Community Announcements

  • 2021 Call for Directors - AFP London & Region - deadline for nomination application - May 31st, 2021

    Hello all AFP London & Region Chapter members,

    We are pleased to open the 2021 AFP London & Region Call for Directors (click here to go to the Nominations Page)

    All nomination forms must be submitted using the nomination form and be submitted to Shannon LaHay, Secretary, at by May 31st, 2021 @ 6 p.m.
    We look forward to receiving your nominations and working with you soon!
    All the best,
    AFP London & Region Chapter Executive & Nominating Committee
  • May Chapter Meeting: Understanding Corporate Social Responsibility

    Wednesday, May 19th, 11:30 AM

    Join us this Wednesday for a panel discussion all about Corporate Social Responsibility. Learn how and why our represented companies engage with our community. Each panelist will provide an overview of their philosophy and then take questions from members. Our very own Richard Johnson will moderate the panel. 
  • PhilanthroCon is Here! May 18 & 19, 2021

    The New York City chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals is excited to present PhilanthroCon, an opportunity for fundraising professionals to connect virtually with experts from across multiple fundraising disciplines, including direct response, major gifts, planned giving, marketing, and more!

  • The Challenges of Faith-Based Fundraising During COVID-19 and Beyond

    Whether or not you work for a faith-based organization, you are sure to appreciate this fascinating panel featuring Rabbi Marc Schneier, founder of the Hampton Synagogue and the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, Imam Shamsi Ali of the Jamaica Muslim Center in Queens NY, and Rev. Jacques Andre DeGraff, an Associate Pastor, Canaan Baptist Church in Harlem and past Vice President of One Hundred Black Men, New York.

    Don't miss your last chance to get discounted pricing for the world's No. 1 fundraising conference, AFP ICON Virtual 2021. 
    Save up to $150 when you register TODAY, Friday May 14!
  • May 13, 2021 Virtual Pop Up Meeting

    Click Here for details
  • NPD Nominations Are Open

    Nominate a hero in philanthropy today!​

    Eastern Iowa job market is booming! If you are in need of a new career in philanthropy....look no further!
  • Listening and Talking to Donors - Applying Research to Reality

    AFP chapters from Buffalo, NYC, New Vernon/NJ, Long Island and Dutchess County have partnered to bring you this program on May 10.

    The goal of this presentation is to educate professional fundraisers about the importance of listening and talking during the qualification and cultivations phases of our work. In addition to discussing this topic, we’re able to facilitate a small number (based on time) of hands-on activities to further drive home the importance of listening and talking. 

    The cost is $10 for AFP members.

  • May Networking Event: Virtual Cooking Class with Growing Chefs!

    Join the fun on Thursday May 27th from 5:30-7pm for an “All Things Spring” cooking class with Chef Ryan from Growing Chefs! and the AFP London & Region Chapter! Together, on Zoom, we will be preparing an herb and radish salad and an asparagus carbonara risotto.

    Included in the event cost is all ingredients required to make both dishes, and a professional cooking tutorial from Chef Ryan himself!

    A member of the AFP LRC Membership Committee will be in touch closer to the date to arrange a drop-off time. All drops-offs will align with public health guidelines.
  • 2021 National Philanthropy Day Save the Date!

    National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

  • More new CFREs

    Congratulations are in order to Beau Cummings, MBA, of Paschal Murray Executive Search, who recently added CFRE to the acronyms behind his name. Great work, Beau!
  • NPD Conference & Awards will be virtual once again!

    Save the Date!
    November 5, 2021
    National Philanthropy Day Conference and Awards will be virtual once again this year!

    Check back for more details.

    To get involved please reach out to Co-Chairs, Nicole Capossela and Diana Corbin, CFRE
  • 2021 National Philanthropy Day

    Save the date for National Philanthropy Day

    The date has been set for our National Philanthropy Day Luncheon! Please mark your calendars and plan to attend on Tuesday, November 16 at the Grand River Center. We are currently planning to hold the luncheon in-person. This year, luncheon attendees will also be welcome to join in a workshop/seminar prior to the luncheon and a donor panel presentation after the luncheon at no additional cost. The sessions will be appropriate for both fundraisers and donors. Information on these educational sessions will be provided in the coming months.


