A Letter From Our President
Hello AFP Members!
How did the first quarter of the year go for you? Are you feeling any effects because of the 2018 tax reform? I hope the year is off to a tremendous start for you and the amazing missions you work to fund. Even on the most difficult days remember that fundraising is a noble profession. You are helping to create positive change in our world and I value each of you.
The Strategic Plan of You (AFP Daily, March 5)
As fundraising professionals we are always planning; planning the next appeal that needs to be mailed or the details of an upcoming event. But are you planning for your own personal and professional development? In AFP Daily on March 5, there was a micro-learning opportunity with a video titled The Strategic Plan of You. In this video Vern Snyder, ACFRE provides advice on how to create a strategic plan for ourselves. He asks if we have thought about where we want to be in 5 years. Have you considered this? He suggests doing a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) on ourselves and setting specific, named goals for our career. If this concept sounds interesting to you, you can view the video at this link https://afpglobal.org/vern-snyder-strategic-plan-you. I would suggest we all take time to think carefully about our own personal and professional development, as AFP member you have taken an important step in your professional development. Remember you will get out of AFP what you put in, attend monthly events, reach out to other members with your questions, read AFP Daily, and check out the website afpglobal.org for even more resources.
AFP Members Can Now Access Blackbaud University
Another learning opportunity through AFP is a partnership with Blackbaud to offer 5 foundational topics: Basics of Fundraising, Basics of Marketing, Basics of Personas, Basics of Impact, and Basics of Finance. Find out more at https://afpglobal.org/blackbaud-university. You will need your AFP member login to access content.
In closing, I would like to thank those AFP members who participated in the Speed Mentoring event and Mentoring kick off for our Chapter. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a mentor or seeking a mentor please talk to Wendy Sweeney, Membership Chair.
Thank you for all you do! Please contact me if you have any questions about AFP or just to connect about fundraising!