Community Announcements

  • Chamberlain Scholarship Applications due Aug 29

    Click here for details

  • LGBTQ Fundraising as Future-Building

    The LGBTQ+ movement is a living, beautiful thing. As fundraisers, we have much to learn from it. From GoFundMes that help trans people access necessary health care to queer fundraisers that include not only a dance floor but also job fairs, name change clinics, and clothing swaps, our community reminds me that fundraising can and should be joyful, heart-first, and relationship-centered. Read More

  • June Newsletter





    Happy Pride Month!


    In celebration of Pride Month, check out this AFP article, IDEA: Get Q'd In, or this AFP Micro-Learning Video, Words Matter.

    Let's continue to learn and grow together as we embrace diversity and inclusion in our fundraising efforts.




    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





    National Philanthropy Day sponsorship opportunities are now available.


    Learn more about available sponsorship opportunities by clicking the link below.





    How to Use Storytelling for Breakthrough Fundraising Results


    This interactive workshop will help you view your nonprofit through the eyes of potential donors and stand out in a noisy world.


    Come and learn why marketing matters as well as a framework for telling and re-telling great stories in creative and fresh ways. You will walk away with practical ways to increase awareness, attract new gifts, and engage donors.


    Registration closes the Monday prior to the event.


    Location: NWACC Springdale Campus

    Date: Wednesday, August 21

    Time: 8:30-11:30 am


    Members: $30.00 per monthly session

    Non-Members: $50.00 per monthly session


    Each session is 2 CFRE credit hours




    Save the Dates


    June 30: Deadline to apply for scholarships

    Aug 21: Education Session -

    How to Use Storytelling for Breakthrough Fundraising Results

    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 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


    Development OfficerMake A Wish Mid-South

    Scholarship Program ManagerSingle Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA

    Vice President of PhilanthropyNorthwest Arkansas Children's Shelter

    Director of DevelopmentUniversity of Arkansas - College of Engineering



    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.






  • Navigating the New Normal: Compensation, Benefits, and Flexibility in Fundraising

    According to the 2024 Compensation and Benefits Report, the average fundraising salary in the U.S. saw a modest increase of 0.8% in 2023, rising from $95,841 to $96,621. This figure pales in comparison to the robust 6.7% increase seen in 2022, reflecting a slow growth trend that fails to keep pace with the 3% inflation rate over the same period.

  • Interested in growing your skills? Consider an AFP board or committee!

    Interested in growing your skills, networking with other fund development professionals,
    strengthening local non-profits, and advancing philanthropy in the Corridor?
    We invite you to roll up your sleeves and contribute by joining our volunteer Board of
    Directors or an AFPEI committee.
    AFPEI has a new online form where members may express an interest in joining the
    board or a committee.
    Typically board members are elected for a January-December term, but we currently
    have several openings, so please consider joining us in 2024.

  • Join AFP Now with $50 OFF!!

    Have you been putting off joining AFP or enlisting a new team member? Now is the perfect time to act!

    In honor of their 64th Anniversary, AFP Global is offering a $50 discount on global membership dues for new and lapsed members in the Professional and Associate categories. This special offer is available from June 1 through July 31.

    Don’t miss out on this opportunity to join or rejoin our community at a reduced rate! Check out the coupon below or use the following code. 

    Codes: AFPANNI24 for U.S and AFPANNI24CAD for Canada.

    AFP Coupon for 64th Anniversary
  • Welcome New Members

    We want to welcome the following new members to the South Sound Chapter!

    Erin  Ambrozic
    Rufina  Caluya
    Kato  Camacho
    Rachael  Costner
    Daniel  Ensley
    Lindsay  Fujimoto
    Ray  Im
    Bree  Marsch-Grim
    Susan  Mott
    Amanda  Munoz
    Andrew  Sisolak
    Kaci  Tavares

  • Cultivation of Major Gifts with Jill McIlroy

    Jill McIlroy, MBA, CAP, CFRE, Executive Director of Philanthropy at Arkansas Children’s Foundation, will discuss cultivation of Major Gifts.

