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The Greater Arizona Chapter of AFP is among the larger chapters nationally with 300 members representing the full range of nonprofits, large and small, in our community. It stays vibrant because it has consistently attracted high quality chapter leadership to craft and execute our strategic plans, monthly lunch programs, webinars, mixers, the annual Philanthropy Leadership celebration, and a host of other offerings and activities to help make us all better at our chosen profession.

Our 2018 slate of board officers will be presented the membership in November. Are you or do you know someone who would like to take a more active role in the chapter? We have a wonderful group of committed and fun individuals. We get better because people say yes! Submit a nomination form for you or someone else who wants to learn and do more to advance the nonprofit cause in Arizona.

Torrie Taj, CFRE
Immediate Past President
Chair, Board Nominating Committee

Click here to download the nomination form. 
Please submit your completed form on or before August 4, 2017.

Association for Fundraising Professionals - Greater AZ Chapter is offering both the AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course and a CFRE refresher course here in Phoenix!

When: August 24-25 / 8:00am to 5:30pm

Where: Mesa Community College
           (Room location coming soon)
           1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa AZ 85202

Cost: $390 for AFP members; $490 for non-members

The AFP Refresher CFRE course is:

  • Designed for fundraising professionals with 5 or more years of experience
  • Participants will receive a participant manual that contains test taking tips and sample exam questions
  • Two-day intensive program that gives an overview of skills, techniques, and program components of a complete fundraising program
  • Eligible for 13.75 CFRE Credits

The AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising course is:

  • A comprehensive overview of the six core fundraising knowledge domains
  • Taught face-to-face over two days, including case studies and interactive projects
  • Designed for individuals with up to 4 years of professional fundraising experience
  • Eligible for 16 CFRE Education Points

Click here to register for either course before August 18th at 12 noon.

A New book and fresh insights by a former Greater AZ Chapter President “Different Latitudes: My Life in the Peace Corps and Beyond”

Fresh out of college in 1971, the author hoped to do some traveling—although not to Vietnam with Uncle Sam and to save the world. Walker has written an inspirational memoir describing where those youthful dreams took him. On this lifelong journey of physical and spiritual self-discovery, he traveled throughout Lain America, Africa, Europe and Asia exploring different ways of improving others’ lives. A long the way he underwent amazing personal growth as he witnessed the heartbreaking suffering and vulnerability of the poor in developing countries.

Walker’s adventures included serving in the Peace Corps in Guatemala, where he met and married his wife; promoting rural development in Latin America, fundraising for nongovernmental organizations and targeting hunger, human trafficking, public health, and more.

This uplifting insider’s guide to international development, philanthropy, and travel will resonate with idealists and armchair travelers alike.  National Peace Corps President/RPCV Glenn Blumhorst said “It’s one of the best RPCV memoirs I’ve read (and I have gone through quite a few).” Ambassador (ret.) Edwin G. Corr (A career Foreign Service Officer and US Ambassador to Peru, Bolivia and El Salvador), former board member at MAP International goes on to say: Mark Walker's book is a "must-read" for fund-raisers for civic and religiously inspired non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that help the "needy" in developing countries.  Mark's success during a half-century of work with poor communities, his immersion in Latin American and African cultures, and his remarkable success with fund-raising in North America and among wealthy elites of developing countries make his "lessons-learned" valuable and effective. Enjoy learning, and have a good read!

 Click here to watch a video about “Different Latitudes: My Life in the Peace Corps and Beyond"

About the Author

Mark D. Walker was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala and spent fifteen years helping disadvantaged people in the developing world. He managed programs in Guatemala, Colombia, and Sierra Leone with Plan International. 
Walker has written and made presentations in both English and Spanish on planned giving, major gifts and global philanthropy at such events as the Hemispheric Congress for Fundraising. He is a Past President of the Greater Arizona Chapter of AFP and serves on the International Development Committee of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) as well as the Past President of the Planned Giving Roundtable of Arizona. Walker has been certified (CFRE) since 1990.  His honors include the “Service Above Self” award from Rotary International. 

Other organizations Walker worked with include Food for the Hungry, MAP International, World Neighbors, Global Brigades, and the Make a Wish Foundation International. Walker was CEO of Hagar USA, a Christian based organization that supports survivors of human trafficking. He founded Million Mile Walker LLC. and is a Vice President and Senior Counsel for Carlton & Company. His wife and three children were born in Guatemala.

AFP Greater Arizona Speaker’s Bureau

2017 is an exciting year for your local AFP Chapter! We know that we have a resource beyond compare in our membership. Whether you consider yourself “experienced,” “senior,” or “seasoned,” you have so much to offer! You are invited to add your name and expertise to our new AFP Greater Arizona Chapter Speaker’s Bureau.

For as long as I have been a member of an AFP chapter, there has been the challenge of how to serve professionals who, like you, have been in the field for more than 10 years. Historically, hosting educational luncheons with a relevant topic has not worked, because most of you have “been there, done that.”

AFP Greater Arizona Chapter is exploring ways to keep you engaged with your colleagues, with AFP, and with those professionals who are newer to this honorable work we do. I believe it is more than coincidence that you, this incredible group of professionals, can also be part of the 5 pillars of AFP International’s Strategic Plan. They are:

  1. Promote inclusion and expand influence
  2. Lead social change
  3. Advance advocacy, policy, and ethics
  4. Provide relevant quality education
  5. Strengthen AFP capacities and connectivity

You are invited to share your area of expertise with us, whether it is fund development, leadership, or advocacy.

Click here to learn more and share.


Every year, AFP, the largest association of professional fundraisers in the world, honors chapters for achieving goals that align with key objectives in its long-range strategic plan. Chapters receive the Ten Star Award for performing specific activities designed to increase professionalism within fundraising and public awareness of the importance of philanthropy. 

Two New Study Group Opportunities for AFP Members

The Major Gifts study group is an informal monthly meeting where anyone - experienced or new-to-the-field can share ideas, best practices and the challenges of developing and maintaining a major gifts program. The next Major Gifts study group meets from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Major Gifts study dates (call for location):
• 7/28
• 8/25
• 9/29
• 10/27
• 11/17

A Donor Perfect user study group will be a similarly organized informal group to share knowledge, develop best practices and maybe learn some shortcuts. The Donor Perfect study group meets from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Donor Perfect study dates (call for location):
• 9/20
• 10/18
• 11/15

Please contact Liz Toth, Director of Major Gifts, Child Crisis Arizona with questions or suggestions: (480) 834-9424.


We want to hear from YOU!  Share your insights on current fundraising news or your experiences in fundraising. Send your articles to the Communications Committee at

The AFP Ethics Assessment Inventory™ (EAI) Tool

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is proud to launch its first-ever self-assessment tool. The AFP Ethics Assessment Inventory™ (EAI) is a new benefit of AFP membership, available online for voluntary use. Test your ethics now!