Announcing the Matthew Cottle Fellowship

The Board of Directors of the San Luis Obispo County Chapter of AFP is proud to announce the creation of the Matthew Cottle Fellowship. Applications are now being accepted.

Matthew Cottle
Matthew Cottle

Matthew Cottle was a lifelong fundraiser and a true believer that philanthropists can “change the world with a giving heart”. A Certified Fundraising Executive, Matthew was a frequent conference speaker for AFP and served as a member of AFP’s Professional Advancement Division. He was one of the founders of our local AFP chapter in 2015. In fact, this chapter would probably not exist without Matthew’s persistence, vision and commitment to the calling and career of professional fundraising, and to the importance of philanthropy to our world. Matthew passed away in May of this year after a long illness. His presence in our community is keenly missed. 

Matthew was a strong supporter of education and believed in encouraging the development of young fundraising professionals through the programs and resources of AFP. As our board of directors brainstormed ways in which we could honor Matthew’s memory, the answer quickly became obvious: create a scholarship for young professionals that will underwrite their membership in AFP and allow them to participate in everything this international organization has to offer. 

Thanks to generous funding provided by the Hughes Charitable Foundation and Joy Swann Cottle, and with additional support from CCS Fundraising, we are pleased to announce the Matthew Cottle Fellowship at this year’s National Philanthropy Day celebration.


The San Luis Obispo County Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP SLO CO) was established in 2015. We are committed to offering members the opportunity to connect with colleagues, engage in creative thinking, network with new friends and achieve great results in their work.

We focus on delivering educational programs and events to help further your fundraising career. AFP SLO CO is your link to professional networking luncheons; roundtable sessions; programs for advanced executives, mid-career professionals, and those new to the field. We also offer opportunities for volunteering and sponsor special events like National Philanthropy Day. Contact us at afpsloco@gmail.com to learn more and get involved!

Please check out our monthly programs and join our mailing list by emailing afpsloco@gmail.com 


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