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Four New AFP Chapters Chartered

April 23, 2007

(Apr. 23, 2007) The AFP board of directors approved the creation of four new chapters at its recent meeting in Dallas, including two chapters in Mexico.

AFP now has 191 chapters across North America and around the world, including nine collegiate chapters.

The AFP Mexico, Chihuahua Chapter was sponsored by the AFP Texas, El Paso Chapter, and will be located in Chihuahua, Mexico. Its first president will be Maria Laura Munoz, executive director of JAP Chihuahua in Chihuahua.

“It is very exciting to finally see this chapter coming together, as we’ve had this idea for many years,” Munoz said. “We have been working to offer local benefits because many of the members do not speak English. I want to thank the El Paso Chapter for being our sponsor, and we will be planning innovative projects together to benefit Chihuahuan fundraising professionals.”

The second new chapter in Mexico is the AFP Mexico, Occidente de Mexico Chapter, located in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. It is being sponsored by the AFP Greater Arizona Chapter, and its first chapter president will be Marcela Garcia Batiz, director of the University of Guadalajara’s Virtual University.

“Having an AFP chapter serving fundraisers in the states of Jalisco, Colima and Nayarit is going to help us raise more money for our organizations that support so many people in need,” Batiz explained. “It wasn’t easy though, given that everyone is so busy, but with the help of the Greater Arizona Chapter, we have around 20 members and are planning our first educational event in May.”

Carolina Growth

The two other recently chartered chapters are both located in the Carolinas.

The AFP North Carolina, Cape Fear Region Chapter will be located in Wilmington, N.C., and was sponsored by the AFP North Carolina, Triangle Chapter. Laurie Taylor, development director for the Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter in Wilmington, will be the chapter’s first president.

“We’re so excited to have been granted a chapter, and I really have to thank the Triangle Chapter for its support,” Taylor said. “The region is growing rapidly, and so are its needs. There is a great deal of development talent here, and we all need and want to be working effectively and efficiently so we can make the greatest impact possible. Our first-year goals are to educate and build capacity, establish effective communication among members within the region and to raise awareness of philanthropy in the communities we serve–what have we done today to put the joy in giving?”

The AFP South Carolina, Coastal Chapter, sponsored by the South Carolina, Lowcountry Chapter, will be located in Myrtle Beach, S.C.  The first chapter president will be Don C. Hall, executive director for the Boys & Girls Club of the Grand Strand in Myrtle Beach.

“We are excited to have established a new AFP chapter for the benefit of the many fundraising professionals working in Horry and Georgetown counties in South Carolina,” Hall said. “We are especially grateful for the help and financial support of the AFP Lowcountry Chapter for its sponsorship of our chapter.  We also must recognize DC Dreger, ACFRE [senior campaign director for Custom Development Solutions in Conway, S.C.] who was the driving force behind the formation of the new chapter in the early months.” 

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