Happy New Year!
We would like to express our appreciation for the immense support, partnership and generosity you gave us in 2022. Our efforts continue to be anchored on the belief that together, we can do much more for the professional development of Africa’s resource mobilization. and professionals.
Riding on the experiences of 2022, there’s no better time than now, to reflect on its success, milestones, achievements , lessons learned and challenges withered , most especially as we focus on 2023 and the endless possibilities on the horizon.
A Note from Our Board Chair
Receive Happy New Year greetings from the secretariat and board here at the Kenya Association of Fundraising Professionals! After a restful break spent with family and friends, we are all gearing up to an impactful 2023.
As we start the year, we are cognisant of the fact that big as well as small non-profits continue to face an ever rising demand for resources to enable them to fulfill their mandates. This year, we will continue to invest in capacity building to enable our members to acquire the most updated skills and information about the resource mobilization landscape.
The world is paying attention to global challenges such as climate change which has affected virtually all aspects of life. There have also been global conflicts which have diverted the attention of the international donor community to the detriment of governments and nonprofits in the global south. Nevertheless, several opportunities still exist to be tapped on. As a popular adage goes “When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills”; At KAFP, we will take advantage of the opportunities that are emerging and equip our members with the requisite skills to pursue them.
We pride ourselves as a leader in the Resource Mobilization and Fundraising space and value our partners Ranging from Not-for-profits, Government bodies and private sector. We remain committed in our quest to deliver the highest standards in resource mobilization training. We have every intent to stay and work towards remaining Africa’s premier platform for Fundraising and Resource Mobilization.
I would like to specially thank all our members and partners for your continuous support and remarkable level of endorsement. In the spirit of “Ubuntu” We are because You are. I also thank the Board and Secretariat team at KAFP for the diligence and dedication ensuring the best is delivered from us.
Wishing you a successful 2023.
Kenya Association of Fundraising Professionals.
2022 In perspective
A successful year with redefined opportunities of growth, change and achievement. With evolving trends in fundraising and philanthropy, KAFP’s strategic engagement is heavily focused on topics that would address not only current challenges faced in the professional space but that also provide practical tools and solutions to increase expertise, skill and leverage positive fundraising outcomes.
A 20% growth in our membership 2022 evidenced by increased popularity in attendance and participation across 2022’s Coffee Talks and other presented engagements across the calendar year. These engagements created a learning and networking platform focusing on a range of relevant topics that encouraged intentional conversations, synthesized understanding and led by Industry guru’s , with notable continuity and connectivity through KAFP’s network platform.
Snapshot of 2022’s engagement topics:
- Thinking Globally, Acting Locally
- Rising above the sky – Fundraising during global crises
- In the eyes of a donor
- Going Digital: Change or Perish
- Winning grants through effective communication
- The rare gem – Fundraising from the Diaspora
- Innovation and New Philanthropy
- Green Finance: Evolving Opportunities
- Impact Investment and Venture Philanthropy: What you need to know
- Staff and alumni Giving: Mining the gem from friends
Growing The Team
Our continued commitment towards advancing ethical and effective fundraising , heavily leverages on the value KAFP’s leadership and management, sustainably injects into Africa’s philanthropic and resource mobilization space. As an organization we are geared to continuously pioneer internal growth and development driven by a holistic 360 degree approach to fundraising and that is underscored by a robust management structure, composed of recognized professionals from different scopes of the fundraising and development arena.
It is our utmost pleasure to introduce new and recognizable faces to the KAFP family:
Board Member: Ruwaydah Abdul- Rahman Oimbo – With over 15 years of fundraising experience in Conservation and development, she is an internationally well sought after consultant in Not- for-profit management and philanthropy; Founder of Ruwaydah Abdulrahman Consulting
(The current Board is composed of: Chairperson-Maurice Omondi, Treasurer-Cindy Ogana, Secretary-Ruwaydah Abdul- Rahman , Advisory committee members- Mike Muchilwa and Moses Chege)
KAFP Programmes Coordinator: Malenge-R Diana – With over 7 years professional experience in the Not-for-Profit sector, Diana brings a strong skill set in terms of Project Management , event coordination, communications and a strong background in Sociology and Anthropology, with an immersive understanding of the socio-economic and cultural dynamics of diverse communities.
(Diana joins Ann Muthuka-Finance and Administration in steering the Secretariat.)
We are excited to welcome them to the team and firmly believe that this addition, will further propel KAFP’s ongoing success and massively scale-up the pool of talent in benefiting our memberships and in refining our role in resource mobilization, and that realizes tangible and sustainable outcomes for Africa’s development needs.
Running for the 28th time, the annual EARMW was once again hosted at Mombasa’s popular Sarova White Sands. Globally recognized as Eastern Africa’s premier fundraising workshop this year was attended by representatives from at least 9 countries across Africa, featuring key-speakers and fundraising trailblazers, from some of the continent’s recognized spaces.
Themed ‘REVITALISING RESOURCE MOBILISATION FOR THE MODERN AGE’, attendees participated and increased their knowledge on developing and new trends in fundraising and leveraged new network connections. In light of the past two years and in recognition of the importance of mental health and the pressures that go hand in hand with resource mobilization roles- the participants also benefited from additional wellness focused activities – empowering them with coping mechanisms for a successful work life integration in preparation for 2023.
Looking into 2023, we have a number of exciting plans lined up. KAFP training resumes from February – December 2023. We implore you to stay tuned on The KAFP social media handles (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter) and Website as we will ensure you are brought up to speed with the various announcements through the year on The KAFP Calendar.