    NPD Award Nominations Needed

    Nominations for our NPD awards will be accepted May 1 through June 22 online at Award categories include:

    • Individual philanthropist
    • Philanthropic Organization
    • Volunteer Fundraiser
    • Youth in Philanthropy
    • Professional Fundraiser


    We know there are many deserving individuals and organizations in our community who “change the world with a giving heart”.  Please help us recognize their wonderful contributions by nominating them for an award. And, as you see information about nominations via Facebook, email, newspaper, Julien’s Journal, etc., please share, share, share! Our Chapter is working to increase our visibility and value in the community, and this is a simple way to help us both expand awareness and to celebrate the incredible philanthropy that makes our community great. The more people we can reach, the more we are able to recognize philanthropists from all parts of the tri-state area, all fields of interest, and all demographics.


    The short nomination form is online at or under Philanthropy Day at  A list of past recipients can be found on our website at  


    Thank you for helping us make this celebration truly special!


    If you have any questions about the event or nominations, please feel free to reach out to Christel Tatro, NPD Chair, at 563-690-9683 or


    Christel Tatro

    Foundation & Communication Assistant

    Stonehill Communities- Benevolent Foundation

    1. 563.690.9683


    AFP Eastern Iowa & Nancy Hill-Davis present an inspiring virtual educational session Tuesday, May 11 - 'How to Retain Development Staff.'

    Tuesday, May 11
    11:30 A.M. - 1:00 PM.
    Free for AFP members
  • May 19 AFP Volusia/Flagler presentation

    Join us on the 19th at noon for a presentation on inclusion, diversity, equity, and access. Please register below (at no cost) in advance, and you will receive an email with information on how to join the meeting. See you there! 

  • AFP Member Exclusive

    AFP Members:

    We appreciate you all and admire the resilience you showed throughout 2020. As a thank you for sticking through the tough times with us, and to help continue your growth in 2021, we’re thrilled to provide you with a $40 credit on your next online learning opportunity through June 30, 2021

    You can use the $40 credit on any one of our many upcoming premium webinars (26 in 2021!), archived webinars, past conference recordings, or anything else in our online learning platform.

    How to redeem: Simply log into Blue Sky (our learning management system) and select the items you'd like to purchase. When checking out, remember to enter the coupon code THANKYOU40 in the promo code box to enjoy your savings!

    Please note: This code is one-time-use only and cannot be combined with any other offer. If you have not previously registered for an AFP course, webinar or purchased a recording, you will need to create a free account in Blue Sky. This login is different than your AFP member login.

    If you have any questions, please contact us at


    AFP Eastern Iowa has many great professional opportunities! Check out the latest job board opportunities.
  • Registration Now Open for our Next IDEA Session

    When:  May 25, 2021 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM (PT)

    “We build a world with the language we use…”

    Jamie Hale, CEO, Pathfinders Neuromuscular Alliance (London)


    With the changing landscape in our society as we create a more inclusive space, oftentimes there is a struggle with consciously or unconsciously using language or words that are marginalizing or disparaging in nature. Throughout our careers, we have experienced discomfort or vulnerability when we say the wrong thing to a donor, colleague or community partner. These moments spur deep reflection at some point in our career/lives. If there is anything that we’ve learned in nonprofit work as fundraisers, it’s that the right words matter. They help build better relationships and create bridges. They shape how we view the world and how the world views us. So how can words help us to define new ways to engage with one another?


    Join AFP-GLAC’s IDEA (Inclusion. Diversity. Equity. Access.) Committee and Marla A. Parker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Public Administration, Department of Political Science and Co-Founder, Civic and Social Innovation Group at California State University-Los Angeles as she helps us to unpack why words matter more than ever. She’ll lead us on an interactive exploration of the types of language and terminology that encourages a culture of constant learning and growth, which is critical in navigating a landscape where language changes. You’ll be given a blueprint of practical strategies, tools and resources that can ultimately be used as the building blocks towards a more equitable sector and world.


