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Former AFP Secretary Tim J. Burchill, CFRE, Has Passed Away

(Feb. 26, 2007) Tim J. Burchill, CFRE, a past secretary and member of the board of directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and executive director of the Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership at St. Mary's University of Minnesota, passed away unexpectedly Feb. 20, 2007, at his home in Winona, Minn. He was 59.

Tim taught in the philanthropy and development program at St. Mary’s University. He became vice president for university relations in 2001. Three years later, he became full-time executive director of the Hendrickson Institute, his primary job at the time of his death.

In 1989 Tim co-founded the Metanoia Group, an affiliate of St. Mary's that provides development consulting services to nonprofit organizations. He co-created the school's master's degree program in philanthropy and development in 1991. A Chicago native, Tim graduated from St. Mary's in 1968 and began a teaching career, then returned to work at St. Mary's in 1979.

Leadership and Vision for the Fundraising Community

Tim was perhaps best known for his passion and advocacy of ethical fundraising. He served many years on the AFP Ethics Committee, including a term as chair in the early 90s. He was often called upon to teach ethics by AFP and its chapters at meetings and events around the world, including the AFP International Conference on Fundraising.

He was a tireless leader for AFP and the fundraising community, serving 11 years on the AFP board of directors including two years as secretary. He also served on numerous AFP committees including: the Strategic Planning Committee, the Committee on Directorship, the Practice Analysis Committee, the Curriculum Development Committee, the Education Standards Committee, the Professional Advancement Division and the Emeritus Society Task Force. Tim was also chair of the Research Council and was very active in the CFRE Program, serving on the board of directors of CFRE International. 

“Tim was a mentor, teacher and friend to innumerable individuals in the philanthropic community,” says Paulette V. Maehara, CFRE, CAE, AFP president and CEO. “His insight, his quiet passion and his wry sense of humor will be greatly missed by all of us.”

Memorial Details

If you would like to send condolences to Tim’s family, you may do so at the following address:

Barbara Burchill, 1304 A McNally Drive, Winona, MN 55987

In addition, Saint Mary’s University has set up a site for individuals to post comments and remembrances of Tim.  You may access the site here.

There are two funds set up to honor and remember Tim and his contributions to the sector.

AFP has set up a memorial fund in Tim’s name to honor his love for ethics.  You may send your donations to the:

Tim J. Burchill Memorial Fund, “Providing Support for Ethics Education activities,” AFP Foundation for Philanthropy, 4300 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300, Arlington, VA  22203-4168

Tim also had founded an endowed scholarship for the M.A. in Philanthropy and Development Program. He had faithfully supported this scholarship over the years, which is awarded to students in the program based on financial need. Effective immediately, individuals will be able to make contributions to The Tim Burchill Scholarship should they choose to do so. If you would like to make a gift, you can do so from the Saint Mary's website. Simply click on the "Make a Gift" link on the right side of the page and indicate that you would like your gift to go to The Tim Burchill Scholarship.

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