April 2021 Print

President's Report

It is an absolute honor to serve as President of AFP Nebraska.

Over this past year, many of us have faced both personal and professional challenges. Yet we’ve all witnessed the communities around us come together in ways that we could have never imagined. I’m so proud to be part of this organization and I’m so thankful for the outstanding leadership on our board, the commitment of our chapter’s members, and the generosity of the communities across our state that have continued to support the organizations we serve.

We hope that AFP can continue to provide a supportive group of professionals who understand the unique challenges we all face in our roles as fundraisers. Whether it’s for education, networking, ethical guidance, career advancement, staying current on the latest trends. Whatever the reason, we hope we can continue be a trusted resource.

Thank you for being part of AFP Nebraska!

Lisa Sypal

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Calendar of Events

AFP-Nebraska April Webinar - April 22 from 11:30AM to 12:30PM

Boards Membership & Participation – Best practices, best value, and practical outcomes to aspire to each year

Every non-profit board has a critical role to play when it pertains to driving revenue for its mission—way beyond just reading the minutes and reviewing reports.  In this conversation, participants will hear about best practice as it relates to ROI, reasons why donors give, primary/secondary board responsibilities, and how to choose new board members.

Our presenter, Randall Hallett, is the CEO and Founder of Hallett Philanthropy.  He has spent his entire career in and around non-profits.  Randall finds a great vocational passion in helping organizations seek funding to meet their mission.  He believes, by both personal and professional experience, that “giving” is good for one’s emotional and physical health. READ MORE

Registration is $10 for members, $20 for non-members. REGISTER ONLINE at https://afpnebraska.org/meet-reg2.php - or contact Chapter Administrator Joe Pittman at [email protected] or 402-881-6467 cell. 

The Zoom instructions will be sent to you on your Registration Confirmation e-mail message.  We hope you will plan to join us!



CLICK HERE for complete information!


Registration opens May 1 - watch for more info coming soon!


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AFP Blog: Do Good Week

So, you’ve heard about 2020 being the final year of the Omaha Gives and your nonprofit wants to dive into SHARE Omaha’s Do Good Week as a new source of support for 2021. How do you start?

First, let’s familiarize ourselves with the details of SHARE Omaha’s new campaign, presented by FNBO.

Do Good Week, April 19-24, 2021, is five days dedicated to meeting a wider variety of nonprofit needs in our community – followed by a day of celebration. It’s a week that can expand our community’s altruistic horizons and encourage us all to think about what giving back means in our lives.

Starting April 19, we are out to discover the answer to the question, “What if we thought about all the different ways we can Do Good…for a whole week?”

During this week of giving back, SHARE Omaha is encouraging everyone to do good every day, in their own way. Each day has a theme that can get creative (and generous) juices flowing:

Monday, April 19: Mission Monday

            +Share your mission – what inspires your work – and recruit new supporters for Do Good Week

Tuesday, April 20: New Donor Tuesday

            +Focus on attracting first-time cash gifts

Wednesday, April 21: Wish List Wednesday

            +Request items from your wish list, or cash for goods and services

Thursday, April 22: Volun-Thursday

            +Gain new volunteers, host some safely, or ask for gifts of $27.20 – the value of a volunteer hour

Friday, April 23: Fund It Friday

            +Ask for cash for your cause

Saturday, April 24: Celebration Saturday

            +Celebrate the generosity of our community and the winners of nonprofit cash prizes

Use the themes of the week to mold your message to your goals. No matter how you choose to activate Do Good Week for your nonprofit organization, SHARE Omaha is here to help you experience a lift as a result of the campaign. Leading up to April 19th and throughout the week SHARE Omaha will provide the resources of SHAREomaha.org to SHARE Omaha members as well as marketing tools for all local 501c3 organizations.

The first step for an effective Do Good Week marketing campaign for your nonprofit is to determine your goals and message.

