Community Announcements

  • NPD Nominations Now Open!

    Nominate a Hero in Philanthropy!

    Nomination Deadline is Friday, June 14, 2024. 

  • AFP NL Chapter - 10 Star Gold Status

    AFP Ten Star Gold Award
    For the first time on our chapters history @afpnl has achieved 10 Star ⭐️ Gold status. The Ten Star Gold Award honors those chapters who have accomplished all of the required goals outlined in theAFP Strategic Plan plus an additional six goals and the six mandatory goals as outlined on the application. By meeting these objectives our chapter insures that high quality services are provided to our members, and that the community becomes more aware of the impact of philanthropy in the region. There is also a Ten Star level with fewer requirements, but AFP NL Chapter has elected to strive for the Ten Star Gold designation. #afpicon
    While this is a success for the entire chapter Christina Morgan, CFRE, AFP NL Chapter President and Heather Butler, CFRE, AFP NL chapter Board member were on hand at #AFPICON in Toronto during the Chapter Presidents Council meetings to receive this special recognition. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    AFP Ten Star Gold Award
  • AFP NL - 2024 IDEA Champion Designation

    For the first time in the history of our chapter AFP NL has been awarded the AFP IDEA CHAMPION DESIGNATION!! Strategic Plan is the blueprint for organizational growth and success in the future. For the strategic plan to be effective, it must be implemented through a partnership between the AFP Global and the local chapters. As each chapter contributes its part to the overall Strategic Plan, AFP will continue to meet its goals and continue to advance philanthropy and the fundraising profession around the world. One of the specific goals in the plan requires AFP to embrace and engage diverse individuals, groups and organizations within the fundraising profession. In order to be recognized as a Friends of Diversity Chapter, local chapters must have an extensive plan in place to encourage diversity within their chapter membership and within the fundraising development profession throughout their region.
    While this is a success for the entire chapter Christina Morgan, CFRE, AFP NL Chapter President and Heather Butler, CFRE, AFP NL chapter Board member were on hand at #AFPICON in Toronto during the Chapter Presidents Council meetings to receive this special recognition.
    AFP NL IDEA Champion Designation
  • Thank you to all who attended!

    Thanks for joining us for our Meet the Funder's event! We love hearing and learning from not only the Foundations that serve our community, but also with all of the amazing fundraisers in our area. 

    Special thanks to Kingsway Learning Center for hosting, our Moderator, Kim Smith, and Panelists, Julie E. Holland, Malcolm McClain and Erik Estrada, to have such an enlightening conversation about today's topics revealing philanthropy. 


    Click on the link to submit your 2024 Nomination.

  • NPD Award Name Announcements

    It is with great pleasure, that we announce two new Outstanding Award names for our NPD Awards Luncheon.  This year will be the introductory year to feature: 

    Kathryn Gilbreath Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award

    Dean Loehr Outstanding Young Professional Award

    Congratulations on the amazing impact these women have had in our community.

  • 2024 National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon

    SAVE-THE-DATE!  Our NPD Awards Luncheon has been scheduled for Tuesday, November 19th, 2024.  It will be hosted at Overton Hotel & Conference Center and will start at 11:30am.  Nominations for Outstanding Awards will be due July 1st. Sponsorships are available, please check out the NPD Awards Luncheon dropdown.

  • National Philanthropy Day Nominations Open

    National Philanthropy Day Nominations are now open. Submit your nominations here:

    Deadline to submit is June 14, 2024

  • May Newsletter






    As schools begin to let out and the weather warms up, take some time this month to relax, refresh, and do something that makes you happy.


    Thank you for the work you do to make our community a better place for all.





    As part of our commitment to fostering a welcoming community and providing valuable opportunities, we’re hosting a special welcome event for new members. Whether you have 5 minutes, or 50, come and connect with fellow fundraisers.


    Join us Friday, May 24th at the Tower Bar at the Momentary from 10-11 a.m.




