AFPWM positively impacts our philanthropic community by connecting and educating people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising.

AFPWM positively impacts our philanthropic community by connecting and educating people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising.

Chapter History

The AFP-WM was established in 1984 under the guidance of Russ Gabier, who was Executive Director of the Western Michigan University Foundation at the time. Russ attended a Detroit meeting of the NSFRE, National Association of Fund Raising Executives, where he learned of the possibility of establishing a chapter in west Michigan. Russ served as our first president and was joined by Nancy Owen as the secretary and treasurer of the chapter. The first chapter administrator was Harriet Folz Angell, who was followed by Ethel Mitchell and Jean Forrest. The current chapter administrator is Deb O'Donnell at Aquinas College.

In the early 1990's the chapter established endowment funds at the Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids Community Foundations. These endowments, funded annually through chapter program revenues and individual donations, continue to generate scholarship awards for individuals pursuing training in fundraising. Throughout the years the chapter has continued to grow to its current base of over 200 members. The following list includes the distinguished presidents who have led our chapter.

 

1985 - Russell Gabier, CFRE
1986 - Russell Gabier, CFRE
1987 - Donald Distelberg, CFRE
1988 - Donald Distelberg, CFRE
1989 - Leonard Holt, CFRE
1990 - Leonard Holt, CFRE
1991 - S. Mark Terman, CFRE
1992 - S. Mark Terman, CFRE
1993 - S. Mark Terman, CFRE
1994 - Daryl Vogel, CFRE
1995 - Nancy Owen, CFRE
1996 - Nancy Owen, CFRE
1997 - Robert Berkhof, CFRE
1998 - Gary Faircloth
1999 - Alice Kemerling, CFRE
 

2000 - Ronald Rozema
2001 - Debra Minton, CFRE
2002 - Scott Wolterink, CFRE
2003 - Lon Swartzentruber
2004 - William Weitzel
2005 - Lynn Jackson
2006 - Jay Ediger
2007 - Kim Loftus
2008 - Keith Hopkins, CFRE
2009 - Keith Meyering, CFRE
2010 - Brett Holleman, CFRE
2011 - Anna Goddard
2012 - Anna Goddard
2013 - Janice Fonger
2014 - Janice Fonger
2015 - Barbara Hohman