2018-2019 Scholarships

AFP Southern Minnesota is offering several support opportunities as part of a comprehensive scholarship program that serves to:

  • support career development
  • expand knowledge and skill in fundraising
  • build effective fundraising leadership for nonprofit organizations
  • develop chapter membership

Interested individuals and organizations may apply for scholarships as many times as they wish, but are limited to receiving one scholarship per calendar year.* Scholarship applicants must meet the stated qualifications to be considered for an award. All scholarships are subject to the availability of funding for the award from external or chapter sources.

*A scholarship is considered to be received in the year when the activity occurs for which it is awarded.

Professional Development Scholarships


AFP International Fundraising Conference Chamberlain Scholarship

The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy sponsors the Chamberlain Scholarship which was founded in memory of Ralph E. Chamberlain, CFRE. Mr. Chamberlain was instrumental in establishing the AFP and was a deeply committed philanthropist and volunteer. This opportunity is open to all AFP Chapters which may name one grant recipient per year to receive a free registration to attend the AFP International Fundraising Conference. This is a one-time award and recipients must be first-time attendees of the AFP International Fundraising Conference. The 2019 annual International Fundraising Conference will be held March 31 - April 2, 2019 in San Antonio, TX. Once a Chamberlain Scholar has been selected, a special registration packet will be sent directly to the scholar from AFP International Headquarters. The application due date TBD. (See below for additional funding for related expenses)

AFP Southern Minnesota Chapter Scholarship

The AFP Southern MN Chapter may provide additional scholarships to chapter members for registration and/or travel expenses for Continuing Education opportunities offered through AFP, if funding is available. The AFP Southern MN Chapter Board determines who may receive scholarships, as well as specific scholarship amounts. Applications are received on a rolling basis.

National Philanthropy Day Scholarship

November 14 is designated as National Philanthropy Day (NPD) and this day has been celebrated annually by AFP since 1986 to honor individuals and groups who, through their hard work and dedication, have enhanced philanthropy, their communities and the world. Members and non-members are eligible to apply for this scholarship that covers the workshops and luncheon. Scholarship applications are due October 27, 2017.

Membership Scholarships


New Member Scholarships

This introductory scholarship is for those who have never belonged to any AFP chapter and are currently employed in the fundraising profession or fulfill that role for their organization. Applications are taken on a continual basis. AFP Southern MN Chapter will fund a portion of a new membership registration and chapter dues for one year (depending upon financial need and available funds). This scholarship opportunity does not include any extra meeting charges. Determine which membership category option is best for you at www.afpnet.org. Annual membership fee may vary depending upon membership category plus an additional $50 for chapter dues.

Contact Mark Neville at 507-252-0298 or maneville1950@gmail.com with any questions and to receive your application form.

Board Approved 2018