    Nominations Accepted

    The deadline for submissions is 5 pm on Thursday, June 6th.


    Each year, the Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals celebrates philanthropy in a big way by honoring our local philanthropists on National Philanthropy Day. 


    Your organization can nominate individuals, businesses, and groups who have made Northwest Arkansas a better place to live and work through their dedication to philanthropy.


    Click below to check out our website for a full list of award categories and submit your nominations for an individual or organization today.





    Each year, the AFP Northwest Arkansas Chapter awards scholarships to send members to attend AFP ICON, to cover AFP membership fees, and to reimburse CFRE exam fees. Learn about available scholarships and apply below!

    The deadline to apply is June 30th and all scholarship recipients will be notified on August 15th.


    Questions? Contact Kelly Horrell, Chair, Scholarship Committee, at




    Save the Dates


    May 24: Beans & Banter: President's Welcome for New Members

    June 6: Deadline to submit National Philanthropy Day Nominations

    June 30: Deadline to apply for scholarships

    Aug 21: Education Session -

    Nonprofit Marketing and Storytelling presented by Jesse Lane, Founder and CEO of goodmakerU

    Oct 16: Education Session

    Nov 13: National Philanthropy Day



    Chapter Webinars

    Webinars are FREE for Members of AFP NWA!


    Webinars are 60 minute sessions that allow you to learn the latest from the best in the field. Each session qualifies for 1 point toward CFRE education requirements. AFP webinars are a great professional development opportunity and they are free for members!


    To access webinars, click on webinar link and follow prompts to register. When you click on register, it will prompt you to log-in to your BlueSky Path Learning Management System Account (different from AFP Membership Account). If you don’t have an account, please follow the instructions to create one.


    Once you have accessed the account, please place the webinar in your cart and the code below (members only) should be entered in the Discount Code field (not Attendance Code). This will zero out the purchase price.


    The link to the event will appear in your Purchased folder. You may watch the day the webinar is available or save it for a later date. Access to the webinars is available through December 31, 2024. 


    Please direct any questions to Lindsay Dixon, Webinars Chair.






    Are you passionate about giving back to the fundraising community? Do you have insights and experiences you'd love to share with emerging fundraising professionals? We invite you to consider becoming a mentor!


    Applications for the mentorship program are accepted year-round. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please visit our website for more information and to apply.


    Questions? Contact Alison J. Levin



    AFP NWA Job Board

    Featured Jobs in Fundraising


    Director of DevelopmentArkansas Edge

    Senior Director of NW Arkansas EngagementUniversity of Central Arkansas

    Executive DirectorNorthwest Arkansas Women's Shelter

    Director of DevelopmentUniversity of Arkansas, Fulbright College

    Development DirectorBig Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Arkansas



    Need to Join or Renew



    The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the AFP offer members the opportunity to connect with colleagues, engage in creative thinking, network with new friends and achieve great results in their work.


    Membership Value Highlights

    ·    AFP NWA Chapter Monthly Education Sessions

    ·    AFP National Webinars

    ·    Mentorships

    ·    Networking with area fundraising professionals

    ·    Monthly Chapter Newsletters

    ·    Add more: AFP NWA Chapter Website:


    If you have questions about your membership, please contact Kelly Sampson, VP Membership, AFP Northwest Arkansas Chapter.






  • Major Gift & Sponsorship Asks - Make Yours Better!

    Preparing a Proposal and Pitch - A Guide to Major Gift & Sponsorship Asks

    Date: Tue May 21 2024

    Time: 6:00 PM

    Location: Long Island State Veterans Home

    Come and learn how to craft the perfect proposal and pitch for major gift and sponsorship asks. Whether you're new to fundraising or looking to enhance your skills, this event is for you! Network with like-minded individuals and gain valuable insights to help you secure those important donations. Don't miss out on this opportunity to take your fundraising efforts to the next level!

    Samantha Nobile is Senior Director of Development, Health Sciences at Stony Brook University.

