Join the AFP — and Get Off the Bench!
The point is, you can get involved in so many ways that are fun and stimulating to you while helping others.
This organization also can give you the opportunity to network, improve your skills, mentor with others and find out about job openings before they're made public. You truly get out what you put into it. I am proud of the fact that I have been a member of the AFP for 30 years and a continuing CFRE for 20-plus years. I did get off the bench and still stay engaged with the chapter.
Whatever your career level, I encourage you to promote the profession through involvement within the AFP. I firmly believe that each one of us has an obligation to serve others in the best way possible. I will always try to set an example of service, and the Indiana Chapter of AFP provides me with a platform to help in many ways.
Over the next 12 months, my challenge is to get to know the 80 percent of the Indiana AFP Chapter members in attendance that I did not know. It's back to the future time for me!
Duke has extensive experience as a nonprofit practitioner, author, lecturer and consultant. He has been a contributing author to NonProfit PRO for the last 11 years. He has been a long-standing member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals where he was previously named the AFP Indiana Chapter Fundraising Executive of the Year and has held the CFRE designation for many years.
He received his doctorate degree from West Virginia University with an emphasis in education administration, master's degree from Marshall University with an emphasis in public administration and a bachelor's degree from West Virginia University with an emphasis in marketing/management. He has also completed post graduate work at the University of Louisville.
He is currently executive director of development for The Salvation Army Indiana Division in Indianapolis, Indiana. Contact Duke at email@example.com or 317-224-1029.