    Marla A. Parker, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Public Administration, Department of Political Science

    Co-Founder, Civic and Social Innovation Group

    California State University-Los Angeles


    Marla A. Parker, Ph.D. has nearly 20 years of success in the public and private sectors. Her broad areas of expertise include management, social impact, entrepreneurship, innovation, learning and development, diversity and inclusion. In addition, she co-founded the Civic and Social Innovation Group at California State University-Los Angeles, which promotes creative approaches to social change.

  • Chapter Meeting "How to Market and Brand your Nonprofit"

    Please join us at our monthly Zoom Chapter Meeting on Wednesday, April 21st beginning at 11:30 eastern time. 

    Join the roundtable-style discussion as Mandy Senn with 6 Strong Media walks us through effective marketing.  Mandy will give a brief organizational overview, share her philosophy regarding marketing, and then field questions.  Come prepared with your questions for Mandy and get ready to learn how to showcase your nonprofit to your supporters.

    "Mandy Senn-Simmons, IOM, is Vice President of Marketing & Accounts for 6 STRONG MEDIA, a Chattanooga-based corporate video production company.

    She joined the 6 STRONG team in 2016 after serving in a variety of roles with the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Louisville Organization, and Girls' Preparatory School. Her specific professional experience includes event and volunteer management, marketing, fundraising, development, client relations, project management, and communications.

  • What's NEW with AFP

    For all of the latest info, networking opportunities and career opportunities, check out this week's AFP Eastern Iowa e-newsletter:
  • AFP CNY Statement on Asian Hate

    The Association of Fund Raising Professionals of Central New York condemns, in the strongest terms, the recent killings and growing violence against Asian Americans. The brutal mass murder of our fellow citizens in Atlanta is unfortunately just one event in a long line of discrimination, demonization and violence against Asian Americans.

    We join with others in our grief for the families of the victims, in our guilt for allowing this to happen and in our resolve to bring about change and increase our understanding that these incidents are not just a single tragedy.  Racism, bigotry and hate is something many have to live with on a daily basis and we encourage each of us to do our part in bringing that to an end.

    We pledge to confront the system that favors one group over another, even when we are part of that favored group. We will educate ourselves and our neighbors to recognize the racism we witness and participate in.  We pledge to do our part in creating an inclusive, diverse, equitable, accessible and just society. 

  • 2021 Board Recruitment

    It is the time of year where we call for nominations for our Central Ontario Chapter Board representatives for the coming year. Please see the list of positions below. We have some current board members who will be running for re-election and we are also seeking new members. 

    Our chapter is strongly committed to diversity and especially welcomes interest from racialized persons / people of colour, women, Indigenous People, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. 

    If any of the following positions are of interest to you, please submit your nomination form to current President-Elect Janet Fairbridge by Monday, April 19th at  

    Roles for Election for 2021-22:




    IDEA Chair

    Membership Chair


    Education and Events

    National Philanthropy Day Committee member

    Every Member Campaign Chair


    Website/Job Board

    Government Relations

    Directors at Large

    If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us

    Board Position Descriptions:

    Nomination Form:

  • May 13, 2021 Chapter Meeting

    Our next Chapter meeting is scheduled for May 13th at 11:30 am.  Our meeting topic is The EcoSystem of Fundraising- It Takes A Village with Phillip Howard Vice President of Advancement from Tuskegee University!  RSVP today at!
  • April 22nd- Chapter Orientation

    We invite you to learn more about the chapter, membership, and ways to connect.  We will host the next Chapter Orientation on April 22nd.  RSVP today at!
  • 2021 IDEA Champion Designation

    AFP is committed to the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity and access in the fundraising profession, the philanthropic sector, and throughout all of society. The AFP Alabama Chapter is honored to be recognized as one of the 98 AFP chapters who earned the 2021 IDEA Champion Designation award!

    Congratulations to our fellow champions for accomplishing key objectives in our goal of advancing diversity.
  • AFP Alabama recognized as a 2021 Ten Star GOLD Chapter!

