What does AFP mean to you?
I'm sure that most members of AFP have been asked this question many times;
and it's one that I personally love to answer.
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I recently celebrated my five year anniversary as a member of the AFP Central Florida chapter.
While five years may seem like a lifetime to some, I know we have colleagues who’ve been AFP
members for more than 20 years! (One member even helped form the Central Florida chapter!)
AFP means different things to different members but that's what makes our Central Florida
chapter dynamic and interesting. It's a challenge to put into words what AFP means to me
without wanting to take an hour to share my thoughts with you over a nice cup of coffee.
But here are three reasons why I choose to be a member of AFP – and what it means most to me.
AFP means OPPORTUNITY. I've had the chance to hold different leadership
roles from serving as a member of the National Philanthropy Day committee, to serving as
VP of Education, and now as President of the Central Florida chapter. These diverse – and
FUN – leadership roles have given me the chance to dive deep into what makes this chapter
SIZZLE: serving others and championing the importance of our fundraising profession out in
AFP means GROWTH. The professional fundraiser I am today is not the
professional fundraiser I was five years ago when I joined. Through my AFP membership,
I've met incredible mentors who have guided me through career transition, shared their
knowledge and resources, and coached me through all aspects of the fundraising process.
I've been able to learn from the best fundraisers in Central Florida, which has only
enabled me to think bigger and challenge myself consistently to learn and grow every day.
AFP means CONNECTIONS. What I've come to value most from the last five
years is the incredible friendships and professional connections that this organization
has helped me make. Quite often I hear that AFP has been the best connector for those
new to the fundraising profession, those changing careers and joining the profession,
or those that simply want fresh ideas. It certainly has been the best connector for me.
My mentors are AFP members. Several of my best friends are AFP members. I've even met
AFP members from around the nation at conferences, and I know I can call on them for
advice and support.
AFP means opportunity, growth and connections. But AFP means so much more. If you're
not a member of AFP, I encourage you to join. If you are a member, share your story
with us and with those around you.
I'm proud and honored to be a member of AFP Central Florida – the HOTTEST chapter
in the nation – and I hope you are too.