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About AFP Cincinnati

Chapter History

Our local chapter was established in 1977 as the Greater Cincinnati Society of Fund Raising Executives. Spearheading the organization's founding, and serving as its first president, was J. Patrick Ryan, CFRE.  The seven other founding members were Diane Colonel, John Dreves, Kay Marsh Green, Ronald Keller, Walter Lincoln, Ed Maj, and Gregory Olberding.

By 1979, the organization had become the 20th chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives. Chapter members, in addition to the founders, were Chris Dunworth, Marcia Goldsmith, Doug Heesten, Dick Klus, Joann Marksberry, George Mongon, Herbert Ostrov and Ann Parker.

Over time, our chapter's membership has grown to include 95 members in 1986, 140 members in 1993, 235 members in 1998, and as many as 280 members in recent years. With this growth has come a tremendous increase in the number and quality of educational and networking opportunities for our local members.

The national organization - by now an international organization - was renamed the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2001 and now includes over 30,000 members in 197 chapters worldwide.

Chapter Mission

 AFP Greater Cincinnati Chapter, an association of professionals, advances philanthropy by enabling its members and nonprofit organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising that changes our community for the better.

Chapter Vision

AFP Greater Cincinnati Chapter will be the recognized leader on fundraising and philanthropy in our area working to promote understanding of our profession and philanthropy in general. The Chapter will be inclusive and welcoming providing our members with the best educational offerings and professional development opportunities. We will strive diligently to understand our members’ needs and provide excellent service to each of them while creating and sustaining an efficient and effective operational structure that maximizes human and financial resources.

Chapter Goal Statement

 The chapter's goals are to advance the development profession in the Southwestern Ohio and Northern Kentucky region, as well as to serve as a professional resource. The Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the AFP invites all development professionals and community volunteers to become involved with the chapter to support the tradition of advancing philanthropy.

Chapter Strategic Objectives

 To create a valuable experience for all levels of membership and to provide an array of opportunities for learning, networking and continuing education.

To offer the highest quality programming to ensure ethical fundraising practices; to develop a comprehensive continuing education menu; and to promote collaboration with other organizations offering philanthropic programming.

To develop a succession plan to provide continuity of leadership.

To increase awareness of the value of membership that will address each specific constituency's needs; to evaluate the effectiveness of chapter messages and communication techniques; to develop a comprehensive communication plan and ensure its implementation.