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U.S. Foundation Partners with Catapult Fundraising on BE the CAUSE Campaign

October 24, 2017

The AFP US Foundation for Philanthropy is pleased to announce a new partnership with Catapult Fundraising, Inc., which will provide in-kind support with 4,000 telephone calls to lapsed donors of the BE the CAUSE Campaign. 

Catapult Fundraising, Inc. was founded by two industry leaders: President Anthony Alonso (formerly with Advantage Consulting) and Chair Diane M. Carlson (formerly with 1-2-1 Philanthropic Services). Both have previously served on the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Board and have received many forms of recognition from their colleagues and industry partners. This partnership is just one more example of their commitment to the fundraising profession.

The BE the CAUSE Campaign is the Foundation’s annual giving campaign. Funds raised through the campaign will support leadership development within the fundraising profession, which the Foundation has identified as a critical issue that it must address.

“With so many Baby Boomers retiring, there are fewer individuals in the work place ready right now to take their place,” said Lori Gusdorf, CAE, vice president for the Foundation “Ensuring that fundraising professionals are ready to move into the top positions in the nonprofit sector is an essential, collective responsibility. We can do this through leadership education, like the programs offered by AFP chapters and at the AFP Leadership Academy, scholarships, such as the Chamberlain, Diversity and Collegiate Scholarships, and mentoring members to guide them as they progress through their professional path.”

AFP chapters provide resources in your local communities through the BE the CAUSE grant partnership which enhances leadership development through:

  • Educational programs
  • Scholarships
  • National Philanthropy Day®
  • Diversity and Inclusion initiatives
  • Youth in Philanthropy projects

“Thank you for being a part of this important profession and for extending your professional reach to give back to others,” said Gusdorf. “It makes a real difference for so many members!”


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