Events come in many different shapes and sizes, with many different purposes. While some may be a social celebration or fulfill a business need, others may be responsible for raising funds and awareness that could change lives and communities forever.
Those who organize fundraisers may work on the staff of a nonprofit, be a volunteer or serve as a consultant. Regardless, there is an organization that serves many in the fundraising industry – the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).
For the last 50 years AFP has been helping fundraising professionals develop and implement more effective and ethical methods of raising funds. AFP’s international headquarters, as well as its local chapters, help these professionals stay sharp through education, training, mentoring, research, credentialing and advocacy.
Dr. Timothy J. Willard, CFRE, who recently retired as vice president for development at Ranken Technical College in St. Louis has been a member of AFP since 1992.
Coming from his years of experience, Willard found AFP to be a “helpful resource for mentoring younger members, allowing me the opportunity to teach courses and seminars to newcomers.”
He is also excited about the opportunities AFP offers to hear speakers who are on the cutting edge of their fields.
Willard recommends AFP to those who are interested in improving their knowledge of the profession and those who find networking with other professionals in the field helpful. He also recommends it for those who may be considering a move into the nonprofit fundraising field. AFP members have access to an assortment of tools, educational opportunities and resources. In addition, by becoming members, they are actually enhancing their reputations as fundraiser with integrity.
AFP asks that members acknowledge their commitment to ethical fundraising practices by signing and adhering to the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards every year.
AFP has numerous chapters including four in Missouri – Mid-America, St. Louis Regional, Central, and Ozark Region. To fnd out more about these chapters, visit www.afpnet.org. For questions about becoming a member of AFP, contact Joseph Roadarmel at (703) 519-8489 or [email protected].