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AFP eWire Printable Version: April 13, 2009

AFP Welcomes Five New Chapters  

AFP has recently added to its ranks five new chapters, including two collegiate chapters, located in several states across the U.S.

“We are excited by the creation of these new chapters,” said Paulette V. Maehara, CFRE, CAE, president and CEO of AFP. “They represent the continued growth of our association and the great value that exists in coming together to foster ethical and effective fundraising. I wish our new chapters all the best as they build a lasting presence in their communities. Welcome!”

The AFP FL, Nature Coast Chapter serving the New Port Richey area
Sponsored by the AFP FL, Suncoast Chapter
First chapter president: Craig McCart

The AFP MN, Central and Southwestern Chapter serving Paynesville and surrounding areas
Sponsored by the AFP MN, Minnesota Chapter
First chapter president: Jennifer Shinn

The AFP IN, Northwest Chapter serving Lake, Porter and La Porte counties
Sponsored by the AFP IN, Michiana Chapter
First chapter president: Joe Goepfrich, CFRE

The AFP TX, University of Houston Collegiate Chapter serving the University of Houston campus
Sponsored by the AFP TX, Houston Chapter
First chapter president: Sara Arabi

The AFP TN, Vandy Collegiate Chapter serving the Vanderbilt campus
Sponsored by the AFP TN, Nashville Chapter
First chapter president: Mary Clark

“I am thrilled that we chartered five new chapters and applaud the volunteers that made this possible,” said Alice L. Ferris, CFRE, partner, GoalBusters in Flagstaff Ariz. and vice-chair of the Membership Services Division at AFP. “These new chapters are a testament to the continued importance of local networking and education that our chapters provide. I look forward to supporting these chapters and their leaders in the future!”

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Foundation Celebrates Strategic Successes in The Steward  

The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy is excited to announce a $20,000 grant from The Philadelphia Foundation for The Color of Money conference. Read about this generous grant along with the Foundation’s progress and its 2009 strategic initiatives in its latest issue of The Steward (in the Attachments section below). 

Strategic initiatives for 2009 include:

  • A Research Think Tank
  • Research Grants
  • AFP Educational Programming in Chapters
  • Collegiate Chapter Leaders Program
  • Ethics Workshop
  • Ethics Curriculum
  • AFP 50th Anniversary
  • …and more!

“Our collective investment in AFP’s strategic initiatives builds a stronger and increasingly vital profession for the future,” said AFP Foundation Chair Donald G. Rizzo, CFRE. “Educational programs and tangible resources that promote ethical and effective fundraising are the core of the foundation’s mission and represent the primary focus of our major-gift solicitations.”

Foundation Fundraising Highlights

The foundation is pleased to announce that The Philadelphia Foundation has awarded the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy a special sponsorship grant of $20,000 as the Presenting Sponsor of The Color of Money conference.

“We are honored to partner with The Philadelphia Foundation and acknowledge with great appreciation this generous investment in promoting diversity,” said Rizzo.

The Color of Money conference, to be held June 24, 2009, in Philadelphia, is a ground-breaking, professional development conference for fundraisers of color. It reflects the commitment of a unique consortium of parties including AFP, the AFP Greater Philadelphia Chapter, The National Center for Black Philanthropy and the AFP foundation.

In another generous gift to the foundation, lifelong friends and business partners Marc S. Saffren, CFRE, and Michael J. Baker, CFRE, have teamed up to make a large gift of Joint Life Protection Insurance to the foundation with a death benefit of up to $275,000. This instrument, often referred to as a “second to die” policy, provides coverage for two parties with proceeds to be paid upon the death of the second party.

Also, seven new members were inducted into the Omega Circle on October 18, 2008, in Nashville, Tenn., bringing the total membership to an impressive 143. The Omega Circle recognizes donors who have made a planned gift valued at $5,000 or more to AFP Foundation for Philanthropy or AFP Foundation for Philanthropy—Canada.

Recognizing Chapter Gifts

Each year the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy recognizes outstanding chapter performance in the annual fund. The awards are given to chapters that reach the highest level within each group of like-size chapters. The 2008 awards include the Every Member Campaign Award of Excellence, Highest Percent Member Participation and the Highest Chapter Treasury Gift. Each award comes with a $150 gift for use in chapter activities. View the full list of 2008 Annual Fund Award winners in this issue of The Steward.

The foundation also thanks the more than 5,300 donors who contributed to securing a bright future for the fundraising profession.

Download The Steward as a PDF in the Attachments section of the electronic version of this story. Visit the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy website at

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AFP Honors Alford for Outstanding Service to Fundraising, Philanthropy  

AFP has named Jimmie R. Alford, a trailblazing philanthropic consultant and champion of diversity within the fundraising profession, as the recipient of the prestigious Chair’s Award for Outstanding Service for 2009.

