Dear Current and Future AFP Members,
Welcome to the Central Virginia Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals!
My fellow Board members and I are excited for a full year of in-person membership meetings, special events, and professional growth opportunities. Whether you are a long standing member or new to the Chapter, I think you will find fun ways to get involved this year. Please be sure to read our monthly email updates. They will have announcements of upcoming programs like:
Did you know January is National Mentoring Month? The Central Virginia Chapter Board is excited to launch a new AFP mentoring program this year. If you are interested in becoming a mentor or a mentee, please fill out this form by February 15.
As always, we will share learning and networking opportunities throughout the year, both locally and through AFP Global. We are working hard to make sure that in all of our programs and events, the principles of I.D.E.A. (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) are front and center. To help AFP Global and our Central VA Chapter to operationalize these principles, we need feedback from our members. If you are comfortable sharing your demographic information, I hope you will do so on your AFP profile, here. Here are the reasons AFP Global is collecting this information:
- Better define what inclusion, diversity, equity, and access means to our members and the broader fundraising community, and it will help to assess our progress.
- Based on the data you provide, we can create programs, products and services that match what you, our members, will feel connected to.
- Having more complete demographic data will help us promote equity within our community and grow membership through an inclusive lens.
Learn more about AFP I.D.E.A. on their website: https://afpidea.org.
I encourage you to become involved in the Chapter by attending our regularly scheduled meetings, grabbing a cup of coffee with a fellow member, and joining one of our Committees. The strength of our Chapter is our members, and I am excited to see what we can achieve by working together to learn from one another and advocate for our chosen profession.
Please reach out to me directly anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or (804) 389-4071.
Looking forward to seeing you soon!
President, AFP Central Virginia
P.S. Here are quick links to help you navigate our website!
How to become an AFP member
Chapter Job Center
National Philanthropy Day
Inclusive Fundraising Fellowship
Be the Cause Campaign