    Less than 20 percent of the Association of Fundraising Professionals' 200 professional chapters earn the Ten Star Gold Chapter Award, making AFP Alabama one of the association’s leading chapters around the world. 

    Congratulations to our hardworking chapter members and leadership for increasing public awareness around the importance of philanthropy in our community!
  • Nominate an Outstanding Teen!

    Nominations are now open for Teen Volunteers of the Year!

    More information can be found on the NPD page of the website. 

    Extended Nomination Deadline: May 21, 2021
  • AFP May Education Presentation

    "Managing Time and Energy to be Successful Leaders"

    Our personal and professional lives move in the direction of our strongest thought. As leaders in the non-profit sector, we are often asked to share our knowledge, experience, and can be pulled in several different directions that may not always best serve the mission of our organizations. John Wolfkill, Executive Director of the Community College of Aurora Foundation, will discuss how we can improve our attention management, work to remove our cognitive biases, and remove distractions to become more proactive in leading to success. As leaders, we work to focus the attention of others to accomplish a goal and John's session will work to help us recognize what changes we can make to be more successful leaders.
  • Statement from AFP South Sound

    To remain transparent and open with our members, AFP South Sound would like to share a statement further contextualizing the decision made on Friday March 19 to cancel our planned March program. For reference, we include our reasons for canceling this event here and, in fairness, recognize that the speaker has made public apologies on his personal twitter account and e-newsletters.

    Our chapter is committed to the ongoing work of recognizing and dismantling racism and white supremacy within our profession, and elevating the voices of people who have been and continue to be underrepresented. We recognize that we are in the early stages of this work, and are grateful for our members and community allies who continue to hold our chapter accountable to uphold our values. Our chapter plans to make space for thoughtful, respectful dialogue on how these problems continue to show up in our profession and encourage the hard - but necessary - conversations. We look forward to sharing next steps in these conversations with our members soon.

    Chapter leadership is assessing this incident internally to establish what lessons we can take away regarding both internal policies and guidelines for future speakers to ensure our guests and presenters align with our chapter’s IDEA Values Statement, approved by Board vote November 2020, which we share now publicly for the first time. We welcome community feedback as part of this process and also look forward to sharing our findings. 

    Thank you for joining us in this work,

    AFP South Sound WA Chapter Board of Directors


    AFP South Sound Strategic Plan and IDEA Values Statement

    Statement Regarding March Program

    AFP Global Blog Post

  • AFP-GLAC Statement on Boulder, Colorado

    On Monday, March 22 the lives of Eric Talley, Denny Strong, Neven Stanisic, Rikki Olds, Tralona Bartkowiak, Teri Leiker, Suzanne Fountain, Kevin Mahoney, Lynn Murray and Jody Waters were tragically cut short due to gun violence in Boulder, Colorado. Our hearts go out to the families, friends and the community that have been left behind to pick up the pieces. The Association of Fundraising Professionals of Greater Los Angeles (AFP-GLAC) and its members stand with Boulder, Colorado and honor those whose lives were taken much too soon.

    To learn more about the victims, click here:

    To learn more about how you can help or access mental health resources click here:

  • New CFREs in Town

    We are pleased to share that Bethany Leighton and Logan Thompson have both recently attained the Certified Fund Raising Executive designation! Brava, ladies, we are all so proud of you!!
  • Member News - Heather Sellgren

    Heather Sellgren is now the Executive Director of The Children's Museum of Wilmington.

    Heather has been at the Museum for over three years and is committed to expanding the Museum’s presence in the community, establishing a close connection with Museum supporters, and keeping the exhibit space and educational programming content current. Her favorite part of working at the Museum is seeing the smiles on the kids' faces, hearing their happy voices, and watching them get lost in their world of imaginative play.

    Visit to learn more about the museum. Congrats, Heather!
  • AFP Western New York Chapter Honored as Ten Star Gold and IDEA Champion Chapter

    The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Western New York Chapter has been named a 2021 Ten Star GOLD Chapter and an IDEA Champion Chapter.


