Senior director of development re-elected president of local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals

This week the chapter will hold its National Philanthropy Day Celebration, an event being chaired by another UMKC Foundation development officer


Nov. 17, 2015

Jennifer J.E. Wampler, CFRE, senior director of development at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance, has been elected to a second term as president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Mid America Chapter.

Wampler is only the second president in the organization’s history to serve a second term as president.

“It is wonderful to work with such a committed group of people who believe in the power of philanthropy to change our city for the better,” Wampler said.

Wampler, who joined the UMKC Foundation staff in July 2012, has been working on the ongoing effort to raise $48 million for a Downtown Campus for the Arts. To date, that effort is within $14 million of its goal, which must be reached by June 30, 2016.

The AFP chapter, which includes more than 270 members, this week will hold its largest annual event, National Philanthropy Day, a city-wide celebration of philanthropy and volunteerism in the Kansas City community. David Fulk, senior advancement officer at KCUR and also affiliated with the UMKC Foundation, is chairing the committee that is organizing the celebration, which will be held on Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. at the National World War I Museum.

Each year the AFP chapter honors area philanthropists and fundraising professionals in connection with National Philanthropy Day. This year, Annabel and James B. Nutter will be honored as philanthropists of the year, and the Polsinelli law firm will be honored as the business philanthropist of the year.

Steven Norris, president of the UMKC Foundation, praised the AFP and its member’s commitment to making the Kansas City community a better place for everyone.

“It is a privilege for the UMKC Foundation to have development professionals the caliber of Jennifer Wampler and David Fulk on our team. They are setting the bar not only through their service to the university, but also through their contributions to the larger community through their roles with AFP,” Norris said.

The UMKC Foundation, launched in 2009, is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves as the official fundraising and fund management organization for UMKC.