Community Announcements

  • 2024 Lehigh Valley Philanthropy Institute - Presenters Announced!

    Keynote: Amy Eisenstein, ACFREHappiness, Habits and Fundraising: Strategies to Help You Survive and Thrive

    Tisha Hyster, CSRIC, PNC Institutional Asset Management, Nonprofit Work in an Age of Artificial Intelligence

    Stephen Link, CAP of Cornerstone Advisors, Jill Anderson of Moravian University, Lorraine Weidorn of Lehigh University, and Greg Wilson of PG Marketing, Navigating Your Career Path Panel Discussion moderated by Pat Fligge of PRF Coaching

    Jessie Shappell, Equi-librium, Adopting a 3:1 Fundraising Ratio: One organization's experience implementing a fundraising efficiency policy

    Amy Eisenstein, ACFREHow to Raise Major Gifts 102: Blended Gifts and Beyond

    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

    Julie Zumas, Lehigh Valley Grant Services, Working Smarter (Not Harder) on Grants

    Kelly Grattan, MBA, Ph.D., CFRE, CAP, Schultz & Williams, Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Planned Giving Success

    Chad Barger, Productive Fundraising, Productive Events: Optimizing your nonprofits' events to fuel fundraising growth

    Amanda Maenza and Kristin Warner, Moravian University, From Uprising to Uplifting: When Volunteer Leadership Has Gone Astray

    Megan Beste, U.S. Congresswoman Susan Wild, Federal Grant Writing and Administration

    Kelly Ramage, SofterWare, DonorPerfect Tips and Tricks for Database Efficiency

    Matt Connell, Blackbaud, Moves Management Tips and Tricks with Raiser's Edge NXT

    Christina Schoemaker, MBA, CFRE, Valley Youth House, Creating Partnerships that Build Brands and Enhance Missions

    Doug Keith, Future Research Consulting, Market Research Fundamentals for Philanthropic Organizations

    Mary-Helen McCulloch, J.D., Haverford School, But, I Don't Know What To Say!

    David Robertson, Shift4 Payments, Advancing Your Cause with Fintech Innovations

    Deb Stellato, Think Good Company, Time Warp: Tools You Can Use to Manage Time Differently for Greater Effectiveness

    Larry Raff, Abacus Major Donor Ask Calculator, Determining a Major Gift Ask Amount with High Predictability

  • NPD Call for Nominations Due April 26th

    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 19, 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. 

  • JOIN US! April Chapter Meeting

    Cultivating Connections: Strategies for Effective Donor Stewardship

    Join us for an insightful discussion on donor stewardship, where our expert panel will share strategies and best practices for cultivating strong relationships with donors. Learn how to engage donors effectively, demonstrate impact, and foster long-term commitment to your cause. Gain valuable insights and practical tips to enhance your organization's fundraising efforts and maximize support for your mission.

    Lunch at 11:30am; Program begins at 12noon.

  • March Luncheon

    We are a week away from our March Luncheon! Have you registered yet?

  • Job Posting

    The Nature Conservatory has a position open for an Associate Director of Philanthropy. Check it out!

  • Want to Speak at Leading Philanthropy? The RFP is Now Open!

    You have a chance to lead a session at the Leading Philanthropy Conference on September 25, 2024 at The Drexelbrook in Drexel Hill!

    Do you have expertise you want to share with your peers? Are you looking for more ways to get involved within our fundraising community? Is there a topic you’re interested in presenting on?

    We are currently seeking speakers on varying topics, at multiple experience levels, for this year’s conference. Our theme this year is Building Impact Together: A Day of Collaboration for Development Professionals, and content will be focused on tackling the challenges fundraising professionals are encountering amidst the backdrop of an increasingly complex landscape. 

     The deadline for submitting a session is April 16, 2024. Speakers will be selected and notified by May 31, 2024. If you have questions, please contact

  • Chapter Champion Awards

    AFP South Sound is proud to share our designations as a2024 Ten Star and IDEA Chapter Champion

  • Artificial Intelligence and Fundraising

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) continues to revolutionize modern fundraising, empowering nonprofit organizations to elevate their strategies and optimize efficiency through advanced data analysis, automation, and personalized communication. The integration of AI technologies enables nonprofits to effectively engage with prospects and donors, leading to the development and execution of highly successful fundraising campaigns.

    For information and to register, click here.

  • New Program: AFP Amigos

  • Engaging Volunteers

  • AFP Central Virginia Chapter Mentoring Program

    AFP Central Virginia is excited to reopen applications for our mentoring program. We know the value that mentoring relationships can provide for both mentors and mentees, but it can be challenging to find the right match. We are excited to help you on your mentorship journey! 

    Are you ready to be a mentor?

