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AFP to honor VP for development June 21

by Leigh Handal
AFP Communications Chair
William J. “Jim” Fisher’s colleagues refer to him as the gold standard of fundraisers, those professionals who can be found at the heart of every nonprofit organization. In recognition of his three decades of service and leadership locally, Fisher will be the first recipient of the Outstanding Professional  Fundraiser award at the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) S.C. Lowcountry chapter’s celebration of  AFP’s 50th anniversary June 21.
The awards luncheon will be at noon at the Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Blvd. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at
Jim Fisher

Fisher is vice president for development and alumni affairs at MUSC, where he has served for more than 31 years. Under Fisher’s leadership, the university’s professional development staff has grown from three members to 45, while philanthropic support has grown from about $450,000 per year to more than $70 million. MUSC’s most recent $300 million Capital Campaign is concluding ahead of its goal and a year ahead of schedule.
“Jim represents the ideal fundraising professional, serving as a bridge to connect those in need with those who can help,” said AFP Lowcountry Chapter President Becky Dornisch.  “His intellect, integrity and dynamic leadership benefited our community both as a professional fundraiser and as an active volunteer himself.”
That doesn’t mean that Fisher is just another ‘business suit’ kind of professional.  As singer and guitarist for The Gin House Boys, Fisher has entertained Charleston audiences for more than 20 years with the sounds of classic rock and standard oldies in local clubs and at special events and weddings. Local venues include Charleston Place, Sunfire Grill, Iacofano’s and Buffalo South.  
A man of varied talents and interests, Fisher practices what he preaches to others about philanthropy. Fisher has served in leadership positions or been actively involved with numerous civic organizations, including the Charleston County Planning Commission, the Carolina Youth Development Center, Water Missions International, Trident United Way,  Charleston County School of the Arts, the Charleston Governance Council, and the Nativity School Board.
“Fundraising professionals like Jim are agents of change for the betterment of our community,” Dornisch said. “Our work touches, changes and sometimes even saves countless lives in ways we may not even be aware.”
The local AFP chapter received a number of outstanding nominations for this first-time award, said Judy Almand, awards chairman. The local chapter narrowed nominations to the top two, which were then sent to the Chicago AFP chapter for validation. “They overwhelmingly agreed that Jim’s career demonstrated the best in fundraising ethics and practices,” Ahlmand said.
AFP International was founded June 21, 1960. Fisher was instrumental in founding the local chapter 15 years ago and served as its inaugural president. 

Friday, June 18, 2010

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