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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,

Tracey

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