Many Hands Make It All Possible
AFP is more than a professional association, it is an important cause for our community. I joined AFP Greater Madison for professional development and to make connections with others in the field of fundraising. Having an industry association membership on your resume says you are committed to your profession and actively participating in its advancement. But what if you could get even more out of your membership?
Whether you are interested in career development, strengthening your network, or just looking for a few new friends, joining an AFP committee could be a great option for you. There are four committees currently looking for new members which include National Philanthropy Day, Fundraising Day Wisconsin, Membership, and Communications. Each of these committees offers unique opportunities and ways to grow your career and network. Here are just a few ways I’ve maximized the value of my membership with AFP as a member of the communication committee. I hope you’ll consider it too!
Advantages of Joining an AFP Committee
1. Leadership development: Joining a committee gives you an opportunity to develop your skills as a leader in the Chapter, and this is important not only for your personal growth but can also benefit the organization you represent.
2. Building your resume: Listing your association membership and committee involvement on your resume is impressive to current or future employers and shows that you are dedicated to staying connected in your industry and participating in its advancement.
3. Enhance your network: We all know that networking is key! As a committee member you have countless opportunities to connect not only with other committee members, but also our membership and community. As a communication committee member, I’ve created professional relationships with a great group of people who have provided support and help one another in reaching professional goals.
4. Make a new friend: Use professional networking groups as an opportunity to meet new people. In addition to professional development and knowledge sharing, AFP hosts member socials and small group discussions. So whichever format you are most comfortable in, there is one for you!
Stay inspired and stay motivated: Love what you do and learn to love what others do in our community too! You may not even know that you are passionate about something until you learn about it from another member. I’ve discovered new causes I care about through the friends I’ve made in AFP. Their love for what they do and their passion for advancing the profession of fundraising and their cause inspires me.
Contact us to join a committee and discover something new TODAY!