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We hope you’ll consider becoming involved in one of the AFP Committees! Committee involvement is a great way to make a positive impact in AFP and our wider community. Please feel free to reach out to the contacts listed for more information.

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  1. Membership
  2. I.D.E.A.
  3. Resources & Mentorship
  4. Education/Professional Development
  5. National Philanthropy Day
  6. State Conference
  7. Communications
  8. Sponsorship
  9. Scholarship
  10. Finance
  11. Government Relations
  12. Youth in Philanthropy (YIP)
  13. CFRE


The purpose of the AFP Membership Committee is to advance membership growth, retention and benefits by promoting AFP membership through marketing, outreach, communications efforts and best practices. The Membership Committee works closely with the AFP board of directors and other committees to orient and engage new members and to increase participation in AFP through networking, volunteerism and recognition.

This committee meets as needed.

Contact for more information:

Amy Lester

IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access)

The purpose of the AFP IDEA Committee is to advance and promote inclusion, diversity, equity, and access within the chapter and the greater philanthropic community. The IDEA committee sets goals and objectives to further IDEA work in our chapter and works to ensure the chapter meets the IDEA Friends of Diversity designation.

This committee meets for 1 hour on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 12:30pm.

Contact for more information:

Anton Russell

Members as Resources/Mentorship

The Members as Resource Committee develops ways in which members can enrich the experience of membership in our AFP Chapter. A FREE benefit of membership is our Mentorship Program, which matches mentees who are new to the development field with more seasoned development professionals who are willing to pay it forward by giving back. Mentorships are typically yearlong commitments between mentors and mentees. The Members as Resources committee helps facilitate and steward the mentorship program. Full details of the program may be found on the AFP website:

The Members as Resource Committee hosts 2 mentorship events annually and meets as needed.

Contact for more information:

Position Open

Education/Professional Development

The Education/Professional Development Committee provides programming for AFP educational events, especially the monthly breakfast meetings, by securing speakers to present on topics that are of interest to AFP members and guests, and reflect a wide array of subjects related to the Fundraising profession. The Committee searches locally, and in some cases nationally, for the best speakers on the selected subjects. Once a speaker is identified, it is the responsibility of the Committee to engage the speaker, be certain that AFP management and the Sponsorship Committee have the appropriate information to acquire sponsorships and market the topic and speaker(s) to the membership to encourage maximum participation.

This committee meets as needed.

Contact Lana Baldwin for more information:

National Philanthropy Day

National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) is a special day set aside to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy to the enrichment of our world. A celebration of Southern Arizona’s generous spirit, the annual NPD luncheon honors individuals and groups impacting our community through philanthropy, and is also the primary fundraiser for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Southern Arizona Chapter. The NPD committee plans and implements the event from start to finish and meets every second Wednesday morning of the month.

The NPD committee plans and implements the event from start to finish and meets monthly.

Contact for more information:

Fred Rodriguez

Courtney Slanaker

State Conference Committee

The State Conference Committee plans and implements the Statewide AFP Educational Conference which Tucson hosts every 3rd year. The State Conference Committee takes care of planning and securing the location, speakers & sessions, sponsors, food, décor, and invitations, and works with other Arizona AFP chapters to increase awareness of and participation in the event.
This committee meets as needed, more frequently as the event nears.

Contact for more information:

Ethan Smith Cox

Monique Vallery


The Communications Committee develops and implements the chapter’s communications strategy. This committee manages all communications, public relations functions and informational social media requirements of AFP to ensure two-way communication channels are functioning and delivering pertinent information to our members. Responsibilities include gathering information and organizing the monthly AFP Newsletters, sending creative E-Blasts during certain campaigns, and managing and updating the AFP of Southern Arizona’s Facebook page.

The team meets once a year to allocate roles and then communicates via email throughout the year.

Position is currently open.


The Sponsorship Committee works to secure sponsorships for AFP events, including the monthly breakfast meetings, holiday party, and other events that benefit from sponsorship support. The Sponsorship Committee works to establish partnerships with local businesses, organizations, and consultants that benefit both the AFP and the local business community.

This committee meets as needed.

Contact for more information:

Position Open


The Scholarship Committee works to develop processes, guidelines, deadlines and promotional material to award membership and conference scholarships annually to members of the local AFP chapter. The Scholarship Committee works closely with Membership and IDEA Committees to utilize scholarships as a means of increasing diversity among the membership.

This committee meets as needed.

This position is currently open.


The Finance Committee is composed of the Treasurer and Chapter Administrator, with Board members attending as necessary, and is responsible for assessing current and future financial stability for the chapter.

The Committee meets monthly to review financial statements and assess budgetary needs.

Contact for more information:

Valerie Sipp

Government Relations

The Government Relations Committee works to keep AFP Southern Arizona Chapter’s Board and members informed of important public policy issues related to philanthropy, fundraising, and the nonprofit sector. The committee monitors local issues and reports any developments to AFP’s Public Affairs Department, informs members of important developments and distributes appropriate materials in a timely manner, publishes articles related to government relations in the chapter newsletter, and encourages members to get involved and write letters on public policy issues.

The committee meets as needed.

Contact for more information:

Edna Meza Aguirre, JD, CFRE

Youth in Philanthropy (YIP)

The Youth in Philanthropy committee runs a semester-long after-school program for high school-aged people passionate about making change in their communities. YIP bridges a love of social justice with career skills and resources in fundraising and philanthropy. YIP participants receive a crash course on all things fundraising and philanthropy, explore a wide range of social justice topics, participate in a student-led fundraising project, and build community and make friends.

Committee meets bimonthly

Contact for more information:

Position Open


The CFRE committee supports members who are interested in pursuing a CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) certification, facilitating study groups and exam preparation sessions. The committee chair disseminates information regarding CFRE exam dates as well as resources from CFRE International.

Contact for more information:

Edna Meza Aguirre, JD, CFRE