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The Association of Fundraising Professionals Capital Area Chapter is the premiere organization for fundraisers and nonprofit professionals in the mid-Michigan region. We currently represent nearly 300 members from the leading nonprofit charities, foundations, and consultants across the region. Whether you’re already a member, looking to join, or just learning more about us, we’re glad you’re here! Please take a look at our many offerings.

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The Capital Area Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals advances philanthropy by fostering the development and growth of fundraising professionals and promoting ethical and effective fundraising standards.

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The vision of AFP Capital Area Chapter is to be the leading resource in strengthening the fundraising profession and the philanthropic community in mid-Michigan.

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The Assistant Director of Development is a key member of the Office of Advancement team who plans and executes the Law College scholarship effort, annual giving initiatives, manages the college’s Advancement website including copy and promotional writer for department initiatives and events, as well as ensures that the site is up to date and material is rotated and photos changed. The new assistant director will work with annual giving donors and conduct programmatic and individual fund-raising and will write and produce law college promotional materials, such as invitations, brochures and the like. They may also assist with planning and execution of and attend department events. Developing and implementing a sound social media strategy for the office will be a part of the position. ... more >
The Director of Development is responsible for the leadership of all fund-raising programs for the College of Medicine. He or she is responsible for building broad-based private support for all aspects of the College of Medicine through the building and management of a comprehensive program. The primary focus will be establishing major and leadership gifts as well as coordinating fund-raising efforts with annual giving, corporate and foundation, planned giving, gift processing, and other fund-raising support operations such as donor relations and stewardship. Further responsibilities will include the successful completion and follow-up for the current capital campaign. ... more >
Oct 5 - Director of Development, The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum - MSU
The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum (the Broad) at Michigan State University (Michigan State) seeks an innovative and accomplished development professional to serve as its next Director of Development. This is a unique opportunity for a seasoned advancement professional to play a key role in strengthening and building the philanthropic potential of one of the most exciting new museums of contemporary art in the world. Opened in November, 2012, the Museum was designed by Pritzker Prize- winning architect Zaha Hadid. More than 70% of the 46,000-square foot facility is dedicated to exhibition space displaying the world’s most accomplished artists of our time. The Director will partner with the museum leadership to set strategy for the short and long-term growth of an art museum poised to transform the cultural landscape of Michigan State University, the state of Michigan, and the United States. ... more >
Oct 5 - Associate Director of Development, College of Ag. & Natural Resources - MSU
The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, along with AgBioResearch, Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) and the Office of University Advancement, is seeking an accomplished, responsive and collaborative member of its External Relations team. This team member will be the primary development liaison with AgBioResearch and MSUE, and will identify, cultivate, solicit and steward alumni and friends of CANR, MSUE, and AgBioResearch, as well as business, industry and foundations, in support of the Land Grant mission and the units’ priorities. The ability to think and act strategically will be critical to the success of this position. The Associate Director of Development will focus efforts on face to face contact with prospects whose philanthropic capacity is $100,000 and more, managing a portfolio of 150 to 200 major donor prospects. It is expected that the Associate Director will average 15 face to face strategic visits which result in “moves” toward major gifts, and 2 to 4 major gift solicitations per month. The Associate Director will assist in prospect identification, and volunteer recruitment and training through MSU’s capital campaign. The Associate Director reports to the Senior Director of Development and External Relations. ... more >
Nov 25 - Member Comments Requested on New IRS Substantiation Regulations
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has proposed new regulations that would modify its requirements that nonprofits obtain a “contemporaneous written acknowledgement” for contributions of $250 or more, and AFP is requesting comments and concerns from members about the proposal. ... more >
Nov 25 - The Whats, Hows, and Whys of Major Gift Solicitation
(Nov. 25, 2015) The benefit of major gifts is obvious. But the process of identifying and securing them—that's not so obvious. We recently spoke with Vern Snyder, ACFRE, vice president for institutional advancement at the University of Toledo, on how to define and calculate a major gift and his upcoming Dec. 10 webinar, "The Whats, Hows and Whys of Major Gift Solicitations." ... more >
Nov 24 - AFP Top Ten (Week of November 25, 2015): Fundraising Ideas, Stories & Perspectives You May Have Missed!
(Nov. 25, 2015) How introverts can be very successful fundraisers is just one of the topics in this week’s Top Ten, which also includes posts on exercising your “gratitude muscle,” the number one way to destroy your chief development officer, the procrastinator’s guide to year-end fundraising, shaming a major donor and creating a culture of increasing giving. ... more >
Nov 18 - Election Results Mean New Public Policy Opportunities for Philanthropy
(Nov. 18, 2015) On November 4, 2015 Justin Trudeau was sworn in as the 23rd Prime Minister of Canada. What does his new government, along with his 30-member Cabinet, mean for fundraising and philanthropy? ... more >
Nov 18 - Celebrating National Philanthropy Every Day
In a moving tribute to National Philanthropy Day, Roger Ali, CFRE, chair-elect of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy—Canada, shares how we all can make a difference through small acts and a giving heart. ... more >