Since 1960, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has inspired global change and supported efforts that generated over $1 trillion. With nearly 30,000 individual and organizational members, AFP raises over $100 billion annually, equivalent to one-third of all charitable giving in North America and millions more around the world.
The South Sound Chapter of AFP (AFPSS) was chartered in June 2006 to better serve the educational and networking needs of fundraising professionals living or working in the South Puget Sound region and is an approved provider by the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Our membership currently consists of over 100 members with a diverse of skills from a variety of fundraising backgrounds. Our members have a keen interest in continuing education and further developing their skills as fundraising professionals. They also enjoy the many outstanding networking and information-sharing opportunities provided through AFP membership.
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2023-25 Strategic Plan
AFPSS Mission: Inspire giving in our community and excellence in fundraising.
AFPSS Vision: To be vibrant to the profession, vital to its members and their organizations, and visionary for the community.
Goal # 1: Embrace Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA)
AFPSS actively strives to create a community that is more inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible in all that we do.
Goal # 2: Cultivate an informed and engaged fundraising community.
AFPSS will offer dynamic programming and networking opportunities to cultivate fundraisers.
Goal # 3: Strengthen Capacity and Sustainability
Grow and evolve as a principle-centered organization with the ability to sustain operations.
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Adopted by the AFPSS Board of Directors on November 8, 2022
AFP South Sound IDEA Values Statement
The mission of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is to enable people and organizations throughout the world to practice effective and ethical fundraising through education, training, mentoring, research, credentialing and advocacy.
In an effort to achieve this mission, and recognizing the spectrum of demographics represented in our area, AFP South Sound commits to:
- Recruit and include the perspective of all voices. We strive to use perspectives and voices to create opportunity for education and growth for the South Sound fundraising community.
- Reflect the diversity of the South Sound Region through the recruitment of members from all represented demographics including (but not limited to) age, appearance, racial and ethnic identity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, physical capability, familial situation, and beliefs. Additionally, we seek to recruit representation from across the spectrum of nonprofits and organizations across the entire chapter.
- Promote equity for all members and program attendees in an effort to create opportunity for success in the fundraising field.
- Provide access and remove barriers for all members and program attendees, thinking especially about those with physical limitations, family considerations, or those needing accommodations.
Further, AFP South Sound recognizes that justice is inherent in elevating the voices of people who have been and continue to be underrepresented. AFP South Sound commits to advocating for justice and promoting events and activities related to the fundraising profession that promote justice for all in our community.
This values statement is anchored on the AFPSS 2020-2022 Strategic Plan.
Voted on and approved by the AFPSS Board on November 10, 2020.