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AFP Western New York Chapter Honored as 2022 Ten Star Gold and IDEA Champion Chapter


The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Western New York Chapter has been named a 2022 Ten Star GOLD Chapter and an IDEA Champion 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 GOLD Award for performing specific activities designed to increase professionalism within fundraising and public awareness of the importance of philanthropy. A list of several goals is published annually by AFP Global Headquarters, and chapters must accomplish 15 of these goals during the year to be honored.

Less than 20 percent of AFP’s 200 professional chapters earn the Ten Star Gold Chapter recognition, making the Western New York Chapter one of the association’s leading chapters around the world.

The Western New York Chapter has also been named an IDEA Champion chapter for the third year running.

IDEA stands for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access. Chapters receive the IDEA Champion Award for completing seven AFP International goals designed to increase diversity within the fundraising profession and public awareness of the importance of philanthropy in all cultures.

Chapter president Kate Heidinger, CFRE stated: “I am honored that the Western New York Chapter has been celebrated by the Association of Fundraising Professionals for our work this past year. Our chapter is made up of a wonderful family of members who volunteer, learn, and advocate all in the name of helping our colleagues across the non-profit sector to become smarter, stronger, and better versed in ethical fundraising practices. I look forward to the great work we have coming down the line to support our colleagues who are historically marginalized, and lifting up their work in and adjacent to the fundraising profession!”

For more information on the Ten Star and IDEA Champion Award processes, please visit