    Have you experienced success in your fundraising career, or benefited from advice from a mentor of your own and want to give back to a younger or less experienced member of the Central Virginia fundraising community? Consider being a mentor this year!

    Are you looking for guidance?

    Are you new to your role, your organization, or just want someone to help guide you in your career or offer fundraising advice? Consider requesting a mentor this year!

    Interest Form

    To become a mentor or mentee, please fill out this interest form by Wednesday, March 20. The mentoring committee will review the submissions and match participants by April 5, and the 2024 mentoring program year will run from April to December.

    We look forward to connecting you to better serve our Central Virginia fundraising community!

  • So, you want to be a great presenter?

    Have you ever attended a conference and thought, I'd like to be a presenter one day, but I don't know where to start. Or, have you presented before and would love to learn how to take your presentation to the next level? If you answered yes to either one of those questions, this is the session for you! 
    Our friends at AFP Greater Philadelphia Chapter is hosting an engaging workshop by Mark Chilutti, CFRE will fill you with the confidence you need to create and deliver an outstanding session.
    In it, we will discuss everything from choosing a catchy title, writing an RFP that will make it to the top of the selection committees list, creating an intriguing bio, tips on how to engage your audience, creating a PowerPoint that people can read, delivering your content with confidence, and more! 
    Tuesday, April 2 | 8:30 - 10:15 a.m. 
    Jefferson Moss-Magee Rehabilitation Center 
    1513 Race Street Philadelphia, PA 19102

    Pricing: $15 for Members. $50 for Non-Members. 
  • AFP Oklahoma Chapter recognized as a Ten Star Chapter for 2024!

  • VIRTUAL SESSION: Compliance Fundraising


    Have you always wondered whether your nonprofit organization is taking all the right steps to remain compliant?

    Are you confused by some of the laws and compliance requirements? 

    Check out the event we have in partnership With NJ Center for Non Profits, on March 21.

  • AFP Mentorship Program

    AFP Arkansas Chapter offers you a valuable opportunity to transform your fundraising career through its Mentorship Program. The Mentorship Program consists of a mentoring relationship in a structured program that offers one-on-one coaching sessions as well as group networking, structured to help you meet your personal and career goals.
    Click below for more info and to submit your application as a mentor or mentee by April 20. 
  • Make your Nomination for NPD 2024

    Make your nomination in one of these categories:  Philanthropist, Volunteer Fundraiser, Nonprofit Founder, Youth and Organization.

  • April 18th Fundraising Leadership Symposium

    Click Here for details

  • March 19th Chapter Meeting

    Click Here for details

  • Want to make the most out of your fundraising efforts?

    We all do! Join the AFP Southern New Jersey Chapter in our engaging and great lineup of educational sessions and workshops for professionals around the area that can help you as a fundraiser! 

    Connect with like-minded individuals who want to learn and grow... just like you! 

    Check out what is in store this year, and sign up today!

    Psst.. AFP Chapter Members get a discount! Not a Member? Ask us how to become one! 

  • 2024 Mentorship Program is Open!

    Interested in participating as a Mentor or Mentee? Sign up today!

  • March Newsletter


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    Welcome to spring, where the flowers begin to the bloom and the sun shines a little longer! 

    Thank you for the work you do in our community to make it a little brighter each day.


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    Make Your Donation Count


    During the dates of AFP ICON 2024 (April 7-9 in Toronto!), Blackbaud will provide a $10 match toward every donor who makes a gift of at least $20 toward your chapter’s BE the CAUSE Campaign (one match per person). This match applies to the first 1,000 donors during this three-day period. Please make a gift during those three days online at or by Texting AFP to 571-749-2699. 


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    Nominations Accepted Soon

    Submissions will be accepted Wednesday, April 10th through 5 pm on Thursday, June 6th. The deadline will not be extended.


    Each year, the Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals celebrates philanthropy in a big way by honoring our local philanthropists on National Philanthropy Day (NPD). 

    Your organization can nominate individuals, businesses, and groups who have made Northwest Arkansas a better place to live and work through their dedication to philanthropy.



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    May Education Session


    First Session: Capital Campaigns Keys to Success - Panel Discussion

    This panel discussion explores two recent and highly successful capital campaigns in our region. Panelists include Debbie Rambo, Executive Director at Samaritan Community Center, and Emily Rappe Fisher, Director of Development at Children's Safety Center.


    Second Session: In Sync: Strengthening Fundraising with Effective ED/DD Collaboration 

    Teresa Mills, the Executive Director, and Eva Terry, the Development Director, have worked together for nine years at Peace at Home Family Shelter. During their time together, they have honed a strong partnership that has delivered strong revenue growth for Peace at Home. They will share how they work together to foster a culture of philanthropy across their staff and board and best practices learned during their time working together.

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    Registration closes the Monday prior to the event.


