AFP Utah is honored to recognize these outstanding development professionals. Please read on to learn more about this year's award recipients.
Carolyn started her career as a public relations account manager at a local advertising agency. She quickly realized her passion for the non-profit sector spending the past 30 years in this field. Carolyn has worked as a development director at a variety of non-profits including Camp Kostopoulos, Ballet West and Fund Raising Counsel Inc. The past nearly 18 years have been at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business.
Carolyn has been intimately involved in five major capital campaign building projects, as well as fundraising for various programs, initiatives, centers and institutes. She considers herself a “matchmaker” bringing together institutional needs and givers to the betterment of organizations and the individuals they serve.
A people-person at heart, Carolyn relishes the opportunity she has had to meet extraordinary people throughout the country who wish to pay it forward to others.
Carolyn actively volunteers in her community currently serving on the board of Larry H. Miller Charities. After being diagnosed with systemic scleroderma in 2015, she has become active in this rare disease community as co-leader of Utah’s Scleroderma Support Group and as a scleroderma mentor presenting to patients, caregivers and medical professionals nationwide. Her disease has given her personal insight into the often unseen daily struggles of those living with chronic illness and other challenges.
Carolyn is married to Robert (Bob) Buma and has three children, two grandsons, and another grandchild on the way. While her career and volunteer roles have given her fulfillment and purpose, her greatest joy has been her family. Carolyn’s most cherished gift has been watching her children become caring, empathetic adults who make the world around them a better place.
Executive Director of Development
David Eccles School of BusinessUniversity of Utah
Melissa Mathews is the Chapter President for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Idaho, Nevada, Utah Chapter and has been with the Society for nearly six years. Melissa is passionate about raising money, creating awareness and engaging donors, volunteers and the community in the MS movement. She has served in the nonprofit sector for more than 20 years fundraising in Utah, Illinois and Georgia, and worked with the Girl Scout organization, Utah Symphony|Utah Opera and Intermountain Healthcare. She served on the Association of Fundraising Professionals board from 2012-2019, two of those years as Board Chair. During her tenure as Board Chair, she worked with the board on transitioning from Utah Society of Fundraisers and creating the Association of Fundraising Professionals Utah Chapter. In addition to AFP, Melissa has served as Vice-Chair and member of the Salt Lake Chamber Business Women’s Forum and Athena Awards Committee and an alumni of Leadership Utah with the Salt Lake Chamber.
She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications in 1998 from Weber State University, started her nonprofit work as a grant writer and never looked back. Melissa currently resides in Salt Lake City with her husband, three children and two pets. When she isn’t working she is managing chaos, cooking, waiting for the Chicago Bears to win a game, reading, hiking, Pilates/yoga or watching some mindless television to escape the chaos.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Idaho, Nevada, Utah Chapter
Jessica Nelson is the Director of Planned Giving at the University of Utah and has been in U’s Planned Giving Office for almost 8 years. Prior to joining the University, Jessica practiced law for two years as a general practitioner; particularly enjoying the areas of civil litigation, criminal law, and estate planning. Jessica’s passion and interest in working in the public sector began in college at Weber State University and developed further while attending Appalachian School of Law in Virginia.
Jessica is actively involved in the development community in and around Salt Lake City. She is a member of the Utah State Bar and regularly participates in the Probate and Estate Planning section. Additionally, she is a member of the Salt Lake Estate Planning Council and a member of the Utah Planned Giving Roundtable and has been serving on its board since 2016. Jessica is also a veteran of the United States Air Force Reserve, receiving an Honorable Discharge in 2009. Jessica enjoys travelling (when we’re not in a pandemic) with her husband. She also has two dogs, Lulubelle Priscilla and Willie Nelson, and loves all things Disney!
Director of Planned Giving
University of Utah
Scott Olson has worked in various Advancement roles at Utah State University for 26 years. Although many of those years were spent in the field of alumni relations, he made the switch to fundraising 3 years ago. This change to fundraising came easy because of his experience working with Aggie alumni worldwide. He is now the Senior Director for Principal Giving, Presidential Engagement, and Campaign Organizer at USU. He is a graduate of Utah State University and is proud to work for his alma mater.
