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New AFP Collegiate Chapter Aims to Spread Message of Philanthropy

August 24, 2010

AFP has chartered a new collegiate chapter at Flagler College in Saint Augustine, Fla. Sponsored by the AFP FL, First Coast Chapter, the new chapter will help spread awareness of charitable giving on campus and cultivate young fundraisers. The following is a Q&A with Jeffrey Davitt, director of the annual fund at Flagler College, who helped shepherd the formation of the AFP FL, First Coast Collegiate Chapter.

AFP: How did the idea for this chapter come about?

Davitt: After witnessing the success of the collegiate chapter at the University of North Florida, we realized that starting a chapter here at Flagler would help spread the message of philanthropy to our students and also give them experience to start a career as a professional fundraiser.

AFP: What is the benefit of a collegiate chapter?

Davitt: We hope this collegiate chapter will give our students experience and networking opportunities, while enhancing their educational experience.  Many students do not realize that there are viable careers in the fundraising field.  We hope to build their résumés and give them the experience they will need to secure a job as a fundraiser in the future. 

AFP: What activities or programs is the collegiate chapter planning?

Davitt: Our collegiate chapter plans on working with several community organizations, including the St. Francis House (a local homeless shelter), the St. John's County School District, and the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on fundraising projects.  The students are also planning our annual Senior Day which raises money for a special project on the Flagler College campus each year.  We are extremely excited to be forming a new collegiate chapter and we hope this will lead to productive careers in the fundraising profession for our students after graduation. 

The AFP FL First Coast Collegiate Chapter at Flagler College currently has 13 active members. AFP FL First Coast Chapter also sponsors a collegiate chapter at the University of North Florida.



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