The Chair’s Award is given to individuals for exceptional service to AFP, the fundraising profession and the philanthropic community. Alford is the twelfth recipient of the honor since its inception in 1982, and received the award on March 31, 2009, at AFP’s Awards for Philanthropy Banquet during the International Conference on Fundraising in New Orleans.

After spending 16 years with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, Alford founded his own fundraising consulting firm, Alford & Associates. The firm, now known as THE ALFORD GROUP, quickly grew into one of the premier consulting firms in the United States and has served more than 3,000 nonprofit clients since its creation. Under his leadership, the firm was awarded Bank of America’s 1994 Small Business of the Year Award. While he transferred ownership of the firm to a group of senior management in 2006, he continues to consult with nonprofits through the firm and lend his experience and expertise.

“Improving quality of life by strengthening not-for-profit organizations has reflected a unique sense of calling throughout my career,“ says Mr. Alford.  “I feel so honored and privileged to accept this award on behalf of the many organizations served over the years.”

Alford has played a key role in the development of the fundraising profession, including its ethical standards and training and research for its members. He is a former chair of The Giving Institute and the Giving USA Foundation, as well as the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy. Strengthening nonprofits’ governance processes and infrastructure has been a key goal for Alford during his career, and he has helped guide and mentor many organizations, as well as individual fundraisers.

Alford was also one of the key figures in pushing for diversity within the fundraising profession and throughout the nonprofit sector. Believing strongly that nonprofits needed to be representative of the clients they served, he strived to ensure a diverse staff in his firm and worked with professional associations such as AFP to lead sector-wide efforts. For example, The ALFORD Group has been a long-time sponsor of AFP’s Diversity Workshop and other diversity programming at its annual International Conference on Fundraising.

Alford continues to serve the profession through writing and lecturing. He served as an editor and chapter author for the book Building and Managing an Asset Base. He is the executive in residence at North Park University’s Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management and teaches graduate courses in nonprofit management. He has been recognized twice by The NonProfit Times as one of the 50 most influential people in the nonprofit sector.  In 2007 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from North Park University as well as an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Aurora University.

“Jimmie Alford is a true pioneer of the fundraising profession,” said Paulette V. Maehara, CFRE, CAE, president and CEO of AFP. “Our profession would look dramatically different without his incredible contributions. He has changed the way nonprofits look at the issues of governance and diversity, and his dedication and generosity have improved the lives of thousands of people. I’m proud and honored to not only count him as a colleague, but as a friend as well.”

For more information about AFP’s Awards for Philanthropy honorees and to view photos of the 46th AFP International Conference on Fundraising please view the links in the electronic eWire story. Photos may also be accessed on the AFP home page,

The 47th International Conference on Fundraising will be held in Baltimore, Md., and will feature celebrations of AFP’s 50th Anniversary! More information to come soon.

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Deadline Fast Approaching: Proposals to Speak at AFP’s 2010 Conference Due April 24

AFP is now accepting proposals to speak at the International Conference on Fundraising in Baltimore on April 11-14, 2010. The online proposal form is now available in the Speaker Service Center, The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, April 24.

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Member Motion/Accolades: March-April 2009  

AFP members are always accepting new challenges and exciting career opportunities, as well as receiving accolades for their commitment and service. Here are some job announcements, appointments, promotions and recognitions for March-April 2009.

Claire Hélène Bevan has been promoted from development associate to donor information and communications associate at The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Mass.

Leanne Denis, CFRE, is now director, principle gifts, at the Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon Division. She formerly served as regional revenue development manager, Greater Vancouver Region, at the Canadian Cancer Society.

D.C. Dreger, ACFRE, is now campaign counsel with Habitat for Humanity International in Atlanta, Ga., in its $3.8 billion global campaign under the aegis of D'Alessandro, Inc. in Jacksonville, Fla. He was formerly vice president and senior campaign director of Custom Development Solutions in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

Christine Etherington is now manager, events and sponsorships, at St. John’s Rehab Foundation in Toronto, Ontario. This is her first position as a fundraiser.

Vivien Hoexter has been named vice president for marketing and development at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. Hoexter most recently served as  chief executive officer of Gilda's Club Worldwide in New York.

Christine Hyland, CFRE, has joined Friends of the Orphans in Vienna, Va. as regional director, major and planned gifts, for the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast region. She previously worked 12 years as an independent consultant.

Yvonne Kroll, CFRE, has been named foundation director at St. Luke’s Foundation in Dickinson, N.D. She formerly served as planned gifts director at MeritCare Foundation in Fargo, N.D.

Pamela Leazer is now vice president of development for Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma, Wash. She previously served as chief advancement officer for the Sonoma and Mendocino counties chapter of the American Red Cross. She also has recently earned a Masters Degree in Organization Development from Sonoma State University.

Carolyn Martchenke, a member of the Fort Worth AFP chapter, retired in 2007 after 44 years with nonprofits, and with most of those years in the development field.  She has come out of retirement to work part-time as the development officer for a small nonprofit, Wings of Hope Equitherapy Center in Cleburne, Texas.

