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The Association of Fundraising Professional’s Greater Houston Chapter (AFP-GHC), one of the top in the nation with the largest collection of fundraisers and non-profit leaders in the region, fulfills its mission of “Driving Philanthropy” each year when its 600+ members in large and small organizations collectively raise over $1,000,000,000 to advance charitable causes across the Greater Houston Area. Additionally, AFP-GHC advances ethical and effective fundraising by training over 2,500 individuals at all levels of their career in the art and science of fundraising. The Greater Houston Chapter is a national association 10 Star recipient–a designation earned by very few members of our national organization. It assures you that we are committed to ethical fundraising at the highest level. AFP-GHC, because of the size and variety of its membership, represents the largest and smallest shops in our region with impressive purchasing power and a donor base of the wealthiest and most civically engaged citizens in our community.

Adding to AFP-GHC’s prestige and cementing its role as a fundraising leader, our chapter proudly enjoys as its founder, the iconic Byron Welch. Advancing our field at both the local and international level, Byron is a man of “Firsts.” He is the founder of our chapter; a founder of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and its first donor; the first to sit for the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) exam; and the first individual to chair both the International Association and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy. Leading non-profit institutions and his highly respected groundbreaking consulting firm, Byron raised the bar for resource development in our city. His influence is manifest in the $1B+ raised each year and the ethical way in which donors are joined to the causes they love.

AFP-GHC, one of the founding leaders in AFP, has proudly played a central role in the creation of the Donor Bill of Rights, the Certified Fundraising Executive program, and the only enforceable ethics code in our profession. Our history proves and our programs demonstrate that we are the central leader in the charitable field and as such represent a large membership who, through their actions and aspirations, “Drive Philanthropy” in Houston..


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