    Jill McIlroy, a native of Arkansas, began her career with Arkansas Children's Foundation in 2010. She has established herself as a leader in the Foundation focusing on principal gifts and gift planning, board engagement and strategic planning. Today, she serves as Executive Director of Philanthropy, leading a team that advances mission through investment level philanthropy. Jill recently graduated with her MBA, is CFRE certified and received her certification as a Charted Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP). She is active with the local Association of Fundraising Professionals chapter and currently serves as a board member on the Estate Planning Council of Arkansas.

  • Celebrating AFP with a NEW MEMBER Discount!

    Join us in celebrating our 64th Anniversary by becoming a member of the AFP Global family today!

    $50 off Professional and Associate categories
    This discount is good for New Prospective Members and Expired Members. 

    Valid June 1 - July 31, 2024

  • Extra, Extra... Keynote Speaker Announced!

    AFP's Leading Philanthropy Conference 2024 held on September 25, 2024 at The Drexelbrook Catering & Event Center

    We are thrilled to announce Marcy Heim, CEO of The Artful Asker, as the keynote speaker at this year's Leading Philanthropy Conference!

    Marcy Heim, CEO of The Artful Asker, lives to inspire generosity and transformation! She's a resilient risk-taker who knows her mind and knows her stuff when it comes to building success in your fundraising... and your life! On stages throughout North America and beyond, Marcy delivers empowering messages with tangible tools to set your intentions for personal and professional success. Her talks are peppered with original fundraising tunes you won't be able to get out of your head! SHINE ON with Marcy!

    Register now and to receive the early bird discount and secure your seat to hear Marcy!

  • National Philanthropy Day

  • AFPSD Scholarships Now Open!

    Scholarships Include:

    CFRE Exam

    Chamberlain (AFP ICON)

    Emerging Nonprofit

    Colette Murray Fellowship

  • National Philanthropy Day Nominations OPEN!

    The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Alabama Chapter holds National Philanthropy Day® each year to recognize outstanding achievements by individuals, foundation and corporate philanthropists, fundraising volunteers, and professional fundraising executives across the wonderful state of Alabama.

    Nominations are now being accepted for:

    • William M. and Virginia B. Spencer Outstanding Philanthropist
    • United Way of Central Alabama Outstanding Civic Leader
    • Outstanding Corporate Citizen
    • Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham Outstanding Professional Advisor
    • William S. Roth Outstanding Fundraising Executive
    • Outstanding Charitable Organization
    • Bill Moran Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy
    • AFP Alabama Chapter IDEA Award

    Nominations must be submitted by midnight on June 7, 2024

  • Virtual Lunch + Learn: AFP Alabama Leadership

    Grab your lunch and join us for a casual chat about leadership within the AFP Alabama Chapter!

    Get to know Morgan Emahiser, our Chapter President, and Brynne MacCann, the President-Elect, in a relaxed environment while you ask questions and learn more about serving in a leadership role within the Chapter. 

  • PR and Social Media: Get Your Story Told!

    POSTPONED - the bad news is, we've had to postpone our presentation with Jody Fisher on Getting Your Story Told - PR & Social For Nonprofits.

    The GOOD news - we're going to reschedule with a special offer for those who register - stay tuned for details.

    If you've registered, please let know if you want to apply your registration fee to another program or prefer to receive a refund. Hope to see you all soon!!


    New Mexico School for the Deaf is hiring a Director of Development and Community Relations. 

    Learn more & apply today!

  • 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

  • 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. 

  • 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,


    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,

  • July Virtual Education Session: Giving USA 2023 Results

    AFP Colorado is proud to present a deep dive into the results of Giving USA 2023. This online presentation will go beyond a simple recap of the numbers to help you understand what they mean to you and your organization’s fundraising success.
    Melissa Brown will present the Giving USA findings and share her insights on the current environment, explore what past trends can—and cannot—tell us, and forecast what’s next for our sector.

    Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2024
    Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


  • 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.