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The Upper Mississippi Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals serves a tri-state membership of more than 70 professionals predominately working in the communities of La Crosse, Wisconsin; Winona, Minnesota; and Decorah, Iowa.

Established in 1982, the Upper Mississippi Valley Chapter has a long tradition of promoting philanthropy and the Code of Ethics and Professional Standards.  The chapter has consistently provided educational opportunities for its members over the years, hosting monthly meetings September through June which include a business meeting and an education program.  In recent years the chapter has hosted a variety of audio/web conferences at sites in La Crosse, Winona, and Decorah.

Area served by chapter:

The Upper Mississippi Valley Chapter includes members from western Wisconsin, southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa.

Membership benefits offered by chapter:

  • Monthly membership meetings with quality speakers and programs
    • Annual educational seminar held in conjunction with National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon        
  • Professional networking, speaking opportunities, and mentoring services
  • Member scholarships for the AFP International Conference and local Philanthropy Day events

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  • Upper Mississippi Valley Chapter Named AFP Ten Star Chapter

    (Arlington, Va.) – The Association of Fundraising Professionals Upper Mississippi Valley has been named a 2019 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 Upper Mississippi Valley 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 International 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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