Name: Tricia Marsherall
Title: Founder & President 
Organization: Marsherall Partners, LLC
Member since: 2014

How long have you been involved in fundraising?
10 years

What advice would you give to other AFP members?
Leverage the network and the collective brainpower of the members of this group. Take full advantage of local, regional and national opportunities.

Any secrets or just tried-and-true pieces of wisdom you want to share about what has worked for you?
Understanding your organization’s donor data and numbers can help identify trends and allow your organization to make data-informed strategic and budgetary decisions.

What would you tell fundraisers just getting started or looking to grow?
Know your organization’s mission inside and out – if you have the opportunity - shadow your program and services support staff for a day. Know the anecdotal stories that showcase the mission and know the numbers and data that illustrate the impact of those stories.

What inspired you to pursue a career in fundraising?
It is important to me to be able to make an impact on our community. I have the privilege of partnering with many nonprofits in our community and playing a small part of helping them serve their mission brings me joy and fulfillment.

What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?
The connections I am able to make. Even in a virtual setting, I’ve been able to make some wonderful connections serving on the board and as the co-chair of National Philanthropy Day.

Last book you read (or show you’re watching or binge-watching)?
Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Laif Babin

What do you want to do in life that you haven’t yet?
Visit Alaska

Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know.
I speak French and Spanish (though I’m very rusty!)

What is your commitment to IDEA or why is it important to the work we do?
The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access committee is leading extremely important work in our chapter, and within our community. Creating a community of inclusion by seeking, embracing and engaging diverse individuals, groups and organizations with a broad representation of experiences, perspectives, thoughts and cultures within the fundraising profession is critical to foster cultures that minimize bias, promote innovation and creativity, and reflects the community we serve.

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