    Location: NWACC Springdale Campus

    Date: Wednesday, May 15

    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




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    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  (members will receive a code ) this code 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.




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    Save the Date


    April 7-9: Be the Cause Matching Gift

    April 10-June 6: NPD Nominations Accepted

    Aug 21: Education Session

    Oct 16: Education Session

    Nov 13: National Philanthropy Day


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    Mentorship Program


    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 now 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


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    Community Events


    With the 2025 General Assembly Session just around the corner, Arkansas Kids Count Coalition is hosting a series of roundtable discussions where registrants and fellow advocates will talk about how to help kids and families in our community.


    The first roundtable discussion will take place Thursday, April 4th from 11:00am-2:00pm in Springdale. This event is free to join and lunch will be provided. To learn more and register, visit the link below.



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    AFP NWA Job Board

    Featured Jobs in Fundraising


    Director of DevelopmentDowntown Springdale Alliance

    Senior Director of Philanthropic StrategySingle Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA

    Manger, Sales and EventsBotanical Garden of the Ozarks

    Senior Director of DevelopmentSam M. Walton College of Business

    Major Gift Development OfficerUniversity of Arkansas Education and Health Professions


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    Welcome New Members

    January - March 2024


    Rhonda Bramell

    United Way of Northwest Arkansas


    Jessica DeBari

    Mount Sequoyah


    Amelia Herrera


    Gina Johns

    Single Parent Scholarship Fund

    Briana Korbe

    Arkansas Children's


    David Nelson

    AHA University


    Jessica Uranga

    Beautiful Lives Boutique


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    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.

  • Meet our New Chapter Admin, Patti Recchi!

    Our new South Sound chapter admin, Patti Recchi, brings expertise as an administrative professional and has years of experience assisting other associations in the region. She enjoys supporting the chapter board with their efforts and engagement with members through events and communication. Patti is loving being a first-time grandma to her 6-month-old grandbaby boy!

  • Welcome our new Chapter President, Emily Mendez-Bryant!

    I am so honored and humbled to serve as your 2024 President, alongside a wonderful board of 16 dedicated individuals. We are all excited to continue the great work this chapter has been doing, and to keep the momentum going. 

    Important to me for this Year of the Dragon (2024) is to: 

    --Bring energy and aloha 

    --Have fun and engaging ways to recognize our members and our work

    --Grow our membership and increase opportunities, esp. in IDEA

    --And, continue to help and support one another!!! We are stronger together. 

    So, let’s unleash our collective power by adventuring together, do new things, and make this year one of the best yet for ourselves, profession and community! *Photo taken at Mount Rainier on New Year’s Day; first time I’ve ever been snowshoeing.  

  • Planned Giving Certificate Program with Jim Meyer

    The two night  course (April 3 and April 10, both nights 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM) will cover the history of planned gifts, types of gifts that make up the world of planned giving, planned giving sources of information, and setting up and marketing of a Planned Giving Program at various levels. The program is ideal for anyone in, or interested in, the development area within a 501(c)3 organization. 
    You must attend both three hour sessions to be eligible for 6 CFRE credits.
  • Hope through Housing Foundation

    Hope through Housing Foundation is searching for a Director of Philanthropy. To find out more:

  • Meet the 2024 Board of Directors!

    Our team is hard at work for the 2024 term! Interested in joining a committee? Click here for our opportunities.

  • Check out our 2024 Program & Event Schedule

    Mark your calendars and get ready for an incredible year with AFP San Diego!

  • Advocacy Alert: Proposed Regulations for DAFs

    AFP Memphis membership,

    The AFP board strives to keep you up to date on items that intersect between government relations and fundraising. Please review the email and attachment for more information on AFP's comments regarding regulations related to donor-advised funds. 

    In November, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released the first in what is expected to be a series of long-awaited regulations on donor-advised funds (DAFs). This proposed regulation would provide guidance regarding DAFs and taxable distributions. The proposed regulations generally would apply to community foundations and other charitable organizations that maintain one or more DAFs, and to individuals involved with the DAFs, including donors, donor-advisors, and certain fund managers. The guidance seeks to offer clarity on additional definitions of terms, how to determine if a fund can be identified as a separate entity, and how to establish if a donor has advisory privileges, among other issues.

    This regulatory attention has been expected as DAFs have grown; grants from DAFs now amount to around 10% of all charitable giving and are expected to keep growing. AFP has joined sector partners in submitting comments outlining some positive changes being proposed and some concerns with these proposed regulations. Much of this work to inform these comments comes from the previous Donor Advised Funds Working Group of the U.S. Government Relations Committee chaired by Lisa Chmiola with the support of Nancy Brown.

    AFP will continue to engage the full U.S. Government Relations Committee, the AFP Global board, and other groups and member constituents, on future proposed rules and legislation.

    Please find attached the comments AFP has made to the US Treasury Department.

