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Black History Month Spotlight: Fanny Brown

Wednesday, February 19, 2020   (0 Comments)
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February marks Black History Month, a nationwide celebration for achievements led by African-Americans. This is a time for us to not only honor individuals who have made history, but to recognize those creating history here in the philanthropic fundraising community. AFP Houston will be spotlighting history-makers in the making, and we invite you to pay tribute with us.


Fanny Brown

Senior Manager of Annual Giving

Texas Children's Hospital



What is your vision for Black philanthropy?

Philanthropy in the Black community is very common and starts in the early years, for I remember learning the importance of giving back at my church at the tender age of seven. Every Saturday morning, my siblings and I would go and volunteer serving breakfast to the homeless community, giving away gently used clothes and toys. During those early years, I experienced the impact, and knew I needed to continue to give back to my community even if it was just my time.


What was your first encounter or most memorable experience of Black philanthropy within your family or community? 

I learned very early about philanthropy within my church, Elmendorf Reformed Church, oldest church in Harlem, NYC and had really fond memories of waking up early on Saturday mornings to help prepare breakfast and serve the homeless community. We would help create care packages and distribute them once breakfast was complete. At the time, we never knew truly how we were impacting our community until many years later. These precious moments have helped mold my passion behind giving back to my community and to ensure I pass this along to my children.


Tell us about a fundraising accomplishment that you’re most proud of.  

Being apart of one of my past organization’s capital campaign and having the ability to see the final construction complete has been very exciting and proud moment within my career.


How long have you been an AFP member? Why are you an AFP member?

I have been an AFP member since 2013 and have always enjoyed the opportunity to connect with my fellow fundraiser peers. AFP has been able to create the platform for us to collaborate, connect and share about trends within our field and learn about new ways to better execute our jobs. AFP is a fundraising community that I will forever be grateful for and want to continue to help push forward however I can.


How long have you been working in fundraising?

I have been working in fundraising for 8 ½ years. This year will make 9 years in the industry.


What keeps you motivated at your organization?

To know that the work I do will help provide the best healthcare care to children and women will constantly help drive me to do my very best!  


If you could describe your job in one to two sentences, what would you say?

This is so hard to condense to two sentences!




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