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AFP Member Spotlight
What do you value most about your
AFP membership?
What I value most are the connections and
relationships I've built with fellow fundraising
professionals. Even though it's mostly through
videoconferencing, the time I get to connect with
my colleagues in the AFP Oklahoma Chapter is
encouraging and rejuvenating. I would not be where
I am today as a fundraiser-or a person-without the
fantastic mentors I've had along the way, including
the #AFPeeps who adopted me into their circle at
AFP ICON in 2012 when I was a senior in college. This
group has been there for me (virtually, before virtual
was cool) through so many professional and personal
events, and I try to do the same for them. AFP provides
this kind of community for so many at the local and
international levels.

Do you practice self-care? If so, what does that
look like for you?
Self-care as a concept and practice is something I
learned within the last18 months. Though I heard
the term before, figuring out what self-care looks
like for me has been a process through which I'm still
working. To be completely transparent, I have been so
determined to "prove myself" so far in my career that
I've had no boundaries between work and the rest of
my life, and I would say "yes" to every opportunity and
task without thought. In case anyone reading needs
to hear it: This is not healthy. I worked myself into
a dangerous level of burnout. I've had a number of

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for the professional and associate membership
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significant health issues over the last year, and I believe
it can be attributed to the fact that I never took care
of myself. Right now, self-care looks like therapy and
adjusting how I think about myself, my work, and
my life.

What's the last book you read? What book
would you recommend everyone read?
Following up on the self-care question, last year,
my best friends introduced me to the adult coloring
books-Color by Number. I had no idea these existed,
but I find that they are a great way to unwind after a
long day and "decision fatigue" has settled into
my mind.

How would you like to see the fundraising
sector change in the next one to five years?
I would like for more AFP chapters and other
community organizations to implement programs
similar to AFP Greater Cincinnati Chapter's New Faces
of Fundraising program, which creates a pipeline for
minorities to have successful and healthy careers in
nonprofit fundraising. I benefit from the privilege of
being a white cisgender woman, and I was only able
to take an unpaid internship(s)-to get experience for
my first job-because of a stipend I received through
the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. For so many people
from marginalized communities, this isn't even a
possibility, or the opportunities are few. We've got to
start making fundraising jobs and the nonprofit sector
accessible to all.

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