30. A Conversation with AFP Global's New Board Chair



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About this episode

In this episode of The Intentional Fundraiser podcast, I’m talking with Birgit Burton. I have to say, I love this woman! She’s an incredible human. An enchanting storyteller. And a source of knowledge and inspiration in my life, and I’m so grateful for her.

I have the great privilege of serving as faculty alongside Birgit with the Institute for Charitable Giving. I learn something new every single time I hear her speak or sit down with her over a meal.

Moreover, Birgit is Chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Global Board. She has the distinction of being the first African American woman in AFP’s 60-year history to serve in this role.

She is the Founder and Executive Director of African American Development Officers Network (AADO), which she launched at Georgia Tech in 1998 to provide professional development, education, employment support, mentorship, and networking opportunities for African American fundraisers. Take a listen.


Our guest

Birgit Burton, The African American Development Officers (AADO) Network


"The numbers are significant for the professionals we're losing. I want people to see fundraising as a true profession where they can really utilize their talents. And I want to see an increase in diversity in the profession."

- Birgit Burton, Founder, The African American Development Officers (AADO) Network


Resources mentioned in this episode 

Collecting Courage

The Philanthropic Covenant with Black America

Five Minutes for Fundraising


Assessment of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access For Fundraising Professionals


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