We are so excited that the 2023 AFP Arizona Conference Presented by Virtuous is less than one week away! For those of you who are attending, you can expect an opportunity to expand your knowledge about fundraising, forge connections, and network with fellow professionals in the nonprofit sector. The planning of this conference has been a labor of love, and I want to thank the conference co-chairs, Jessica Whitney and Cat Sebesta, CFRE, as well as the dedicated Conference Planning Committee for their commitment.
Tonight, join us for our July Membership Mixer at the Arizona Community Foundation from 3pm-5pm. This is a free event for AFP members ($20 for nonmembers), and you will hear from Kristen Mihaljevic about how to build ties with DAF donors. If you have not registered already, you can register at the door.
If you are not able to join us at one of our exciting events this week and next, I hope that you are on a relaxing vacation taking a break from the heat!
It’s back to school season and I’m reminded of great teachers and mentors throughout my life and career. The AFP Professional Mentorship Program Class of 2023 continues to learn and work toward their final project presentations, while applications for our Class of 2024 will be posted on our chapter website in early September. I would like to encourage you to consider this opportunity, share it with members of your team newer to the field (1-5 years, whether a young professional or making a mid-career change) or think about giving back while learning by serving as a mentor (seasoned professionals holding the CFRE or ACFRE credential). We are so proud of our Professional Mentorship Program and look forward to meeting our newest Class!
It is also time to appoint the members of the 2024 AFP Greater Arizona Chapter Board of Directors. Joining our chapter’s board has been one of the best decisions that I have made in my career. I encourage you to submit a nomination form for you or someone you know that wants to learn and do more to advance the nonprofit industry in Arizona. The nomination form can be found here, are due by August 25, and the new slate will be presented to our members in November.
The air is starting to cool off (in the mornings and evenings at least!), which means that not only is fall around the corner, but so is our busy season as fundraising professionals. I hope that you are already working in some self-care habits and scheduling activities that will fill your cup and help you navigate this hectic time of year!
Join us on September 21 for an AFP workshop catered to the Senior Network of Advancement Professionals (SNAP). We're excited to bring back these sessions that allow for more advanced, intimate conversations about topics that the Valley's philanthropic leaders are facing. Details are listed below. Walk-ins welcome. Immediately following this event will be our monthly membership mixer that is open to all!
Finally, Chapter Lobby Week is coming up during the week of October 2 – further down in this newsletter, you will see a feature that shares some easy and impactful ways you can help advocate for our sector. I encourage you to take the time to read this and learn more.
Enjoy your September!
My plan for this month’s note to you was to joyfully promote the upcoming National Philanthropy Day Luncheon – one of my favorite events of the year. It is an opportunity to celebrate our industry, our colleagues, and those in our community who make a tremendous impact. Yet, with the reality of the past weeks, the horrific attack on Israel and the humanitarian crisis of Palestinians in Gaza, it felt trite to lead with enthusiasm.
Yet, as I pondered what to say instead, it hit me that this year’s theme, For the Love of Giving, is exactly what we need in this moment. As nonprofit professionals, we advocate with intense passion, we act quickly and without hesitation when an issue or injustice arises, and we advance our missions each day. The National Philanthropy Day Luncheon on November 17 will celebrate Love – a love for giving, for equality, for community, and I can’t wait to see you there.
Thank you for leading with love and inspiring me every day.
Happy National Philanthropy Day to you!
National Philanthropy Day was the vision of Douglas Freeman, a self-proclaimed "gratitude enthusiast" who was deeply committed to finding ways to express gratitude for those who dedicate themselves to helping others. In 1986, President Ronald Reagan officially declared November 15 as National Philanthropy Day, a day that serves as a chance to reflect on the significance of giving and the incredible possibilities it creates.
You have dedicated yourself to working in the impact profession – making the culture of philanthropy a driving force in your every day. And for that, I thank you. You give of yourself to make a difference in your community. Today is a day to celebrate YOU.
At this point in the year, halfway through the month of November, we are all spread very thin. Focusing on year-end fundraising priorities, executing events, stewarding our donors, not to mention the myriad of non-work-related social activities planned during this season, we are busy to say the least. Despite the frenzy, I hope that you are taking a moment to take care of yourself doing the things that bring you the most joy.
I am tremendously grateful to you for being part of our AFP family. Now go out and celebrate!