I am AFP

Throughout the year, an AFP member shares information about their role as a fundraiser in our community and how they become involved with the AFPCCC chapter. Enjoy this month interview with an outstanding AFP member.

September 2017 - Steve French

I became a member of AFP in 1998. I wasn’t new to fundraising, having spent 7 years as campaign director for a workplace giving federation, but I was starting a new position as a development director, and terms like capital campaign, direct mail, planned giving and grant writing were new to me. AFP offered education and training in all those areas, and more.

I am now retired, after 25 years of fundraising in the Silicon Valley, but the knowledge I gained and the relationships I built in AFP were invaluable – and remain so. The membership of AFP includes many of the best and brightest minds in fundraising. Whenever I had a question or problem, there was always someone smarter than me that I could ask.

Fundraising is essentially a sales job. But it’s not just selling gizmos and gadgets, it’s selling something good. If you’re passionate about the cause or mission of your organization, it’s easy to talk about and ask people to support it.

AFP offers a huge variety of classes, seminars, both local and online.  Not long after I joined AFP, I attended Fundraising School, a 5-day, intensive overview of the fundraising profession and the different strategies involved. It was a wonderful introduction, and I would strongly encourage anyone new to the fundraising field to consider the Fundraising School offerings.

Again, AFP has a lot to offer anyone in the fundraising profession. I especially cherish the local networking and relationship-building among my colleagues.  But I know that many other members particularly value the resources and materials offered on the national association’s website. I encourage members to explore the massive library of material available from AFP. 

This is why AFP matters to me.

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