    Visit our events page for details, or click here to register. 

  • Coffee Chat on June 27

  • 5th Thursday Meet & Greet on May 30

  • Job Posting

    Director of Development for HSO

    Job description
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  • Mental Health Resources for Fundraisers

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month. These resources are designed to help fundraisers evaluate their own mental health and find solutions to common challenges such as burnout, quiet quitting, and competing professional and personal priorities.
  • Join AFP SNJ at our most sought-after event of the year, Meet the Funders!

    Whether you're a seasoned non-profit leader or just starting out, this event offers the tools and connections to drive meaningful change.

    The 2024 Meet the Funders will be moderated by Kim, Smith, Regional Director of Community Impact for Comcast in New Jersey, Kim will guide you through a panel discussion where you will hear directly from key funding decision makers from Columbia Bank Foundation, Community Foundation of South Jersey and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. This session is designed to help you gain insight into how your non-profit can navigate the competitive landscape to create winning proposals that advance their mission.


  • Call for 2024 Fundraising Conference Speakers

    Do you have an area of expertise to share with your fellow fundraisers? AFP Memphis is seeking speakers and workshop leaders for our 2024 Fundraising Conference.

    2024 AFP Memphis Fundraising Conference
    Monday, August 19, 2024
    8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Children's Museum of Memphis

    This full-day conference will focus on topics to guide and motivate nonprofit fundraisers in their important work on behalf of our community. We are looking for sessions that fit the PASSION theme (Purpose, Attitude, Service, Stewardship, Inclusion, Ownership of Commitment, and Never Giving Up). This is an excellent opportunity to tune up your presentation for AFP ICON or test content on a wider audience (about 150 attendees expected).

    Submit a proposal by June 1. Speakers will be announced July 1. The selection committee will make every effort to provide feedback on submitted proposals.

    Questions? Conference Chair Su Hartline,

  • Coffee With Community Leaders

    Join us for a panel discussion featuring local nonprofit CEOs and leaders. Gain insights on engaging donors, adapting strategies, executing campaigns, optimizing resources, and cultivating long-term relationships.

    Whether you're a seasoned fundraiser or new to the field, this event offers practical strategies and networking opportunities to elevate your efforts. 

    Please register and submit your questions by Wednesday, May 22! This event is generously sponsored by The BluePrint Toolset.


    Meet us on:  
    Thursday, May 23, 2024 | 5:30pm - 7pm 
    MGM Casino Bar | Springfield

    Let's have coffee in person, exchange ideas, and get to know each other. We will share stories about our successes and challenges to date for 2024 as we build resources to support the mission of our organization.
    Meet us on:  
    Thursday, June 27, 2024 | 8:30am - 9:30am 
    Dam Cafe | Holyoke
  • Mental Health Resources for Fundraisers

    Mental Health Resources for Fundraisers
    May is Mental Health Awareness Month. These resources are designed to help fundraisers evaluate their own mental health and find solutions to common challenges such as burnout, quiet quitting, and competing professional and personal priorities.
  • CFRE Test Scholarship Applications due May 31st

    Click Here for details

  • Events for the Rest of 2024

    Thursday, June 27th from 8:00-9:00   Coffee and Connect at Bryant Bank

    Thursday, July 25th from 4:30-6:00  After Hours - MEMBERS ONLY

    Thursday, August 22nd from 11:30-1:00  End of the Year Fundraising

    Thursday, September 26th from 11:30-1:00  For-profit to Non-profit

    Thursday, October 24th from 11:30-1:00  Ethics Luncheon at RFCU

    Thursday, November 14th from 11:30-1:00  Philanthropy Day with Nancy Rieves

    December  NONE

  • Development Officer Position Open at COM Aquatics

    Please contact Brad Swendig at (432) 684-7755,

  • June Virtual Education Session: 20+ Simple Fixes to Unlock the Power of the Paddle Raiser

    Former Denver Bronco Reggie Rivers is the Founder and President of The Gala Team, and he is an expert benefit auctioneer, who knows exactly how to get an audience to say "yes" when they're asked for support. Over the span of 900+ fundraising events, The Gala Team has developed best practices about what works and what doesn't. Join Reggie to learn more than 20 simple fixes you can deploy at your next event to unlock the power of your paddle raiser.

    Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2024
    Time: 8:30 am - 10:00 am


  • Inaugural Festival of Philanthropy Nov. 7

  • National Philanthropy Day Awards Nominations due May 17

    Click link below for all information!
  • Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access Scholarship Now Open

    Apply for a FREE AFP Membership by May 31, 2024!

    AFP Memphis invites you to apply for a 2024 Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Scholarship. Applications are due May 31, 2024.

    We recognize that IDEA principles are central to our mission and expect all organizational interactions to reflect IDEA principles, including a demonstrated appreciation for different voices, active listening, openness to disparate viewpoints and opinions, and facilitating dialogues among diverse groups.

    Through an annual scholarship program, the AFP Memphis Chapter will cover the full cost of a year’s membership, including chapter dues. We are committed to promoting an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible organization where every member, volunteer, staff, and board member can realize their potential and have their contributions valued.

    The recipient will be selected based on the following criteria:

    • The candidate must represent one or more IDEA constituencies. AFP defines diversity as a core value. It is an inclusive concept encompassing - without limitation - race, color, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or identity, religion, nationality, age, economic class, educational level, language, physical, mobility and ability, geography, and marital and parental status. AFP’s diverse communities include African-American/Black, Asian, People with Disabilities, Faith-Based, LGBTQ, Hispanic, Jewish, Rural, or other underrepresented communities.
    • The candidate must subscribe to the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards and its bylaws, and promote the Donor Bill of Rights.
    • The candidate is employed or has been employed by an organization that provides benefits to society.
    • The candidate must be a new member to AFP.
    • The scholarship recipient agrees to actively serve and volunteer on an AFP Memphis committee.

    Please email our Scholarship Chair, Brady Tanner, at with questions.

  • Membership Scholarship Application Now Open

    Apply for a FREE AFP Membership by May 31, 2024!

    AFP Memphis invites you to apply for a 2024 Membership Scholarship. Applications are due May 31, 2024. This scholarship is designed to help individuals serving nonprofit organizations develop their knowledge and skills in fundraising.

    The recipient will be selected based on the following criteria:

    • The candidate is employed as a fundraising professional with a substantial amount of their time devoted to fundraising.
    • The candidate has NOT been a previous member of our AFP Memphis Chapter.
    • The candidate must subscribe to the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards and its bylaws and promote the Donor Bill of Rights.
    • The scholarship recipient agrees to actively serve and volunteer on an AFP Memphis committee.

    Please email our Scholarship Chair, Brady Tanner, at with questions.


  • 2024 Lehigh Valley Philanthropy Institute - Presenters Announced!


    Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE - Happiness, Habits and Fundraising: Strategies to Help You Survive and Thrive


    Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE, How to Raise Major Gifts 102: Blended Gifts and Beyond

    Amanda Maenza, MBA and Kristin Warner, Moravian University, From Uprising to Uplifting: When Volunteer Leadership Has Gone Astray

    Tisha Hyter, CSRIC®, PNC Institutional Asset Management, Nonprofit Work in an Age of Artificial Intelligence

    Mary-Helen McCulloch-Lewis, JD, Haverford School, But, I Don't Know What To Say!

