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Greater Houston Chapter Honored As Ten Star Gold Chapter

Monday, April 8, 2019  
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The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Houston Chapter has been named a 2019 Ten Star GOLD Chapter. In addition to being recognized as one of the few Ten Star Gold chapters this year, we were also acknowledged as a Friends of Diversity chapter, and received the Highest Percentage Increase in Membership (for our large chapter category), as well as the highest increase in chapter participation for our 2018 Be the Cause Support campaign (for our large chapter category). 


Every year, AFP, the largest association of professional fundraisers in the world, honors chapters for achieving goals that align with key objectives in its long-range strategic plan. Chapters receive the Ten Star GOLD Award for performing specific activities designed to increase professionalism within fundraising and public awareness of the importance of philanthropy.


Less than 20 percent of AFP’s 243 chapters earn the Ten Star Gold Chapter recognition, making the Greater Houston Chapter one of the association’s leading chapters around the world.


“This is the 9th year in a row our chapter has received the Ten Star honor, but it’s the first time since 2014 being recognized with the additional GOLD designation. We would like to thank our membership for their involvement and their commitment to advancing philanthropy in our great city,” Melissa Simon, AFP Greater Houston Chapter Immediate Past President.


I applaud the work of our 2018 Board and chapter members for helping us achieve this status. We will strive to continue this level of distinction this year and beyond to inspire exceptional fundraisers and elevate the fundraising profession,” Sara Wise, 2019 AFP Greater Houston Chapter President.


Ten Star Gold Chapters are recognized at the AFP International Conference on Fundraising. Chapters also earn the privilege of displaying the Ten Star Gold logo on their website, newsletters and stationary.


Criteria for the award are determined by AFP International Headquarters. A list of several goals is published annually, and chapters must accomplish 16 of these goals during the year and submit a nomination form for verification to be honored.


For more information on the Ten Star Award process, please visit 

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