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How You Can Be Involved with AFP Greater Austin Chapter!

Join this important work by serving as a committee member or by becoming an AFP Greater Austin board member. AFP Greater Austin works with an excellent management company but even so, volunteers are our main engine. Volunteering is a great way to network with some of the region’s most experienced fundraisers, donors and grantmakers.

AFP Greater Austin Committees

Philanthropy Day:  Adrienne Longenecker, CFRE (

This committee plans, produces and executes AFP’s annual Philanthropy Day luncheon that brings together more than 800 philanthropists, grant makers and fundraising professionals in Central Texas.  This event accounts for the largest source of income for AFP Austin each year, primarily raised through sponsorship opportunities offered to individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations. Subcommittees are divided into sponsorship, marketing and communications, awards, logistics, and stewardship.  This committee is busiest between October and February.

Resource Development: Shea Wylen (

This committee provides oversight of sponsorships and stewardship as well as implements the chapter’s annual campaign. The fund development plans support the chapter’s needs for educational programs and long-term sustainability. This volunteer option will provide you with a living classroom to learn best practices with other fundraising professionals while fundraising specifically for the chapter.  The committee also determines strategic partnerships for the chapter to pursue to better strengthen and serve our members and the philanthropic community. 

Finance: Charley Scarborough, CFRE (

This committee provides financial oversight of budgets, sets and monitors internal controls and accountability policies, and sets long-range financial goals for the organization. You don’t need to have a business degree or be a math whiz to be a part of this committee, but it helps to have basic interest in reviewing budgets and helping AFP make fiscally responsible decisions. This committee meets monthly.

Outreach: Nicole Sarkar (

The role of the committee is to promote AFP as a resource for the philanthropic community, both internally and externally, and to facilitate access to chapter resources. Goals are to identify key areas of inclusion; recruit in underserved and non-traditional communities; and based on community feedback develop and implement plans to increase educational opportunities and engagement levels.

Monthly Programs: Heather Parsons (

This committee focuses on bringing best practices in development and cutting-edge speakers directly to members and guests of AFP via the monthly programs. Each meeting will have a focus to help seasoned and new fundraisers be their best, know their craft, and most of all, be prepared to raise more money! The committee actively seeks energetic volunteers to help promote and organize these educational and networking events. The committee engages regularly, and each member plays an active role in planning, producing and promoting the myriad of events throughout the year. It’s not only a great way to meet others in the field, but stay abreast of philanthropic trends affecting the profession.  Programmatic items include:

Austin Monthly Luncheons
Hays County Programs
Williamson County Programs

As a volunteer on the Monthly Programs Committee we expect our volunteers to attend at least four monthly luncheons and/or two Williamson County or two Hays County programs. The time commitment is around about 25-40 hours in a year.

Communications: Tina Snider (

This committee communicates the strategic vision of AFP Austin to members and the general community in order to build greater awareness of the chapter and the benefits of membership. Committee members help maintain current and accurate communications through the website, eUpdates/eNews and multiple social media platforms. The committee publicizes and advertises luncheons, seminars, and other programs; sets chapter communication polices; and oversees updates to the website. We are always in need of fundraising leaders with public relations, web content or graphic design experience – as well as those who want to learn.

Membership: Tiffany Ritter, CFRE (

The committee works to ensure that AFP Austin delivers on its promise to members by offering valuable and professionally meaningful connections to its new and veteran members. The committee strives to advance membership satisfaction, recruitment and retention.  Committee members are invited to share and implement ideas for ensuring that AFP Austin offers all it can to its membership.

Legislative Affairs: Christine Kutnick, CFRE (

The committee has responsibility for the development and implementation of strategies to advance the chapter’s knowledge and engagement in public policy matters pertaining to philanthropy and the fundraising profession at the local, state and federal level. Committee goals include developing and strengthening chapter awareness on legislative activities by creating effective civic engagement opportunities, such as the biannual AFP Texas Legislative Action Day (LAD) in concert with statewide AFP chapters, and the facilitation of cooperative and productive relationships with elected leaders and other strategic partners involved in public policy. This committee will meet all year but will be busiest at the end of the year as we ramp up for LAD and the legislative session.

Strategic Planning: Lauren Robertson (

The committee leads the long-term visioning and strategic planning efforts for AFP Austin chapter. As we enter the 2nd year of our 3-year Strategic Plan, we will be focusing on progress. Specifically, the committee will be tracking and reporting in meaningful ways the progress of our chapter’s various committees on their strategic plan-related activities. This committee provides strategic support to the president as needed. Helping with strategic planning is a great way to learn about the ‘big picture’ of our chapter and our vision for the future!

Volunteer Engagement/Recruitment & Scholarships: Rach Elder, CFRM (

The committee markets the various scholarship opportunities that the chapter offers as well as reviews the applications submitted to recommend recipients.  Additionally, this committee is charged with engaging current members in volunteer opportunities and find a home for interested members on a committee that interests them.