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.

13 Sep 2021 President's Perspective Blog
We recently received a message from our New Orleans Chapter letting us know how they—and the city—were doing in the wake of Hurricane Ida. The news isn’t great. Caitlan Scanlan, the president of the chapter, has suspended all chapter functions for the foreseeable future, with most of the metro area
07 Sep 2021 President's Perspective Blog
Last week, we launched volume 4 of our Fundraising Confidence Survey, and if you haven’t completed it yet, I urge you to do so. It’s a short survey, 14 questions plus three demographic queries, so it should take no more than five minutes to complete. I know you get asked to complete a lot of surveys
29 Aug 2021 President's Perspective Blog
There’s a lot of ways we can show leadership in the profession, and one important way is something being celebrated this year - 2021 marks the 40th anniversary of the creation of the CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) credential. The CFRE was developed by AFP (then the National Society of Fund
23 Aug 2021 President's Perspective Blog
I’ve had a fair amount of experience managing staff in my years as a fundraiser. And while I’ve always enjoyed that part of my role, the actual hiring process can be a bear—specifically, the dreaded salary negotiation. I had my line down. “OK, now here comes the most difficult question of the
16 Aug 2021 President's Perspective Blog
I’m always excited when we release the annual AFP Compensation and Benefits Report. Our survey is the baseline for data about compensation and benefits for the fundraising profession, but there’s also more to the research than just salaries. For example, you’ll find information about board
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