The Northwestern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has been serving nonprofit fundraisers in the 13 counties of Northwestern Pennsylvania for more than 25 years. Whether you are new to the fundraising profession or a seasoned veteran, AFP provides individuals with educational and networking opportunities that help you propel your fundraising efforts to a new level.

Our chapter invites you to explore the benefits of membership in The Association of Fundraising Professionals. For more information, please contact Dawn Johnson, Chapter Administrator, at 814-572-7872 or by email at admin@afpnwpa.org.

Kelly_Stolar_Headshot.jpgKelly Stolar, CFRE; AFP NWPA Chapter President

It is the mission of the AFP NW PA chapter to provide opportunities for our members to connect with fellow fundraisers to grow their network, to share their knowledge, and to seek assistance with obstacles they are facing. Our 2020 Board is working diligently to advance our chapter, improve communications, expand our educational offerings, and make AFP NW PA a chapter our members find beneficial to their fundraising career.

 To learn more about chapter leadership or to contact Kelly Stolar, please click here.

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  • Honoring Judy Lawrence

    AFPNWPA has lost a great leader, mentor, and friend. Long-time AFP member, Judy Lawrence passed away on August 6th and we are all a bit shell-shocked. If you were fortunate enough to know Judy, you were lucky enough to be her friend. Her smile and generous doling out of compliments, made an impact.

    She was good at what she did, but shared credit and recognized others for their contributions.  She had integrity and an ethical compass that shaped her professional career and everything she did. One of the hundreds of people she mentored said she goes by the fundraising edict of “What would Judy do?” while trying to make tough decisions. If you ever had the opportunity to work through issues with Judy, you can be sure you would receive a thoughtful answer from Judy, laced with questions you had not considered, and ultimately the answers to these questions would lead you to the answer on your own. She was that good.

    Judy was named 2005’s AFP Outstanding Fundraising Professional with decades of fundraising experience at the United Way, several colleges, and in recent years, as a consultant for major campaigns. She was instrumental in helping to write the AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising and Capital Campaign Coaching courses offered at Penn State Behrend.  She most recently served as the National Philanthropy Day Selection Committee Chairperson.


    The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) NW PA has been named a 2020 Ten Star Chapter.

     Every year, AFP, the largest association of professional fundraisers in the world, honors chapters for achieving goals that align with key objectives in its long-range strategic plan. Chapters receive the Ten Star Award for performing specific activities designed to increase professionalism within fundraising and public awareness of the importance of philanthropy. Just one-third of all AFP chapters are named Ten Star Chapters, so the AFP NW PA  is one of a select group of chapters to earn this honor.

    Ten Star Chapters are recognized at the AFP International Conference on Fundraising (ICON). Chapters also earn the privilege of displaying the Ten Star logo on their website, newsletters and stationary.


    Criteria for the award are determined by AFP Global Headquarters. A list of several goals is published annually, and chapters must accomplish 10 of these goals during the year and submit a nomination form for verification to be honored.

    For more information on the Ten Star Award process, please visit www.afpglobal.org. 

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    Since 1960, AFP has inspired global change and supported efforts that generated over $1 trillion. AFP’s more than 31,000 individual and organizational members raise over $115 billion annually, equivalent to one-third of all charitable giving in North America and millions more around the world. For more information or to join the world's largest association of fundraising professionals, visit www.afpglobal.org.

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