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AFPETX Fundraising Summit

May 24, 2018

Join us for the 2018 Fundraising Summit

Thursday, May 24, 2018

8:30 am - 4 pm

Juls Event Center, 7212 Old Jacksonville Hwy., Tyler, TX 75703


The Association of Fundraising Professionals, East Texas Chapter, will hold the 2018 Fundraising Summit Thursday, May 24, at Juls Event Center in Tyler, TX. The day-long event will feature several internallionally-acclaimed fundraising professionals from around the United States and abroad. Registration begins at 8:30 am, sessions will be held throughout the day concluding with a networking reception from 4-6 pm.

Registration for the event is $59.00 for AFP members and $79.00 for non-members. Discounted tickets are available for one session (morning or afternoon) and the lunch presentation.

 “We are able to offer this experience to fund raisers at a low cost due in large part to support raised by our annual National Philanthropy Day event,” said AFP Programs Chair, Patrick Willis. “By educating our local community of non-profit development professionals, AFP is making a lasting impact on organizations throughout the East Texas area.”

Speakers to the event represent some of the field’s foremost experts. “We are so pleased to be able to present a learning opportunity of this caliber to our community,” Willis added. 

Thank you to this year's Presenting Sponsor, the East Texas Communities Foundation (

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Summit Schedule

  • 8:30 a.m.: Registration
  • 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. Morning Session
  • 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.: Rachel Muir, The Art of an Unforgettable Thank
  •  10:00- 10:30 a.m.: Rick Moyers, Measuring Fundraising Effectiveness
  •  10:30 – 11:30 a.m.: “Stump the Chump” Panel Presentation and Q&A with Rachel Muir, Rick Moyers, and Cristina Wineinger. Moderated by Carol Weisman
  •  11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Lunch with Keynote Speaker Carol Weisman
  •  1:15 – 4:00 p.m. Afternoon Session
  • 1:15 – 2:00 p.m.: Patrick Willis & Carol Weisman: Beyond the Napkin, Making Special Events Special
  •  2:00 – 3:00 p.m.: Marilyn Abegg Glass and Kenny Sigler: Successful Strategic Planning
  •  3:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Michael Daigneault & Christina Wineinger: How to Turn Your Strategic Plan Into a Successful Fundraising Campaign
  •  4:00 – 6:00 p.m.: Networking Reception for Summit Attendees. Cash Bar will be available

About our presenters -- 

Rachel Muir
Rachel is a recovering executive director and hopeless romantic who has worked every side of the Rubik’s cube that is the nonprofit sector. Her passion for fundraising is so intense she has been registered as an alternative energy source by the Department of Energy.

When she was just 26 years old, Rachel founded Girlstart, a non-profit dedicated to empowering girls in math, science, engineering and technology. She started Girlstart in the living room of her apartment with $500 and a credit card. Rachel raised $10 Million at Girlstart and was featured on Oprah, CNN, and the Today Show. Rachel leads custom training, board retreats and online master classes that reliably turn participants into confident, successful fundraisers. She has served on numerous boards and has the T-shirts – and scars – to prove it.

Rick Moyers
Rick Moyers is an independent consultant to philanthropy and a nationally recognized expert on the governance and leadership of nonprofit organizations and the role of philanthropy in building nonprofit capacity. From 2003 to 2017, Rick held leadership positions at the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation in Washington, DC — a private foundation focused on building an equitable Greater Washington region in which economically vulnerable people thrive. From 2003 to 2009, he directed the Meyer Foundation’s capacity-building and research programs and from 2010 to July 2017, as vice president for programs and communications, he led all the foundation's programmatic work.

Rick is a frequent writer, speaker, and trainer on nonprofit governance and leadership issues. He is the author of The Nonprofit Chief Executive’s Ten Basic Responsibilities (published by BoardSource in 2012) and the co-author of Daring to Lead 2006 and Daring to Lead 2011, a reports that highlighted the challenges facing nonprofit executive directors. Rick is an online opinion columnist for the Chronicle of Philanthropy, with more than 30 pieces published since 2009.

Rick currently serves on the boards of BoardSource (as chair), the Community Foundation for the Central Blue Ridge, and the Community Connections Fund of the World Bank Group. Previously, he served on the boards of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers and Imagination Stage, a children’s theater based in Bethesda, Maryland. Rick is a member of Leadership Montgomery’s Class of 2009, and a 2015 alumnus of the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute. In 2009, Rick received the Grantmaker in Capacity-Building Award from the Alliance for Nonprofit Management.

Michael Daigenault
As the CEO of Quantum Governance, Michael brings more than 30 years of training and experience as a consultant, motivational speaker and dynamic workshop facilitator. Michael regularly works with organizations of all types to improve the effectiveness of their governance and leadership. He is a nationally-recognized speaker, having presented at conferences including: Board Source, The Conference Board, The Credit Union Executives Society, and The Ethics Officers Association and Independent Sector, among others.

Michael has published articles on topics such as ethics and strategic planning in a wider variety of publications including: Association Management, The NonProfit Times, Board Member Magazine, and The Audit Report, to name a few. He is a three-time graduate of Georgetown University, holding a B.A. from the College of Philosophy; a J.D. from the Law Center; and a Master’s Degree in Law from the Law Center.

Carol Weisman
Carol is the president of Board Builders. She is an internationally known speaker, author, trainer and consultant who specializes in volunteerism, fund raising and governance. Carol works primarily in the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. She has served on 38 boards and has been president of eight.

Carol began her professional career working with street gangs, a marvelous background for working with boards. She found the gangs better organized, with clearer expectations and a solid leadership training program. Although she doesn’t recommend any fund raising that would end in incarceration, the gangs certainly had some “creative” ideas. She is the author of nine books. “Raising Charitable Children” is already in its third printing and was featured in The New York Times, Parade Magazine, and Scholastic Parent and Child. Her latest book, “Transforming Ordinary People into Fundraising Superheroes: Even Those Who Hate to Ask,” is going into its second printing. When not speaking and writing, Carol training with a group of plus-sized runners called “The Chaffing Dishes.”

Cristina M. Wineinger
Cristina is president of Wineinger & Associates and has over 20 years’ experience in all aspects of fund raising and non-profit management in Bermuda (where she was born and raised) and the United States. Her clients are diverse and include churches, private schools, environmental agencies, cultural organizations, social service providers and hospitals. Her consulting services encompass capital campaign management, annual fund campaigns, and strategic planning for non-profits.

In the last 20 years, Cristina has provided guidance to fund raising campaigns totaling over $175 million. One of her more recent clients is the Bermuda Hospitals Charitable Trust, where she helped to launch a $40 million fund raising campaign to build the new acute care hospital wing. This fund raising campaign is the largest in Bermuda’s history. Cristina is a popular speaker both in Bermuda and the United States. She lives in Virginia with her wonderful husband of 26 years, John and a very naughty dog – Duffy. They have two children. Their daughter Paige is an interior designer in Virginia and their son, Forrest is studying Aviation Technology at Purdue University.

For more information, email or call 903.944.8081.