Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Dayton Region
AFP, an association of professionals throughout the world, advances philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising. The core activities through which AFP fulfills this mission include education, training, mentoring, research, credentialing and advocacy.
Fundraising is viewed as a credible and respected profession for civic betterment throughout the world.
AFP is committed to excellence in providing the highest quality services and products for our members and other constituents. We are responsive to their needs and strive to exceed expectations.
In the late 1980’s, Dayton fundraising leaders, including Dave Foubert, Russ Raker, Eric Winston and George Mongon, came together with a common interest – to find a local group of fundraisers who can come together to share common fundraising challenges or share educational opportunities. The group became the Miami Valley Chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives, which is now known as the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The chapter was formally chartered in 1988 and elected their first chapter president, Russ Raker, ACFRE. In 1989, the chapter celebrated its first National Philanthropy Day honoring The Charles F. Kettering Family as Outstanding Philanthropist and Carol Bauer, S.C. as Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser. Under the leadership of Kathleen Oatman as Chapter President, the chapter was officially incorporated by the State of Ohio on July 8, 1993. In 2008, the Miami Valley Chapter changed its name to the Greater Dayton Region Chapter. Today, there are over 120 local members of the chapter committed to upholding the ethical standards of the fundraising profession.