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All Aspects: AFP New Member Interview

June 1, 2010

Beth Creed Fontes

Beth Creed Fontes
American Cancer Society

1. What is your current position and how long have you been with the organization?

I am the Director of Leadership Giving for the American Cancer Society and I have been in this position for 2 and a half years.   I was also with the American Cancer Society for six years from 1992 to 1998 and left for nine years to raise my children and open my own business.  I am glad to be back and have a total of 8 and a half years with the American Cancer Society.

2.      Why did you join AFP Suncoast Chapter?

After closing my business and deciding to return to non-profit I made the decision that this would be my career path and would dedicate myself to it.  Therefore, I joined and became active in the AFP Suncoast Chapter.

3. How do you keep donor support and interest in your organization?

I love to share our mission with our donors by taking them to our Hope Lodge, a 42-suite facility owned and operated by the American Cancer Society where cancer patients can stay during treatment free of charge.  I am preparing to take a group to visit our R.O.C.K. (Reaching Out to Cancer Kids) Camp.  Anyone who would like a visit to our new office and patient service centers is welcome to stop by.  I would be happy to give you a tour!

4. What was the worst fundraising idea you’ve ever had?

Fortunately, I can’t think of one.

5.      What was the first cause or organization you ever raised funds for as a non-professional? Girl Scouts – the cookies

6. Name a situation in which you would answer, “I’m so sorry, but we cannot accept your $1 million gift at this time.”

If it was from a tobacco company.

7. If you won the lottery we know you would give a portion to your organization, what would you do with the rest of the moolah?

Buy a beach house and a mountain house and split the time between both.  See the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone Park.

8. Please name your:

Favorite Book: Memoirs of a Geisha –  I am also a big fan of the Twilight Series

Favorite TV series: LOST – so sad it is over

Astrological Sign: Sagittarius

9. Do you have a fantasy job other than being a fundraising professional?

Can’t say I do.