President's Message

AFP Greater AZ Chapter


Greetings AFP Greater Arizona Chapter members,

Welcome to 2022! I am excited to serve as the President for AFP Greater Arizona this year. I am the VP of Development and Marketing at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona. I started at the agency as the Events Manager and have worked my way up touching every piece of Development along the way: events, annual campaigns, major gifts and much more. Membership in AFP has been crucial for the success of my career. I am honored to give back through Board service.

As a Board we’ve set some big goals for 2022. We plan to increase the amount of networking opportunities available while we continue to provide valuable educational workshops. For me, one of the most valuable assets of my AFP membership is getting to know other fundraising professionals throughout our community.

To take full advantage of your membership, I would urge you to get involved! Come to the mixers and education events and get to know as many AFP members as you can. We have several committees in need of members. Committee service is a fun and unique way to get to know some of your fellow fundraisers, please let me know if you are interested. I look forward to working with you this year and hope to see you at an event soon!

Jessica Whitney

President

AFP Greater Arizona Chapter




February 2022 -

Hello and Happy February! I recently attended the Orientation for our nationally recognized Professional Mentoring Program. The mentors for this year are incredible and I am looking forward to forming relationships with each of our mentees. Truly, the bonds I've formed with peers in our sector is the most valuable piece of my AFP membership.
I would encourage each of our members to take full advantage of all of the opportunities that AFP offers. This year, we have made a commitment as a Board to provide at least one networking opportunity a month. In January, it was our wonderful education session: In February it will be a Membership Mixer at HULA's (2/24). We hope to see you regularly. Let's learn from each other, grow together and ultimately strengthen our community.

March 2022 - 

Happy March!

My last couple of posts have been about the benefits of AFP here on the local level. Side note: There are many and networking is one of my favorites. Be sure to read about our last mixer HERE

Access to AFP Global is another huge benefit of your membership! On the AFP Global website, you will find an extensive library of articles on the fundraising sector along with free or discounted webinars and micro-learning videos. New this year is a $100 credit for members to utilize toward premium webinars, select e-courses or conference recordings. Don't miss out on this great opportunity - learn more at afpglobal.org/thankyou.

April 2022 - 

Can you believe April is already half-over? For so many in our profession Spring means events season. I know it is stressful and I know how hard you are working! I love to read the re-caps of all the great events put on by our members. It is inspiring to see each of your successes and please know that your fellow AFP members are cheering you on!

We have successes to share within AFP as well. In March, AFP Global designated Greater Arizona as a 2022 Ten Star Gold chapter. This special award honors chapters who have accomplished many of the key objectives outlined in the Strategic Plan. Chapters receive the Ten Star Gold Award for performing specific activities designed to increase professionalism within fundraising and public awareness of the importance of philanthropy. Please read more HERE and keep an eye out for our new and improved Ten Star Gold logo on the coming weeks!

May 2022 - 

Greetings AFP Members, 
The summer is here! I am hopeful that for many of you this will include a well-deserved vacation or two. While we're on the topic of self-care, please remember to invest in yourself too!

At our Board meeting last week, we were discussing how isolating our jobs can feel. We all have big goals that are tied to carrying out important missions. Spending time with your non-profit colleagues is refreshing since we all have a deep understanding of the challenges and successes related to fundraising. We have a ton of great activities and events coming up. I would encourage you to choose a few and fully commit to attending. We all have a lot to learn from each other! Hope to see you soon.

June 2022 -


Hello Fellow Fundraisers!!

I recently had the opportunity to meet with our mentees directly after their workshop on Special Events. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting with them, learning about their current roles and hearing about their goals for the future.  It was inspiring and exciting to hear of their commitment to the sector. This networking experience coupled with changes in my own organization has sparked conversations with other AFP members about how we can work together to move our profession forward. How do we attract young professionals to the critical mission of funding our community causes? How can we retain the rockstar development professionals that we already have? These are important questions for us to ask ourselves to ensure the future success of philanthropy in our community. In July, your AFP Board will host a roundtable discussion covering these topics and more - more info on this to come very soon. Please join us!

