The AFP Ten Star Gold Award!


DATE:                       February 2017

FOR RELEASE:         Immediate

CONTACT:                Chandra Tracy, Chapter Administrator


(Arlington, Va.) – The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Suncoast Chapter has been named a 2017 Ten Star GOLD Chapter.

Every year, AFP, the largest association of professional fundraisers in the world, honors chapters for achieving goals that align with key objectives in its long-range strategic plan. Chapters receive the Ten Star GOLD Award for performing specific activities designed to increase professionalism within fundraising and public awareness of the importance of philanthropy.

Less than 20 percent of AFP’s 243 chapters earn the Ten Star Gold Chapter recognition, making the Suncoast Chapter one of the association’s leading chapters around the world.

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Ten Star Gold Chapters are recognized at the AFP International Conference on Fundraising. Chapters also earn the privilege of displaying the Ten Star Gold logo on their website, newsletters and stationary.

“Our Ten Star Gold Chapters go above and beyond in terms of working with the community and educating people about fundraising and the importance of philanthropy and wise giving,” said Jason Lee, AFP Interim President and CEO. “The Suncoast Chapter has done an extraordinary job, and I want to congratulate all of the chapter leaders and members for their dedication to ethical and effective fundraising and philanthropy. The Suncoast Chapter is an excellent resource for the local community, and I encourage those interested in fundraising and philanthropy to contact this Ten Star Gold Chapter.”

Criteria for the award are determined by AFP International Headquarters. A list of several goals is published annually, and chapters must accomplish 16 of these goals during the year and submit a nomination form for verification to be honored.

For more information on the Ten Star Award process, please visit

Since 1960, AFP has inspired global change and supported efforts that generated over $1 trillion. AFP’s more than 33,000 individual and organizational members raise over $115 billion annually, equivalent to one-third of all charitable giving in North America and millions more around the world. For more information or to join the world's largest association of fundraising professionals, visit

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