President's Message

Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) San Antonio Chapter President, Mary Kay Martinez

“Things do not just happen.  Things are made to happen.”  President John F. Kennedy.
As we welcome our International Fundraising Conference (ICON) to San Antonio this month, your chapter has been busy busy busy working with the ICON team to show San Antonio off to 4,000 of your professional fundraiser colleagues.  Our Host Event reception has more than 500 AFP members from around the country and beyond coming to the beautiful Briscoe Western Museum for a wonderful taste of Fiesta in San Antonio.  It’s not too late to add yourself to the event – registration link.
We’ve got lots of moving parts right now for AFP San Antonio and South Texas.  At the end of the day, keeping it all together is your volunteer board leadership.  From emptying trashcans, to setting tables, to writing script for the run of show at our National Philanthropy Day, to planning and planning and planning the ICON Host Event, your chapter leadership continues to move us forward as we work to advance philanthropy in our beloved city and state.  When you see these folks, I hope you will give them a thank you for their leadership with us:
Megan Butler (Alpha Home) - NPD Co-Chair
Bryan Chase (St. Philip’s College) - VP Philanthropy - Campaign/Scholarships
Lynne Dean, CFRE (Northwest Vista College) - Past-President
Brandy Flores (St. Anthony Catholic School) - VP Programs
Aaron Javener, CFRE (Endeavors) - President-Elect
Robert Kesl (Morningside Ministries) - Treasurer
Laura Leach, CFRE (Regional Manager, Mission Advancement) - CFRE Chair
Amy Nieto (The Atonement Academy) - Diversity Chair
Michele Olivarez (St. Luke’s Catholic School) - VP Communications
Blair Ortmann (SAMMinistries) - Board Member At-Large
Roxanne Samudio-Garcia (CHRISTUS Foundations) - Secretary
Anjanette Valdez (Cystic Fibrosis Foundation) - Government Relations Chair
Casey Weed, CFRE (St. Paul’s Episcopal Montessori School) - VP Philanthropy - Chapter Partnerships
Wendy Wickham (Lifetime Recovery) - VP Membership
Cassandra Nicole Wright (The Winston School) Education Conference Co-Chair
Mary Yearwood (Consultant) - ICON Host Chapter Host Event Chair
If you are looking for a leadership opportunity, we have the following positions open for you:  Hospitality Chair, Job Posting Chair, Treasurer-elect, Youth In Philanthropy Chair, Mentor Program Chair
Thank you for being a member of our Chapter and I look forwarding to seeing you soon!



The world’s largest conference for professional fundraisers.

Three days of learning, connecting, and inspiration

March 31 – April 2, 2019, here in San Antonio!


*You may register for the Chapter Host Event, ¡Viva Fiesta!, without registering for the conference.

Thank you for your support!


AFP San Antonio Monthly Meetings

May 16

11:30am-1:00pm       Girl Scout Foundation

June 20

7:30am-9:00am       SA Bot. Garden Mission Advancement

July                             No Program (Summer Break)

August 15

TBD                               Summer Social

September 19

11:30am-1:00pm       Mini-Conference, Roundtable Discussion


Chapter Sponsor

AFP San Antonio Chapter Sponsor Thank you, Mission Advancement! If you would like information on how to become a Chapter Sponsor, contact us. 
Mission Advancement - Association of Fundraising Professionals San Antonio Chapter Sponsor
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