Dear Fellow AFP-GLAC Members and Friends,
What a year this has been! For fundraisers, this has been a time of tremendous transition, shifting back and forth between in-person and virtual workplaces, donor meetings, luncheons and events trying to establish a new rhythm. Navigating the ever-changing landscape of health concerns and protocols has become part of the job.
How fitting that the theme of our recent National Philanthropy Day Conference and Awards was Bringing Joy to Fundraising: Aligning People, Purpose, and Community. And what a JOY it was to be together in community again. In the pandemic pause, we had almost forgotten how much fun it is to share and learn alongside our peers. But our amazing keynote speaker Dr. Niki Elliott had us on our feet, dancing, tapping, and remembering how to connect with our feelings so we can connect with one another.
Although, our new Chapter President, Lisa Baxter, has taken the reigns of the chapter. As your outgoing chapter president, I want to acknowledge the board members, volunteers, presenters, and sponsors who stepped up in 2022 to ensure that all of us in AFP-GLAC continue our journey to become more effective and ever-ethical fundraisers. Thank you!
I also want to WELCOME our 2023 board of directors. Under the excellent guidance of President Lisa Baxter, each of you will play a key role in:
- Designing a hybrid calendar of quality events to meet members’ needs.
- Expanding our membership base to serve more people.
- Deepening our partnerships to access more resources.
- Strengthening our network to ensure we can lean on and grow from one another.
If you are a member, please consider getting more involved in AFP-GLAC in 2023. In my experience, the more you give, the more you get back. If you are not a member, what are you waiting for? Please join us in bringing joy to our profession.
Join me in congratulating our new chapter President, Lisa Baxter. I look forward to seeing you in 2023!