Mike's Monday Message

The weekly blog about all things AFP and fundraising, led by AFP President and CEO Mike Geiger, MBA, CPA

Mike GeigerI’m Mike Geiger, president and CEO of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Though I’m the one posting, it’s really your thoughts and views that we'll be posting, as much as mine —it's about the AFP community and the fundraising profession. In fact, we will occasionally feature a post from one of our esteemed colleagues, so keep an eye out for these special articles.

While I do want to keep you up-to-date with what’s happening at AFP, what I really want is to hear from you. So e-mail me your comments, questions, concerns, feedback, and items you think I should be covering.

26 Jul 2021 President's Perspective Blog
I never dreamed of entering into the field of nonprofit development or fundraising as a profession. It wasn’t until my final year of undergrad that I shifted my commitment to the capacity-building of Black, trans-led grassroots organizations. While taking a grant and advocacy writing course at
19 Jul 2021 President's Perspective Blog
Please note: This message originally appeared on The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s website as a letter to the editor. Read on The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s website here (letter is behind a paywall and requires a paid subscription). The Association of Fundraising Professionals, which I lead, strongly
12 Jul 2021 President's Perspective Blog
I know it’s fashionable, and somewhat expected, for organizations to look back at their own conferences and say how tremendous and amazing they were. We used the “What Was your ICONic Moment” theme in our conference marketing for AFP ICON 2021 Virtual, so I use the term in the title of my message
28 Jun 2021 President's Perspective Blog
“Be yourself; everyone else is taken.” –Oscar Wilde Several years ago, I was surrounded by a handful of new colleagues my first day on the job. We were playing a round of “ask the newbie” twenty questions. One of my new colleagues, seeing my wedding rings, asked what my husband did for a living
21 Jun 2021 President's Perspective Blog
Two important pieces of research came out last week, and looking at both, you’d be inclined to think that fundraising and the U.S. charitable sector are doing well. GivingUSA 2021, produced by the GivingUSA Foundation and researched by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at
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