    Every year, AFP, the largest association of professional fundraisers in the world, honors chapters for achieving goals that align with key objectives in its long-range strategic plan. Chapters receive the Ten Star GOLD Award for performing specific activities designed to increase professionalism within fundraising and public awareness of the importance of philanthropy. A list of several goals is published annually by AFP Global Headquarters, and chapters must accomplish 15 of these goals during the year to be honored.


    Less than 20 percent of AFP’s 200 professional chapters earn the Ten Star Gold Chapter recognition, making the Western New York Chapter one of the association’s leading chapters around the world.


    The Western New York Chapter has also been named an IDEA Champion chapter for the second year running.


    IDEA stands for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access. Chapters receive the IDEA Champion Award for completing seven AFP International goals designed to increase diversity within the fundraising profession and public awareness of the importance of philanthropy in all cultures.


    Chapter president Kate Heidinger, CFRE stated: “I am thrilled that the Western New York Chapter has been honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals for our work this past year. While it was a challenging one for each of us, the fundraising professionals who volunteer and engage with AFP WNY worked diligently to uphold the highest standards of fundraising and support one another during the most trying times.”


    For more information on the Ten Star and IDEA Champion Award processes, please visit

  • President's Message--April 2021


    As I am writing this message at the beginning of National Volunteer Week in April, I just sent an email to our board of directors to thank them for their service. My sincere gratitude to our 17 board members who give of their time and talent to ensure that our chapter activities and communications are engaging to our members. We recently welcomed two new board members, Jennifer Shorstein, our new Next Gen/Emerging Leaders Chair and Amy Sajko, our EPC Co-Chair. Also, Patti Phillips-Best has assumed the role of Vice-President of Resources. We appreciate their commitment to serve!

    We invite all AFP WPA members to consider stepping up to join a committee. Your willingness to join one of our committees, whether it is the Education, Membership, Communications or Resources Committee, would be welcomed! The Emerging Philanthropy Conference (EPC) Committee is also looking for some volunteers to lend a hand. Please contact MC at or me at to join one of our chapter’s committees or if you are interested in volunteering for EPC.

    Best regards,

    P. Ann Hrabik, MBA, CFRE

    AFP WPA President

  • Statement Regarding March 26th, 2021 Program

    AFP South Sound is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. We believe in creating safe, inclusive environments where people feel valued, heard and respected, and recognize that is an ongoing process.

    Yesterday our board became aware of recent messaging from planned speaker, Tom Ahern, that we and our community members experienced as divisive, derogatory and hurtful. We heard and felt the negative impact these statements had on our community, especially those who face racism and white supremacy every day. 

    The statements made by Tom Ahern are his own, and are not in alignment with our values. The previously scheduled program for March 26 has been canceled. Registrants will be issued a full refund.

    We are grateful for the honest feedback and dialogue from our global community.

    Association of Fundraising Professionals, South Sound Chapter Board of Directors

    Dated:  Friday, March 19, 2021

  • AFP-GLAC Statement on Atlanta

    The Association of Fundraising Professionals – Greater Los Angeles Chapter (AFP-GLAC) is devastated by the recent and growing attacks on the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities across our nation. As a chapter, as fundraisers, and as community members, we stand by the AAPI communities, as well as our colleagues who identify with these groups. You are not alone.


    To our members who identify as AAPI, know that we see you and we hold space for you during this difficult and challenging time. Together, we will be the collective force that works to cast out hate, oppression and injustice of any kind.


    We are #OneAFP.



    We invite you to take a moment of silence and reflection for the eight lives lost

    in the horrific act of violence in Atlanta, GA on March 16, 2021


    Delaina Ashley Yaun

    Daoyou Feng

    Hyun Jung Grant

    Paul Andre Michels

    Soon C. Park

    Suncha Kim

    Xiaojie Tan

    Yong A. Yue



  • April 8, 2021 Virtual Pop Up Meeting

    Click here for details
  • AFP Palm Beach County Chapter has been named a 2021 Ten Star Chapter!

  • Chapter Meeting News "Annual Funders Panel" on Wednesday, March 17th

    Join us at our monthly Zoom Chapter Meeting for Annual Funders Panel on Wednesday, March 17th beginning at 11:30 AM eastern time. 

