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New Fundraising Board Chair for the AFP U.S. Foundation for Philanthropy, Paul A. Dunne, CFRE

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Paul Dunne

(Arlington, Virginia) Paul A. Dunne, CFRE will serve in an inaugural one-year term as the chair of the AFP U.S. Foundation for Philanthropy Fundraising Board in 2024. Mr. Dunne is the principal/philanthropic advisor at The NonProfit Group, based in Dallas, TX.  He has been a member of AFP since 2009 and has previously served in numerous positions within AFP at chapters, on the AFP Global Board and with the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy. 

“I am equal parts excited and honored to serve as the inaugural chair of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Fundraising Board. The work of the Foundation is paramount as we partner to encourage and cultivate new leaders for the fundraising profession. " – Paul A. Dunne, CFRE

In this new role, Mr. Dunne will also serve on the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Governing Board. As part of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy’s 2023-2025 Strategic Plan and new bylaws, the role of chair has been split between the Governing Board and the Fundraising Board. Melissa Ryan Penland, MPA, senior associate vice president for development at Clemson University will continue as chair of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Governing Board for her second year.

New Fundraising Board Members in 2024 are:

  • Johnny Cooper, CFRE
  • Millicent “Missy” Gale, CFRE
  • Lori Overmyer, MBA, CFRE
  • Charlotte M. Smith

Continuing Fundraising board members for the Foundation include:

  • Emilio Alonso-Mendoza, CFRE
  • Helen B. Arnold, CFRE
  • Sylvia Bastani, CFRE
  • Brian J. Bonde, MA, ACFRE
  • Michael J Buckley, CFRE
  • Timothy R. Burcham, CFRE
  • Catherine M. Connolly, CFRE, MBA
  • David M. Coyne, CFRE
  • Heidi A Droegemueller, CFRE
  • Vincent Duckworth, CFRE: ex-officio, AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada Board Chair
  • Paul A. Dunne, CFRE
  • Patricia G. Egan, MBA, CFRE
  • Annie Fritschner, ASCW, CFEE, MBA, ACFRE
  • Mike Geiger, MBA, CPA
  • Matthew Gellin, CFRE
  • Gretchen C. Gordon, CFRE
  • Ann Hale, CFRE
  • Peter H. Hansen, CFRE
  • Steven G. Jacobson
  • Jeffrey W. Jowdy, CFRE
  • Donna C. Kirtland, MBA
  • Ray Li, MNPL
  • Timothy D. Logan, CFRE, ACFRE, FAHP
  • Harry Lynch, CFRE
  • David J. Madson, ACFRE
  • Nivisha Mehta
  • Germaine Mitchell
  • Joyce M. Mitchell-Antoine
  • Barbara O’Reilly
  • Jennifer Oyer, CFRE
  • Amy B. Parrott, CFRE
  • Pamela Perkins-Dwyer
  • James K. Phelps, ACFRE
  • Karen Rotko-Wynn, CFRE
  • Melissa Ryan Penland, MPA
  • David Schlakman
  • Matthew Taylor Siegel, CFRE

In addition to Penland, the officers for the Foundation for Philanthropy Governing Board for 2024 will include:

  • Melissa Ryan Penland, MPA: Chair
  • Catherine M. Connolly, CFRE, MBA: Chair-Elect
  • Harry Lynch, CFRE: Immediate Past Chair
  • Heidi Droegemueller, CFRE: Secretary/Treasurer

Other members of the AFP U.S. Foundation for Philanthropy Governing Board include:

  • Roger Ali, CFRE: AFP Global Chair-Elect
  • Birgit Smith Burton: AFP Global Chair
  • Paul A. Dunne, CFRE: AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Fundraising Board Chair
  • Kevin J. Foyle, CFRE: AFP Global Immediate Past Chair
  • Mike Geiger, MBA, CPA: AFP and AFP Foundation for Philanthropy President & CEO


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The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy champions philanthropy and volunteerism by strengthening the nonprofit sector’s current and future leaders, welcoming diverse new voices into the charitable world, and rigorously upholding the highest standards of ethics. The foundation currently focuses on developing fundraising leadership programs, supporting research on critical issues in the profession, building a stronger sector through a more diverse workforce, and renewing public trust in charitable organizations. More information about the foundation can be found at

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