Access Living Grants Manager pursues professional development at San Diego Conference

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Gilmore and a friend recruiting for Access Living running teams
Access Living congratulates Jason X. Gilmore, the organization’s Manager of Foundation and Government Grants, for his Chamberlain Scholarship Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Chicago . The Chamberlain Scholarship helps individuals that serve nonprofit organizations develop and build upon their knowledge and skill in fundraising. The scholarship award comes one year after Gilmore’s selection into the AFP Fellows Program, an outreach initiative of the AFP Chicago Chapter created to build awareness of educational resources and the collective professional expertise of their membership to assist individuals in building communities through philanthropy as well as building professional fundraising skills. Only five individuals were selected for this year-long fellowship.

With the Chamberlain Scholarship, Gilmore will represent Access Living and the Chicago fundraising community at the AFP International Conference on Fundraising in San Diego, California from April 7-9. Celebrating its 50th year, the AFP International Conference on Fundraising unites fundraising professionals from around the world to collaborate and network with some of the most talented people in the philanthropic community. The goal is for attendees to use what they learn to make an impact on society.

Gilmore is thrilled to attend the conference in San Diego, and not just because of the opportunity to escape the chilly Midwestern weather. Just over a year ago, at the time of his selection into the AFP Fellows program, Gilmore was excited to grow “not only as a fundraiser, but as another voice for public service.” Now, with a year’s worth of the Fellows program under his belt, Gilmore has a chance in California to strengthen his voice as a non-profit fundraiser. Talking about the Conference on Fundraising, Jason said, “The Conference will provide me with the rare opportunity to increase my capacity to shape the future of philanthropy. Most importantly, it will provide me with a chance to take a step back, see the big picture, and become re-energized with innovative ideas and solutions.”

Access Living wishes Gilmore safe travels and a great trip.