Do you have the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) in your community? Use this organization to plug into the local nonprofit community and get to know your peers. Joining your local AFP, or development officer organization, can help you build your network or receive mentoring from other professionals. It can also be a great community to test new ideas. These kinds of groups have been a great encouragement to me when the economy makes work more difficult, or just to chat about everyday frustrations and joys in fundraising.
If you have not joined, I would recommend you can check out the AFP website to find a local chapter in your area. If you are already involved and are not benefiting from networking or connecting with fellow professionals join a committee or focus group. This allows you to contribute to the advancement of your profession, gets your name out there, and builds your resume.
For my Seattle/Puget Sound readers another couple great organizations to check out:
- NDOA (Northwest Development Officers Association)
- Puget Sound Grant Writer’s Association
- Philanthropy Northwest
Other nonprofit associations I did not mention? Post a comment and let us know.