July 2022 - 

Good morning to my favorite group of fundraisers,

Wow, we are halfway through 2022! Did anyone else just start a brand-new fiscal year like I did? 

This week, I took a moment to reflect on the things we've accomplished as a Board this year so far. One of our goals was to increase the number of interactions that are available for our members. To date, we've provided eight opportunities for our members in 2022 through a mix of educational sessions, Mixers, SNAP events and Affinity group meet-ups. Coming up next week we are offering a FREE virtual roundtable - please be sure to sign-up HERE. 

With current programming in mind, we want your input for the future! Are we providing content that resonates with you? Are the networking events what you are looking for? What is it that you find most valuable in your AFP Membership? We have a membership survey launching today and 5 lucky respondents will receive prizes! We have items ranging from a $25 Fox Restaurant Gift Card to a FREE ticket to our National Philanthropy Day Celebration. Your responses can only help our chapter grow stronger - we appreciate your support.

Please take our AFP Survey!


August 2022 - 

Hello Fellow Fundraisers-

Today is the AFP Statewide Conference! I am looking forward to some amazing speakers including 
Mike Geiger, President and CEO of AFP Global. Equally exciting is the opportunity to see Development professionals from across the state IN PERSON. We have partnered with the other AFP chapters here in Arizona to sponsor the Lunch Session and plan to highlight the many benefits of being an AFP member. Hope to see many of you here, but if not, we have many more networking options coming up soon (see below for details).

September 2022 - 

It was so exciting to attend the AFP State Conference on August 18th. There were some amazing speakers and workshops, but I LOVED seeing fundraisers from all over the state in person. Greater Arizona will be hosting next year so if you are interested in providing support for that event, please let me know!

Thank you to all those who completed the survey. We had a large number of respondents which will help guide the Board in planning programming, mixers, affinity groups and more. One of the big take-aways is that a hybrid delivery model is preferred - education should be offered both in-person and online. We will be looking for ways to engage online viewers in more discussion and providing things like a facilitator dedicated to the virtual component. I know the Education committee is looking for more members so please reach out if this interests you.

I know we promised prizes!! The winners are:

$25 Fox Restaurants Gift Cards - Tim Emory, Catherine Sebesta and Angie Trumble

$50 Fox Restaurants Gift Card - James B Orme

1 Comp ticket to the NPD luncheon on Nov. 18th - Michelle Hargreaves

Our Administrator, Karolyn, will reach out to winners via email.

Thank you again for your participation. We want to provide the best for our members and your sincere feedback is definitely appreciated!

October 2022 - 

Happy Fall!

For many development professionals, this means big fundraising events and end of year appeals. For AFP, it means that our National Philanthropy Day (NPD) Event is almost here! I hope you will join us for this exciting event on Friday, November 18th. If you haven't already, please RSVP today: Celebration of Philanthropy Luncheon (eventinterface.com)

On a separate note, as part of our local IDEA efforts we would love for each of our members to go into your AFP Global accounts and update your demographics information. Go to 'My Account', then 'My Demographics'. This should only take a few moments of your time! Thank you!

November 2022 - 


November is a month of gratitude. This year, I am thankful for each of you! Thank you for participating in AFP! I am inspired by the incredible work each of you are doing for our community. I love this group because each of us is able to understand the unique challenges and amazing successes that development professionals face.

When I feel alone in my work, I know that I can utilize the network I've made through AFP to find a receptive colleague who can relate to my struggles. Thank you for being ROCKSTAR Fundraisers. I hope to celebrate with many of you tomorrow at our National Philanthropy Day Celebration.

If you are in need of a ticket, please let me know as we have recently had a few seats donated back by some of our generous sponsors. Email: jwhitney@bbbsaz.org.