AFP Central Florida President’s Message

AFP Central Florida President Lauren Nelson

Association of Fundraising Professionals Central Florida Chapter President Lauren Nelson

Like many great ideas, the idea for a national association to support the burgeoning fundraising profession was born over lunch. On June 21, 1960, three friends and colleagues in New York City chartered what is now the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP): an international organization with 30,000 members who support philanthropy worldwide.

30 years ago, a group of like-minded professionals organized the Central Florida chapter of AFP to support and advocate the use of best practices in fundraising. AFP Central Florida members have spent the last 30 years increasing public trust and confidence within their organizations, and have positioned themselves as leaders and innovators in the fundraising profession.

Many of our AFP Central Florida chapter members just returned from the 50th annual AFP International Fundraising Conference where this year’s theme was “Doing the right things…right!” But what does “doing the right thing…right” look like here in Central Florida? It looks like this: a professional association that continues to bring corporate partners, foundations, and individuals together to tackle our communities most pressing issues with creativity and compassion.

It’s an AFP chapter with more than 200 active members committed to the ethical practice of fundraising for their organizations. It’s a diverse AFP membership that has helped Central Florida nonprofit organizations raise billions of dollars to create a better community to live in. It’s an AFP chapter dedicated to spending the next 30 years ensuring our region is known for its commitment to philanthropy and spirit of service.

Everyday my AFP colleagues wake up ready to make a positive change in our community. Whether it’s helping the homeless get back on their feet, ensuring that no child goes home hungry over the weekend, or inspiring the next generation of engineers or doctors; fundraisers are hard at work behind the scenes at Central Florida nonprofits doing the right things…right.