Volunteering on AFP International Committees
September 1, 2012
One of the top benefits our members tell us is important to them is Leadership Opportunities. These occur at both the chapter and the international level. In most cases, members begin their volunteer work at the chapter level. This is an important component to getting the most out of your AFP experience. By working collaboratively on an aspect of your local chapter’s activities, you create life-long friends who have a common interest in the future direction of the fundraising profession in your local community.
There are also volunteer opportunities available at the international level of AFP. There are many committees, subcommittees, councils and task forces that are created each year based upon the strategic and business plans identified by AFP leaders and staff. These opportunities range in scope and are focused at the broader international or national level of scope. Each opportunity is identified and a expected time commitment is indicated next to the committee or task force. The majority of the work is done via conference call, where AFP provides an 800 number that the members can call into for the meetings. There are also opportunities to meet during the International Conference and Leadership Academy, but attendance at the in-person meetings is not mandatory to serving at the international level.
The call for committee member sign-up occurs in the Fall with a deadline sometime in November of each year. Selections are made in January of each year for that calendar year. Notification typically occurs in early February depending on the timing of the AFP Executive Committee Retreat where final committee selections are made.
Know someone who would make a great candidate for committee service? Would you yourself like to serve on one of AFP's committees?