Progress Update — 2020 Strategic Framework

Can you believe we are already halfway through 2018? I hope you are enjoying your summer – I am grasping onto every possible minute of this short season!

As we have officially reached the halfway mark through this year, I wanted to take a moment to report on our chapter’s strategic plan. Our recent newsletters have showcased the rollout of this new three-year strategic plan. Today, I am delighted to provide an update on the progress that has been made toward our 2020 framework goals.

I am thrilled about the momentum building toward our goals. This is an exciting time to be a part of our chapter, and I hope you are as proud as I am to be a part of this inspiring group of extraordinary fundraising professionals.

You are so critical to our chapter’s success. Thank you to our board, committees and chapter members for the important role you play in our philanthropic community. If you have any questions or comments, I welcome you to connect directly with me or any board member.

— Brie Geurink, AFP Minnesota Chapter President

Brie Geurink, CFRE



  1. Thoughtful, planful & transparent succession planning
  2. Deepen key relationships and keep communication open with other organizations
  3. Consistently communicate chapter successes and value to all membership
  4. Determine ideal organization size and budget

Progress update:

  • The committee on directorship has been exploring updating board and leadership terms to best serve our chapter, as well as addressing gaps in our current processes. We can expect updates for the 2019 election process.
  • The communications committee has developed a document displaying our 2020 strategic goals and pillars. This has been pushed out to membership through an e-blast and social media. This is also now a dedicated page on our website.


  1. Increase racial diversity in the fundraising profession in Minnesota
  2. Develop adaptive changes within AFP-MN to establish continuous culture of diversity

Progress update:

  • As a board, we have committed to better understanding our cultural competence and partnered with the YWCA to take the Intercultural Development Inventory assessment. We will receive feedback about the board’s group cultural competence, receive training that aligns with our place on the IDI spectrum, and will set developmental goals individually and as a board to improve our ability to effectively engage in a multicultural world.
  • The IDEA committee held a breakfast event at Northside Achievement Zone focused on fundraisers of color, with an overwhelming response for registration! There will be an additional event held in October at The Minneapolis Foundation as well as two social hours.


  1. More actively and deliberately attract members to educational offerings
  2. Identify and remove barriers to participation
  3. Recruit more volunteers


  1. Maintain large chapter status & strong retention
  2. Increase member engagement and satisfaction

Progress update:

  • The membership committee reaches out to lapsed members every month.
  • A taskforce has been created to focus on new chapter member engagement.


  1. NPD has greater participation & accessibility for all philanthropic sectors
  2. NPD committee has completed an assessment of format, audience, and barriers to participation
  3. NPD attendees report a welcoming & inclusive experience

Progress update:

  • Through the leadership of an NPD Awards taskforce, the nomination process was reconstructed, making it an easier and more inviting experience to nominate.
  • To help ensure we recognize and celebrate Minnesota’s diverse experiences, perspectives, opinions and cultures within philanthropy, nominates were not limited to pre-selected categories.
  • The NPD, IDEA and communications committees worked together to broaden the scope of outreach in the nomination process.


  1. Increase the percentage of members understanding AFP’s public policy and advocacy efforts.
  2. Establish a public policy and advocacy structure for the Minnesota Chapter of AFP.
  3. Implement a communication and engagement strategy for public policy and advocacy efforts for the Minnesota Chapter of AFP.
  4. Become a trusted expert for charitable policy decisions in Minnesota.

Progress update:

  • A public policy taskforce has been formed, with Past President Susan Wineland leading. The goal of this taskforce will be to make a recommendation to the board regarding AFP MN’s engagement and goals around public policy.

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