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Houston Chapter of AFP Leaves Legacy With Nine Planned Gifts to AFP Foundation

June 7, 2011

Nine members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Houston Chapter have joined the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy's Omega Circle by making planned gifts of $5,000 or more.

Under the leadership of Sean D. Hammerle, CFRE, chief development officer at the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas, the entire AFP Houston chapter executive board are now members of the foundation's Omega Circle. As a result, the number of Omega Circle donors has now reached 200 members.

Hammerle, who is an AFP international board member and president of the AFP Houston Chapter, joined the Omega Circle in 2008 and made an additional commitment in 2010. Joining him was Houston chapter immediate past-president Michael Delzotti, CFRE, who made a planned gift in 2009 and an additional commitment 2010. This year, Hammerle set out to encourage his chapter's entire executive board to follow suit. In little time, nine fundraising professionals at the Houston chapter had made planned gift commitments to the AFP foundation and joined the ranks of 200 Omega Circle members.

These gifts are in addition to $25,000 that the Houston chapter as a whole donated in 2010 to the AFP foundation. Hammerle himself has made a third planned gift this year, benefiting the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada.

"I am truly where I am today because of AFP, so in return I wanted to show my commitment to an organization and a profession that has served me so well," said Hammerle. "I am proud to say that nine of my colleagues and friends have now become part of an important legacy."

The following Houston chapter executive board members have now joined the AFP foundation Omega Circle:

Nelson Bowman, III, director of development, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas
Johnathan Scott Davis, senior director of development, CHRISTUS Foundation for Healthcare, Houston, Texas
Christopher Kasavich, CFRE, director of development, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
Amelia Ribnick Kleiman, president of ARK Consulting, Houston, Texas
Deborah B. Lackey, CFRE, senior director of development, Memorial Hermann Foundation, Houston, Texas
John C. Mitchener, senior associate director, Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, Texas
J. Scott Stuckey, CFRE, director of development, Houston Habitat for Humanity, Houston, Texas
Carmetha "Carme" Williams, CFRE, director of development, Rice University, Houston, Texas
Angela Lynn Young, CFRE, executive director of development, Rice University, Houston, Texas 

Planned gifts for the Omega Circle help ensure the long-term vitality of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy as it carries out its mission to enhance philanthropy and volunteerism through programs of education, research and service that advance ethical and effective fundraising.

"I was amazed when I learned that a record-breaking nine planned gift commitments had been made to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy in one day--all by one chapter of the association," said Gary L. Good, CFRE, chair of the foundation and senior executive for special campaigns at the Pacific Symphony in Irvine, Calif. "Thanks to Sean's great leadership as president, the Houston chapter has left a lasting mark on the profession, as their contributions will benefit fundraising professionals and the people they serve for years to come."

Hammerle said he hopes the generosity of the AFP Houston Chapter executive board will inspire other fundraisers in his chapter and in AFP as a whole to affirm their commitment to advancing the fundraising profession with their own gift.

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The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy strives to enhance philanthropy and volunteerism through programs of education, research and service that benefit those that lead, serve and support nonprofit institutions. The purpose of the foundation is to generate the resources necessary to fund initiatives that advance ethical and effective fundraising. For more information, go to

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