In this episode of The Beacon Podcast, Jeff Jowdy speaks with Association of Fundraising Professionals President and CEO Mike Geiger about AFP and three new member benefits designed to elevate nonprofit professionals – and the sector as a whole.
For more than 50 years, AFP has offered guidance and education for fundraisers on how to do their vital work ethically and effectively. Mike and his team recently announced new initiatives to enhance members’ professional and personal development.
Here, he explains the purpose and benefits of:
· AFP 360: a free online tool, powered by executive search firm Korn Ferry, that offers a number of career development options including customized career plans, coaching, psychometric testing,career development videos, and real-time feedback on presentation skills for donor visits or colleague conversations;
· AAUW Negotiation Training: a partnership with the American Association of University Women to provide negotiation strategy, training and workshops that everyone can use; and
· AFP Ethics Month (October): a month’s worth of daily articles, webinars and activities specifically related to ethics.
For more information or to join AFP, visit www.afpglobal.org
About our guest
Mike Geiger is president and chief executive officer of the Association of Fundraising Professionals,representing individuals and organizations that raise more than $115 billion in charitable contributions every year for countless causes around the world.
Mike has over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Prior to accepting the president and CEO role for AFP, he served as executive director of the Chief Executives Organization, Inc., an international membership organization with a focus on education. He has previously served in senior executive positions for the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Mike sits on the board and is chair of the Finance and Investment Committee of the Romanian American Foundation, created by a 1995 act of the United States Congress, which promotes a democratic society to ensure access to opportunities for all segments of the Romanian population.
Born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark, Mike is a certified public accountant. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond and a master's in business administration from Northeastern University. He moved to the United States to attend college and now lives with his family in northern Virginia. A very, very long time ago, Mike was a highly competitive tennis player, and while he remains passionate about the sport, he spends most of his time with family and friends, a glass of good bourbon and a Nordic crime novel.