    In addition to AFP’s comments, if you as an individual or on behalf of your organization want to submit additional comments, the deadline is February 15, 2024.

    You can submit a formal request using the attached URL.

    Here is a link to the Letter from AFP to the IRS:

    Andrea Hill, your AFP Memphis Government Relations and Advocacy Chair
    Chief Development & Partnerships Officer
    Tennessee Nonprofit Network

  • FREE Monthly AFPCGA Newsletter!

    Keep current with opportunities, events and networking of interest to philanthropy colleagues in Coastal Georgia!

  • Join us for our February Workshop!

    Capital Campaign Mastery: Craft Compelling Narratives, Engage Donors and Achieve Success

    Presented by Meg George, co-founder and president of consultancy George Philanthropy Group

    This workshop ensures a fun and collaborative environment where attendees leave equipped with the skills and confidence to run successful and impactful capital campaigns.

    Date: Thursday, February 15, 2024
    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Location: Virtual via Zoom

  • Save the Date for Marcy Heim!

    Full day session with Marcy Heim!

    August 14, 2024

    Lifelong Access, Bloomington, IL

  • February Program: Maximize Pipeline through P2P/DIY Events

    Are you taking advantage of your peer to peer pipeline? Are you able to identify a major gift prospect from a fundraising event? Is your next million dollar P2P event champion sitting in a Major Gift portfolio? 

    This session will take a look at opportunities and challenges from the lens of Peer to Peer and Major Giving team members. We will cover what makes a donor most valuable to your institution: fundraising through a P2P event or individual giving? To answer that question, we have to look at each donor as an individual, identify their intention, evaluate their indicators, and plan their activation. Join us on the journey to successful blended giving. 

    Our Speaker: 

    Pamela Mohr, senior director of development for Northwell Health’s Huntington Hospital, where she was responsible for closing the largest seven-figure gift in the hospital’s history and changing the philanthropic landscape of the community.

    Registration is OPEN:

  • February 20, 2024 Chapter Meeting- Virtual

    Click here for details

  • 3 Year Membership Scholarships Available

    Click here for details

  • LIMITED OFFER: 2024 Educational Series Package

    AFP NJ Southern Chapter is offering for a limited time discount on fundraising educational series!


    Package & save! Attend a full year's worth of educational sessions. The Annual Education Series Package is only offered for a limited time! Offered in the beginning of the year until the first educational session.

  • Congratulations to the 2024 Scholarship Recipients:

    Bridge Scholarships (2): 

    Angie Herting and Eileen Dushek-Manthe

    Young Professional Scholarship:

    Jordan Hoftender

    IDEA Champion Scholarship: 

    Shelby Wartick

  • April In-Person Coffee Connection

    April 11, 2024 from 08:30 AM to 09:30 AM 
    Dam Cafe | Holyoke
  • AFP GA - Monthly Chapter Meetings

    2024 Meeting Dates:
    April 16 - In person
    May 21 - Virtual
    June 18 - In person
    July 16 - Virtual
    August 20 - Virtual
    September 17 - Virtual
    October 15 - In person
    December 10 - In person

    *Locations will vary. 

    9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

    Meeting Costs:
    Member - $20
    Non Member - $38

  • February Monthly Meeting

    Join us February 8 at 11:30am as we hear a great program from Catholic Charities Development Director Erin Baxter on tracking volunteer hours and in-kind donations.  

    Want to attend, but don't know how to RSVP?  Never fear - just email us and let us know you'd like to attend and we'll provide more details.  Email us at 

  • Chamberlain Scholarship Now Available

    AFP Monterey Bay's Chamberlin Scholarship to attend the AFP ICON Conference in Toronto on April 7-9 is now open.

  • Announcing our Chamberlain Scholarship Recipient

    Congratulations to Michelle Jasper of LearningQuest-Stanislaus Literacy Centers! Michelle's registration fee for AFP ICON will be provided by the AFP Foundation's Chamberlain Scholarship Fund! 

  • National Philanthropy Day - November 1, 2024

    Save the Date!
    Friday, November 1, 2024
    Agua Caliente Resort

    More Details Soon

  • January 16, 2024 Chapter Meeting- Register Now

    click here for details

  • From Surviving to Thriving: A Journey to Your Best Self

    Are you ready to transform your life from merely surviving to truly thriving? Join us virtually for a transformative workshop that will empower you to embark on a journey to your best self. In this rapidly changing world, we will discover the incredible benefits of developing the skills and strategies that promote happiness, resilience, well-being, and thriving. Let's do it together!

    Date: Thursday, January 18, 2024
    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Location: Virtual via Zoom

  • Career Opportunity: Donor Engagement Manager

    Madison, WI - The Morgridge Institute for Research is hiring a Donor Engagement Manager. Learn more about the opportunity and apply here!