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Foundations in Fundraising: AFP’s Collegiate Newsletter (Winter 2010)

March 1, 2010

Seven Questions For…

sanwaldName: Christine Sanwald

University/College: University of Central Florida

Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida

Major/Course of study: Major in Public  Administration and Minor in Nonprofit Management with a Certificate in American Humanics

How did you become involved with AFP?

One day I was walking across campus and I saw a poster hanging in the student union that said "Calling all future nonprofit leaders, come learn how you can start your fundraising career today!" The poster led me to my first collegiate chapter meeting. Today, I lead the AFP collegiate chapter at UCF and I am also employed as a development coordinator at the BETA Center, whose mission is to give children and parents the knowledge and support needed for strong and healthy families, with a focus on teen moms and at-risk families.  I am well on my way to reaching my goal!

What do you want to be when you "grow up?"

I want to lead a successful nonprofit.

How is this different (or is it?) from what you wanted to be when you were 6?

It really is not. I always knew that I wanted to "help people." When I was young, I participated in the Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers and Big Sisters. These organizations helped me realize that in my career I did not want to advance my life without helping others advance their own lives.

Who is your role model?

In elementary school I looked up to my big sister through Big Brothers and Big Sisters. As I became a teenager, I realized that it was my very own sister whom I looked up to. This question really made me think. Although I did not consciously have a role model, I recognized that throughout my life I have tried to emulate her and her behavior. I am just now realizing how to be myself while also aspiring to be someone else.

What's the last book you read that wasn't assigned in class?

The last book I read was "Disposable People," by Kevin Bales. Bales introduces the tragic emergence of a "new slavery" in which slaves are not thought of as a long-term investment, but rather as cheap labor requiring little care and disposable. Bales offers suggestions for combating new slavery and various ways to abolish slavery in today's global economy.

What is the cause or issue you're most passionate about and how do you support it?

I am fortunate to work at a place where my passion lies, the BETA Center. At BETA our goals are to help pregnant and parenting teenagers to be the best they can be. We help educate, empower and enrich the lives we serve.

What skills and abilities make you an effective fundraiser?

I have a natural ability to connect with people and engage donors. I openly communicate my passion professionally and effectively. Most importantly, I am passionate about what I do, which is evident when I am talking about the mission of BETA Center...and I am not afraid to make the ask.


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