Committees

AFP-RI is governed by a volunteer board of directors.  The AFP-RI Board of Directors oversees a range of planning committees that carry out the important work of our Chapter. To learn more about any committee or to get involved, please contact the committee chair directly.

 

Awards and Scholarships Committee    
Chairs:
Lisa Desbiens, CFRE (ldesbiens@carene.org
Mike Gianfrancesco (Mike@teamfoursight.com)
Jill Gonsalves (jgonsalves@rifoodbank.org)

The Awards and Scholarships Committee reviews applications for AFP-RI’s professional development and conference scholarships, as well as nominations for our Chapter’s National Philanthropy Day Awards. This committee also solicits scholarship applications from Rhode Island high school students and selects one recipient annually to receive the Herbert E. Kaplan Youth in Philanthropy Scholarship.

Diversity & Inclusion Committee
Chair: Kelly Nevins (knevins@wfri.org)

The Diversity & Inclusion Committee creates, implements and monitors the chapter's diversity and inclusion goals and objectives, and ensures that diversity and inclusion is incorporated into all aspects of the chapter's operations.


Professional Development Committee   

Chair: Erica Donnelly, CFRE (ericadonnelly1@cox.net)

The Professional Development Committee plans and organizes educational and networking opportunities throughout the year for AFP-RI Chapter members and others working in the fundraising sector.  The focus of the committee is to plan and execute events that address current trends in fundraising as well as issues that affect the local fundraising community.


Governance Committee

Chair:  Mike Gianfrancesco (mike@teamfoursight.com)

The Governance Committee identifies potential qualified professionals to join the board as well as committee volunteers.  The committee also evaluates any changes to bylaws or policies of our Chapter.

Government Relations Committee

Chair:  Kelly Nevins (knevins@wfri.org)

The Government Relations Committee has a primary role to educate members regarding public policy issues which impact nonprofits.  The committee will lead engagement with government officials, especially those holding elected office in Rhode Island to support ethical fundraising and donors’ rights.

Marketing Committee

Chair: Marisa Tuccelli ( marissa@vantagephilanthropy.com)

The Marketing Committee works to promote awareness of AFP-RI, National Philanthropy Day, AFP-RI educational programs and networking events, and the accomplishments of our members within the Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts communities through digital marketing and social media.

Membership Committee  

Chair: Geri Manning (gmanning@stelizabethcommunity.org)

The Membership Committee develops and implements strategies to identify and recruit new members and retain existing ones. The Membership Committee conducts outreach to prospective members by mail, e-mail, phone, and in person. Together with the Professional Development Committee, we meet throughout the year to plan programs that will benefit Chapter members including networking breakfasts, a holiday gathering and an annual meeting. 

National Philanthropy Day Committee 

Co-Chairs: Vernell Clouden (Vernell.clouden@lifespan.org)
Katie McGwin (kmcgwin@uri.edu)

This committee plans and executes the state’s premier event celebrating philanthropy, with nearly 500 attendees.  The National Philanthropy Day committee secures corporate sponsorships, coordinates marketing and outreach efforts, produces event collateral including a program book, and manages all event logistics.