Chapter Announcements

  • Birnbach Scholarship winners announced

    The Association of Fundraising Professional Cape Fear Region Chapter is pleased to announce two scholarship recipients for Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credentials.

    The Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation is an internationally recognized credential that attests to an individual’s knowledge, skill, and achievements as a fundraising professional based on current and valid practice-based standards.

    The Birnbach Scholarship for CFRE Credentials will provide an AFP Cape Fear chapter member with the funds to cover study materials and the CFRE exam fees. The Birnbach Scholarship has been set up by Jane Birnbach, CFRE and AFP member, to help reduce barriers for nonprofit leaders who wish to advance both their careers and the profession with this professional certification.

    Logan Thompson is the recipient of the Birnbach Scholarship for CFRE Certification in 2021. Thompson currently serves as the Director of Philanthropy at Cape Fear Community College Foundation, where she has surpassed annual fundraising goals within months and increased donor stewardship by 300%. Previously, Thompson was the Executive Director of Welcome Home Angel from 2016-2020, where she oversaw tremendous growth in annual revenue and individual giving.

    The AFP Cape Fear Chapter is matching the Birnbach Scholarship for 2021, as part of its mission to provide fundraising professionals in our community with professional development opportunities for effective and ethical fundraising practices.

    Bethany Leighton is the recipient of the AFP Cape Fear Chapter Scholarship for CFRE certification. Leighton currently serves as the Executive Director of Canines for Service, a role which she accepted in October 2020. Prior to that, Leighton served as the Fundraising Director for StepUp Wilmington from 2016-2020. Leighton has more than 14 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, specializing in fundraising, strategic planning, marketing, and communications. Leighton has served on the Board of the Cape Fear Chapter since 2015 and is wrapping up her two year term as President of the AFP Cape Fear Chapter at the end of this year.

  • Chamberlain Scholarship App due 4pm Nov 18

    Request a Chamberlain Scholarship application by emailing
  • $50 Discount for New Members

    I just saw that AFP Global is offering a $50 discount for new members and thought it might be worth sharing through our networks.

  • Birnbach CFRE Scholarship

    Application is due Nov 15
  • Chamberlain Scholarship available

    An APF Cape Fear Region Chapter Member who has never gone to ICON, may submit and application for a Chamberlain Scholarship. A Chamberlain Scholar receives paid registration to the ICON - AFP International conference ($10 processing fee)

    Qualified applicants must be a current AFP Cape Fear Region member. Don't delay - applications are due no later than 4pm Nov 18. Many will enter, only one will go to ICON. Chamberlain Scholar will be notified by Dec 1.

  • Development Directors now Executive Directors

    Bethany Leighton, current Board Chair of AFP Cape Fear Region and Development Director at StepUp Wilmington announced she has accepted the Executive Director position at Canines For Service.  

    Lauren Daley, current Board Co-Chair of AFP Cape Fear Region and Development Director at Domestic Violence Shelter & Services has been promoted to the Executive Director. 

    We are proud of both of these ladies, and wish them the best in their future endeavors.

    Deadline for National Philanthropy Day nominations is extended to 5pm Wednesday, Sept 16.
  • Our Own Larry Sackett President of the BOD Children's Museum

    Our very own Larry Sackett has been recently elected to serve as President of the Board of Directors for The Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Larry also serves at the Treasurer of AFP Cape Fear.
    Congrats Larry! Visit the Children’s Museum online at
  • NPD Nominations being accepted

    National Philanthropy Day (NPD) celebrates the charitable work that EVERYONE does to make a difference and create impact in our community.  Nominations are open for you to nominate someone good!