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Chapter President's Message

So, has anyone else fallen victim to the “summer is our slow time” axiom? Honestly, I have heard this for most of my years in development – and mostly tongue-in-cheek because it was NEVER true! When I started in development, I lived in Anchorage Alaska – and summer was both revered and dreaded. It was revered for fishing, camping, hiking, biking and basically doing anything OUTSIDE! And it was dreaded because you could never get ahold of anyone, donor or volunteer. Here in Arizona, we know that so many of our donors leave the scorching heat for cooler temperatures. Like Alaska. It is an unrealistic expectation to reach many donors in the summertime – thus the myth of “summer months are slower.”

We all know that even if we are not fully engaged in talking with donors, there is plenty of other work do to. We plan the next year’s communications. We schedule events. We contemplate our strategic plan. We even may get to clean off our desk, or better yet, our Outlook mailbox!

I applaud you ALL for coming to the end of our “slow months” and having paused to catch our breath, we are careening into a very full fall! Take a look at what your AFP Chapter has planned:

August 24-25 – CFRE Refresher Course
September 6 – partner meeting with ONE – Major Gifts Panel
October 4 – Engaging Volunteers
October 10-11 – Fundamentals of Fundraising Course
November 8– National Philanthropy Day with Adrian Sargaent and AFP Interim President, Jason Lee
December 6 – the Mentoring Program graduation

This list doesn’t even include the webinars that have been provided for you. Please join your colleagues to refresh and renew as you head into your donor-centered work. Find someone with whom you can share your passion for helping people change the world.

You can see that your AFP Board has been busy planning for your success. Another big step made this year has been the establishment of a Diversity Plan. AFP International has been a strong advocate for diversity in the fundraising field and supports the same efforts in local chapters. Earlier this year, the Diversity Committee led by Jerry Diaz, prepared a Diversity Resolution, which was passed at the June Board meeting. In this resolution, we agreed to promote and support diversity in the fundraising community, and it really does begin “at home.” Diversity is not an activity that happens separate from all other chapter activities. It is woven into each educational program, social mixer, conference, webinar, volunteer activity, Facebook post, etc. Let us continue to support each other because we all share a passion for helping donors change the world. 

As we do all of this, I want to thank all the companies that have given their support to AFP:

The Alford Group
Arizona Community Foundation
Auction & Event Solutions
Fry's Food Stores
Gammage & Burnham
Goodmans Interior Structures
Sue Gaub, CFRE, Past President
Lovitt & Touche
McNemar Law Offices, P.C.
Northern Trust
Powers Young & Company
US TrustVision
LynkWells Fargo

Without this support, we would not be able to continue to serve YOU – our fundraising rock stars!

Adele Dietrich, CFRE
Greater Arizona Chapter - AFP