Community Announcements

  • Now accepting applications for the Young Professional Scholarship!

    AFP-WNY Chapter is continuing the AFP-WNY Young Professional Scholarship Program for its 2020-2021 program year!


    The Scholarship provides a Young Professional with the opportunity to join our chapter and we will cover the first-year membership dues of $95.


    A Young Professional is a person 30 years old or younger. They must subscribe to the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards and its bylaws, promote the Donor Bill of Rights, and be employed or have been employed by an organization that provides benefits to society.


    The new member will be asked to join one of our committees: Membership, Professional Advancement, External Relations, National Philanthropy Day or IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access.) They will also be asked to participate in the Mentor Partnership Program.


    If you are a young professional, or know one, who meets the criteria, please fill out the application FOUND HERE and submit it by July 15, 2020 to Emily Knapic, Chapter Manager, at Scholarship recipients will be notified by August 3, 2020.

  • A message from our AFP WNY President regarding the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic

    To the AFP-WNY community,

    I wanted to take this opportunity to write to you with this note on behalf of our chapter board of directors.  All of us within the AFP-WNY community are likely dealing with similar professional and personal challenges bought on by the COVID-19 situation.  During these rapidly-evolving and unprecedented circumstances, please know that you are not alone and that members of this chapter, as always, are here to support one another.


    Support and connection are critical in times like these. It is also abundantly clear that safety and social distancing are immensely important.


    To that end, I am very proud that our chapter, with years of supportive membership, has built a foundational balance of assets that, in times like these, allow us to focus on our members and our community first, and on financial implications in due course. 


    Below are a few forthcoming changes to our regularly-scheduled engagement opportunities. We believe in seeking the appropriate balance between safety and adherence to local, state and federal guidance, while also being able to provide members helpful resources and networking opportunities.

    • Professional Development Series that are scheduled in the near future will be moved to a virtual meeting space, and will be free for AFP members. Please be on the lookout for follow-up communications related to each event.
    • We will also be implementing virtual networking opportunities, centered on topics of interest and timeliness. These forums will provide space for connection, best practice, and idea sharing within our community.
    • Information on future events and their respective formats will be communicated as circumstances evolve. Please be on the lookout for regular updates via email, as well as on the AFP-WNY website,

    Lastly, and most importantly, I hope that each of you are prepared for the disruptions we will continue face in the coming days and weeks. Please know how thankful we are to have you as a member of AFP-WNY, and that we will continually strive to provide helpful resources and support during these unprecedented times.


    Justin Johnston

    President AFP-WNY

  • APPLY NOW for the I.D.E.A. Scholarship!

    We are pleased to announce we are accepting applications for our chapter’s first I.D.E.A. Scholarship. Please share this scholarship program news within your circles and, where possible, outside your circles and encourage or refer candidates (there’s prize for the referring member if your candidate is chosen!).

    The deadline for submission is March 15 this year. 


    If you have any questions, please contact the IDEA Committee co-chairs:
    Danielle White at
    or Karen Buchheit at