The Association of Fundraising Professionals [AFP] of Bermuda recently partnered with the Bermuda National Trust [BNT] to plant a tree in the Royal Naval Dockyard Cemetery.
A spokesperson said, “The tree will become part of a larger plot for an annual planting by AFP Bermuda to recognise Bermuda philanthropists in honour of AFP’s National Philanthropy Day.
“National Philanthropy Day [NPD] celebrates the charitable work that everyone does to make a difference and impact their communities through donations of time, talent and financial contributions.”
AFP Bermuda Co-Presidents Ann Spencer-Arscott and Katie Bennett shared: “This year, the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Bermuda wants to recognise our incredibly generous community and their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past two and a half years, individuals, community groups, and corporate and foundation donors have stepped up to help our entire Island face an unprecedented pandemic. From charitable donations to food supplies, and volunteer hours to the work of local non-profits, we celebrate this year’s National Philanthropy Day honorees: everyone who has been working hard since March 2020 to support Bermuda.”
“The Bermuda National Trust is delighted to partner with the AFP on this tree-planting to recognize Bermuda philanthropists,” said Karen Border, Executive Director of BNT. “As a local non-profit, we rely heavily on donations from many supporters, both private and corporate, in order to fulfill our mission to protect and promote Bermuda’s unique natural and cultural heritage for everyone, forever. Planting a tree a year seems a most appropriate way to honour the generosity of the Bermuda community.”
The AFP Bermuda Chapter is committed to investing in and supporting the mentoring, training and development of professionals involved in raising funds ethically in Bermuda. For information about the AFP, visit afpglobal.org.