As you set your goals for Do Good Week, consider:

  • Are your goals SMART? (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-based)?
    • Can you put each goal into one sentence with a number, audience and an action?
  • Who can help you accomplish your goals?
    • Staff, board, business/community partners, volunteers, guild/friend group, clients
  • What is your call to action leading up to Do Good Week? And for each day of the week?
  • What communication tools can you use to amplify your message?
    • Phone calls, email, newsletter, website, blogs, mailings, social media, videos, virtual event

As you plan your message and call-to-action for the Do Good Week, consider:

  • Is there a story or important statistic inspiring your goals?
  • What are your most crucial needs or what problem are you trying to solve?
  • If Do Good Week helped you meet your needs or solve problems, what would it mean for our community?
  • Do you have a powerful staff, client or volunteer story that will inspire support?
  • How could you collaborate with other nonprofits to work toward a common goal?
  • If you had limitless resources, how could your organization strengthen our community?

Now that you’ve set your goals for Do Good Week and crafted your message, don’t forget these important steps:

  1. Update your SHARE Omaha profile (and website) to match your Do Good Week message.
  2. Schedule your communication - emails, newsletters, phone calls, and social media. Use SHARE Omaha’s downloadable graphics or Canva templates for easy visuals! Their sample language for Do Good Weekcan also help. 
  3. Recruit support to spread your message. Reach out to your staff, board, business/community partners, volunteers, guild/friend group and social media followers.

As you are working hard to prepare for Do Good Week, SHARE Omaha is too. With the generous support of FNBO as presenting sponsor, SHARE Omaha is planning abundant television, radio and digital advertising to promote this new campaign and drive new supporters to learn about your organization. SHARE Omaha has also partnered with Omaha Community Foundation as the supporting sponsor of Mission Monday to shine a light on your important work in the community. In addition to FNBO, Omaha Steaks and Pottawattamie County Community Foundation have stepped forth to be co-sponsors of a cash prize bank of a minimum of $25,000 to be awarded randomly to nonprofit participants during Do Good Week, in honor of your outstanding efforts.

KETV NewsWatch 7,  NRG Radio Group including Sweet 98.5, and Omaha World Herald have come onboard as media sponsors of 2021’s Do Good Week. Their efforts to publicize the week will be critical as our community educates one another about this new way of spring giving in the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro. In addition to their advertising efforts, they will also be featuring stories about your plans for Do Good Week. We encourage you to share your Do Good Week plans with [email protected] for a chance to be featured in news stories. You may fill out this survey, or simply email your news-worthy Do Good Week plans to Katie.

In addition to SHARE Omaha’s marketing and advertising plans for Do Good Week, your nonprofit’s efforts to spread the word and recruit support for this first year of Do Good Week will help to speed up community adoption of Do Good Week. Omaha Gives wasn’t built in a year, but together, we can build off the momentum of a powerful 2020 Omaha Gives and SHARE Omaha’s local Giving Tuesday campaign to a first annual Do Good Week that is full of the support that your organization needs.

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Quick Survey Time!

Quick Survey

Is your nonprofit planning an event?  Please let us know what you are (or are not) planning this year!  CLICK HERE to take this ultra-quick two question survey!

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Resource Links

“The Issue of Racism in the Fundraising Profession” by Birgit Smith Burton


How The Best Bosses Interrupt Bias On Their Teams, by Joan C. Williams & Sky Mihaylo


Community-Centric Fundraising 


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Welcome New Members

Welcome - or in some cases, Welcome BACK - to the following individuals who have joined or re-joined us since October 2020.  We are glad to have you as part of AFP-Nebraska!

First Name Last Name Company
Destiny Burkett Child Advocacy Center
Carlos Castillo Millard Public Schools Foundation
Angela Eikenberry University of Nebraska At Omaha
Dr. Viv Ewing Childrens Square
Emily Gerhardt The Hope Center For Kids
Josh Hanshaw Habitat For Humanity of Lincoln
Patrick Kilcoyne United Way of the Midlands
Chris Knauf Siena Francis House
Jena Lambert Foundation For Lincoln Public Schools
Katie Ledoux Sunflower Administrative Solutions
Haley Martinez Big Brothers Big Sisters Lincoln
Diane Mendenhall Lincoln Community Foundation
Selina Perry Legal Aid of Nebraska
Veronica Petak College of Saint Mary
Kelly Ptacek Food Bank For the Heartland
Amy Recker Metropolitan Community College Foundation
Brian Schenk Dormie Network Foundation
Tim Sully Siena Francis House
Amy Tritsch Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands
Melissa Valek College Possible
Lori Wellman Matt Talbot Kitchen and Outreach


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Job Postings

Is your organization seeking to add to your staff? Or are you looking for your next career change? Check out the classifieds on our website. 

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