    Doug Keith, Future Research Consulting, Market Research Fundamentals for Philanthropic Organizations

    Chad Barger, ACFRE, Productive Fundraising, Productive Events: Optimizing your nonprofits' events to fuel fundraising growth

    Megan Beste, U.S. Congresswoman Susan Wild, Federal Grant Writing and Administration

    Stephen Link, CAP, of Cornerstone Advisors, Jill Anderson, CAP, CFRE, of Moravian University, Carrie Krug Nedick, CAP, of Lehigh Valley Community Foundation and Greg Wilson, MS, CAP, CFRE, of PG Marketing, Navigating Your Career Path Panel Discussion moderated by Pat Fligge, M.Ed of PRF Coaching

    DonorPerfect and SofterWare: Tips and Tricks for Database Efficiency with Kelly Ramage

    Blackbaud: Moves Management Tips and Tricks with Raiser's Edge NXT with Matt Connell 

    Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) Information Session, Lehigh Valley Community Foundation and Cornerstone Asset Management Services, Inc. 

    Val Lewis and Jill Pittenger, PHR, SHRM-SCP, BSI Corporate Benefits, Culture Matters: How to build an employee first culture that retains and attracts top talent

    Christina Schoemaker, MBA, CFRE, Valley Youth House, Creating Partnerships that Build Brands and Enhance Missions

    David Robertson, Shift4 Payments, Advancing Your Cause with Fintech Innovations

    Kelly Grattan, PhD, MBA, CAP, CFRE, Schultz & Williams, Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Planned Giving Success

    Deb Cummins Stellato, Think Good Company, Time Warp: Tools You Can Use to Manage Time Differently for Greater Effectiveness

    Jessie Shappell, Equi-librium, Adopting a 3:1 Fundraising Ratio: One organization's experience implementing a fundraising efficiency policy

    Julie Zumas, Lehigh Valley Grant Services, Working Smarter (Not Harder) on Grants

    Larry Raff, MPH, Abacus Major Donor Ask Calculator, Determining a Major Gift Ask Amount with High Predictability

  • NPD Call for Nominations Extended to May 3rd

    Click here for details

  • Register for Fundraising Day

    Fundraising Day is AFP-CNY’s largest educational event of the year for fundraising and development professionals. The conference offers professional development, networking, and collaboration with peers and community partners. 


    Thursday, May 2, 2024
    9:45am - 5:00pm

    Rosamond Gifford Zoo
    1 Conservation Place
    Syracuse, NY 13204

    Pricing (includes materials & lunch)
    Members: $60
    Nonmembers: $80

  • Coffee & Chat on April 11

  • Announcing our 2024 Philanthropy Celebration Honorees

  • National Philanthropy Day Nominations Now Open

    Nominations Now Open!

    Nomination Deadline Friday, April 26, 2024

    View Past National Philanthropy Day Honorees

    And Mark Your Calendars for our Combined National Philanthropy Day AND Annual Holiday Event - Thursday, December 5, 2024

    Please review all of the instructions below before completing the nomination form. You MUST identify at least one time you are available for a zoom session with the Awards Committee. During this session you will have two-three (2-3) minutes to pitch your nominee and answer questions from committee members. 
    1. In order to submit a nomination, you must first have authorization from the nominee or institution in order to nominate him/her/them for an award.
    2. You may encourage others to nominate the same person or organization.
    3. If your nominee is chosen, you must confirm that the person or representative from the organization can participate in our in-person event the evening of December 5, 2024 at the Natural History Museum Los Angeles County.
    4. If your nominee is chosen, we expect you to serve as liaison to your nominee and the National Philanthropy Day Awards Committee.
    5. If your nominee is chosen, we ask that you invite guests to participate in the program and assist in securing sponsorships from your organization and your nominee's network.
    6. If your nominee is chosen, you agree to participate in our networking reception and National Philanthropy celebration.
    7. Please follow the word count guidelines in the nomination form.
  • Join National Philanthropy Day Committee

    Would you like to help plan and prepare for another successful National Philanthropy Day Breakfast in November 2024?! Reach out to today to join the committee. 

  • March Luncheon

    We are a week away from our March Luncheon! Have you registered yet?

  • Job Posting

    The Nature Conservatory has a position open for an Associate Director of Philanthropy. Check it out!

  • Want to Speak at Leading Philanthropy? The RFP is Now Open!

