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Outgoing Board Members Honored at Assembly

(Nov. 6, 2006) At the recent Delegate Assembly meetings in Los Angeles, outgoing members of the boards of directors of AFP, AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and AFP Foundation for Philanthropy–-Canada were recognized for their service and leadership.

Alphonce J. Brown Jr., ACFRE, vice president of development for the National Academy for Public Administration in Washington, D.C., is stepping down as chair after two years of leading the association. In honoring Brown, Tim Burcham, vice president for advancement at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System in Versailles, Ky., and incoming chair, noted his numerous accomplishments over the past two years, including:

Led the completion of the 2004–2006 strategic plan. The plan was so successful that it was used as the basis of the 2007–2010 plan.

  • Implemented the Stronger Voice, Stronger Profession campaign, with nearly 7,000 new members in 2006, a record for the association.
  • Convened the first Diversity Summit on Fundraising, which spearheaded the Special Communities Initiative that will serve under-represented and special-interest communities within the fundraising profession.
  • Guided the development and ratification of the International Statement of Ethics in Fundraising, a baseline statement of principles and standards for the profession around the world.

“If you’ve ever seen him in his cowboy hat, black leather jacket and boots, you know he can be quite the presence,” said Burcham. “But Alphonce truly is a gentle giant whose easy-going and polite demeanor have been tremendous strengths for AFP in reaching out to new groups and audiences.”

Brown will continue to serve on the board as immediate past chair of the association and chair of the Committee on Directorship.

Other association board members stepping down in 2006 include:

  • Tim Burchill, CFRE, executive director of the Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership in Winona, Minn., one of the longest serving members on the board who has been very involved in professional advancement and certification.
  • Susan Hosbach, CFRE, director of development and marketing for the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art in Nashville, Tenn., who has served as both vice chair of membership services and vice chair of external relations, and who will lead the task force in charge of the governance transition.
  • Colette Murray, JD, CFRE, chief executive officer of Paschal Murray in Indio, Calif., a former chair of AFP who has served in numerous capacities, including chair of the ethics committee, and the only person who has served as chair of both AFP and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
  • Susan Storey, CFRE, vice president of development for the Alzheimer’s Society of Ontario in Toronto, who was very active in the Professional Advancement Division and led the efforts to conduct AFP’s first international practice analysis, which led to the development of the Core Curriculum, the basis of the association’s continuing education activities.
  • Susan Ulin, president of Susan Ulin Associates in New York City, who co-chaired the Chapter Partnership Task Force and was lauded for the thoughtful deliberations and energy she brought to the AFP board.
  • Krista Thompson, CFRE, executive director of Covenant House Vancouver in Vancouver, British Columbia, a chair’s appointee to the board. She served for two years as chair of the Canada Council and helped lead Canadian chapters through several key projects, including the first-ever Canadian strategic plan and National Philanthropy Day® Advocacy Day.

AFP Foundation for Philanthropy

Paul Strawhecker, ACFRE, president of Paul J. Strawhecker Inc., in Omaha, Neb., the incoming chair of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy, recognized outgoing chair Don Taylor, CFRE, for his two years of leadership and stewardship of the foundation. Taylor is the vice president and chief development officer for The Courage Center in Golden Valley, Minn.

“Don’s leadership has truly made a difference to the foundation in restructuring the foundation board, strengthening the relationship between the association and the foundation and continuing to involve past board members of the association and the foundation through the new Leadership Society,” Strawhecker said. “I look forward to following in his footsteps. He has been a true mentor to me.”

Taylor served in numerous roles for the foundation, including treasurer and chair of the Every Member Campaign. He was a member of the Finance Committee and Committee on Directorship, and was also a charter member of the new Leadership Society.

Other outgoing foundation board members honored for their service include:

  • B. Bradley Barber III, J.D.
  • Shirlene Courtis, CFRE, vice president, resource development, for Seneca College in Toronto, Ontario, who served as vice chair for development for the past two years, and is also a member of the Omega Circle and charter member of the Canadian Leadership Society.
  • Mary Jean Gilbert, CFRE, fundraising consultant for Forster-Gilbert Associates in Buford, Ga., who chaired numerous committees, including the Chapter Fundraising Committee, the President’s Club Committee and the Stewards’ Club Committee, and has personally endowed a scholarship fund to the foundation’s endowment program.
  • S. Sanae Tokumura, APR, ACFRE, president of Solid Concepts Inc., in Honolulu, who served on the foundation for six years, including the Committee on Directorship. She was lauded for providing partnerships between the foundation and association boards (she served on both).

AFP Foundation for Philanthropy-Canada

The Honorable Terry Mercer, CFRE, Senator of Canada, is stepping down after two years as chair of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy–Canada.

Marnie Hill, CFRE, executive director for the Victoria Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation in Victoria, British Columbia, and incoming chair of the foundation, recognized Mercer for his numerous accomplishments including:

  • Raising more than $170,000 through the Every Member Campaign and increasing participation by six percentage points.
  • Acquiring the rights for the AFP Essentials of Fundraising in Canada and supported its implementation by Canadian chapters
  • Generating more than $26,000 for translation of AFP materials into French.

Also honored was Maretta Emery, BA, CA, CFRE, head of philanthropy service for Fortis Private Banking in Singapore. She held many position within the foundation, including chair. Formerly in Winnipeg, Manitoba, she moved to Singapore near the end of her second year as chair, but continued to stay involved. In 2007, she will serve as treasurer of the association.

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