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It is with deepest appreciation and gratitude for the contributions, perseverance, and dedication of the seven members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (formerly NSFRE) Dictionary Task Force that AFP recognizes the people who provided most of the entries in this dictionary. The task force recognizes J. Patrick Ryan, CFRE, for his help with Australian and South African fundraising terms. The remainder of the non-U.S. lexical items were provided by R.L. Cherry, whose work in lexicography and research into and first-hand knowledge of British English have spanned some four decades.

Apart from hotels around the country that served as meeting places, the task force has used various other facilities for its meetings, which spread over some two years. The group is indebted to the Arizona Children's Home Association and to the University of Arizona Foundation, both in Tucson, for the use of their conference rooms, computers, and other important support. Grateful acknowledgment of facilities also goes to Donald A. Campbell Jr., CFRE, at Campbell and Co. in Chicago, and to AFP's home office in Alexandria, Virginia. We cannot, however, do adequate justice to our admiration for all the coffee makers that kept all wheels turning smoothly at these locations, or for the people who fed information into all the fax machines that were continually aimed at Tucson, where the dictionary was written.

The lexicography editor is indebted to the reference library at Himmel Park Branch Library of the Tucson Public Library and at both the Main Library and the Science Library of the University of Arizona, with special thanks to the very helpful people on the other end of the phone at Tucson Public Library's Infoline.

The task force is also appreciative of the invaluable comments and suggestions of various special consultants who served as review readers of the manuscript. These are Peter McE. Buchanan, President of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education; Pamela J. Davidson, Chair of the Education Committee of the National Committee on Planned Giving; Helmar Ekstrom, President of the American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel; George T. Holloway, Executive Director of the National Catholic Development Conference; and William McGinly, President of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy; with particular thanks to Tanya Johnson, Executive Director of the National Committee on Planned Giving.

The editors also wish to acknowledge the watchful and scrupulous proofreading of Joanne Rollins, Development Assistant at the Arizona Children's Home Foundation.

If anyone questions that "it takes a village to raise one child," I would counter with "it takes a committee to create one definition." This is not a task for an isolationist. The committee members, in collaboration with the highly supportive work of Jan Alfieri, Manager of the AFP Fundraising Resource Center, and the invaluable contributions of lexicographer R. L. Cherry have demonstrated that it is critical to have the involvement of a "village" when attempting this work.

Further, the committee is indebted to those patient souls who read through the work to provide their recommendations for new terms and those for which the meaning has taken on new implications. Our gratitude to: Ms. Diane M. Carlson, Chairman, IDC; Mr. Theodore R. Hart, ACFRE, President & CEO,; Morgean M. Hirt, ACA, Executive Director, CFRE International; Frederick S. Lane, Ph.D., Professor, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College, The City University of New York; Michael O'Neill, Director, Institute for Nonprofit Organization Management, College of Professional Studies, University of San Francisco; Ms. Lois Sherman, Indiana University Center on Philanthropy; Reed Stockman, AFP Resource Center; Susan L. Eagan, Ph.D., Executive Director, Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Case Western Reserve University.

We would like to give special acknowledgement to John Wiley & Sons, publisher of the original hardcopy edition of The NSFRE Fund Raising Dictionary (1996). This online version became possible only because Wiley generously agreed to return the rights for the dictionary to AFP.

Your commitment to this important work is deeply appreciated.

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