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Joyce Mitchell-Antoine Honored with Barbara Marion Award for Leadership to AFP

AFP has bestowed the Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Leadership to AFP, the association’s highest volunteer and leadership recognition, to Joyce Mitchell-Antoine, CFRE, of Raleigh, N.C.

Mitchell-Antoine is currently vice president for development at Planned Parenthood South Atlantic and has been a member of AFP since 1999, serving in a variety of leadership positions and spearheading several important initiatives for the association.

AFP is the largest association of fundraisers in the world, and the award is named for Barbara Marion, ACFRE, the first woman to chair both the AFP and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy boards of directors. The Barbara Marion Award is given to a leader in the fundraising profession who has worked on the local, regional, national and international levels to help build, advance and promote AFP and fundraising.

Mitchell-Antoine was on the board of AFP International from 2005 – 2013 and served in many different capacities, including vice chair of membership services. As vice chair, one of her key goals was making membership more accessible, leading development of an online “web-only” membership for international members. Her efforts to look into new and innovative organizational membership ideas ultimately led to the association’s new Large Organizational Membership Category, which has increased AFP membership significantly.

Increasing and broadening the diversity and inclusivity of AFP membership has also been an important part of Mitchell-Antoine’s leadership.  As vice chair, she awarded the first class of AFP chapters that received the AFP Friends of Diversity designation (a program that has now grown to 69 chapters). She has mentored women of color to become involved in her chapter, and these members have not only gone on to lead the chapter, but also develop award-winning programs (with her guidance), including AFP’s Charles R. Stephens Award for Excellence in Diversity.

I’m humbled beyond words to accept this honor from AFP,” said Mitchell-Antoine. “Any success I’ve encountered has been the result of two important factors: listening to our members and being responsive to their needs; and working with equally dedicated people within the AFP leadership."

Mitchell-Antoine has been active for her local AFP, North Carolina Triangle Chapter. She has chaired the National Philanthropy Day Committee, served as secretary of the board, mentors other professionals. The chapter named her the 2009 Fundraising Executive of the Year.

Mitchell-Antoine also has more than a decade of consistent charitable gifts to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy at the international and chapter levels and is a long-time member of Alpha Society. Her gifts at the chapter level have totaled more than $20,000, and she is also a member of the AFP Leadership Society.

“What makes Joyce so special is her vision and dedication to fundraising and philanthropy,” said Andrew Watt, FInstF, president and CEO of AFP. “You can tell she loves her work, and it comes across in everything she does. She has helped transform AFP and changed the way we think about membership, diversity, service and what it means to be a fundraiser around the world. I’m so pleased to be able to honor her with our Barbara Marion Award—it’s well deserved.”

Mitchell-Antoine received her award on Saturday, March 28, at the Celebration of Philanthropy during AFP’s 52nd International Fundraising Conference in Baltimore, Md.



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