President's Message

AFP Greater Az at the International Conference in New Orleans

The strength and diversity of the fundraising profession was on display at this year’s AFP International Conference in New Orleans. We are part of a thriving profession with many areas of expertise and inter-related disciplines. Your Greater Arizona chapter attempts to meet your needs for professional best practice and continuing education, in balance with your daily workload pressures, with a variety of programs and engagement opportunities.

And our efforts in 2017 won the recognition of our peers for excellence. The scope of programs and benefits offered to our members is far beyond what most members ever realize and earned us the AFP Ten Star Gold Award. We were also awarded the AFP Friends of Diversity designation given to fewer than 10% of all chapters for our focus on inclusion, access and equity for all professionals in the field. While the board appreciates the recognition, it is the hard work, and dedication of many volunteer professionals throughout our chapter that make these programs a success.

Several professionals from Arizona led sessions at the international conference. And here at home, from our mentoring committee, the monthly program committee, the membership committee, the dedicated crew who organize our annual awards luncheon – these are but a few ways that members have made a difference this past year. If you have given your time and talents to any of these activities in the past year – Thank you! You are making Arizona and our fundraising community a better place and raising the bar for all of us!

AFP is grateful that so many dedicated professionals are willing to volunteer their time, talent and treasure to help further our efforts at continuing education and improving the fundraising practice at our respective organizations. And if you haven’t yet had the opportunity to give back, please consider joining one of these committees. You won’t be alone, and you may find new ways to grow as a professional.

In fact, one of the best avenues to professional development is to take on a volunteer leadership role within the chapter. You never know if this experience may lead to greater responsibilities and promotions within your current organization or with your countless new contacts in the profession.

We have a new website which you can find at

There is more to explore on our new chapter website. Check out the resources and the announcements. Job postings, upcoming events, and scholarship opportunities!

Apply for a Statewide Conference Diversity Scholarship – applications due June 20th! (for the Conference July 19-20 in Flagstaff). If you missed the international conference, don’t miss this next big gathering of professional expertise, in the cool pines, this summer!

New member special offer! $50 off your International Dues through June 30th. Act now!

Chris Sar, CFRE
President, AFP Greater Arizona

Best regards,
Chris Sar, CFRE
President, Greater Arizona Chapter