how I know I’m exactly where I need to be.
Q: What was your first paid job?
A: Aside from babysitting as a teenager – which was a great gig, by the way! – I worked at a manufacturing company in my home town of Baraga, MI as an office assistant. I got to help plan events, assist with various projects, and do receptionist work. It was a good summer job after my freshman year of college.
Q: What do you like to do for fun when you aren’t at work?
A: Spending time with my husband. We always find a way to have fun in our downtime, whether it’s playing catch in the back yard, watching a movie, cooking a meal together, going to a baseball game, etc. When I get the opportunity, I also love to visit my family in Michigan, hang out with my step kids, and travel.
Q: What is your role on the AFP Board?
A: I currently serve as the Membership VP. I’ve also served as the Communications VP.
Q: What are some of your goals for Membership this year?
A: I’d love to see more who are just beginning their professional fundraising careers to join our chapter! We have a great young professionals rate for those 30 and younger (just $95), which is a great, nearly risk-free opportunity to explore the many benefits of AFP membership. I joined AFP as a young professional myself, and can personally attest to the value it added in helping me to advance in my career. Few people come into the field knowing what it takes to be a successful professional fundraiser (at least I didn’t…and am still learning every day.) The resources, trainings, and networking opportunities AFP provides help to fill that knowledge gap. When we become equipped with the tools we need to do our jobs more effectively, there is no limit to the good that can be done in the world.
Q: Anything else you’d like our members to know about you?
A: Yes! If you’re interested in talking more about membership, I would love to hear from you. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and phone is (402) 875-9339.
Mark Your Calendar and Plan to Attend the Following Events!
Marriott Regency, Omaha – Breakfast Meeting
Mark Weber will be speaking about the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy program and the importance of bringing together people from advising professions and the nonprofit community to better enact the wishes and plans of donors.
Mark Weber, JD, MSFS, CLU, CHFC, AEP, CAP
Mark A. Weber is a Principal of SilverStone Group and a recognized consultant to business owners and executives. He specializes in uses of life insurance to fund estate taxes and business succession plans. Mark introduced the idea of “CAP Study Groups” to Omaha in 2012 and is the primary facilitator of the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy classes.
The Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) program is a year-long series of courses that teach professional advisors how to best help clients discover the legacies they will leave their families and community. The program provides professionals with the knowledge and tools needed to help clients reach their charitable giving objectives while also helping them meet their estate planning and wealth management goals. By integrating the professions of law, accounting, financial services, and planned giving, the Omaha Community Foundation promotes an inter-disciplinary approach to most effectively achieve their client’s goals.
The CAP program involves passing three graduate level courses and meeting in 15 class sessions. The American College, in Bryn Mawr, PA, is the nation’s leading educator of professionals in the insurance and financial services industry providing remote learning throughout the country. Over 1,000 individuals have been awarded the CAP designation since its inception in 2003.
Click here to register online, or contact Chapter Administrator Joe Pittman at email@example.com or 402-397-0280. The breakfast buffet line opens at 7:30 and the program will run from 8-9 a.m. Registration fees are $20 for members, and $35 for non-members.
July/August – No Meetings. Happy Summer!
Give & Gain Conference – CANCELLED.
Watch for other great programming this fall!
Nebraska Club in Lincoln – 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Teamwork Makes a Dream Work: The Love Connection between Gift Planners, Donors and their Advisors featuring Jeremy Belsky
National Philanthropy Day Luncheon
President: Suzanne Rogert, Director of Major and Planned Gifts, Children's Hospital & Medical Center
Immediate Past President: Laura Reznicek, Sheldon Museum of Art
Secretary: Travis Payne, CFM, Development Officer, Omaha Home for Boys
Treasurer: Rob Waterhouse, Executive Director, Joseph's Coat
VP Communication: Clover Frederick, Owner, Clover Frederick Consulting
VP Education: Matt Darling, VP of Donor Services, Omaha Community Foundation
VP Membership: Heather Loughman, Development Manager, Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties
Member at Large - Outreach: Anne Folkers, Director of Development, Fremont Health Foundation
Member at Large - National Philanthropy Day: Sabrina Weiss, Omaha Performing Arts
Chapter Administrator: Joe Pittman, Owner, Creative Association Management
The AFP Nebraska Board is dedicated to helping you to make the most of your AFP membership. If you have questions or suggestions, please get in touch with any board member. Contact information at: http://afpnebraska.org/board.php