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SBNM Director Wes Lindahl Appointed Chair of AFP Research Council

Wesley Lindahl

CHICAGO, IL (January 17, 2007) – The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the largest community of professional fundraisers in the world, has appointed the director of North Park University’s School of Business and Nonprofit Management (SBNM), Wesley Lindahl, Ph.D., as chair of its Research Council.

The mission of the Research Council is to be a key resource and leader for research about the fundraising profession to advance the philanthropic community. The Council’s objectives include convening academics and practitioners to discuss issues of mutual interest, seeking out and funding research, disseminating research information, engaging AFP members to identify research topics, and collaborating with others to encourage research.

"We are delighted that Wes has agreed to accept this leadership position for AFP," said Cathlene Williams, AFP’s vice president for research. "He has made significant contributions to education and research in the nonprofit sector, and has been an active participant in the Research Council’s initiatives, including the AFP small grants program, the research prize program, and the Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP)."

Current priorities on the Council’s research agenda are the annual compensation and benefits survey, research on the cost of fundraising, fundraising effectiveness, trends in the nonprofit field, international issues, and demographics of fundraisers and donors.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals represents more than 28,000 members in more than 180 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. The association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession.