News & Announcements

  • Don’t forget your $100 credit!

    Most AFP members receive a $100 credit that’s good for premium webinars, select e-courses (including Fundamentals of Fundraising eCourse), or conference recordings through the AFP Blue Sky/Path Learning Management System (LMS) Learn more at

  • National Philanthropy Day 2023

    National Philanthropy Day:
    Registration is Now Open!

    Reserve your spot for the 2023 National Philanthropy Day (NPD) Luncheon! Individual tickets and Community Table registrations are now open. Join us in celebrating and recognizing the individuals, organizations, and businesses who have impacted the community with their philanthropic endeavors

    National Philanthropy Day Luncheon
    November 2, 2023
    The Foundry on the Fair Site

    Celebrate someone who has gone above and beyond by recognizing them as a table honoree! Host a Community Table for $350 and honor a board member, donor, staff, or volunteer to acknowledge their hard work and accomplishments. AFP membership is not required for registration and table honorees.
    This year’s NPD Legacy Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Great Smoky Mountain Chapter of AFP, will be awarded to Linda C. Vaughn and her late husband Emmet P. (Buck) Vaughn for their significant impact on organizations in the East Tennessee Region. 

    2023 Regional Award Winners
    Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser – Cathy Ackermann, Ackermann Marketing & PR
    Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy – William Cabaniss, Vanilla Feeds Tomorrow
    Outstanding Foundation – Blackberry Farm Foundation
    Corporate Philanthropist of the Year – United Cleanup Oak Ridge
    Outstanding Philanthropist – A. David Martin
    Nonprofit Professional Fundraiser of the Year – Elaine Streno, Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee

    Register here

  • 2023 Mentorship Program Application Open

    The Great Smoky Mountain Chapter of AFP realizes the importance of developing and maintaining strong and diverse fundraising professionals for the continued success of the nonprofit sector. As a benefit of membership, we are excited to offer a mentoring program that engages new, early-career, or career-shifting professionals, as mentees, by providing a transfer of knowledge and professional development through a structured relationship with an experienced professional mentor. 

  • Scholarship Opportunities for Members

    The Great Smoky Mountain chapter of AFP is pleased to support our members with scholarship opportunities for either membership or attending the annual international conference (Chamberlain Scholarship).