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Foundations in Fundraising: AFP’s Collegiate Newsletter (Fall 2009)

October 13, 2009

Cool Stuff

By Thomas Gilbertson, president-elect of the AFP OR, University of Oregon Collegiate Chapter

The Association of Fundraising Professionals University of Oregon Collegiate Chapter (AFP-UO) spent much of the 2008-2009 academic year cooperating on resource development projects with Rural Development Initiatives (RDI).  RDI is an organization that specializes in creating education and development plans for citizens in rural communities throughout Oregon and parts of California.  RDI uses a five-step leadership program that enables local leaders and residents of rural communities to enhance the stability and vitality of their local economies.  The AFP-UO assisted RDI with donor research, feasibility studies and silent auctions, and even conducted a planned-giving presentation in front of RDI's entire board.  Members of the AFP-UO gained valuable organizational experience while assisting one of Lane County's largest nonprofits with important resource development programs. 

Plans for the 2009-2010 academic year include working with Central Latino, the Mod Kerns Art Center and the Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Living (CASL).  Central Latino is a nonprofit organization that focuses on providing educational assistance for Hispanic Americans.  The Mod Kerns Art Center is a small arts organization that operates an art gallery out of a former church near the University of Oregon campus.  The Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Living is a student group on campus that uses a demonstration house to promote environmentally sensitive living practices.  Working with CASL is part of a long-term plan to increase membership by encourage undergraduate students to join AFP.  The AFP-UO is also planning on partnering with a large organization in the Eugene community to create an independent event to raise both funds and awareness for both organizations. 

This year the AFP-UO will be using a "cooperative agreement" proposal process in which the criteria for a relationship are discussed during the first couple of meetings with an organization.  By using cooperative agreements, AFP-UO members and nonprofit organizations will be able to effectively communicate how to determine the benefits they wish to receive from their relationships.  The cooperative agreement also allows the AFP-UO to clearly indicate its purpose, intension and goals for working with an organization. 

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