Chapter Leadership Brief 12.07.18


By Jill M. Scibilia, CFRE

Chapter Secretary & Vice President, Development,
Phelps Hospital Northwell Health


I recently made a career move after fifteen years at the same organization.  I loved my job and the mission of the organization I served. I had a wonderful team, a strong partnership with the CEO, and the organization has an incredible board and deeply committed volunteers.

So this was not a decision I made lightly. During my discernment process, I sought the advice of some trusted development colleagues and friends.  You know who you are.  I am deeply grateful for the counsel and encouragement each one of you gave me.  Thank you.

Here are some of the pieces of wisdom you shared:

  1. Own the fact that you don’t know what you don’t know. 
  2. Select the job based on the leader, the mission and the culture of the organization.
  3. Don’t say yes until you fall in love with the job and the mission you will be advancing.
  4. Don’t be afraid to explore a different sector within philanthropy (for example if you are in youth development, consider higher education, healthcare or the environment). 
  5. Make sure your values align with those of the leader of the organization.
  6. Seek an opportunity that will take you outside of your comfort zone.
  7. It’s time for you to do this and if you start to get cold feet, call me.
  8. Own the fact that you don’t know what you don’t know.

One of the best reasons to be involved in AFP is that it helps us build a network of trusted colleagues. We listen to one another. We are honest with one another. We learn from one another. This means we are better able to serve our sector and our respective missions. Being in the right job at the right time makes a huge difference. As fundraisers, we know we are most effective if we are in love with the job and mission we seek to advance.

I accepted a position I felt called to pursue, and I am excited and energized by the opportunity.

Thank you for being a part of our AFP Community and for all you do to make the world a better place.  Wishing you a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season. 

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