President's Message

How Bold Are You?

At this past weekend’s Board Day 2019 with Dan Pollotta we were challenged to think BOLD and be BOLD about our nonprofit missions and ministries.  Many of us struggled to think bold…I know I’m a bit loud… (a bit, you are saying?? Ha!)…but being bold for our nonprofit work is about more than shouting our mission from a’s about more than our annual goal…it’s even more bold than our mission statement…it’s about the impact our annual goal or really doing our mission can have.

Dan challenged us to identify our most important bold idea for our organizations.  My “bold idea” or “moon shot idea” for AFP was that every registered nonprofit in Bexar County be a member of AFP.  Can you imagine what it would be like to have nearly 7,000 members?  That would be $350,000 in membership to us locally and more than $1M to AFP Global.  Each year!  We would globally dominate AFP!!!!!

So, I returned to my office on Monday trying to connect the messages and practices of Board Day 2019 with my day-to-day and I, like many of us I suspect, got directly caught up in the busy-ness of a Monday huddle…emails…grant draft…AFP Board agenda…AFP Board Report…emails…grant opportunity for our research doctors…emails…and, you guessed it…the idea of being BOLD and thinking differently about our work flew away quickly.

No one can get to the moon by himself or herself.  I need help and we all need help. Together we have grown chapter membership to 250+.  We have returned National Philanthropy Day this past February to the bright light it can be for our community.  We had a fantastic Mini-Education Conference in September with more attendees than we planned (love that!).

It’s time to think about how to get the chapter to the moon.  In the next few weeks you will be asked to consider helping us with our annual chapter campaign in support of the chapter (education events, scholarships, operations).  We’ve been challenged by a donor to grow our chapter campaign and for every dollar given, the donor will match it by 50 cents…your $1 can become $1.50 (up to a total $5,000).  You will be asked to consider helping with service on the board or service on a committee or task force.  You can have a direct impact on our chapter impact right now.  Board positions open for next year are:

  • President-Elect (for 2021)
  • Vice President – Membership
  • Vice President – Programs
  • Vice President – Philanthropy
  • Vice President – Marketing & Communications
  • Treasurer
  • Treasurer-elect (for 2021)
  • Secretary
  • Board Member At Large

And, we have a few key strategic activities going on where you can join our efforts:

  • Strategic Plan Refresher Task Force – we will be facilitated by a member of the AFP Global leadership team on this – target for this is November.
  • National Philanthropy Day – February 14th is coming up soon and more hands helps make the event easy and light for all.
  • Philanthropy Task Force – we must model professional fundraising and engage donors in our work. 
  • Committees need extra folks, too:  Marketing & Communications, Education Conference, Membership, Philanthropy, Mentorship, Programs, Government Relations, Diversity.  Sometimes committee service means a big as new programs and incentives or something a small as proofreading something for emails.   

For those interested in serving on the board, you can email me and I’ll give you more details.  If you’ve invited me to “call me if you need help”….and I haven’t followed up….I’m officially calling you now…your email will help me explore with you where you’d like to be for chapter service.

Can’t serve on the board but can do a short term project or committee services, our Chapter Administrator, Luz Lovins, can connect you.

Can we be bold?  Can we move our nonprofit work truly from good to great?  We need both human capital (you!) and financial capital (our chapter campaign) as we work to Teach Fundraising in our beloved San Antonio and South Texas. 

I know we can be bold and I look forward to working with you for all of our missions and all of those we serve.  See you soon, I hope! 

Mary Kay Martinez, CFRE

The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation

Chapter President

P.S. A very Happy New Year to our Jewish colleagues.  May you be blessed with a new year filled with good health, prosperity, peace, long-life and happiness.

P.P.S. And, a very special thanks to our friends at the San Antonio Area Foundation and the Masters Leadership Program for inviting our chapter to partner with them for Board Day 2019.



Celebrate with us! Join us for our monthly program on October 17th featuring a panel discussion on ethics.

Ethics: Living with Truth, Integrity and Consistency. Panel discussion led by John Bel, Vice President and Chief Development Officer, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System. With Bob Corder,  President, Corder & Waller Consulting and Anne Krause, President & Executive Director, Hemisfair Conservancy.

During Ethics Awareness Month, AFP is offering the following resources:

  • "Are Diversity and Inclusion Ethical Issues?" A free webinar, Oct. 21. (registration opening soon)
  • Micro-Learning Videos covering the "7 Major Ethical Dilemmas" (first video coming Oct. 3)


AFP San Antonio Monthly Programming

Oct. 17

October Program -- Ethics: Living with Truth, Integrity and Consistency

Nov. 16

CFRE Refresher Course

Nov. 21

November Program -- Growing Your Giving Day

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