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Spreading the Wealth: Florida Chapter Brings Two Others to Life

August 11, 2009

AFP welcomes its newest chapter—the AFP Florida, Greater Polk County Chapter. It is the second new chapter this year to be formed with the guidance of the AFP Florida, Suncoast Chapter.

“We always knew that some of our members were making a great sacrifice in time by driving an hour and a half to attend chapter meetings,“ said Grant Martin, CFRE, vice president for advancement at Tampa Bay History Center in Tampa, Fla., and president of the Suncoast Chapter. “Their sacrifice was made even greater when gas prices soared to $4 a gallon. Based on this realization, we decided it was time to create new chapters in the rural counties where our current members and new potential members lived and worked.”

The new chapter in the Florida, Greater Polk County area—AFP’s 206th chapter—is off and running according to its new president.

“We are very excited about bringing a chapter to the Greater Polk County area,” said Joan Eby, development director for the Alliance for Independence in Lakeland, Fla., and president of the Greater Polk County Chapter. “We have a lot of fine agencies and dedicated development people in this area who can benefit from all the resources, tools and information that an AFP chapter can provide. It is very important that we serve the philanthropists in this area to the best of our ability and we believe that an AFP chapter is crucial in our mission of serving these groups and individuals.”

“We have received very positive feedback from all levels of the community,” Eby said. “Our monthly meetings are growing in attendance and we are learning what our development leaders are looking for in an AFP chapter.”

The Suncoast Chapter also helped to form the Florida, Nature Coast Chapter earlier this year.

“We had a choice,” Martin said. “We could continue to grow and become a much larger chapter or we could reach out and invite more fundraising professionals to become members of AFP by starting new chapters. I think we’ve helped to reach more people and extend AFP’s mission to help people become better fundraising professionals.”

AFP extends a warm welcome to members of the new Greater Polk County, Florida, chapter, and a big thank-you to the Florida, Suncoast Chapter for its leadership and guidance in advancing ethical and effective fundraising!

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