MaryK McGinley, has been named director of development at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro School of Nursing in Greensboro, N.C. She previously served as senior development officer at Moses Cone Health System in Greensboro.

Andrew Olsen, CFRE, annual giving officer at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, Minn., was recently awarded a 2009 Gold Quill Award for Excellence by the International Association for Business Communicators for leading the strategic redesign of Gillette’s newsletter program, resulting in more than 1,000 percent increase in both response rate and income for this program.

Elizabeth “Boo” Fallon Quilter has returned to philanthropy seven years after her retirement.  She and her family relocated from Chicago to Syracuse, N.Y. and Quilter has joined the Hospice Foundation of Central New York as development officer.

Tara Regan is now manager, resource development at The YWCA of Greater Cleveland in Cleveland, Ohio. She was previously development manager at The Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE) in Cleveland.

Emily Shaker now serves as annual fund director at George School in Newtown, Pa. Prior to this, she was institutional advancement coordinator and director of the annual fund at The Phelps School in Malvern, Pa.

Lisa Sykes is now development officer, major gifts and planned giving, at St. John’s Rehab Foundation in Toronto, Ontario. This is her first position as a fundraiser.

Linda Toyota has been named chief development officer, YWCA Greater Houston, in Houston, Texas. She was formerly senior vice president, Houston Technology Center, in Houston.

Robert E. Wahlers, CFRE, president of the AFP-NJ Chapter and senior director of major and planned gifts at the American Cancer Society, Eastern Division Inc., was recently conferred with a Masters of Science Degree in Human Development & Leadership (with a concentration in Nonprofit Management) from Murray State University in Murray, Ky.

Cathe Wood is now director of development at the Global FoodBanking Network in Naperville, Ill. She formerly served as director of development and communications at Zonta International in Oak Brook, Ill.

Kimberly F. Yang is now director of corporate and foundation relations at Children's Bureau in Los Angeles, Calif. She previously was administrative director at the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles.

Roberta Ruben Zweifler, CFRE, of South Orange, N.J. has joined the staff of Jewish Family Service of Bergen and North Hudson as director of development. She spent seven years as director of development at The ARC of Essex County and previously was the Assistant Director of the United Jewish Foundation of Metrowest.

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AFP, The Globe and Mail Create 'A Time to Give'  

AFP is continuing its partnership with Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail through a special June 27 philanthropy supplement titled “A Time to Give.”

Members are encouraged to advertize in this premier report because it will be a tremendous opportunity to reach a wide cross-section of donors and constituents. Special advertizing discounts are available. The deadline for reserving space is May 20.

This special national report will investigate how charities are addressing the current global economic crisis and why charitable contributions are needed now more than ever. Other topics will include the best ways donors can support a charity in the current climate, ethics and public trust, innovative programs and services being offered and planned giving, bequest and endowments.

The Globe and Mail reaches 1.3 million daily readers and is a favorite publication of Canadian senior executives, read by 71 percent of all executives and 76 percent of presidents, CEOs and chairpersons.

“In these economically challenging times, this type of national supplement focusing on philanthropy is more important than ever,” said Paulette V. Maehara, CFRE, CAE, president and CEO of AFP. “Charities can’t afford to pull back on their marketing and advertizing efforts, and we believe our partnership with The Globe and Mail is an extraordinary value and opportunity for members to show all of Canada how they’re helping to improve the world. I encourage members to participate in this special report.”

The supplement will include a limited number of one-eighth, quarter-, half- and full-page advertizing positions. The Globe and Mail will also reprint additional copies of the report and provide an online PDF version of the supplement. The special section also will appear online at for seven days and thereafter will be archived for 90 days.

The attached sell sheet has additional information about the supplement. Interested members can contact Richard Deacon, “A Time to Give” project manager, at (604) 631-6636 or

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Purchase an Audio Disk of AFP Conference Sessions

Couldn’t make it to New Orleans this year, or missed a session? Audio recordings of the educational sessions presented at the 46th International Conference on Fundraising are still available for purchase. Bring the knowledge of some of the best and brightest minds in the fundraising profession back to the office! Go to to order.

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Two Upcoming Webconferences You Won’t Want to Miss

Major Gift Bloopers!

Save your organization from the most common mistakes in major gifts by learning how to avoid them in a fast-paced session with author and veteran fundraiser Julia Walker. Twelve “Deadly” Mistakes of Major-Gift Campaigns and How to Avoid Them! on April 23 at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

Special Ethics Program - Presented by Paulette Maehara, CFRE, CAE

In good times and bad, with stellar ethics, you will always have solid footing. AFP's president and CEO Paulette Maehara will explore how organizations can take a holistic look at ethics, identify how organizations can use ethics to reach out to the public to generate support and discuss current pressing ethical issues such as donor control and percentage-based compensation. Don’t miss Weaving Ethics Into Your Organization's Fundraising on Wednesday, May 6 at 1 p.m. EDT.

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