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2017 President's Message Quarter 3

Dear AFP GLAC Members,

Courage is not necessarily a word that comes to mind when we think about philanthropy.  But I believe that it is very relevant to our work.  I love this quote from Malcolm Gladwell: “Nothing of consequence gets accomplished without courage.”

To invest in ourselves and our career takes courage.  Our work is filled with urgent priorities that compete for and demand our attention.  With our minds so focused on raising funds to keep the lights on and to fund critical projects, our professional development can pale in comparison and seem unnecessary. 

I would venture to say that we cannot afford to not invest in our self.  Our professional growth and development are critical to the success of our organizations and to the satisfaction and meaning that we will derive from our service to the organization.

AFP GLAC is committed to you and your growth.  As I shared in an earlier letter, AFP members are hungry for training in leadership, major giving and trends/innovation.  So, as we head into the final quarter of 2017 our remaining training opportunities will zero-in on these areas.

  • On September 26 we are hosting our Development Seminar and Luncheon that will center on major giving with a program entitled Enhancing Major Gift Prospects and Donor Engagement
  • On November 2 is our 2017 Regional Philanthropy Conference and National Philanthropy Day celebration.  The conference has been structured with tracks on trends, leadership, major gifts, and “back to basics.”  And at lunch, during the heart of the conference, we will honor very special philanthropists in Los Angeles.

I hope that you will join us.  I understand that to make time to attend is not easy, especially with our work so dominated by the ‘tyranny of the urgent.’  It will take a courageous step and commitment.  There will be consequences however you choose.  Be courageous to choose well…for yourself and your organizations.




Wayne Herron

2017 AFP GLAC President