Professional Development Scholarship

Breaking: Scholarships are available!

AFP Silicon Valley has need-based scholarships available for fundraising professionals who are hoping to sharpen their craft. If you're interested in learning more, please reach out to

Chapter Scholarships

The Silicon Valley Chapter of AFP Global has over 300 members working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education, and certification programs? We offer a variety of Professional Development Scholarships to you as a member of AFP SV and we offer a partial membership scholarship too!

In 2019, $4,500 in scholarships were awarded to chapter members from organizations throughout our community. Scholarships are provided to help underwrite the cost of trainings, meeting attendance, AFP ICON and to support CFRE and other certification study.

"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

"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

Chamberlain Scholarship 

Applications Open for the 2023 Chamberlain Scholarship to attend the AFP International Conference (ICON) will be open in the fall of 2023.

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

  • Applicants must have a current AFP SV membership in good standing. 
  • Candidates must 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 SV committee for one year following their return from the International Conference. 
  • Candidate is willing to share about their experience in a Newsletter article and/or at a Chapter Luncheon.



It is the goal of the AFP Silicon Valley Chapter to support the professional development of its members. One way AFP SV achieves this goal is by providing financial assistance in the form of scholarships. 


  1. Applicants for scholarships to assist with professional development fees or AFP membership fees should: 
    • Be employed by, or be an independent consultant for, a public benefit corporation,
    • Dedicate at least 50% of their time to fundraising and
    • Be a member of AFP SV. (unless applying for a membership scholarship) 
  2. Individuals receiving awards will uphold the Ethical Standards of Philanthropy as established by AFP Global.
  3. Individuals are only eligible to receive funds for professional development once a year. However, persons may receive financial assistance for both professional development and a membership scholarship in the same year.


  1. Depending on funds available, AFP SV will provide up to 50% of the registration cost or fee for: 
    • AFP SV Fundraising Academy.
    • AFP SV workshop/ class.
    • Local/regional workshops, classes, conferences or seminars related to development offered by recognized organizations, including accredited institutions.
    • AFP International Conference.
    • Study guides or testing for accreditation (CFRE, ACFRE, AHP, or equivalent).
  2. Payment for the balance of any fees or registration costs, as well as any affiliated travel expenses, is the responsibility of the individual or their employer, except for the Chamberlain Scholar.
  3. Individuals receiving financial assistance for professional development may be asked to share their training/educational experience with AFP SV members through a newsletter article, a short program presentation, a mentoring program or other vehicle as appropriate.


  1. The application form is available by clicking the link below.
  2. Applications are due the first day of each month.  
    • FOR NON-AFP SV TRAINING/EDUCATION: Link to a class description, summary or agenda to your application.
  3. Applicants will be notified within 30 days.
  4. FOR NON-AFP SV EVENTS: Applicants must submit proof of payment to, for reimbursement (but they need not submit this until after they have been notified that they have been awarded a scholarship). Applicants must also submit a) a copy of the event registration form and b) proof of attendance, (i.e. a letter from the planner/coordinator, certificate of completion, photo clearly identifying you at the event), to to receive reimbursement.


Depending on funds available, AFP SV will provide up to 50% of the cost of AFP membership. Scholarships will not exceed $150 per applicant per year for no more than two years (1st & 2nd year) with the balance to be paid by the applicant or his/her employer.


  1. The application form is available by clicking the link below.
  2. Applications are due the first day of each month.
  3. Applicants will be notified within 30 days.


For questions please call our Professional Development Scholarship Chair at