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AFP members are deeply committed to the field of fundraising. Members renew an annual pledge to abide (and to ensure to the best of their ability that all members of their staff abide) by the AFP Code of Ethical Principles & Standards. Aloha Chapter members foster the development and growth of fundraisers to benefit all aspects of society in Hawaii.
In addition, the Aloha Chapter advances philanthropy through engaging people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising with our special spirit of aloha. Members are challenged to consider striving for a professional credential, whether the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) or other advanced degree.
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Our Monthly Member Profile: Olivia Zavodny
This month our profile features Olivia Zavodny, a recent “graduate” of our Fundamentals in Fundraising course. She is a cat person and is pictured here with Mocha, a kitten up for adoption. We thank Olivia for taking the time to share a little about herself.
Manager of Donor Data and Annual Giving
Hawaiian Humane Society
How long have you been at your current organization?
I joined the Hawaiian Humane Society in October 2019. Our mission is very personal to me; my cats are Hawaiian Humane alums.
What encouraged you to join AFP?
I joined AFP to learn from other fundraisers. I recently attended the Fundamentals of Fundraising course and learned so much. The instructors were very knowledgeable and the opportunity for discussion with fundraisers from a variety of backgrounds was invaluable.
What led you to choose the field you work in?
I have always preferred working with non-profits. It’s nice to know that every task, no matter how small, contributes to a good cause. Working with donors is particularly fulfilling because we always have a common place to start: our support of the organization and its mission. I enjoy hearing donors’ stories, and learning how we’ve helped them and their pets.
What interests you the most about the work your organization does?
I joined Hawaiian Humane because of its mission to promote the human-animal bond and the humane treatment of all animals. We envision a community where not only does every pet have a safe home, but all members of our community respect and care for all animals. This year, we’re celebrating 140 years of service to our community, and looking forward to even more!
What is your favorite pastime/hobby?
I love to read and recently started a book club. This month we’re reading Dune by Frank Herbert.
Share a tip on what gets you through your day.
Working at Hawaiian Humane, this is easy, visit the animals! It’s a great stress reducer for me, it’s enriching for the animals, and most importantly, seeing pets find loving families is a great reminder of why I do what I do.
Do you have a favorite saying you’d like to share?
“Real strength has to do with helping others.” Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers
I would say “look for the helpers,” but I’m sure most AFP members have heard that one!
Do you want to volunteer for a future AFP Aloha Chapter member profile? We’d love to share your story in an upcoming e-newsletter! If you are interested, please email Susan Oshiro, Chapter Admin at firstname.lastname@example.org.