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Let Your Voice Be Heard - Vote for AFP Bylaw Amendments and the 2013 AFP Board of Directors

September 14, 2012

All members will have until September 30, 2012 at 12:00 midnight ET to vote on the proposed slate of nominees for the 2013 AFP board of directors and bylaw revisions.


The slate of nominees will consists of district directors representing each geographic district and eight at-Large nominee positions. The Committee on Directorship developed the slate with an eye towards balancing diversity, geography and experience on the board of directors. 

2013 AFP Officers (for your information) 

The Committee on Directorship is recommending the slate of 2013 AFP Board Officers to serve on the AFP Board of Directors. The AFP Board will approve the Officers slate at the October Board meeting in Houston. They are as follows:

Chair - Bob E. Carter, CFREΩ
Chair-elect - Patrick J. Feeley, MBA, CFREΩ
Immediate Past Chair - Andrea McManus, CFREΩ
Vice Chair, Professional Advancement - Tania Little, CFREΩ
Vice Chair, Membership Services - Joseph K Goepfrich, CFRE
Vice Chair, External Relations - Joshua R. Newton, CFREΩ
Vice Chair, Resource Development - Kevin J. Foyle, CFREΩ
Treasurer - Catherine M. Connolly, CFRE
Secretary - Ann M. Hale, MA, CFREΩ 

Ω – Membership in the Omega Circle, planned giving program of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy

Approval of Bylaws Amendments 

The Governance Review Task Force was charged to review the changes made by the 2006 Governance Task Force and the current AFP governance structure to include the Leadership Academy, International activities, Chapter and International Headquarters, Board size and composition, identify issues and make recommendations for action to the Board. 

The current AFP governance structure has been in place for the past 6 years. During this time, AFP membership has grown by 3% and the number of chapters has increased by 16% (37).  The international membership, including strategic alliances, has grown by 19%. 

The task force reviewed various facets pertaining to the AFP Board of Directors, including terms and term limits, Board evaluation, the District Representative positions, the Committee on Directorship, and Chair appointees.  

The Governance Review Task Force, therefore, proposed a series of recommendations for enhancing the AFP governance structure. Several of those recommendations require amendments to the AFP Bylaws.  During the AFP Board’s July Board meeting, the Board voted in support of task force’s recommendations, as well as the accompanying bylaws amendments. 

The bylaws now require final ratification by an AFP membership vote.


The board governs on behalf of the members and assures appropriate organizational performance which includes fulfilling the mission of the organization, determining its future direction, and assuring the organization’s fiscal health. The process of voting on a slate of board members is in accordance with the governance structure. Officers will be approved by the board at its October 2012 meeting.  AFP hopes that all members will take advantage of this opportunity to get involved in the governance of the association and cast their vote starting Sept. 14.

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