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Chapter President's Message

Wow! It’s already May - does anyone else feel the same sense of fleeting time? Early in the year, I suggested that we, as Development Professionals, resolve to do our best and be our best. Have you checked in on yourself? Do you have friends and colleagues who help keep you going? I feel that both the professional relationships and personal friendships I have through AFP do just that. I find honesty and candor, I find encouragement and hope. I trust that your membership in AFP Greater Arizona provides the same sort of collegial and personal support.

It’s also the time of year we have many conferences offered to us. I am fortunate to be able to attend the AFP International Conference in San Francisco starting this weekend. It has been a few years since I last attended and I am quite eager to be completely surrounded by 4000+ men and women who have the same faith in humanity who support our non-profits. I look forward to the excitement of so many like-minded professionals all together! I look forward to all the learning that takes place, and to have the chance to recharge my fundraising batteries.

May 8 is another opportunity to hone your development skills at the Planned Giving Round Table (PGRT) Annual conference. As a member of AFP, you will get the member rate – and they offer a bundle price for 4 attendees! What a great chance to learn more about how planned gifts are an extension of the work you do in annual fundraising and major gift fundraising. May also brings us another great AFP mixer, May 23 at Pomelo in Phoenix.  We'll be celebrating a new book by former 
AFP Greater AZ Chapter President, fundraising consultant, and author Mark Walker, MA, CFRE​.

June brings you our partnerships with Phoenix Philanthropy Group and PGRT. On June 14, we begin the day with the Giving USA report and panel discussion. This is followed by a lunch and afternoon program focusing on “blended gifts.” All the effort in building relationships through annual funds and larger gifts can lead to strategic gifts that come from non-cash assets. Please join us!

And July! In July, AFP of Southern Arizona has planned an excellent statewide conference! Check out the link, carpool, and join your statewide colleagues to refresh yourselves.

Your AFP membership makes all of these programs and partnerships possible! Take advantage of the many opportunities to build your skill, build your professional relationships, and build your donor relationships. Lift each other up in this honorable work that we do.

Adele Dietrich, CFRE
Greater Arizona Chapter - AFP