President's Message


My friend and nonprofit dynamo, Mary Kay Martinez, CFRE, shared with the AFP San Antonio & South Texas Chapter a staggering statistic.

“Every single year for the next decade, 80,000 non-profit leadership positions will be vacated by those retiring.”

I had to know more and a quick google search landed on a study by Adrian Sargeant, PhD and Harriet Day, !The Wake Up Call Report, should you want to take a deep dive – it is fascinating research.

Why am I sharing this with you?

Who is going to fill those top leadership positions?

You are!

So how do you get yourself ready and bring your organization along with you? Education and Mentoring. Two of the pillars of your AFP membership! You can register for monthly meetings and the mentorship program is launching this spring. There is other big news on the horizon too – stay tuned.

And, sadly, there is this from the report. 

“Many managers are voicing their fears that the talent they have is not the talent they need.”

Are you or a colleague stuck here?  The AFP San Antonio and South Texas Chapter invites you to do something, along with the rest of us. See you at the next chapter meeting on February 18th!

Laura Leach, CFRE
President, AFP San Antonio & South Texas Chapter
Associate Executive Director, SA Life Academy


Chapter News

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Submit a nomination: Change the World with A Giving Heart.

What's Ahead for 2021: Trends, Changes and Opportunities


Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 18th @ 4 pm via Zoom
Presented by Diane M. Carlson
For more than 30 years, Diane M. Carlson has been helping her clients ask for and receive millions of dollars in support for their organizations. In this webinar, Diane will walk us through the process of managing the “ask”, starting with prospect identification and ending with how to handle saying “thank you”.

Click here to register.


Philanthropy 2021: The Road Ahead

A panel discussion with philanthropy professionals about the road ahead in 2021 from the fundraising and fiscal management perspectives. As communities have recently navigated through uncertain times, nonprofits are instrumental in meeting the needs of the community during the corona virus pandemic. This special panel will discuss what the nonprofit sector can expect in the new year and how your organization can maximize these opportunities to meet the ever evolving needs of the San Antonio and South Texas community.

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