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John D Winnett named Executive Vice President of AFP Foundation for Philanthropy

September 22, 2015

(Arlington, VA) -  The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) today announced John D. Winnett  as the executive vice president of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – US. 

Winnett brings significant experience in the nonprofit sector through his work with national and international organizations. He was most recently the chief development and external affairs officer for Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee.  He is also the former president & chief WOW! officer of WOW! IMPACT, an organization providing fundraising, special events, marketing and communications consultation for nonprofits

Winnett succeeds Martha Kirkland, who has retired after seven years with AFP, including three years as the Foundation’s executive vice president.

 “As a member of AFP’s Nashville chapter, John showed the kind of strategic thinking that elevated him as a candidate for the foundation’s EVP role,” said Susan Hosbach, CFRE, chair of the AFP Foundation board of directors.  “John is an exceptional leader who brings to our foundation a track record of results across a broad range of nonprofit fundraising and externally-facing roles.”

 “John comes to the foundation as a well-rounded and seasoned philanthropic executive.  He has successfully led nearly every aspect of revenue-generating operations for the organizations he represented and that will serve him well in this new leadership position,” said AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF.  “John brings the hard skills we sought for the foundation leadership and a particular dynamism that is essential to promote the unique and important contributions of our Foundation.”

Winnett is an alumnus of Cumberland University.  He sits on the international board of directors for Dining Out for Life and he is an advisor to the NeedLink Nashville board of directors.

“Connectivity is changing the way philanthropy happens locally and globally.  It’s an incredible time to be leading a foundation uniquely positioned to influence what happens next in the charitable giving sector,” said Winnett.  “Already, the foundation is setting new standards for diversity and inclusion across the profession, investing in research to inform donors and the charities they support, and helping nonprofits build their capacity to serve the greater good in new and exciting ways. I am looking forward to working with the board, chapters, and staff to enhance our mission of advancing philanthropy and volunteerism in the philanthropic and corporate sectors,” he added.




About the AFP Foundations for Philanthropy

The AFP Foundations for Philanthropy, in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, enhance philanthropy and volunteerism through programs of education, research, and service that benefit those who lead, serve and support nonprofit institutions. The purpose of the Foundations is to generate the resources to fund strategic initiatives that advance ethical and effective fundraising. For more information, go to

About the Association of Fundraising Professionals

Since 1960, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has inspired global change—helping nonprofits and charities and supporting fundraising efforts that have generated more than $1 trillion.  AFP advances effective and ethical philanthropy by providing advocacy, research, education, mentoring, collaboration and technology opportunities for the world’s largest network of professional fundraisers. AFP’s more than 30,000 members in the U.S. raise over $100 billion annually, equivalent to more than one-third of charitable giving in North America, with millions more generated around the world. For more information, go to

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