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Trina's Story - BE the CAUSE Campaign

Each and every day, the important work you do demonstrates that you are a leader in effecting change in our community, making it a much better place for all of us. These three words—Empower, Strengthen, Transform—describe WHAT you do as a fundraiser and WHY you do it.

When you give to the BE the CAUSE Campaign, benefiting both our chapter and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy, you are investing in the future of our profession and advancing philanthropy for the greater good. 

The BE the CAUSE Campaign, with several other sources of funding, supports Professional Development Grants, formally known as the Chamberlain Scholarship Program. These grants are provided to first-time attendees at the AFP International Fundraising Conference. The conference provides an opportunity for nonprofit professionals to develop their knowledge and skills in fundraising, while exchanging ideas with colleagues around the world. 

Trina’s Story …

AFP has been a tremendous asset to my growth as a development professional. When I stepped into a new role and challenge, I looked to AFP as a critical resource in developing my skills in new areas. While I knew the 2018 International Fundraising Conference would provide just the education and inspiration I was looking for, it was not within my organization’s budget. The Chamberlain award made it possible for me to attend the conference in New Orleans, and it was an experience of a lifetime. I’m grateful for the trust and investment of our chapter, and I look forward to paying it forward through my

organization and our NE WI AFP Chapter. 

Your investment in the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy will help support local, national, and international program.

  • Diversity & Inclusion – Is a pillar of the AFP Strategic Plan, scholarships for people from diverse communities is a priority for the Foundation.

  • Professional Development - Professional development grants (formerly scholarships) provide fundraisers and nonprofit leaders with education, training, and leadership development opportunities.

  • Research – provides an increased knowledge of fundraising, philanthropy, and social innovation, and includes the Growth in Giving Initiative

I hope you are inspired by Trina’s story and will make your gift today. You can go online to

Thank you for all you do in support of your colleagues, your local chapter, and the AFP Foundation. BE the CAUSE reflects your commitment to and passion for our rewarding profession. Together we are creating societal impact. 

If you would like more information, please visit or contact me with questions at or (920) 832-6551. Thank you!

Kara Muchow, CFRE Associate Director of Major and Planned Giving, Lawrence University Chairperson, BE the CAUSE AFP, Northeastern WI 


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