AFP Great Smoky Mountain Chapter


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The Ten Star Gold Great Smoky Mountain Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) provides networking and education opportunities for fundraisers and others who work in or support nonprofits in the Greater Knoxville area and its surrounding counties.

Nonprofits of all sizes are represented in our membership, which also includes consultants and other business professionals serving the nonprofit sector.

Our Chapter’s long tradition of collegiality is witnessed by our more than 25 years of collaborative success in hosting November’s National Philanthropy Day activities. Our local awards luncheon offers every area nonprofit an opportunity to celebrate and recognize its donors and volunteers.

2023 IDEA Designation LogoAFP Smoky Mountain Chapter is also one of the 98 chapters who earned the 2023 IDEA Champion Designation!

The IDEA Champion Designation recognizes those chapters who have accomplished many of the key objectives in our goal of advancing Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA). Thank you to you and your chapter for its commitment to IDEA in the fundraising profession.

Interested in getting involved? Learn more about membership here

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  • 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