I’m writing to share that the AFP Wine Country Chapter Board of Directors has decided to recommend that our chapter disband. If you’re a current member, I already reached out to you personally to request your vote to support this disbandment and to share updates about your membership.
If you’re not yet a member of AFP, I encourage you to join AFP Golden Gate Chapter, which is partnering with us to transfer current Wine Country members and to welcome all supporters of our chapter.
We’re so grateful for your support. In the last five years, our communities have been devastated by fires, floods, power outages, drought, COVID-19, and other challenges. Our board focused on providing quality programs during these crises, supporting each other as we navigated a constantly evolving sector. However, after many thoughtful conversations, we determined you would be best served by an AFP chapter with greater capacity to support, train and educate.
Although we’re sad to disband the Wine Country Chapter, we’re grateful to AFP Golden Gate leadership for their encouragement and enthusiasm. They’re excited to welcome you to their incredible network of fundraising professionals from the Greater Bay Area. And as a member, you’ll have access to a wide range of programs plus new affinity group “Constellations” that will enable you to maintain local connections. As acting Wine Country Board President, I have agreed to be the Wine Country liaison during this transitional time.
Again, thank you so much for participating in our chapter. Our board is proud of your resilience and growth as you led our nonprofits and communities through some of the most significant obstacles of our lifetimes. And personally, I’m incredibly grateful to our board members for their work and commitment—and for making this courageous decision.
We look forward to sharing more about this exciting opportunity. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions.
Acting President, AFP Wine Country Chapter
Special Thanks to the Board of Directors
Pat Callahan, Immediate Past President
Pete McCormick, Treasurer