The European Fundraising Association has welcomed in its new president and vice president, Eduard Marček, co-founder and head of the Slovak Fundraising Centre, and the Institute of Fundraising’s director of engagement and external affairs, Ceri Edwards.
Appointed at EFA’s board meeting in Berlin on 13 January 2020, Marček and Edwards hold their respective roles on the board for the next two years.
Thanking former president Gosse Bosma of Goede Doelen Nederland for his leadership and commitment to EFA, Marček said:
“We are hugely grateful to Gosse for his leadership in recent years and for his continued presence on our Board. His work for EFA and particularly his lobbying expertise has laid the foundations for EFA to play an even stronger and more representative role for the sector.
“We’re already working hard to accelerate our public affairs work and to open up EFA’s doors as a membership body to more actors in the fundraising industry.”
Speaking about the ability to share and learn at a European level, Edwards adds:
“What I love about EFA is the passion with which our members are prepared to share experiences and learning. Coming from one of the biggest fundraising associations, it’s always an honour to share our members’ experiences with associations across Europe and in turn take back the insights that partners across the continent share with us.
“We know what makes us our best is the strength of our community, and being part of a European community dedicated to giving people the best experience of fundraising is a real honour.”
Bosma remains on EFA’s board, also serving as an independent public affairs advisor and associated partner at Schinkelshoek & Verhoog (The Hague). In this new role, he devotes part of his time to supporting the lobbying programme for the Dutch associations, Goede Doelen Nederland and SBF (Samenwerkende Brancheorganisaties Filantropie).
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