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AFP South Eastern Ontario Chapter Donates Fundraising Books to Local Library

November 6, 2013

AFP SEO BookHeather Smith, president of the South Eastern Ontario Chapter (SEOC) of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, recently donated a new library of fundraising books and resources to the Kingston Frontenac Public Library – Central Branch on behalf of the chapter and its board of directors.

AFP’s local chapter purchased the recommended Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation reading list, a gift valued at $1,500, to ensure that local aspiring fundraising professionals would have access to current materials that might be cost prohibitive for individuals. Some of the book titles include: Capital Campaigns – Strategies that Work, by Andrea Kihlstedt; Keep your Donors: The Guide to Better Communications, by Tom Ahern; Internet Management for Non Profits Strategies, Tools and Trade Secrets, by Ted Hart and James Greenfield and Prospect Research: A Primer for Growing Non-Profits, by Cecilla Hogan.

Smith is quick to recognize the contribution of both past and present AFP members. “Their contributions have made today’s donation possible. We’re thrilled that we can have a positive impact on the careers of fundraising professionals and for the charitable organizations they represent.”

Lisa Sykes, development officer at Queen’s University and who recently earned the CFRE designation, was on hand for the ceremony and had this to say about the value of getting access to the new fundraising resources: “I am very happy to have this credential because, to me, the CFRE designation signals the highest standards in philanthropy. Donors can be reassured that fundraisers with CFRE accreditation are ethical, accountable and stewards of the public trust. Getting access to free resource materials will make it easier for future fundraising professionals in our local community to gain our industry’s premier professional designation.”

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Photo credit: Heather Smith, president of South Eastern Ontario Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (right). Patricia Enright, chief librarian, Kingston Frontenac Public Library (left)