AFP ICON & Chamberlain Scholarship

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The AFP ICON 2021 virtual experience will be the richest virtual event AFP has held to-date. With more choice for your education sessions, more connectivity with your fellow attendees, and more value built into your virtual event ticket, you can’t miss AFP ICON Virtual 2021.

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"There's nothing like being a part of nearly 4,000 fundraisers, gathered together for three days of networking, sharing and learning. I love when our community comes together. It's a time for innovation, exploration, inspiration and participating. I look forward to seeing everyone and celebrating the profession and everything that we make possible. You'll leave inspired and reinvigorated about your place in the fundraising community and the work you do every day that makes such a difference in the world."

Jason Lee, JD, Association of Fundraising Professionals


APPLY NOW for the Chamberlain Scholarship
The AFP WNY Chapter, along with the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy, offers the Chamberlain Scholarship annually to help a first-time conference attendee join international fundraising leaders at the AFP International Fundraising Conference.



Deadline: Friday MAY 7th at 5pm ET

Email your completed application to


Dedication to the professional advancement of our members

Each year AFP WNY selects a development professional member from Western New York who has a commitment to the profession, and to our chapter, to receive the Chamberlain Scholarship. This scholarship is intended to help a first-time attendee defer costs associated with attending the annual International Conference. It is a wonderful opportunity for fundraisers to enhance their skills to do the best job possible for the organizations they represent.

"Attending AFP ICON 2019 as the WNY Chapter's Chamberlain Scholar was a transformative experience. The panel discussions and workshop sessions I attended were phenomenal, and I brought home a notebook full of practical advice that I could put into practice on the job right away. Some of the stewardship ideas I picked up have helped my organization improve our donor retention rates and turn one-time gifts into monthly donors! I had the opportunity to network with professionals in my field from around the world, and my only regret is that I wasn't able to be in multiple places at once because there were just too many good sessions to get to everything."

Leslie NickersonVoice Buffalo, 2018 Chamberlain Recipient

About the AFP Chamberlain Scholarship Program
The Chamberlain Scholarship Program honors Ralph Chamberlain, CFRE, a long-time fundraiser and supporter of AFP. Mr. Chamberlain helped to form one of the organization's first chapters, the Greater New York Chapter, and served as both chair of the association and the AFP Foundation. Because of his long-time support of the Foundation for Philanthropy, the AFP Board of Directors renamed the Conference Scholar Program in 2000 to honor Mr. Chamberlain's memory and commitment to the fundraising profession.