AFP Works for Me: Stories from Our Members
Sandra J. Ferguson
Mission Funding Specialist, Estate and Gift Planning
Community of Christ
"I’ve worked for 22 years with my demonination, 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."
Community Development Coordinator
The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures
"I always knew that fundraising would be a part of my job as a museum professional. When I relocated to Kansas City in 2012 for a position in which a majority of my responsibilities were development, I joined the AFP Mid-America Chapter. Soon thereafter, I applied for and received a membership scholarship. I’ve found that AFP seminars and workshops provide valuable insights and positive reinforcement for all aspects of fundraising, from memberships and special events to grant writing and major gifts. Even if you are a small shop of one and a half like me, there are great lessons to take away from those with larger shops and more experience.
"I attend every AFP Forum, Webinar and social event that my schedule allows. The information is great, and talking with colleagues from around the community is the best! The expertise of other professionals has assisted in explaining and rationalizing development activities to the rest of my staff. I look forward to renewing my membership; I have also become involved with the membership committee, which has allowed me to meet and interact with a larger number of chapter members."
Veteran development professional
"I’ve been an AFP member for at least 15 years. The chapter’s monthly programs, February Focus on Fundraising, and opportunities to network and socialize have all been worthwhile. The free webinars feel like a bonus. For me, the work of development is a privilege. AFP membership continues to challenge and reward me by deepening my knowledge base. The professional support it provides helps make it possible to meet and exceed organizational goals as well as effectively represent donors’ interests and dreams.
"I’m proud to be a member of AFP because of the caliber of my peers. Members tend to be passionate about fundraising and committed to learning and striving for excellence. Collectively, memberships sustain our vibrant local chapter that offers relevant programs and strategies as technologies evolve. AFP membership hones, refreshes, and expands development skills. Just as important, membership brings affiliation with talented, devoted professionals who are more than willing to share ideas, experiences and opportunities…and laughs."
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