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News from the President(s) 1.5.18

From Susan Shattuck

Happy New Year! I hope 2018 is a good year for us all.  As my term as Chapter President ends, I want to thank you for your support of Fundraising Matters and of the Chapter.  These past two years have whizzed by and I’ve truly enjoyed them.

My first article for this newsletter was January 8, 2016 and in it I thanked my predecessor Mark Hefter for his terrific work and said I hoped I could leave the Chapter in as good shape for the next President.  With the help of the board, members and sponsors, I believe we’ve accomplished a lot.  A few of these efforts include creating an advocacy program in Albany to represent the nonprofit sector; development of a dynamic and holistic Diversity and Inclusion program; building on and enhancing our many programs including Fundraising Day, NPD NY Stories in Philanthropy and year-round Mentoring. 
I’m delighted to turn over the reins to the Chapter’s new President, Gary Laermer. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know and work with Gary as our President-Elect and board member, and of receiving his wise and discerning assessments. I can say with confidence the Chapter is in excellent and capable hands.  
From Gary Laermer:
I would like to begin by thanking my fellow Board members and committee chairs for making me feel so welcome as I transition into this new role as Chapter President.  I must also acknowledge and thank Susan Shattuck for her long-standing commitment to the Chapter and the entire profession.  Susan is an inspirational leader who has helped advance our work tremendously.
I look forward to getting to know our members even better and learning from each of you, how the Chapter can best serve you.  I hope you’ll get to know me as well.  As the Senior Vice President & Chief Development Officer of the YMCA of Greater New York, I have great respect for those who have chosen a professional role in philanthropy.
In the coming months, I will seek your input and advice on how the New York City Chapter can continue to provide each of you and your organization’s even greater value for your involvement.  We’ll focus our collective work on further strengthening our position as the area’s leading professional development organization for fundraisers and as the “go to” source on issues of philanthropy, as well as continuing to elevate our profession.
Thank you for your confidence and please accept my sincerest best wishes for a great 2018!

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