President's Welcome

Welcome AFP Baton Rouge Chapter members and visitors!

I am honored to serve as this year’s Association of Fundraising Professionals Baton Rouge Chapter President. Non-profit organizations play a vital role of our community providing critical services to those in need while contributing to economic stability. Nonprofits improve cultural exposure, increase knowledge, protect our wildlife and environment, provide healthcare as well as other services. Fundraising professionals ensure these services are provided by raising the financial resources.

Each of us has accepted a responsibility to ethically steward our donors and the resources with which we are entrusted. Daily we inspire others to be philanthropic by sharing our organization’s mission with passion and at times introducing them to a colleague in another organization to help fulfill the donor’s dream. Together, we make our community a better place.

Join us and engage with your colleagues at monthly training sessions, sign up for a mentor or offer to become a mentor. Join the National Philanthropy Day committee to honor donors in our community. Or perhaps you have a great idea to implement or have a challenge and need someone to listen and provide advice. There are many opportunities available.

Lastly, we continue to remind our community about our ethical standards, our Donor Bill of Rights, and the values and missions of our organizations and our association. Thank you for our commitment to your organization, our chapter and our community. If at any time you would like to learn more about our chapter or the professional of development, please email me at lsmyth@braf.org.


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