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Congratulations to the AFP Southern Arizona Chapter – one of 90 chapters who are receiving the 2019 Friends of Diversity Designation. 

The Friends of Diversity Designation recognizes those chapters who have accomplished many of the key objectives in our goal of advancing diversity. Thank you for all that our chapter does to increase inclusion, diversity, equity, and access in the fundraising profession.  It is very much appreciated. 


Notes from AFPicon Conference in San Antonio

I had such a wonderful time in San Antonio at the AFPicon Conference! There was so much to experience from workshops on personal/professional development, learning about the tax law, best practices in major gifts and planned giving and how to make a board function at its best. I was overwhelmed by the networking of fellow attendees and humbled to be a small part of the leadership that makes AFP so great. I am still processing everything but wanted to share a few highlights from my time at the conference.

1. We all make good happen. We are so fortunate to be a part of a profession that helps to make our community a better place. So, when you are having a hard time scheduling a donor meeting or meeting a grant deadline, take a moment to pause and say “I make good happen!”

2. Have courage to say No (and Yes)! The needs of our organizations are never ending. So often we get held back because we want to do the most good, but it is important to say no when needed. Saying no to the right things will allow us the opportunity to say yes when the right opportunities come along.

3. Sponsorship of events and corporate philanthropy are two completely different things. Before making your next event sponsorship packet I encourage you to check out the tips from The Sponsorship Collective that are costing us all money. My favorite take-away – 50% of your sponsorship packet should cover information about your event audience.

4. Value what matters in people. We all have our own roles to play at our agency, but often we overlook what others can bring to the table. The next time you are stuck in your head, chat with your program staff about how they would share what you are doing or better yet, bring them along on an ask. We all add value to the organizations we work so hard to support.

5. AFP introduced three big announcements:

a. AFP 360 – is a comprehensive online tool that brings a number of career developments to us, free, as a member benefit. This will be launching May 1, make sure to be on the lookout for more information from AFP.

b. AAUW Negotiation Training: Research shows that there is a 10% difference in salary between genders. This program will provide negotiating strategies and tactics that everyone can use to help close that gap.

c. Ethics Month: In the land of fundraising, October will now be known as Ethics Month. It will be a time that we can all focus on emphasizing ethics with articles, webinars and activities to make us all the best we can be.

I hope these 5 takeaways leave you interested in more! I encourage you all when planning your budgets for next year to ensure professional development plays a role and perhaps I will get to see you in Maryland next year!

-Lisa Robinson, President AFP Southern Arizona


Thank You to Our May Meeting Sponsor

Monthly Meeting

Special Seminar! The Power of Transformational Leadership

Engaging Estate Planners and Other Professional Advisors – Tips and Best Practices

June 14, 2019 7:30 am to 9:00 am

PLEASE NOTE: This meeting is being held at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona – 5049 E. Broadway Blvd., Suite 201, Tucson, AZ 85711 What are the best ways to engage estate planners and other professional advisors about annual and planned giving? What is the appropriate role for a development officer to play when a […]

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