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Professional fundraisers eye new chapter

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By Todd Cohen

The Association of Fundraising Professionals is considering formation of a new chapter to serve the central region of Eastern North Carolina.

After helping to hatch a new chapter in Wilmington last year, the national organization’s sixth in North Carolina, the group’s Triangle chapter now is studying the needs of fundraising professionals in the region, says John Kline, treasurer of the Triangle chapter and director of estate and asset services in Raleigh for the planned giving business unit of the Atlanta-based American Red Cross.

The 11-county region includes the cities of Greenville, New Bern, Beaufort, Morehead City, Havelock, Kinston, Goldsboro, Jacksonville, Washington, Tarboro, Wilson and Rocky Mount.

The Triangle chapter has scheduled a meeting on Sept. 14 in Greenville for fundraising professionals in the region who might be interested in forming a chapter.

Speaking at the luncheon meeting, to be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the American Cancer Society’s McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge at 930 A  Wellness Drive, will be Michael Winn, director of chapter services in the Eastern United States for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, or AFP, which is based in Arlington, Va.

Linda Leslie, an AFP member who recently moved to New Bern from the Washington, D.C., area and is working with the Triangle chapter on plans for the new chapter, says she first joined AFP when she entered the fundraising profession in the 1980s.

“It certainly strengthened my skills as a fundraiser to be exposed to people who had more skills than I did and who had skills in other areas, and to be able to attend all the programs,” she says.

With nearly 28,000 members in 190 chapters throughout the world, AFP provides advocacy, research, education and certification programs for fundraising professionals.

Local chapters typically host monthly meetings that feature speakers, as well as annual education conferences and national philanthropy day events that present awards to donors, funding organizations, nonprofits and fundraising professionals.

In addition to the Triangle and Wilmington, the organization’s North Carolina chapters are based in Asheville, Charlotte, Hickory and the Triad.

In Charlotte on Aug. 9, the Charlotte, Triad and Triangle chapters are co-sponsoring their annual education conference, marking the third year the three chapters have teamed up for the event.

For information about plans for the new chapter, call Leslie at 252.637.9521 or Sharon Tripp at the Triangle chapter at 919.280.4018 or visit www.afptriangle.org

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