Association of Fundraising Professionals Space Coast Chapter
Bachelor of Science, Interdisciplinary Studies
University of Central Florida
YEARS IN AREA:
Lifelong Brevard Resident
YEARS AT COMPANY:
4 1⁄2 Years with EDC of Florida’s Space Coast
Ask members of the Space Coast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) what they did before they became fundraisers and you’ll get the most diverse answers imaginable. From a marketing major, bookkeeper and business owner, to an office manager for an engineering firm and a real-deal electrical engineer – and even an Army spouse. The many faces of Brevard County fund- raisers reveal a remarkable group of compassionate professionals devoted to helping others fulfill their desire to make a difference.
Pamela Gunthorpe’s story is no different. She began her fundraising career as an administrative assistant for a healthcare foundation. It was a chance to do something different and she quickly found her calling. Working with caring, passionate colleagues, she learned the basics of fundraising and how to build a comprehensive fundraising program that includes the three major activity areas: annual giving, major giving and planned giving. Her career has been built on understanding both the art and science of fundraising with a foundation grounded in building relationships.
According to Pamela, “passionate fundraisers don’t ask for money; we invite people to join us in supporting a cause we know is near and dear to their hearts.”
Today Ms. Gunthorpe uses her experience in her work as Investor Relations Manager for the Eco- nomic Development Commission and as a board member for the South Brevard Sharing Center and local chapter of AFP.
“I am honored to serve as the President of the AFP, an organization advancing philanthropy by empowering its members to practice ethical fundraising through professional education, networking, research and advocacy,” says Ms. Gunthorpe.
Learn more about AFP and the chapter events at https://community.afpnet.org/afpflspacecoastchapter.