    • Barbara Marter with The Weldon F. Osborne Foundation 
    • Chelsea Johnson with BCBST
    • Maria Matthews with The Generosity Trust

    Find out our funder's views on their organization's giving overview, changes in priorities due to the Covid pandemic, grant reports, social justice, and more.

    Zoom link

    Meeting ID: 856 9252 6820
    Passcode: 693091

  • Your AFP Greater Atlanta Chapter has been named a Ten Star Gold & IDEA Champion Chapter!

  • AFP of NWA named a 2021 Ten Star GOLD Chapter!

    Every year, AFP, the largest association of professional fundraisers in the world, honors chapters for achieving goals that align with key objectives in its long-range strategic plan. Chapters receive the Ten Star GOLD Award for performing specific activities designed to increase professionalism within fundraising and public awareness of the importance of philanthropy. 

    Less than 20 percent of AFP’s 200 professional chapters earn the Ten Star Gold Chapter recognition, making the AFP of Northwest Arkansas one of the association’s leading chapters around the world. 

  • AFP Oklahoma Named 2021 Ten Star Chapter

  • Letter from the new Chapter President

    What a year it's been.

    The pandemic has had a profound impact on the world, our industry and our lives. Like so many, we've faced tough moments and had to respond to new challenges. It's been heartening to see the innovative solutions and acts of kindness brought on by these difficult times. I'm especially encouraged and inspired by our donors and their focus on taking care and still making an impact on our organizations. Like the way we have had to pivot with our profession and our lives, we too as an organization are also facing some change. Our longtime member and President, Josh Hirsch and his family, are transferring to Jacksonville and I will assume the role as President of our AFP Chapter. We are grateful to Josh for his service and thank him for all he has done to grow our membership and our Board of Directors.

    I am excited for the challenge and have been active on the Board since 2017. I have been fundraising in Palm Beach County for the better part of 20 years. I understand the need of a fulfilling membership and having the opportunity to network with fellow fundraisers in the community – especially at such a volatile time. Our chapter is growing and we have a full list of monthly activities and learning opportunities. We are coming together to share best practices, philanthropy trends, and welcome the art of “bouncing things off of one another.” I invite you to be a part of it and take an active role.

    Planet Philanthropy is in full swing and happening June 6-8 at the Caribe Royale in Orlando. I know this will be a very worthy and welcomed opportunity to learn, network and receive some CFRE credits along the way.

    Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your President of our chapter. Together we are making an impact on our community, the nation and our world.

     Kindest regards,

    Ellen Vaughan
    Association of Fundraising Professional Palm Beach County Chapter

  • AFP SV Chapter is an IDEA Champion - Again!!

    We are proud to announce that once more, the AFP SV IDEA chapter is "2021 IDEA Champion". This is the second consecutive year to be recognized for our pathbreaking work.

    This is an acknowledgment of our work to ensure Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access to our community, and gives us further encouragement to continue our effort and programs to focus on the IDEA principles.
  • AFP-GLAC IDEA Program Awarded 2021 IDEA Champion Designation

    Congratulations to our own AFP-GLAC IDEA Committee and all members that have supported in our chapter’s IDEA programs and activities. IDEA is one of our chapter’s strategic priorities and our committee has been at the forefront in advancing it. The programs and activities offered to our chapter over the past year of been enriching, thought provoking, and challenging all of us to be solution oriented active leaders in promoting diversity and inclusion. AFP-GLAC is one of 98 chapters in the nation that was awarded this designation and honor.


    Looking for a new career in philanthropy? Tanager Place may be your next home! Check out the Philanthropy Associate job description and apply today!

    You can check out all of the opportunities any time at the AFP Eastern Iowa Career Center.
  • Wake Up Wednesdays

    Join us on the first and third Wednesday of every month for our virtual Wake Up Wedensday conversations!

    This opportunity gives members of our profession a platform to network with each other to discuss successes, challenges, knowledge, and so much more. Register to join these important conversations with your fundraising friends!
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