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Women’s History Month

As Women’s History Month comes to an end, AFP-GPC joins in encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history by reflecting upon the incredible women who have shaped fundraising right here in Philadelphia.

One, in particular, Jane Williams, stands out in my mind. During her life and career, Jane was an ardent champion of AFP-GPC and our work in supporting fundraisers across the region.

While Jane may have passed away over three years ago, many of us who served with her through AFP-GPC still remember her clearly as the highly accomplished and highly regarded fundraising professional she was. During her incredible fundraising career, Jane was a development officer at five institutions in Philadelphia and New York City before partnering with Scott Schultz to grow their namesake consulting firm, Schultz & Williams. As the AVP for development and alumni relations at the University of Pennsylvania, Jane played a leadership role in planning the nation’s first billion-dollar capital campaign. Later, as a consultant, Jane provided major gift planning and capital campaign guidance for large and small nonprofits alike, serving organizations as diverse as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Grand View Health Foundation, Bancroft and New York-Presbyterian.

Jane’s career spanned more than five decades, and she achieved success as a development leader for major institutions; as an acclaimed author and lecturer in our field; and as a valued consultant to scores of nonprofit organizations. Twenty-five years ago, Jane was the first woman to be recognized as AFP-GPC’s Fundraising Executive of the Year.

Of all the roles that Jane played, there is one that may have been most meaningful to her—that of a teacher and mentor to other fundraisers. It is in that spirit that I highlight the M. Jane Williams Professional Development Award, which was originally funded by friends and colleagues when it was established upon her passing in 2018. Managed by AFP-GPC, this annual award supports a mid-career development professional who seeks to advance his or her knowledge, leadership skills and service to the profession.

If you are as inspired as I am by Jane’s work, the impact of all women on the nonprofit sector, and the vital role of AFP-GPC in the Philadelphia fundraising community, please join me in making a donation to the M. Jane Williams Professional Development Fund.

With gratitude,

Doris Parent
AFP-GPC President

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