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Fundraising Pro Says Future’s Bright for AFP

June 8, 2011

by Kim Payne.

Robert “Bob” Carter

It’s the best of times; it’s the worst of times – but it is the time.  Charles Dickens?  No, Bob Carter.

With more than 40 years of experience in development and capital/endowment campaigning, Robert Carter, CFRE, knows from whence he speaks.  Presently the Principal at Of Counsel Philanthropy and Senior Advisor to Omnicom NFP Group and Changing Our World, he spoke to the AFP Suncoast Chapter at their May monthly meeting.   He previously worked with Ketchum, one of the largest firms in the fundraising industry for 26 years, 15 as CEO.

As the Chair-elect of AFP International, his presentation focused on the future of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.  He’s optimistic about what lies ahead and sees the glass as half full.  “There’s money being given away all around us every day,” said Carter.   “An organization that will thrive is one that can reinvent itself in the reality that we live in,” continued Carter.

He offered some helpful hints to the assembled development pros:

  • Be energetic and get your clients to be energized.
  • Use creative writing – think in opposites.
  • Do an interruption – stop what you’re doing for 1 ½ days – think new.
  • Integrate the best thinking with best practices.
  • Reinvent our models – be more interactive.
  • Keep your donors actively involved.
  • Use your donor’s sphere of influence.

In closing, Carter stated that collaboration is driving the world and that organizations can’t do it alone.  “There will be a big switch in the future for AFP to evolve from fundraising to philanthropy,” he said.

“I’m confident that as an organization we can part of the new global enterprise.  It’s a beautiful day; I can see it,” concluded Carter.