Posts Tagged ‘new member’

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,


Members: Tracey D. Crocker & Marla D. Grant

January 20, 2011

(L-R) Tracey Crocker, Margaret Djekovic and Greg Williams

Last year, I invited Tracey Crocker to come to a meeting. She liked it so much she became a new member of AFP and the AFP Suncoast chapter. Her energy and enthusiasm for the fundraising field has made her exciting to be around. When she introduced two guests at lunch on January 18th I felt compelled to tell you the story.

Tracey is Director of the NCH Florida Project for the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County. She encouraged her colleague Margaret Djekovic to join AFP and they brought their colleague Greg Williams, who also works for the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County. I had the pleasure of talking with them about volunteer opportunities and that led me to introduce them to Marla Grant, who is the primary administrator of the AFP Suncoast page.

Marla D. Grant

Marla has been interested in starting a new initiative within the chapter to help people who are new to the fundraising field get acclimated. Already, Marla does a GREAT job of posting resources on the Facebook page. She filters through the massive amounts of information available online and posts only the resources she finds most valuable.

Getting involved in AFP is like turning a little snowball into a mighty army of snowpeople (forgive me but it is winter even if we don’t get snow in Florida!) What started with me inviting Tracey and working with Marla on Facebook is now likely to turn into a great sub-community for new fundraisers. See how easy that was? What an amazing chapter we have!

So share the love and invite people you know who would benefit from all that AFP Suncoast has to offer.

P.S. And if you want to talk with Marla about resources for new fundraisers, why not give her a post here:

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.