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New Board Chair for the AFP U.S. Foundation for Philanthropy, Harry Lynch, CFRE

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New chair of the AFP U.S. Foundation for Philanthropy, Harry Lynch, CFRE

(Arlington, VA) Harry Lynch, CFRE, will begin a two-year term as the chair of the AFP U.S. Foundation for Philanthropy. Mr. Lynch is CEO of Sanky Communications in New York City, a fundraising and communications firm specializing in direct marketing and digital fundraising for a wide variety of nonprofit organizations across the U.S. He has been a member of AFP for more than three decades and has previously served in numerous positions on the AFP Association and Foundation Boards.

“It’s such an honor to take this role and lead this amazing team. Our mission is so critical—and so fitting—for this moment in time. Whether we’re helping to shine the light on sexual harassment, supporting diverse communities through our scholarships, or creating the leaders of tomorrow with extraordinary new programs, the Foundation for Philanthropy has a profound impact on the fundraising profession and the entire nonprofit sector. I’m so very proud to be a part of it!” 

The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy is a nonprofit organization that works to enhance philanthropy and volunteerism through programs of education, research and service that benefit those that lead, serve, and support nonprofit institutions. It was established in 1973 by AFP, the largest association of professional fundraisers in the world, representing more than 28,000 individuals and nonprofits generating charitable support for a vast array of philanthropic causes.

In addition to Lynch, the officers for the Foundation for Philanthropy Governing Board for 2021 will include:

Melissa Ryan Penland, MPA: Chair-Elect
Karen Rotko-Wynn, CFRE: Immediate Past Chair
Catherine Connolly, CFRE: Secretary/Treasurer

New Fundraising Board Members in 2021 are:

  • Sylvia Bastani, CFRE
  • Dzenan B. Berberovic, MA, CFRE
  • Michael J. Buckley, CFRE
  • David J. Madson, ACFRE
  • Germaine Mitchell
  • Joyce M. Mitchell-Antoine
  • Gail Perry, CFRE

Continuing Fundraising board members for the Foundation include:

  • Helen B. Arnold, CFRE
  • Brian J. Bonde, MA, ACFRE
  • Timothy R. Burcham, CFRE
  • Barbara Racklin Bushnell, CFRE
  • Penelope Cagney, MA CFRE
  • Catherine M. Connolly, CFRE, MBA
  • David M. Coyne, CFRE
  • Jennifer Li Dotson, MS
  • Heidi A Droegemueller, CFRE
  • Paul A. Dunne, CFRE
  • Patricia G. Egan, MBA, CFRE
  • Annie Fritschner, ASCW, CFEE, MBA, ACFRE
  • Mike Geiger, MBA, CPA
  • Gretchen C. Gordon, CFRE
  • Donna C. Kirtland, MBA
  • Timothy D. Logan, CFRE, ACFRE, FAHP
  • Harry Lynch, CFRE
  • Terry Monteleone, CFRE
  • Jennifer Oyer, CFRE
  • Amy B. Parrott, CFRE
  • James K. Phelps, ACFRE
  • Karen Rotko-Wynn, CFRE
  • Melissa Ryan Penland, MPA
  • David Schlakman
  • Robert Ernest Wahlers, CFRE, MS

In addition, the following are ex-officio members of the AFP U.S. Foundation for Philanthropy Governing and Fundraising Board:

  • Birgit Smith Burton: AFP Global Chair-Elect
  • Kevin J. Foyle, CFRE: AFP Global Chair
  • Martha H. Schumacher, CFRE, ACFRE, MInstF: AFP Global Immediate Past Chair
  • Susan Storey, CFRE: AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada Board Chair
  • Jeremy Wells, CFRE: AFP Global Treasurer
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