Get involved in AFP!

Our chapter has the following opportunities for you to get involved:

Membership Committee

Promote membership in AFP through outreach to fundraising professionals and by advocating the benefits of a professional organization to potential members. Activities include recruiting new members, stewardship with current members, promoting membership at chapter events.

For more information, please contact:

Sandra Bieber, Executive Director:


Communications Committee

The Communications Committee meets monthly and is responsible for writing press releases, managing the chapter's Facebook page, updating/maintaining the National Philanthropy Day website and all chapter communications/marketing.

For more information, please contact:

Matt Easterwood, VP Communications,


Program Committee

Provides oversight for the chapter’s regularly scheduled meetings and other opportunities for education and professional development. Activities include conducting a survey of members to determine professional development needs, choosing topics for monthly luncheons and coordinating all educational programs, such as audio-conferences, senior development professional services and study groups. All chapter members are invited to submit program ideas to this committee.

For more information, please contact:

Sharon Beales,


2022 National Philanthropy Day Committee

Responsible for planning the National Philanthropy Day Awards Breakfast. Activities include soliciting vendors and sponsors, coordinating awards and ceremony, and preparing promotional materials.

For more information, please contact:

NPD Co-Chairs: Sindy Berner, or Dianne Spengler,

2022 Lehigh Valley Philanthropy Institute Committee

Responsible for planning the Lehigh Valley Philanthropy Institute. Activities include securing a keynote speaker and presenters for educational workshops, soliciting vendors and sponsors and preparing promotional materials.

For more information, please contact:

Melissa Siegfried, Co-Chair, 484-526-3691,

Greg Wilson, Co-Chair, 610-505-3394,


Ethics Committee

Responsible for training, education and support related to issues of ethics for the chapter. The committee is always seeking new input and ideas. Activities include planning an annual ethics program and engaging ethics into daily work. Membership in this committee is renewed annually. 

For more information, please contact:

Mollie Santee, Chair, 610-746-1002,



NextGen Committee’s goal is to provide opportunities for young professionals in the nonprofit field to network, share resources, develop new fundraising/marketing skills, build leadership competencies and build a support network of individuals at the same stage of their careers. We primarily provide these opportunities via our networking events, which occur the third Thursday of each month. These events are hosted at different locations throughout the Lehigh Valley and are open to AFP Members and non-members. Our hope is to provide a welcoming and informal opportunity to newer members of the local nonprofit and for-profit community to engage with the NextGen Committee, Eastern PA Chapter of AFP members and to provide opportunities to meet funders from all over the Lehigh Valley.

For more information, please contact:

Michelle Veresink Richmond, Co-Chair,

Emily Conners, Co-Chair, 610-820-0166 x1318,


Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee invites any interested members to join in an important focus of AFP both nationally and locally. Our mission is to educate our members and the nonprofit community in general about the importance of understanding the role that the diverse members of our community play in fundraising. We also see that an additional role of our committee is to promote the fundraising profession as a career option among the diverse members of our community.

For more information, please contact:

Rebecca McAtee,
Jessica Escobar-Eck,


Government Relations Committee

The Advocacy Committee’s goal is to position AFP members as the "experts" in the field of fundraising in our area. In addition, we strive to educate our chapter on issues of importance to fundraisers and philanthropists.  Furthermore, we monitor the issues AFP IHQ is lobbying for and report back to the Board and the general membership on those issues. Moreover, the committee tries to offer ways our members can advocate for issues of importance to fundraising professionals and philanthropists here in the Lehigh Valley.

For more information, please contact:

MaryEllen Dickey,


Mentor Committee

One of the benefits of your membership in the Eastern PA Chapter of AFP is participation in the Mentor Program.  No matter how long you have been in fundraising, we all have new skills to learn and successes to share. Our objective is to develop our future leadership within the field of fundraising and within the Eastern PA Chapter.

For more information, please contact:

Sharon Alexander, CFRE, Chair,


Scholarship Committee

AFP Eastern PA Chapter scholarships are available to assist with registration fees for chapter endorsed programs.  Scholarships will be awarded to individuals with the most compelling need with preference given to AFP members as well as applicants from organizations with operating budgets of $500,000 or less. The application must be received at least two weeks in advance of the event. All applications will be reviewed by the scholarship chair(s) with the approval of the Board president and treasurer.

For more information, please contact:

Jessica Elliott,