Fellows Program

AFP Indiana Chapter is pleased to announce the inaugural class for its Fellows Program.

2024 Fellows:

Brionna Cole
Reiya Davis
Emily Huff
Mariana Lopez-Owens
Talena Moorman
David Townsend

Mentors Needed:

We are looking for volunteers to serve as mentors to Fellows over the next year. As a mentor we are asking you to commit to the following:


   Networking Support. Attend monthly luncheons and programs with your Fellow to encourage connection with other professionals in the industry. Facilitate introductions to relevant contacts within the AFP community and the broader fundraising field.

   Regular Meetings and Communication. Schedule regular check-ins to discuss progress, challenges, and successes. Be accessible and responsive to the fellow's questions, concerns, and requests for guidance.

   Share Knowledge and Experience. Provide insights into the fundraising profession, sharing personal experiences and lessons learned. Offer guidance on best practices, industry trends, and effective fundraising strategies.

   Celebrate Achievements. Acknowledge and celebrate the Fellow's accomplishments, both big and small. Encourage a positive mindset and a sense of pride in their professional development.


If you are interested in serving as a mentor please email Leslie Bowles at lesliebowles10@gmail.com by December 29.

A learning circle for new fundraisers.

AFP Indiana Chapter's objective is to offer our educational resources and the collective professional expertise of our diverse membership - in accessible and user-friendly formats - to assist individuals in building communities through philanthropy as well as building professional fundraising skills.

The Fellows Program is an outreach initiative of AFP Indiana Chapter created to build awareness of educational and professional resources. Individuals who have been in the profession for five years or less, including those who have recently transitioned to fundraising from other professions, are encouraged to take advantage of the program's offerings. The Fellows Program strives to identify those participants who might need access to such opportunities or resources outside the program.

This idea reflects AFP Indiana Chapter's commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA), and is offered to the public with a preference for individuals working for nonprofit organizations in metropolitan Indiana who identify as people of color, LGBTQ+, and/or as having a disability.

Applications for the 2024 Fellows Program is now closed.

Apply for the 2024 Fellows Program

This program provides extensive benefits to our selected Fellows, including:

Benefits of Participation

  • Complimentary 2024 AFP Global and AFP Indiana Chapter memberships (value up to $405);
  • Complimentary registration to AFP Indiana Chapter educational programs on a variety of topics (value of $375);
  • Dedicated Q&A with educational program faculty;
  • Special sessions developed specifically for Fellows;
  • Complimentary registration to all 2024 AFP Indiana Chapter networking events (value up to $100);
  • Complimentary registration to AFP Indiana Chapter's Spring Conference and Indiana Philanthropy Awards celebration.
  • Senior development professional assigned as a mentor.

Expectations of Participation

  • Commit to attending monthly programs and events (1.5 - 2 hours each) comprising the Fellows curriculum;
  • Pay $100 non-refundable enrollment fee due by November 15, 2023;
  • Participate in Peer Mentoring 1-year program upon graduating from Fellows;
  • Renew membership for 2025.

2024 Program Calendar

Eligibility Criteria

  • Have a fundraising role for and Indiana non-profit organization;
  • Have the full support of the supervisor and organization's leadership to participate in this educational program;
  • Be a member of AFP for not more than two year (or not currently a member);
  • Identify as a person of color/LGBTQ+;disabled or work for an organization serving an underrepresented community.

AFP Indiana Chapter will select the best candidates with the most need for Fellows Program resources.

To apply, candidates should submit the application and statement of support by Friday, September 29, 2023. You will be notified of the status of your application by October 31, 2023.


Statement of Support


The Fellows Program will begin with an orientation on January 17, 2024. A detailed calendar will be provided, and regular attendance is expected.