Professional Development Scholarship

"I opened my eyes to a gift last fall. I delightedly read the email that stated that I was approved to receive a scholarship to attend the 2018 International AFP Conference! Thank you AFP SV for making that possible. Again you stimulated my passion for fundraising and made me think at a deeper level. Thank you for the gift of education. A gift to last me a lifetime!" - K.

Chapter Scholarships

Did you know that the Silicon Valley Chapter of AFP consists of nearly 300 members working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education, and certification programs? Did you also know that there are a variety of Professional Development Scholarships available to you as a member of AFP SVC?

In 2014, $3,200 in scholarships were awarded to chapter members from small, medium and large organizations all throughout our community. Scholarships are provided to help underwrite the cost of local trainings as well as the AFP International Conference and other programs like the CFRE Study Guide.

"As a past scholarship recipient and current member of the Professional Development Scholarship Committee, I encourage every member to explore the assortment of scholarship opportunities for professional development." Chelsey Piasentin Souza, CFRE

Learn more about scholarships or download an application.

For questions please call (408) 744-0412 or email

AFP Foundation Chamberlain Scholarship for the AFP International Conference March 31- April 2, 2019 San Antonio, TX

Applications Due Friday, October 19, 2018 at 5PM
Click to complete application form here.

The AFP International Fundraising Conference is held each spring and brings more than 4,000 fundraising professionals together to discuss, teach, and learn about new development issues. It offers more than 150 educational sessions designed to serve the development needs of participants from entry level to highly experienced. The Conference exhibit hall features over 300 vendors. 

The Chamberlain Scholarship program honors Ralph E. Chamberlain, CFRE. Mr. Chamberlain had a long and distinguished career of service to the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), beginning in the 1960s when the organization was formed as the National Society of Fund Raisers (NSFR), through the late 1970s when the name was changed to the National Society of Fund Raising Executives (NSFRE), and until his death in 1999. Mr. Chamberlain's dedication to the organization we now know as AFP never faltered in his long volunteer career with the Association. Because of his long-time support of the Foundation's annual fund and generous planned gift, the AFP Board of Directors renamed their Conference Scholar Program in 2000 to honor Mr. Chamberlain's memory and commitment to the Association. 

The scholarship covers the Chamberlain registration and up to $1,000 in travel or lodging expenses.

Applicants must have a current AFP SVC membership in good standing. Candidates gust be currently employed by a non-profit and have worked in the development profession for at least three years. Candidate must be first-time AFP International Conference on Fundraising attendees. Candidate is responsible for making all travel and lodging arrangements and agrees to pay $10 to register for the conference.  Candidate will also agree to serve on an AFP SVC committee for one year following their return from the International Conference. The candidate be willing to share about their experience in a Newsletter article and/or at a Chapter Luncheon.

For questions please call (408) 744-0412 or email