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About Our Chapter

        2019 AFP-CNY Board of Directors

Karen Ferguson, CFRE
Oswego County Opportunities, Inc.
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President - Elect
Communications Committee Chair
Ashley Forshee
Helio Health
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Matt Seubert
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NPD Committee Chair                              
Lindsay Boland

St. Joseph's Health Foundation
Education Committee Chair                    
John P. Gleason, CFRE, CAP

EDA/Gleason Fundraising Consulting
Sue Litera
Bill's Brigade
Membership Committee Chair                
Danielle Mensing

Foundation of the Roman Catholic 
Diocese of Syracuse
Diversity Chair                                          
Michael Nortman

Meals on Wheels of Syracuse
Erin Zacholl
Helping Hounds Dog Rescue

About Our Chapter

AFP Ten Star 17
The Central New York Chapter has achieved 10 Star Status for the 3rd year in a row.  The AFP-CNY Board strive to bring our communities exceptional education and networking opportunities.  Do you have feedback for us on programming or want to join the board?  Email us at

For more than 40 years, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has been the standard-bearer for professionalism in fundraising. AFP represents 25,000 members in 163 chapters in the United States, Canada and Mexico, all working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs.

Among our main purposes is the promotion of the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Professional Practice and the Donor Bill of Rights.

If you are a fundraising professional (full or part-time) in the Central New York region who upholds the AFP Code of Ethics, you are be eligible for membership in the Association of Fundraising Professionals—Central New York Chapter!

Our active Central New York Chapter has over 100 members and offers great benefits, exclusive to our members. Why not submit your application today?
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AFP-CNY is proud to offer its members the opportunity to apply for scholarships to help with the cost of membership and events such as Fundraising Day and ICON. Please review the Scholarship application below. Completed applications should be e-mailed to


Our Purpose

AFP believes that to guarantee human freedom and social creativity, people must have the right to freely and voluntarily form organizations to meet perceived needs, advocate causes, and seek funds to support these activities.

To guarantee these rights, AFP’s purposes are to:

  • Foster development and growth of fundraising professionals committed to the preserving and enhancing philanthropy.
  • Establish a code of ethics and professional practices.
  • Require member adherence to a professional code of ethical standards and practices.
  • Provide training opportunities for fundraising professionals.
  • Implement programs that ensure cultural and social diversity in our membership and leadership.
  • Collect, research, publish, and disseminate historical, managerial, and technical information on philanthropy and philanthropic fundraising.
  • Promote public understanding of philanthropy and philanthropic fundraising.
  • Conduct activities that maintain and develop legislation favorable to philanthropy.
  • Enlist, organize, and support members to achieve our purposes.
  • Foster international cooperation, knowledge exchange, and education among fundraising professionals worldwide.
  • Use all necessary and proper means to accomplish our purposes.
  • Provide a valid and reliable certification program for fundraising professionals.