Scott serves on the planning committee for CASE Utah, is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and is currently working on his CFRE certification. He volunteers in many ways outside of work, including serving as Chair of the Cache Valley Visitors Bureau board. When not working, he enjoys spending time with family and planning his next dream vacation.
Senior Director for Principal Giving,
Presidential Engagement, and Campaign Organizer
Utah State University
After a long and unprecedented year, AFP-Utah is excited to announce Fundraising Day is back and we are Fired Up!
On April 16, 2021 AFP-Utah will host its first ever virtual conference to bring together development professionals from around the state for a day full of interactive and educational sessions. Join us and Fire Up Your Fundraising!
President, Fired Up Fundraising
Gail is one of the most sought after fundraising experts in the county. With more than 30 years of experience in successful major gifts and capital campaigns, she was recently named to the Top 10 List of America’s Fundraising Experts. She is a veteran of over 55 capital campaigns from LA to Maine and has helped organizations raise hundreds of millions in gifts. Her wildly popular Fired-Up Fundraising blog is consistently listed among the top fundraising websites in the world.
President and CEO, Association of Fundraising Professionals
As the President and CEO of AFP Global, Mike leads our organization of more than 30,000 fundraisers from North America and around the world. He represents individuals and organizations that raise more than $155 billion in charitable contributions every year. His vision for AFP is bold – and is rooted in raising the next generation of fundraising leaders to be a force for good in our communities.
Every day brings new information – and new changes. Fundraising professionals have a lot of questions right now. Your AFP Utah Chapter Board of Directors would like to share some FREE resources about crisis response strategies, including tips on communicating with donors, protecting your revenue streams, and staying the course of your organization’s fundraising plans.You’re strong and resilient – and we are here to help you navigate these unprecedented times.
— Your AFP Utah Chapter Board
FUNDRAISING RESOURCE GUIDE
RECORDED PRESENTATIONS AND VIDEO CHATS
Fundraising During a Crisis
Crisis Response Strategies and Fundraising
Gail Perry from Fired-Up Fundraising
Coronavirus and Your 2020 Fundraising Goals
Principles for Fundraising: The Coronavirus and Philanthropy
How to Keep Your Fundraising from Stalling During the COVID Crisis
Doug Hartjes, CFRE
Coronavirus and Fundraising: Don’t Change Anything
How Do We Keep Fear from Undermining our Fundraising?
The Fundraising Talent Podcast
Event and Fundraising Resources
Federal Government Steps in to Assist Small Businesses and Nonprofits
Social Distancing Favors the Transparent, Intentional Gift Officer
Plus Delta Partners
Fundraising Resources for Challenging Times
Association for Healthcare Philanthropy
Resources for Advancement Professionals
AGN Resources LLC
The AFP Utah Board of Directors recently held our annual retreat to discuss programming and strategy for 2020. After several hours of good discussion, we took in some sunshine and tomfoolery for our group photo. Special thanks to Natural History Museum of Utah for hosting our retreat, and a big welcome to our new board members: Heather Brown with KUER, Chelsie Armstrong with University of Utah College of Engineering, Rachel Robertson with University of Utah, and Erin Hurtado with ACLU Utah.
Be on the lookout for our 2020 program schedule, and save the date for our Fundraising Day conference in April 2020. If you are not already receiving our "Insider" email newsletter, sign up today to stay informed of AFP Utah updates.
The AFP Utah Chapter Board is happy to share our 2018 Annual Report with the world! Click HERE or on the image below to check out all that we were able to accomplish last year, thanks to our amazing members and supporters. There's even a list of our upcoming programs you won't want to miss!
Special thanks to AFP Utah scholarship recipient Brian Tonetti, of Seven Canyons Trust, for his desing work.
The application period is now closed for AFP Utah membership scholarships for the 2020 calendar year. Winners will be contacted in December 2019, with a public announcement in January 2020.
Please visit our Scholarships page for details on all of scholarship opportunities.