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New Hampshire Non-Profit Professional Development Organizations Merge

AFP is an internationally recognized organization whose nearly 30,000 individual and organizational members raise more than $100 billion annually. The Northern New England Chapter, founded in 1998, serves fundraising professionals in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. CONFR, founded more than 30 years ago, has primarily served New Hampshire-based non-profit staff and board fundraisers. The merged organization will serve a combined membership of more than 600 fundraisers, and will reach at least 6,000 professionals through its network of contacts.

The merger consolidates the educational programs, resources and funder networks of the two organizations to better respond to the needs of all fundraisers, including their respective members and other development professionals, CEOs, support staff and board members of nonprofit organizations.

“After 32 years of providing professional development and networking for fundraisers in New Hampshire, CONFR strives to bring the best possible resources to all fundraisers in the region through this merger with AFPNNE,” said CONFR Executive Director Pam McDonald.

“We are ready to bring AFP’s international scope of resources to fundraisers in New Hampshire, while continuing the culture of CONFR in New Hampshire and promoting the very best of CONFR’s educational programs to the nonprofit sectors in Maine and Vermont,” announced Kate White Lewis, AFP-NNE’s immediate past president.

The two organizations formally announced the merger prior to a joint educational conference held in Concord, NH, on November 4-5, 2014. The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (NHCF) has supported the merger with a grant to support the organizations’ transitional period. NHCF’s Vice President of Community Impact Katie Merrow says the foundation sees this as an excellent opportunity to strengthen capacity around learning and support for fundraising professionals. “In New Hampshire, we have a lot of small non-profits and we look to national foundations and organizations to provide knowledge based capacity. We’re pleased to see CONFR be able to do that and link with AFP-Northern New England.”

The organizations’ combined strengths will provide training, networking opportunities and information on best practices in nonprofit governance, management, ethics and fundraising to the region’s charitable and philanthropic institutions.

Posted on: December 1, 2014
Topics: Collaboration | Something New

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