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Maehara, Brown Named Among Fundraising’s Best

February 13, 2009

(Feb. 17, 2009) The NonProfit Times has named 14 people who it feels are the most effective and influential fundraisers in the industry. AFP President and CEO Paulette Maehara, recent past-chair Alphonce Brown and AFP member Atul Tandon are in this esteemed group.

The newspaper said of Brown, AFP’s chair from 2005 to 2007, “There is no fundraising executive anywhere who has done more to promote diversity within the fundraising profession. He has and continues to mentor fundraisers who will broaden the pool of professionals and thus donors.” Brown is director of development for the National Minority AIDS Council in Washington, D.C.

The NonProfit Times recognition is a great honor, and it has touched me profoundly” said Brown. “It motivates me to do more to help our sector champion inclusion in response to changing demographics and increasing needs around the world. I also am inspired to continue promoting ethical, effective fundraising practices to diverse nonprofit organizations. I am very grateful to be included among these esteemed practitioners.”

Maehara, who is also regularly named among the nonprofit sector’s most influential, is highlighted for her commitment to ethics and her focus on international growth of the profession. “Let’s start with the fact that she leads the largest organization of fundraisers on the planet,” notes the newspaper. “With Maehara, it’s all about ethical behavior when it comes to donors…”

“I’m humbled to be among this amazing group of fundraisers,” said Maehara. “It’s great to see people being honored for their commitment to great fundraising and for their willingness to build the profession for all of us.”

Tandon, who is senior vice president of donor engagement at World Vision in Federal Way, Washington, is recognized for transforming donor development in size, scope and revenue. “WV has enjoyed double-digit growth every year under his marketing leadership, which is especially challenging when you consider revenue is in the billion-dollar range,” The NonProfit Times notes.

"I am truly surprised and honored by this nomination,” said Tandon. “An aging, balding man from Delhi is an unlikely nominee! Our growth, at World Vision, is a testimony to the poor children we serve, to faithful donors and a very passionate staff who feel called to their work.”

The NonProfit Times’ Best Fundraisers special report ran in the newspaper’s Jan. 15, 2009 issue.

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