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Gratitude for what Matters

Gratitude for what Matters

Chapter Leadership Brief 12.29.23

By Jill M. Scibilia, MBA, CFRE
VP, Development, Phelps Hospital, Northwell Health 

AFP-NYC Chapter President 2022 and 2023

We are now at the end the year when there is an abundance of generosity, gifting, and gratitude.

I am taking the opportunity today to express my gratitude to the Association of Fundraising Professionals – NYC Chapter. It has been a great honor to serve as your chapter president. My term has now come to a close. Here is some of what I learned along the way.

  • Fundraisers Matter. Philanthropy has the power to make the world a better place. I believe our work as fundraisers has never been more relevant or needed than today. When you match generosity from caring donors with the mission you serve, you make your mission and the world a better place. The work you do as a fundraiser matters. Don’t ever forget it.
  • Our Community Matters. We are stronger when we work together to exchange best practices, make connections, and learn from each other. Thank you for being a part of the AFP community.
  • IDEA Matters. IDEA stands for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access. The fundraising industry will do our best work for our missions and for society when we represent the deep diversity of the people in our communities. Too many voices are still under-represented in our fundraising community. As the leading organization for fundraisers, AFP has the opportunity and responsibility to lead this work.
  • Volunteer Leadership Matters I am grateful to my colleagues on the AFP-NYC board and our committees. The leadership and fiscal responsibility of those who served on our board in the decade prior to COVID ensured we were on solid footing before we entered the challenging COVID years. The leadership, fine work, and persistence of all those who served on our board from 2020 through the present day have allowed AFP-NYC to persist and to persist boldly.
  • You Matter. You are an investment worth making. Invest in yourself in 2024. Engage in activities that help you to learn, grow and lead. Don’t wait.

AFP-NYC’s next chapter is about to get written. I have the deepest confidence in and respect for my board colleagues who will lead and take AFP-NYC forward. I cannot wait to see what will come next for our chapter and profession.

I am grateful for your leadership and commitment to professional fundraising. It matters.

With my enduring gratitude,


Jill Scibilia is VP of Development for Phelps Hospital, a 218-bed acute care hospital located in Sleepy Hollow, New York. Phelps is a proud member of Northwell Health. She is inspired by people who want to make a difference and the opportunity philanthropy gives them to make the world a better place.  Jill also oversees Phelps volunteer program and serves as a member of the hospital’s senior leadership team.   Jill is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and is President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals-NYC Chapter.  She has an MBA in Healthcare Administration from Marist College and a B.A. in Anthropology from The American University. Jill lives with her husband in Ossining. She loves to travel, to garden and to run and has completed four full marathons and twelve half marathons.



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