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A Note from Your AFP-GHC Presidents
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A Note from Your AFP-GHC Presidents

Sara Wise, 2019 President

Melissa Simon, 2019 Past-President

Jillian Day, 2019 President-Elect


Our city and surrounding areas are filled with successful collaborations between philanthropists and fundraisers. Collectively, these partnerships achieve far-reaching results, from accessible programming for a range of social services to a system of cultural organizations enriching our city’s landscape. Nonprofit fundraising – a profession of community impact made every day – can be daunting to someone without a network or professional training.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Houston Chapter has served as that training and network resource for us, encompassing a diverse group of friends, mentors and colleagues from whom we consistently learn and grow in our careers. That’s why we proudly support the AFP Foundation’s BE the CAUSE campaign each year. With your support last year, fellow Houston fundraiser – Melissa Neeley, Development Manager at Arms Wide Adoption Services – directly benefited from one of the AFP Foundation’s signature programs; namely, as this year’s recipient of the Chamberlain Scholarship Program. In a move that brings your impact full circle, Melissa will be the 2020 Chair for AFP-Greater Houston’s local day-long conference, Ask The Experts.

Here’s how your investment made her a better fundraiser:

Supporting BE the CAUSE means supporting young professionals like me who hope to learn so much from everything our membership allows us to access. Because of your support, I was able to attend my first AFP fundraising conference. I took away so many tips which have allowed me to grow further in my role as a small shop fundraiser. Your dollars to BE the CAUSE mean so much to so many fundraisers who may not have the resources to invest in themselves.

Other opportunities by AFP – from a leadership summit to define our profession’s needs to the inaugural Women’s Initiative Summit this fall – are made possible because of your investment in AFP’s BE the CAUSE campaign. Your gift has and continues to make a big impact in the professional development of our colleagues!

That’s why we’re reaching out – to ask that you consider investing in yourself through this year’s BE the CAUSE campaign. Our chapter goal is $13,500. Our board believes strongly in this investment and as of this writing, 100% of our current Board of Directors has made a pledge or gift to support this year’s campaign. Along with other colleagues who have already made their gifts, we’ve raised 61% of our goal to date!

Please join us today and make your gift online at We look forward to expanding our chapter programs and initiatives to better serve you in this generous region we share!


With thanks,



                     Sara Wise                                               Melissa Simon                                  Jillian Day

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