As a fundraiser, you're always looking for ways to grow your skills and expand your network. But with so many options out there, it can be challenging to know where to start. One excellent option to consider is joining your local Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) chapter.
As a member of AFP Mid-Michigan and Board President of our chapter, I've experienced firsthand the benefits of being part of a local chapter.
Here are just a few of the ways that joining your local AFP chapter can boost your fundraising skills and network:
Professional Development Opportunities: AFP chapters offer a range of professional development opportunities, including workshops, webinars, and conferences. These events provide valuable insights into the latest fundraising trends and techniques, and offer an excellent opportunity to learn from experienced fundraisers and network with other professionals.
Networking Opportunities: By joining your local AFP chapter, you'll have the opportunity to connect with other fundraisers in your community. These connections can lead to new job opportunities, collaborations, and partnerships that can benefit your nonprofit organization.
Access to Resources: AFP chapters offer a wealth of resources for fundraisers, including research reports, whitepapers, and online forums. These resources can help you stay up-to-date on the latest fundraising trends and techniques, and provide valuable insights into the challenges facing the nonprofit sector.
Professional Certification: AFP offers a range of professional certification programs, including the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) credential. By earning a professional certification, you can demonstrate your expertise and commitment to the fundraising profession, which can help you stand out in a competitive job market.
Advocacy: AFP chapters are involved in advocacy efforts to promote the interests of the nonprofit sector. By joining your local AFP chapter, you can be part of these efforts and help shape the policies that affect your organization and the wider nonprofit community.
Joining your local Association of Fundraising Professionals chapter can be an excellent way to boost your fundraising skills and expand your network. Whether you're a seasoned fundraiser or new to the field, you'll greatly benefit by growing your network of fundraising friends.
If you happen to be local to Midland, Michigan, please feel free to reach out about joining our chapter! I can be reached at email@example.com.
To find your local chapter, visit https://afpglobal.org/chapters.