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Delegate Assembly Ratifies Governance Proposals; Transition Begins

October 30, 2006

(Oct. 30, 2006) The Delegate Assembly held in Los Angeles overwhelmingly approved new governance proposals on Saturday, Oct. 28, that would create a Chapter Presidents’ Council and allow AFP members to vote directly for board members.

The proposals, developed for more than two years by the Governance Task Force under the leadership of Steve Batson, Ed.D., CFRE, were designed to ensure a more transparent governance system allowing for greater member participation and ownership. Numerous changes were made to the proposals by the task force in response to member and chapter feedback during the process.

The assembly gave Batson, Alphonce J. Brown Jr., ACFRE, the chair of AFP, and the entire governance task force a standing ovation after the vote.

“I am so proud of the entire process, especially the amazing discussion and debate that delegates engaged in today,” Brown said. “There were a number of differing ideas and viewpoints, but everyone was respectful and positive, and that meant a lot to me. I want to give my thanks to all the delegates involved today.”

Brown was grateful to Batson and his task force for the immense amount of work they did in preparing the proposals. “Members of the task force spent hundreds of hours on this project and were diligent in responding to feedback and concerns,” he said. “I commend each one of them, and thank them for everything they’ve done.”

The members of the Governance Task Force included:

  • Alphonce J. Brown Jr., ACFRE
  • Tim Burcham, CFRE
  • Bob Carter, CFRE
  • Maretta Emery, BA, CA, CFRE
  • Jay Frey, CFRE
  • Angie Golis-Yamamoto
  • Gary Good, CFRE
  • Theresa, Haenn, CFRE
  • Julie Hamilton, CFRE
  • Paulette Maehara, CFRE, CAE
  • Andrea McManus, CFRE
  • Patricia Moran, CFRE
  • Colette Murray, JD, CFRE
  • Paul Nowak, CFRE
  • Rob Peacock, CFRE
  • Mark Peterson, CFRE
  • Deborah Rabe-San Roman, CFRE
  • Philip G. Schumacher, CFRE
  • Charles Stephens, CFRE

The Transition

With the passage of the governance proposals, a new task force will be formed to oversee the implementation of the proposals and ensure a smooth transition. Susan Hosbach, CFRE, director of development and marketing at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art in Nashville, Tenn., and AFP’s vice chair of external relations, will lead the implementation task force. Other members will be announced later this year.

2007 and 2008 will be transition years as both the board of directors and the Committee on Directorship switches over to the process described in the new governance recommendations.

The first meeting of the Chapter Presidents’ Council will take place in Dallas during the International Conference on Fundraising in late March 2007. The council will select six district candidates to serve on the Committee on Directorship.

“It will be critical that chapter presidents plan to attend this very first meeting of the Chapter Presidents’ Council,” said Paulette V. Maehara, CFRE, CAE, president and CEO of AFP. “The selection of the Committee on Directorship candidates will be crucial to ensure a smooth transition, and the discussion and feedback from presidents will be invaluable.”

In August 2007, the Committee on Directorship will select the board of directors slate for 2008. The current 2008 class of board members will serve as at-large directors for that year, while 12 district directors will be nominated. In October, the board will vote on its officers for 2008, while ballots will be sent to all AFP members to vote on the 12 district directors for 2008.

Additional information about the governance changes and the transition plan will be sent to chapters and members in the coming weeks.

Questions about the ratified governance proposals and the transition process can be directed to

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