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        2020 AFP-CNY Board of Directors

President                                                
Karen Ferguson, CFRE
ACMT/MTF
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President - Elect
Communications Committee Chair
Ashley Forshee
Helio Health
Contact Ashley Forshee
Treasurer                                                  
Matt Seubert
AccessCNY 
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NPD Committee Chair                              
Lindsay Boland

St. Joseph's Health Foundation
Christine Corbett
David's Refuge
Bridget Dolbear
Oswego County Opportunities
Education Committee Chair                    
John P. Gleason, CFRE, CAP

EDA/Gleason Fundraising Consulting
NPD Committee                            
Myia Hill
Paige's Butterfly Run
Sue Litera
Bill's Brigade
Membership Committee Chair                
Danielle Mensing

Foundation of the Roman Catholic 
Diocese of Syracuse
Diversity Chair                                          
Michael Nortman

Meals on Wheels of Syracuse
Erin Zacholl
Immaculate Conception Elementary School

Past Board Presidents




About Our Chapter



The Central New York Chapter has achieved 10 Star Status for the 4th year in a row, and was also presented with the 2020 IDEA Champion Designation.  

For more than 40 years, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has been the standard-bearer for professionalism in fundraising. AFP represents 25,000 members in 163 chapters in the United States, Canada and Mexico, all working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs.

Among our main purposes is the promotion of the AFP Code of Ethical Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights.

If you are a fundraising professional (full or part-time) in the Central New York region, you are be eligible for membership in the Association of Fundraising Professionals—Central New York Chapter!

Our active Central New York Chapter has more than 100 members and offers great benefits, including opportunities to apply for scholarships to help with the cost of membership and events, such as Fundraising Day and ICON. Click here to learn more!

Our Purpose

AFP believes that to guarantee human freedom and social creativity, people must have the right to freely and voluntarily form organizations to meet perceived needs, advocate causes, and seek funds to support these activities.

To guarantee these rights, AFP’s purposes are to:

  • Foster development and growth of fundraising professionals committed to the preserving and enhancing philanthropy.
  • Establish a code of ethics and professional practices.
  • Require member adherence to a professional code of ethical standards and practices.
  • Provide training opportunities for fundraising professionals.
  • Implement programs that ensure cultural and social diversity in our membership and leadership.
  • Collect, research, publish, and disseminate historical, managerial, and technical information on philanthropy and philanthropic fundraising.
  • Promote public understanding of philanthropy and philanthropic fundraising.
  • Conduct activities that maintain and develop legislation favorable to philanthropy.
  • Enlist, organize, and support members to achieve our purposes.
  • Foster international cooperation, knowledge exchange, and education among fundraising professionals worldwide.
  • Use all necessary and proper means to accomplish our purposes.
  • Provide a valid and reliable certification program for fundraising professionals.