    You have a chance to lead a session at the Leading Philanthropy Conference on September 25, 2024 at The Drexelbrook in Drexel Hill!

    Do you have expertise you want to share with your peers? Are you looking for more ways to get involved within our fundraising community? Is there a topic you’re interested in presenting on?

    We are currently seeking speakers on varying topics, at multiple experience levels, for this year’s conference. Our theme this year is Building Impact Together: A Day of Collaboration for Development Professionals, and content will be focused on tackling the challenges fundraising professionals are encountering amidst the backdrop of an increasingly complex landscape. 

     The deadline for submitting a session is April 16, 2024. Speakers will be selected and notified by May 31, 2024. If you have questions, please contact

  • Chapter Champion Awards

    AFP South Sound is proud to share our designations as a2024 Ten Star and IDEA Chapter Champion

  • Artificial Intelligence and Fundraising

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) continues to revolutionize modern fundraising, empowering nonprofit organizations to elevate their strategies and optimize efficiency through advanced data analysis, automation, and personalized communication. The integration of AI technologies enables nonprofits to effectively engage with prospects and donors, leading to the development and execution of highly successful fundraising campaigns.

    For information and to register, click here.

  • New Program: AFP Amigos

  • Engaging Volunteers

  • AFP Central Virginia Chapter Mentoring Program

    AFP Central Virginia is excited to reopen applications for our mentoring program. We know the value that mentoring relationships can provide for both mentors and mentees, but it can be challenging to find the right match. We are excited to help you on your mentorship journey! 

    Are you ready to be a mentor?

    Have you experienced success in your fundraising career, or benefited from advice from a mentor of your own and want to give back to a younger or less experienced member of the Central Virginia fundraising community? Consider being a mentor this year!

    Are you looking for guidance?

    Are you new to your role, your organization, or just want someone to help guide you in your career or offer fundraising advice? Consider requesting a mentor this year!

    Interest Form

    To become a mentor or mentee, please fill out this interest form by Wednesday, March 20. The mentoring committee will review the submissions and match participants by April 5, and the 2024 mentoring program year will run from April to December.

    We look forward to connecting you to better serve our Central Virginia fundraising community!

  • So, you want to be a great presenter?

    Have you ever attended a conference and thought, I'd like to be a presenter one day, but I don't know where to start. Or, have you presented before and would love to learn how to take your presentation to the next level? If you answered yes to either one of those questions, this is the session for you! 
    Our friends at AFP Greater Philadelphia Chapter is hosting an engaging workshop by Mark Chilutti, CFRE will fill you with the confidence you need to create and deliver an outstanding session.
    In it, we will discuss everything from choosing a catchy title, writing an RFP that will make it to the top of the selection committees list, creating an intriguing bio, tips on how to engage your audience, creating a PowerPoint that people can read, delivering your content with confidence, and more! 
    Tuesday, April 2 | 8:30 - 10:15 a.m. 
    Jefferson Moss-Magee Rehabilitation Center 
    1513 Race Street Philadelphia, PA 19102

    Pricing: $15 for Members. $50 for Non-Members. 
  • AFP Oklahoma Chapter recognized as a Ten Star Chapter for 2024!

  • VIRTUAL SESSION: Compliance Fundraising


    Have you always wondered whether your nonprofit organization is taking all the right steps to remain compliant?

    Are you confused by some of the laws and compliance requirements? 

    Check out the event we have in partnership With NJ Center for Non Profits, on March 21.

  • AFP Mentorship Program

    AFP Arkansas Chapter offers you a valuable opportunity to transform your fundraising career through its Mentorship Program. The Mentorship Program consists of a mentoring relationship in a structured program that offers one-on-one coaching sessions as well as group networking, structured to help you meet your personal and career goals.
    Click below for more info and to submit your application as a mentor or mentee by April 20. 
  • April 18th Fundraising Leadership Symposium

    Click Here for details