Posts Tagged ‘mentor’

Tracey Crocker Joins the Team!

September 9, 2011

As the new member to the communications committee – I guess the best place to start is by introducing myself: my name is Tracey Crocker.  I spent most of my adult life in Alabama working as a small business owner (ranging from home repair to automotive sales and service) and a pastor.

My fundraising was like most pastors’ “pass the plate and pray”.  A bake sale, car wash, or raffling off the ladies quilting bees latest work was about the extent of my fundraising. While these are all good ways of raising funds, they don’t raise the amounts that are needed to truly help those in the community: the least, the last, the lost, and the forgotten.

After moving to Tampa, I took a position with AmeriCorps Vista. Working for both the National Coalition for the Homeless and the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County. Part of my position was to find sustainable funding for the “Unexpected Faces Unexpected Places” Speakers Bureau. What I found was a great deal more.  I found out there was a real profession and a real skill call fedundraising and development.  While online searching for information on a funding model called Benevon, I came across the AFP web-site.   This was a group of fundraising professionals that offered amazing educational tools and training for members, even a code of ethics. The very next day Jen Filla called and invited me to the local Suncoast chapter luncheon.

From the first l moment I walked into the room I was hooked.  There was so much energy and so many people willing to help me grow.  I was amazed. One of the people I met was Beth Eppley, Director of Development for Bay Area Legal Services.  She has become my mentor and friend.

I am now the Coordinator of Leadership Giving at the Homeless Coalition and have started my own business called TDC Consulting Concepts, Inc.

There you have it, my introduction and my introduction to AFP.  I will be providing a blog post at least once a month on various fundraising topics such as interviews, the newest in best practice models and other information on fundraising and AFP.  Please let me know if there is something you are interested in and would like to see posted.   Until, next time.

Sustainably Yours,


AFP Suncoast Collegiate Chapter

June 7, 2011

by Victor Teschel.

The AFP Suncoast Chapter has successfully created an AFP Collegiate Chapter at the University of South Florida. The AFP Collegiate Chapter program was created in order to educate undergraduate and graduate students about fundraising as a career path and to educate them about philanthropy in general. This organization will also give students the opportunity to establish positive relationships with experienced professionals in the fundraising field.

The first initiative of this chapter is to start a mentor program that pairs a collegiate chapter member with an experienced AFP Suncoast Chapter member. Having a mentor to ask for advice on career planning, current trends in non-profit management, and how to use their college years to prepare for life after college will be an essential piece of their developmental process. We appreciate all of those who have already expressed their interest in getting involved in the mentor program.

The second initiative of the AFP Suncoast Collegiate Chapter is for the students to create, plan, market and execute fundraising events and/or campaigns. The AFP Suncoast Chapter has the ability to provide a full circle experience by facilitating workshops on how to create and properly run an event and/or campaign and then provide immediate feedback on their efforts. It is with this process that the students will enhance their knowledge and experience about the complexities of running a campaign or executing a fundraising event.  

Even though the chapter has only been officially chartered since the March 2011 International Board Meeting, the students have been busy. The group has planned and executed two fundraising events, one for the Livestrong Foundation and the other for a student organization at USF, the International Health Service Collaborative. Both of these events were extremely well planned and provided great experience in event planning and collaborating with outside organizations. We look forward to building upon these experiences and expanding our organization to include students from diverse areas of campus and different levels of fundraising experience.

Thank you to the AFP Suncoast Board of Directors for agreeing to support the Collegiate Chapter and to all the Suncoast members who have gotten involved thus far. With your help, we will make the AFP Suncoast Collegiate Chapter a viable resource for tomorrow’s non-profit professionals and a great introduction for the future members of the AFP Suncoast Chapter.

If you are interested in getting involved with the AFP Suncoast Collegiate Chapter, please contact Victor Teschel at