Tampa, FL, December 13, 2016 – Michelle A. Turman, MA, CFRE and Principal of Catalyst Consulting Services was appointed to a two-year term to the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Suncoast Chapter Board of Directors. Turman will be serving as the Florida Caucus Representative. “We are so glad that Michelle stepped up to represent us in this important way.” stated incoming AFP Board Chair Sara Leonard. Turman has been a member of AFP since 2002, served on the Board of Directors from 2002-2004 and is a recipient of the Certified Fund Raising Executive designation. 

About the Association of Fundraising Professionals

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents more than 30,000 members in over 229 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education, and certification programs. The association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession.

About the Florida Caucus

The AFP Florida Caucus is a coalition of the 18 AFP Florida Chapters and the Puerto Rico Chapter. The AFP Florida Caucus is dedicated to advancing philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising through education, training, mentoring, research, credentialing and advocacy; and under an informal joint relationship, convene as a group to conduct statewide business of interest to the chapters as well as sponsor and conduct a statewide educational event Planet Philanthropy.

The Nonprofit Sector in Florida:
• Is the fourth largest employer among Florida industries
• Between Nonprofits and Foundations, it holds assets exceeding $91 billion
• Generates more than $48 billion in total revenue, expending over $44 billion
• Generates more than $61 billion in total economic activity

With over twenty-two years of nonprofit experience, Turman has been responsible for increasing the impact and best practices of nonprofit organizations she serves and has raised over $60 million for the Tampa Bay community through her professional and personal philanthropic efforts.  Turman is a Key Partner and educational trainer for the Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay and at the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at Rollins College. In 2015, Turman was recognized by Tampa Bay Metro Magazine as one of Tampa Bay’s Distinguished Women in Business in 2015 and The Face of Nonprofit Change in 2016. Turman was also a 2007 and 2016 nominee for the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Business Woman of the Year.

Catalyst Consulting Services facilitates positive change for nonprofit organizations.