Welcome Robin Dunn - new AFICC Executive Director!
EASTER IS A TIME FOR NEW BEGINNINGS Spring often brings new life and renewed hope. And this is true for American Friends of International China Concern. We have good news to share with you!
On behalf of the American Friends of ICC Board of Directors, we are delighted to introduce to you, Robin Dunn, as our new Executive Director of the U.S. National Office. Robin will be based in the Los Angeles area and work closely with the board and staff. Robin is a veteran in the non-profit sector, having served in development leadership roles with a number of organizations, including Interim Executive Director for the West Valley Child Crisis Center (Glendale, AZ), CEO of the Make-a-Wish Foundation (Arizona Chapter), and most recently as Capital Campaigns Director for The Salvation Army (California South Division). Robin has been a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) for almost 20 years. On a personal note, she is married and has two children and four grandchildren.
Please join me in extending a warm ICC welcome to Robin as she joins our family. Thank you for your support and may God bless you and your family this Easter season. Ken Smith Board Chair, AFICC
A JOYFUL NOTE FROM ROBIN
It is with joy and a thankful heart that I start a new journey with the AFICC family. I look forward to serving alongside our Founder, David Gotts, Peter Maize and the entire international team, the AFICC board of directors and staff, volunteers, and donors in the U.S., all in support of the incredible children and their families in China.
My passion begins with our grandson whose life has changed ours for the better! He was born with autism and delayed development affecting his sight and speech. Now 15 years old, he is bright, humorous, and brilliant in math and technology. We love him beyond measure. Through our family's journey, we have seen the hurdles that families face whose child has a disability, and I'm grateful for this opportunity to impact even more families and children through ICC's work.
Further, I attended Azusa Pacific University where I had the opportunity to fellowship with many of our Chinese friends studying at the University. My passion for missions stems, in part, from that time. Since graduation, and after serving more than 30 years in nonprofit fund development and management, I feel privileged to be able to draw from these experiences in order to lead the organization, and delight in the opportunity this has afforded. Although the Coronavirus has limited the amount of travel currently allowed both overseas and in the United States, we are hopeful that we can soon return to China to visit the children, their caregivers, and many of their families. Recently I was honored to spend time with Tracy Imbach and learn more about the work overseas and at home. Amazed at the years of dedication Tracy provided to establish and build AFICC to what it is today, we applaud her efforts and thank God for her love and care for the children and the organization. Please join me in thanking Tracy for her tireless and fruitful efforts, of which we are all deeply grateful. In closing, allow me to share a quote from one of my most valued fundraising books, “More Give to Live” by Dr. Douglas M. Lawson. “True community is always, among other things, an adventure…out of the strength of your community you will be able to do things you never thought you were capable of.” Together, we can expand opportunity for ICC’s children and dream about future possibilities. Thank you for being a part of our community and joining us in this adventure! In partnership and service,
Robin Dunn, CFRE
AFICC Executive Director