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

Melissa Simon, 2018 President

Dawn Koenning, 2017 Past President

Sara Wise, President-Elect


It's hard to believe that the holiday season is already upon us!  For those of us responsible for fundraising, the season means more than Thanksgiving dinner and holiday means working hard to ensure that our organization's annual budget is met!  


We are just on the heels of an amazing National Philanthropy Day luncheon that celebrated the incredible generosity of the Houston community and honored so many worthy fundraising professionals, philanthropists, and organizations.  It is fitting to recognize that the proceeds from that wonderful event are invested in the continuing education and professional development of our membership.  


If you have already contributed to AFP’s annual BE the CAUSE campaign, THANK YOU!!! If you have not yet made that commitment, please consider joining us!  We are so close to our chapter goal of $10,395.


As a fundraiser, you know the importance of your base financially supporting the mission of your nonprofit.  The same is true for both our chapter and the AFP Foundation.  Your gift to the BE the CAUSE campaign is an investment in yourself, in fundraisers both today and in the future, and in the development of our profession.


You, as a chapter member, benefit from funds supporting the AFP Foundation:

-          Each year one member of our chapter is awarded a Chamberlain Scholarship to cover the registration fee for attending the AFP Conference, a value of $799.

-          Chapter members also can apply for a diversity scholarship to the AFP conference through the Foundation.

-          The Foundation supports your training and professional development - both in fundraising and leadership (e.g. Leadership Academy, AFP International Conference), articles, etc.

-          AFP funds research that increases your knowledge of fundraising, philanthropy, and social innovation, including the Growth in Giving Initiative - so you can be more effective.


We are happy to share that 100% of your AFP-GHC Board has committed to BE the CAUSE, and we invite you to do so as well. Together, we can make and even surpass the chapter goal of $10,395.


Thank you for your membership in our chapter, and we look forward to continuing to expand our chapter programs and initiatives to better serve you.


With thanks,



 Melissa Simon                                  Dawn Koenning                                            Sara Wise

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