NEW Birnbach Scholarship for CFRE Credentials CFRE Certified Fund Raising Executive

The Cape Fear Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals new scholarship for members who are interested in pursuing their Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credentials. The Birnbach Scholarship for CFRE Credentials will provided the winning applicant(s) with the funds to cover study materials and the CFRE exam fees for a local member in good standing who has been in the professional fundraising field for at least five years.

The Birnbach Scholarship has been set up by Jane Birnbach, CFRE, to help reduce barriers for nonprofit leaders who wish to advance both their careers and the profession with this professional certification. The Cape Fear AFP chapter will administer the scholarship and local professionals with a vested interest in the development of nonprofit professionals—but are not potential candidates—will be asked to review the applications.

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 Board of Directors Cape Fear Region Chapter are pleased to announce two scholarship recipients to assist in obtaining their Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credentials.

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.


AFP Membership Scholarships AWARDED

The Cape Fear Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals is excited to announce five membership scholarships were awarded to Kevin Blackburn, DREAMS, Jennifer Gherardi, United Way of the Cape Fear, Isabelle Shepherd, Historic Wilmington Foundation, Kristin McPeters, Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC at Wilmington, and Jennifer Wilson-Mathis, Canines for Service.

These one-year scholarships were sponsored by AFP Global. In response to the current conditions, AFP understands the economic challenges that current and prospective members face. 

Chamberlain Scholarship

AFP ICON, AFP’s flagship “International Conference,” is held each spring and brings together nearly 4,000 fundraising professionals to discuss important trends and issues related to fundraising and philanthropy, with a focus on fundraising practice and technique. AFP ICON VIRTUAL is the companion online component of this conference, offering an opportunity for those unable to travel to virtually join us at the event!

The next AFP ICON VIRTUAL will be held Monday-Wednesday, June 28-30, 2021. Registration is currently open. 

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. 

The Chamberlain Scholar receives paid registration to the ICON - AFP International conference ($10 processing fee) thanks AFP Foundation's BE the CAUSE. Thank to the chapter's efforts and proceeds from the annual National Philanthropy Day event, the Cape Fear Region AFP Chapter will provide up to $1,500 reimbursement towards qualified travel and lodging expenses, thanks to our chapter's efforts and proceeds from the National Philanthropy Day award breakfast.  

Qualified applicants must be a current AFP Cape Fear Region member. Applications for the 2022 ICON will be posted as soon as AFP Global announces the 2022 information.

2020 Chamberlain Scholar
Kristin McPeters, CFRE Community Giving Officer at Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina at Wilmington received the chapter's 2020 Chamberlain Scholarship to attend the Virtual - AFP ICON 2020.

2019 Chamberlain ScholarLogan White Thompson
Logan White Thompson, Executive Director, Welcome Home Angel received the chapter's 2019 Chamberlain Scholarship to attend the AFP ICON 2019 in San Antonio, TX. 

Winning the Chamberlain Scholarship and attending AFPICON this year was an experience like no other! It is such an honor to be chosen by your peers to participate in such a enriching and inspiring conference. I was able to participate in workshops of all kinds - from social media marketing to major gifts to human resource management, and more. I feel like I gained knowledge and access to resources that will allow me to continue to grow and become a better professional in the nonprofit sector.
I highly recommend anyone eligible for this scholarship to APPLY TODAY. Not only is your conference covered, but nearly all other expenses related to travel, meals, etc. For those of us who are working so hard to make our nonprofits stronger every day, it truly is a gift to take a step away and give yourself the chance to learn and grow and focus on yourself for a few days. It is a total professional reboot. I feel more inspired than ever to do the hard work and make things happen for my organization, thanks to the Chamberlain Scholarship.

2018 Chamberlain Scholar

Bob and Lauren at 2018 AFP ConferenceLauren Daley, Domestic Violence Shelter & Services
In April I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to New Orleans for AFP International Conference, all thanks to being awarded the Chamberlain Scholarship.

During the 3 day conference, I attended many thought provoking and exciting workshops ranging from Annual Campaigns, to Special Events, to Diversity and Inclusion, to Storytelling for Your Organization. No matter the size of your organization or scope of your day to day duties this conference had something for everyone – Jazz Band at lunch and all! One of the highlights of my time in New Orleans (next to the Beignets of course) was getting to meet and connect with so many diverse fundraisers from all across the world. Over 3,000 people attended this year’s conference.

The closing session featuring key note Bryan Stevenson from the Equal Justice Initiative motivated everyone in the room to do better and be better community leaders and participants. If you’ve never heard him speak or heard of his work, I encourage you to look him up and watch his TED Talk. Also during the closing session two awards for Youth in Philanthropy were given to amazing young people – one to a girl who raised funds for an inclusive playground in her community and the other to three sisters who started Paper for Water; “bringing water to the thirsty one piece of paper at time”. These sisters raised over $1.45 million dollars in less than 7 years by making and selling origami – they are only 8, 11, and 14! Talk about inspiring!

I left the conference feeling energized to put forward all of the amazing tips and takeaways I had learned over the 3 days. Thank you to our chapter, AFP Cape Fear for presenting me with the Chamberlain Scholarship for this incredible opportunity! If you’ve never attended an AFP International Conference I strongly encourage you to apply for the Chamberlain Scholarship. ​​


2020  Kristin McPeters
2019  Logan White Thompson
2018  Lauren Daley, MPA
2017  JC Lyle
2016  Dawn B. Carter
2015  Bethany Leighton
2013  Vann Pearsall
2009  Patricia Lawler
2008  Laurie H. Taylor, CFRE