Membership Scholarships

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Rhode Island (AFP-RI) chapter has committed to increase opportunity and diversity through twenty full scholarships in FY21/22 that are exclusively earmarked for new and established BIPOC professionals with fundraising responsibilities within their professional or volunteer roles in an effort to contribute to the transformation of the broader philanthropy landscape in Rhode Island.

This transformational commitment has been identified as one of the central strategic needs for the organization to advance and grow its membership and further the field as we recognize the central value of growing racial diversity and cultural knowledge. We make this change in alignment with both AFP-RI's recent strategic plan and commitment to antiracism as well as AFP Global's vision for IDEA.

If you have any questions or wish to discuss this policy or any other aspect of the work of the scholarships and awards committee, please contact committee chair Edward McPherson at

Congratulations to the AFP-RI FY2021 Scholarship Awardees!

Morris Akinfolarin, Oasis International
Malika Ali, Highlander Institute
Aline Binyungu, Women's Refugee Care
Doris De Los Santos, Center for Women and Enterprise
Janice Falconer, IMPACT RI
Angela Gonzalez (Agonza), Artist / Providence Housing Authority
Reginald Jean, YMCA of Pawtucket
Olugbenga Joseph, Brown University
Javier Juarez, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition
Renay Omisore, Oasis International
Drine Paul, Breakthrough Providence at The Wheeler School
Shelley Peterson, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island
Elliot Rivera, Youth in Action:
Kilah Walters-Clinton, The Providence Shelter for Colored Children
Christine Wiltshire-Alves, Rhode Island School for Progressive Education