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Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

Chapter Leadership Brief 12.02.2022

By AFP-NYC Board Members and Professional Advancement Co-Chairs
Anne Townsend, Principal, ART + Strategy
Mindee Barham, Chief Philanthropy Officer & Interim Co-Executive Director, Scratch Foundation

As we enter the last month of the calendar year, we give thanks to YOU, the fundraising community - our friends and colleagues who we work alongside, helping our organizations raise the funding needed to deliver mission-driven programs in NYC, across the United States and around the world.

We are thankful to our AFP NYC community for all it does to support our fundraising sector throughout the year. We are thankful to the IDEA committee for their dedication and support in helping us lift up and ensure the tenets of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access are at the core of everything we do at AFP NYC.  

We are thankful for the mentorship program that ensures people in the early stages of their fundraising career find support, mentorship and partnership as they navigate their first job and all the new learnings that come with entering the amazing world of fundraising.

We are thankful for the team of dedicated people who are part of the AFP Program Committee who plan and offer multiple professional development opportunities throughout the year.  We are also thankful for the many panelists and subject experts who say YES to participation on a panel or at an event.

We are thankful for the membership committee that reaches into the field to support fundraisers at all stages of their career and engages them to take advantage of the many opportunities to learn, network and volunteer.

We are thankful for our communications committee that amplifies our work and helps to build our membership and audiences for our educational events and workshops. 

We are thankful for the many members of the Fundraising Day New York team who have pivoted, reimagined, and rethought this important day numerous times over the past three years to put on FRDNY, our largest, single-day fundraising conference of the year. 

We are thankful to the AFP board members, many of whom lead or serve on AFP NYC committees, are mentors, attend AFP global conferences and serve on other AFP boards as thought leaders and ambassadors, helping to create the strategy and new initiatives as the chapter prepares itself for the many years ahead. 

None of this important work would be possible without willing and dedicated volunteers ready to be part of and lead this community.  As you think about the coming year, we invite you to join us at AFP NYC and participate on a committee, attend a session, and join us at FRDNY. We look forward to seeing you there!

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