Celebrate 30 Years!

Help celebrate our 30th Anniversary of National Philanthropy Day by recognizing a volunteer, donor, company, organization or fundraising professional that has made an impact in the Central Florida community.

Help celebrate our 30th Anniversary by recognizing a volunteer, donor, company, organization or fundraising professional that has made an impact in the Central Florida community. As a bonus, your nomination and contribution of $30 will help support AFP Central Florida. It is a simple process:

  1. 1. Fill out the form here and contribute $30.
  2. 2. You will receive an email with your gift receipt.
  3. 3. The person/organization will receive an email noting that they are being celebrated by you (you can remain anonymous, if you prefer).

By the way, you can celebrate as many people or organizations that you would like… Honor an individual or corporation at $30 per submission.

Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) 2-Day Review Course

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The Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) Examination enables fundraising professionals to demonstrate mastery of the six core knowledge areas related to fundraising practice. As more organizations become aware of the standard of excellence a CFRE represents, the importance of this certification cannot be overstated. With CFRE behind your name, employers, peers and the philanthropic community know that you have demonstrated masterly of fundraising practices and methodology. As an employer, having a CFRE on staff will represent the organization with their high level of professional standards. Two-day Course Date & Times:  October 1-2, 2015, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Two-day Course Registration: $200 AFP Members – Current, $250 AFP Non-members. Note: AFP Members must be a current member at time of registration and on course dates. Course materials and boxed lunches are included with Registration.

Educational Credits: Full participation in the AFP CFRE Review Course is applicable for 13.75 points in Category 1.B Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or re-certification.

About the speaker Janet K. Ginn, CFRE:  Ms. Ginn is a nationally renowned CFRE with more than 30 years of expertise. Come join Ms. Ginn as she mentors and shares her many years of experiences with you. The course content includes:

  • Becoming a CFRE
    • The Process, The Application, The Examination, Accountability Standards, Re-Certification
  • The CFRE Exam Content
    • Prospect Identification, Solicitation, Securing the Gift, Volunteerism, Donor Relations, Management, Stewardship, Accountability
  • Passing the Exam
    • Your body, your attitude, your knowledge, your timing, your method

$109 Negotiated Room Rate Buena Vista Suites, 8203 World Center Drive, Orlando FL 32821, 407-239-8588 Direct, 800-537-7737 Reservations

Note: Reserve your room by September 9, 2015 and mention the AFP CFRE Course for the special room rate of $109.

Registration & Questions: Visit www.afpcentralflorida.org, call 407-293-4464 or email mail@afpcentralflorida.org.


Reflections from the 2014 AFP International Conference

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Make a Positive Shift
The overarching theme throughout the AFP International Conference on Fundraising was to encourage our non-profits, our institutions, our organizations to shift the way we do business. At the conference there were threads of concepts to help infuse new ideas into our work; perhaps engage a different constituency, volunteer base, or community partner. They even suggested the novel (gasp) idea of reviewing old processes to become more efficient.

Enhance What Exists
This idea of modifying our thinking, rather than completely changing it, may be more fiscally palatable to our, often underfunded, organizations. Shifting does not need to be an expensive endeavor to our organizations. That is one of the highlights from the conference. It is not an expensive database change, not a complete overhaul.  Shifting is honing, defining, and becoming more strategic. Even if it’s something small; perhaps a change in language? A realignment of strategy for efficiency. Earlier this year, our Central Florida Board of Directors encouraged members to attend monthly educational sessions, even ones that may seem like review, in order to harvest new ways of implementing tactics, strategies, and tips that each program highlighted. The book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has passed by my desk during my career. And I always admired Habit # 7: Sharpen the Saw. Preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have–you.

AFP Membership Provides Value

AFP Central Florida President  Donna Marino, CFRE AFP Member since 2007

AFP Central Florida President
Donna Marino, CFRE
AFP Member since 2007

I believe that is what AFP provides for our members every day: a fresh perspective. It may be reminders of best practices with a new twist on ways to implement ideas. Shifting the way we think can improve efficiency, allow us to better meet the needs of donors, and has the potential to enhance our program and services to the community.

The 2014 AFP Central Florida Board of Directors continue to support your needs by providing value in your membership, guidance in your professional career and continued inspiration as you continue to serve our Central Florida community.

A Little Networking Can Go a Long Way…and Make a BIG Difference

We just HAD to share this!

Below is a note from AFP Central Florida member, Chelsea Ledford, to our AFP Central Florida President, Donna Marino about community connections she was able to make because of her involvement with AFP.

Chelsea Ledford

Chelsea Ledford

This is posted with permission.

Hi Donna,

I just want to tell something amazing that happened from an AFP networking event! Two months ago I went to an AFP luncheon and met the founder of the Bridges of Light Foundation along with her assistant Amy. Bridges of Light meets the basic and educational needs of foster children. This year they are providing educational programs at Carver Middle School, which is a triple D school.

Right now I’m grant writing for Feeding Children Everywhere (FCE) and I asked Amy if Carver Middle School had low income families who live in food insecure households. Amy said a lot of students were food insecure, so I told FCE to contact Carver to see if we could provide healthy meals to students at this school.

Today FCE’s VP of Operations told me that FCE is going to build Carver’s first food pantry!! Later this month FCE is going to clean out Carver’s closet and make it into a neat and clean pantry where students will have access to healthy meals to take home to their families when they are struggling to put food on the table. FCE is also having a Cinco de Mayo hunger project and we want to use this event to package and ship the first round of healthy meals to Carver Middle School.

We are all so excited about this, and this all came from me attending an AFP event! From that one event, hundreds of low-income students at Carver will have easy access to healthy meals and won’t have to worry about when their next meal will be outside of school.

Feel free to use this story to encourage AFP members to attend future networking events. You never know who you’ll meet that will help change the lives of people in the community!!! =)

Chelsea Ledford

Our applause and congratulations to Chelsea for using her network of resources to benefit our Central Florida community!

We hope to see everyone at our next social on April 15.  Registration is required; click here for details.