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PHILIPPINE RED CROSS HOSTS THE 3RD ASIA PACIFIC FUNDRAISER’S NETWORK
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is hosting the 3rd Asia Pacific Fundraiser’s Network (AFPN) Meeting (Pulong): Do More, Do Better, Reach Further on July 4-6 at Acacia Hotel, Muntinlupa City.

More than 100 delegates from 20 Red Cross and Red Crescent national societies worldwide will participate in the said meeting or pulong.

The AFPN, launched in 2009, is a membership-based association of the Asia Pacific National Societies who are committed to having a stronger position in resource mobilization.

PRC has been a member of APFN for four years now. Through the efforts of PRC Secretary General Dr. Gwendolyn Pang, PRC has been one of the most active and successful national societies in the field of fundraising.

“It is an honor for the Philippine Red Cross to host and lead this year’s APFN. We aim to engage more members to have a sustainable network of professional fundraisers in Asia Pacific,” said Pang.

The network aims to enhance fundraising skills of its members and to share best practices of successful fundraising tools and techniques among member National Societies.

A 3-day event was organized to enhance fundraising skills of delegates through discussions on “Resource Mobilization and Humanitarian Diplomacy”, “Engaging Donors”, “Moving from Transactional to Relational FR”, and “Emergency Fundraising”.

Skills building sessions on “Growing Your Individual Income”, How to Plan and Build Fundraising Strategy, Fundraising with Social Media, “Fundraising Can Be Fun with Campaign Ideas”, “Branch Fundraising: Ideas for your National Societies”, “Setting up a Direct Mail”, “Fundraising Strategies – An Essential Tool to Develop Your Fundraising” and“Grant Seeking and Writing” will also be carried out.

Likewise, part of the 3-day meeting is the formation of the new set of the APFN Steering Group members. New members of Steering Group will work hand-in-hand to further enhance the fundraising skills of members and to develop them into excellent leaders in their fields of choice.

Pang also added that this meeting aims to support the vision of APFN to do more, by bringing together National Societies in Asia Pacific to work on common goals related to resource Mobilization; do better by building a strong network of fundraising leaders with professional skills and expertise; and reach further by increasing income to help more vulnerable people.

For a short span of time, APFN has grown to a network of 25 members as of today. For the succeeding years, APFN aims to encourage more National Societies to be actively involved and to make the vision of APFN a reality.
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