A Message from Outgoing President Katherine Fritz - and some four letter words to consider
Representing the AFPLI Chapter as your President for the last two years, I know we have all been tested in ways few of us could have ever imagined. The COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the world, causing hardship for so many people; the Black Lives Matter movement brought social equity to the fore in response to current and historical injustices; and wildfires, cyclones, floods, and hurricanes made climate change visceral and real.
The Nonprofits AFPLI members represent and the work YOU do means that our Long Island neighbors have organizations to turn to for help. And while it's clear there is work for all of us to do still, I am finding some NEW four-letter words to use as we end 2021 and enter into 2022….
The first is hope.
It is clear, now more than ever we need a compelling, hopeful vision of the future. Our AFP members and Long Island's philanthropic community continued to choose hope through all the challenges we have faced. As a result, AFPLI is finishing the year stronger than we started. Many of your organizations are also emerging stronger, more unified, and with a more robust vision of how to tackle anything that comes your way.
There is plenty of cause for optimism on the path ahead. With determination and the abundance of creativity within our field, I know you will find a wealth of opportunities for positive and lasting change. The organizations you represent will be leaders in rebuilding, the promise for recovery, and catalysts for reimagining your communities.
You can foster understanding, empathy, and belonging. You can illuminate and elevate the voices and histories of those whose stories have not been told. You can encourage hope in science, medicine, and technology. And you can help to fill critical education gaps for our nation's students. These ideals represent just a few of the missions that our AFPLI members work towards every day.
There is no place for hesitation or fear in the next steps we, as nonprofit professionals, will take.
And therein lies my second four-letter word for 2022: bold.
We need to boldly challenge the status quo, rethink outdated models, and lift the many brave individuals in nonprofits across Long Island who are leading us into new frontiers. AFPLI is going to be with you every step of the way through recovery and rebuilding.
I would be remiss if I didn't make a BOLD request. Please consider supporting AFPLI with a gift now. DONATE NOW
Your gift will ensure we continue to connect to innovative educators, give scholarships for educational opportunities to those looking to start in our "Impact Profession," and provide you with opportunities to create impact.
On the cusp of the new year, I am pleased to announce that Mary Fu, Chief Marketing and Development Officer at Helen Keller Services, will take over the next two years as the President of AFPLI. I will be here to support her, as will the rest of the Board of Directors, including both returning and new Board members for 2022.
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I want to convey the gratitude, energy, and optimism of the Board of Directors. Through my term as your President, I have been continually impressed by AFP's resilience, innovation, and the impact of our membership. We are incredibly grateful for the success of the Chapter to date and excited about the year ahead. And I know that our new President and the Board of Directors at AFPLI share a passion, energy, and commitment for continued progress in 2022.
Thank you to all of you. To our members, sponsors, partners, and philanthropists across Long Island, thank you. Our progress depends entirely on your faith in our abilities and your generosity of spirit and resource. From the bottom of my heart, on behalf of the entire organization, thank you.
To all of you and your families, I wish you a healthy and prosperous 2022.
Katherine M. Fritz
AFPLI - 2020-2021 President