Meet Katie, from Charityproud!
Employed by: Charityproud
How long have you been a member of the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP?
I joined AFP officially in 2014. However, I attended events for several years before becoming a member.
How has being a member of AFP helped you in your work?
I probably have a unique perspective as a person who used to work in fundraising and now works at a company that makes software for nonprofit organizations. AFP helped me develop as a nonprofit professional by giving me opportunities to perfect best practices and dive deeper into industry trends. Our chapter does a great job of offering programs throughout the year to educate and provoke deeper thought about fundraising as a craft. When I left the nonprofit industry, I kept my AFP membership. AFP allows me to stay connected to the nonprofit community in Charleston while working at Charityproud and to continue learning so that I can be an asset to our clients.
What advice would you offer to new AFP members?
When you are new to something, I think it’s best to dive in and show up. Go to the happy hours and make connections with your peers. Attend a lunch and learn or a webinar viewing if the topic piques your interest. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. After all, we’re all here to learn!
Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is:
I was a history major in college and seriously considered becoming a professor.
What is the one thing you want people outside of the fundraising profession to know about what you do?
Fundraising is so much more than just “asking people for money.” Development officers are brand ambassadors that raise awareness about the work of the organization. Without the fundraiser, most people would not know how to become a part of that work. In essence, fundraisers build communities.