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Increased Gifts, Participation Highlight 2006 Chapter Treasury Campaign

December 2, 2006

(Dec. 4, 2006) Chapters still have time to make a commitment to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy’s Chapter Treasury Campaign, which has already experienced steady growth this year. 

The foundation has received commitments from 122 chapters totaling more than $102,000. Fifty-two chapters increased their commitments by 5 percent or more, while 13 chapters were not donors last year. Chapters still have four weeks left to make a commitment.

Donald G. Rizzo, CFRE, vice president, institutional advancement, for the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Conn., and chair of the foundation’s Chapter Fundraising Committee, thanked the committee volunteers for their work this year. “Because of our enthusiastic committee members, many chapters have increased their gifts this year and several non-donor chapters have pledged their support.” 

Just like individual donors, chapters have their own motivations for giving to the Chapter Treasury Campaign. A chapter may give because it believes in the work of the foundation and wants to show its financial support. Additionally, a chapter’s gift may inspire broader support from members for the Every Member Campaign or from local organizations for the chapter’s activities. 

The AFP Texas, Greater Houston Chapter received the foundation’s award for the Highest Chapter Treasury Gift in 2005. When asked about the chapter’s motivation, Linda Toyota, vice president of development at DePelchin Children’s Center in Houston and the Greater Houston Chapter’s foundation development chair, acknowledged the commitment of the chapter’s board of directors and committee members as the driving force. “Providing support to the foundation is a way in which our chapter can more globally support the efforts that benefit all fundraising professionals,” she said. 

In the bigger picture, the chapter’s gift “assists in building the foundation for the future of philanthropy around the world,” she continued. “It is our hope that other AFP chapters will join us by providing leadership and support of the foundation, not only as individual members, but also as a chapter.” 

Chapters that wish to make a commitment to the 2006 Chapter Treasury Campaign should do so by Dec. 31, 2006. Simply download the pledge form and send it to the foundation. 

Participating chapters will be recognized in the 2006 AFP Annual Report and the March/April 2007 issue of Advancing Philanthropy, as well as during the 44th AFP International Conference on Fundraising in Dallas in March 2007. 

For more information, please contact Steven L. Mayo, annual giving manager, at smayo@afpnet.org or (800) 666-3863, ext. 480. 

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