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A Message from the President and CEO

November 24, 2008

We at the Association of Fundraising Professionals want to share our sincere gratitude to you for choosing AFP as your professional association.

In the United States, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving this week. I want to simply say thank you for your support of ethical and effective fundraising as a valued member of AFP. Whether you live in the U.S., Canada, Mexico or anywhere else in the world, we pledge to help you build a successful development career and achieve great things for your organization with tools, advice and opportunities to grow.

Here are just a few of the many benefits available to you as a member of AFP. We hope you will continue to make use of our resources as 2008 wraps up and a new year soon begins.

  • Learn and share with your peers through our email discussion groups and face-to-face networking opportunities
  • Receive answers to your fundraising questions from our knowledgeable staff at the AFP Resource Center
  • Take advantage of the research, trends and skills included in our publications and educational programs
  • Enjoy the many resources available to you on our website located at

The impact of the current economic environment is a top of mind issue for most AFP members. AFP has provided a number of different tools to assist you in addressing the economy and you can find these tools here on our website.

We wish you all the best as you continue to assure critical support for your nonprofit. Your work is truly life-changing.

Please contact the AFP Membership Department at 800-666-3863 or with any questions you may have about your membership. And have a great week!


Paulette V. Maehara, CFRE, CAE
President and CEO
Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)

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