The Association of Fundraising Professionals, Central New York Chapter promotes the professional development and career advancement of its members through educational programming and by offering a network of professional resources that can help members develop their knowledge and skills in fundraising.

Types of scholarship awards being offered:

  • Fundraising Day Scholarships covers the cost of registration fees to attend the Chapter’s largest annual educational event
  • Membership Scholarships cover the cost of membership to our chapter for a year 
  • Chamberlain Scholarship covers the registration fee and a portion of travel expenses to AFP ICON (1 will be awarded)

Please note that scholarships are nontransferable and in accepting a scholarship, the recipient agrees that if they do not attend a program for which they received a scholarship, they will be responsible for reimbursing the Chapter. The Chapter reserves the right to adjust the amount, frequency, and focus of scholarships offered based on the chapter’s financial position and planned events. Other scholarships may be considered on an as needed basis.

Fundraising Day Scholarship 

Fundraising Day is the Chapter's largest annual educational event of the year. The Fundraising Day scholarship covers the registration fees to attend Fundraising Day. Any chapter member in good standing is eligible and encouraged to apply.

Membership Scholarship

AFP-CNY is excited to offer membership scholarships on a rolling basis. A membership scholarship will cover the cost of membership in full for fundraisers seeking membership in the Professional, Young Professional, Associate, or Small Organization categories. 

AFP-CNY is committed to promoting Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access, and encourages members of diverse backgrounds, communities, and non-profit sectors to apply. Individuals meeting the international requirements for membership are eligible. All scholarship recipients are required to serve on a board committee for at least one year. 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Click here to apply for a Membership Scholarship

Chamberlain Scholarship

Here is your chance to join your colleagues for the 2024 AFP International Conference on Fundraising (AFP ICON), taking place on April 7-9, 2024 in Toronto. The conference brings nearly 4,000 fundraising professionals together to develop your skills and knowledge in fundraising. It offers more than 100 educational sessions designed to serve the development needs of participants - from entry-level to seasoned professionals. For more information about the conference, please visit

The AFP Foundation and the AFP-CNY Chapter are excited to offer one (1) Chamberlain Scholarship to the 2024 International Conference on Fundraising. The Chamberlain scholarship covers the recipient’s conference registration, minus a $10 processing fee. In addition, the AFP-CNY Chapter is proud to offer the recipient up to $500 to assist with travel and lodging expenses. 

AFP-CNY is committed to promoting Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access, and we encourage members of diverse backgrounds, communities, and non-profit sectors to apply. 

The Chamberlain Scholarship will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Candidate is employed as a fundraising professional or, if the candidate is an executive director, a substantial amount of time must be devoted to fundraising.
  • Candidate has never attended an AFP (or NSFRE) International Conference on Fundraising as a registered participant.
  • Candidate agrees to complete an online Evaluation Form about their experience at the International Conference.

No longer accepting applications.

The Chamberlain Scholarship program honors Ralph E. Chamberlain, CFRE. Mr. Chamberlain had a long and distinguished career of service to the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), beginning in the 1960s when the organization was formed as the National Society of Fund Raisers (NSFR), through the late 1970s when the name was changed to the National Society of Fund Raising Executives (NSFRE), and until his death in 1999. Mr. Chamberlain’s dedication to the organization we now know as AFP never faltered in his long volunteer career with the Association. Because of his long-time support of the Foundation’s annual fund and generous planned gift, the AFP Board of Directors renamed their Conference Scholar Program in 2000 to honor Mr. Chamberlain’s memory and commitment to the Association.

For more information about AFP-CNY’s scholarship program, please email