Sandra J. Ferguson
Mission Funding Specialist, Estate and Gift Planning
Community of Christ
"I’ve worked for 22 years with my denomination, Community of Christ. Matt Beem, who was working at UMKC at the time, convinced me to pursue a master’s degree in Public Administration. Matt also suggested AFP membership. I realized it was a way to network with other fundraising professionals, and I really admired AFP’s high standards and ethical code. Early in my membership, I received a scholarship from the Mid-America Chapter to attend an event. This had a tremendous impact on my professional development, and deepened my appreciation for the chapter. I think the Mid-America Chapter is one of the active and best-run in the nation!
"I’ve used AFP resources in so many ways. I’ve used the AFP International Resource Center to answer many fundraising questions, and I’ve been to the AFP International Conference. I also take full advantage of the Mid-America Chapter offerings. I love the chapter website and newsletter, Webinars, Fundraising 101, and more. The local chapter CFRE study sessions were definitely the key to me achieving my CFRE. Now I give back by chairing the CFRE Education Committee for the chapter."