Join us on Thursday, January 20th at 1pm EST for a conversation with Birgit Smith Burton, Chair-elect, AFP Global Board.
Birgit Smith Burton is a respected leader in the fundraising profession who has raised more than $500 million during her 33-year career. As the executive director of foundation relations at the Georgia Institute of Technology, she led her team in raising $309 million toward the Institute's most recent successful $1.8 billion capital campaign.
Birgit serves on the global board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and recently was voted as the chair-elect for 2021. She has the distinction of being the first African American woman in AFP’s 60-year history to serve in this role. Birgit is the immediate past chair of the IDEA Committee (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access). She also chairs the A.E. Lowe Grice Scholarship Fund, serves on the Hosea Helps board of directors, and is a trustee for her alma mater, Medaille College. Birgit is the founder of AADO, the African American Development Officers Network, which for 23 years has provided professional development, education, employment support, mentorship, and networking opportunities for fundraisers of color. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
I have spent my entire career in fundraising and managed a variety of fundraising programs. I have had the privilege to raise more than $20 million for the organizations I have represented. And I have worked on gifts ranging in the millions to direct marketing campaigns for first time donors. My fundraising style is authentic, open, and strategic. This is also my style as a recruiter. I am committed to finding the best fit for organizations of all sizes and candidates of all skill levels and experience. I have a deep understanding of non-profit management and work extensively with boards and hiring managers to identify the types of candidates best positioned for success. My involvement with the fundraising profession has allowed me to build a large network of professionals across North America. I take the time to get to know each candidate and their career aspirations, to ensure the best possible cultural fit. My educational background includes a B.A. in Psychology and an MBA with a concentration in Marketing, both from Brock University. I am a Certified Fundraising Executive, a member of AFP, CCAE, CASE, and I enjoy presenting at conferences and mentoring fundraisers.
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