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Newest Collegiate Chapter Hits the Ground Running

August 14, 2012

The members of AFP’s newest chapter, The Paul Quinn College Collegiate Chapter, located in Dallas, Texas, will be actively involved in the college’s fundraising programs.

The new chapter was sponsored by the Greater Dallas Chapter, and its charter was approved by the AFP board during the recent Summer Board Meetings in Arlington, Va. The first chapter president is Anita Crethers, who has strong personal reasons for being involved in fundraising and philanthropy.

“I was a member of a homeless shelter for a while growing up, and I’ve seen what happens when people give and care for others,” Crethers says. “Plus, I and the rest of the members of our chapter feel very strongly about Paul Quinn and the opportunities it has given us. This is a chance for us to give back while learning about fundraising.”

The chapter got started when the president of Paul Quinn College, Michael J. Sorrell, invited a series of speakers to the institution to talk about fundraising, philanthropy and why they gave to charity. Those presentations sparked interest in students about in the subject and ultimately led to the formation of the chapter.

Chapter Working Directly With the College

The new chapter is in the unique position of being able to work closely with the administration and fundraising staff of the college, and will be involved in the college’s fundraising efforts for its annual campaign, Every Dollar Matters.

“President Sorrell and the entire staff have been so supportive of creating this chapter, seeing how we could help the school and integrating our work into the school’s fundraising plan,” said Crethers. “We are planning to be involved with the college’s phonathon and different aspects of our Homecoming program. As peer leaders, we’ll also be assisting other students to ensure they meet the school requirement of applying for at least two different external scholarships.”

Other activities the chapter will be involved in includes serving as hosts for a series of speakers on campus focusing on women in philanthropy; speaking to students about fundraising and philanthropy at different events; and working on fundraising opportunities for other organizations off campus.

According to Crethers, the chapter has about 20 members right now and already has been busy over the summer. It has held students workshops to raise awareness about fundraising and philanthropy, as well as attract new members. Chapter leaders also attended the AFP DFW Fundraising Conference this summer, presented by the AFP Dallas and Greater Fort Worth Chapters, which gave them plenty of insight into fundraising and helped to prepare them as a chapter.

“We are so appreciative of AFP, especially the Dallas Chapter, which took us in, showed us how things work and have supported us completely,” said Crethers. “Sue Bailey, the president-elect has been great, and we really want to thank Cheryl Reynolds, who served as our mentor and facilitated the creation of our chapter.

“The chapter and I see philanthropy as a way to be part of something greater than ourselves, and to leave a place better than you found it,” added Crethers. “We hope to do that with Paul Quinn and to so many causes in our community, and we’re looking forward to be part of AFP.”

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