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Call For Foundation 2020 Fundraising Board Nominations

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the AFP U.S. Foundation for Philanthropy it is my privilege as chair of the Committee on Appointment to invite you to participate actively in the Foundation’s nominating process this year. Members of the Committee on Appointment rely heavily on our colleagues to identify experienced and committed candidates who are uniquely suited to govern and lead the Foundation as members of our Board of Governors or AFP Foundation Fundraising Board. Your personal engagement in identifying outstanding candidates is essential to our future success and will guarantee that the Foundation’s board continues to be representative of the finest leaders in the profession.

I urge you to nominate any qualified candidate to serve on the AFP Foundation Fundraising Board who has distinguished himself or herself by serving in a leadership role. (There are no openings for the Board of Governors at this time.)

General Information

The AFP Foundation is responsible for generating resources to fund:

  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Leadership Development
  • Research
  • Capacity Building

The Foundation’s continued success depends on personal commitment and active involvement of all members of the Fundraising board in matters of fundraising and/or governance.

Individuals elected to serve on the board must embrace the responsibility to lead and demonstrate the capacity to support the Foundation’s mission. Foundation board members are expected to be vigorous advocates and enthusiastic and effective communicators, as well as play an integral role in the Foundation’s fundraising, research, education and leadership development initiatives.

Positions Available in 2020

In August 2019, the Committee on Appointment will meet to prepare a slate of candidates for election in 2019 to serve on the Foundation Boards beginning January 1, 2020. We are seeking nominations for Fundraising Board members.

Nominating Process

You may nominate yourself, a colleague, or invite your chapter to nominate you or a colleague. Prior to making a nomination, please carefully review the criteria for service below.

You will find the nomination form by clicking on this link below. It is a real-time interactive nomination form that will be sent to AFP staff once you submit it. Please note that the form will only save if you return to it on the same device where you started it. A current brief bio and photo must accompany the completed nomination form.

2020 US Foundation Board Nomination Form

Please provide as much relevant information as possible about the candidate. Some candidates may be asked to supply supplementary information to the committee to ensure thoughtful consideration. Please contact your nominee in advance of submitting the nomination to determine willingness to serve.

ALL nominations must be submitted by August 2, 2019

Evaluation criteria used by the committee to select officers and directors include extensive experience and documented expertise in fundraising; volunteer service to philanthropy and the fundraising community locally, nationally and/or internationally; experience and/or employment in the profession or in an industry sector that serves philanthropy and/or fundraising; leadership skills needed to govern a professional foundation; specific leadership needs of the Foundation at the time candidate is being considered; and advocacy for diversity and inclusion within the fundraising profession and the philanthropy community.

Other criteria that might also be used for consideration is a record of meaningful giving to the AFP Foundation and advocacy for professional fundraising; AFP Membership current and in good standing (signed the Code of Ethical Standards); and volunteer service to AFP locally, nationally and/or internationally.

Thank you in advance for taking an active role in this year’s nomination process and for encouraging your colleagues to do the same. Should you have any questions whatsoever about the process, please don’t hesitate to contact me, our staff, Lori Gusdorf, Rebecca Powell or any member of the Committee on Appointment. We look forward to hearing from you and appreciate all you DO and GIVE to promote excellence.


Brian Bonde, ACFRE
Immediate Past Chair
AFP US Foundation for Philanthropy
Chair, Committee on Appointment

2019 AFP Foundation Committee on Appointment Members
Brian Bonde, ACFRE, Chair
Helen Arnold, CFRE
Bob Carter, CFRE
Michael Delzotti, CFRE
Alan Hutson, CFRE
Harry Lynch, CFRE
Josh Newton, CFRE
Karen Rotko-Wynn, CFRE
Martha Schumacher, ACFRE
Don Taylor, CFRE
Mike Geiger, MBA, CPA, ex-officio
Lori Gusdorf, CAE, ex-officio

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