AFP WPA is the key resource for fundraising and nonprofit professionals in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Membership provides access to educational programs, networking opportunities and access to all of the benefits and services of AFP International. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming program!


AFP Western PA chapter advances philanthropy by growing a diverse community of people and organizations in the practice of ethical and effective fundraising.

Our chapter has earned the IDEA Champion Designation for 2022 which recognizes those AFP chapters who have accomplished many of the key objectives outlined in the Advancing Inclusion and Influence strategic goal.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is proud to announce that Maeve Shaughnessy and Sydney Birchard from Pittsburgh who work to support individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), are the recipients of the 2022 William R. Simms Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Group, presented by CARTER.

This prestigious national award will be presented in May at AFP’s ICON 2022, the largest gathering of fundraising professionals in the world, in Las Vegas. The two were recognized by AFP WPA last November during National Philanthropy Day celebrations and became eligible for the national recognition. We are so proud of these inspiring young philanthropists who are representing the very best of our black and gold community. Learn more here

                                                         Member Milestones
Share your professional and personal accomplishments with your AFP members! Did you recently get promoted or land a fantastic new job? Or maybe you got married or had a baby? You are important to us and we want to share in your good news! Please share your milestones with AFP by emailing our chapter administrator. Your good news will be posted on the member section of our website and you could be featured in an upcoming chapter newsletter! Share your good news by clicking here.

Registration is now open for our popular Perfect Pairings program. New to Perfect Pairings? Learn more:

  • Once a month (through May 2022) you will be paired with a different local fundraiser-based industry, aspirations, interests, tenure, and more. We’ll throw in a couple surprises too!
  • Learn from one another, find similarities and see how you can help each other in the future. 
  • It will be up to you and your match as to how you will connect- Zoom, in-person, etc.
  • Email Adele Cannell at adele.cannell@pitt.edu with any questions.
Ready to join? Complete a few short questions here so we can match you up.

** If you participated last year no need to re-register we will automatically re-enroll you. Wish to opt-out? Please email Adele Cannell at adele.cannell@pitt.edu

Thank you to our chapter Gold Partner



  • May President's Message

    In May nearly 3,000 professional fundraisers descended on Las Vegas for the ICON 2022 Conference. The conference was a wonderful experience filled with knowledgeable presenters, helpful vendors, enthusiastic colleagues and peers. After a two year wait, AFP Global pulled out all the stops for this conference. I met professional fundraisers from Florida, Great Britain, New York and Egypt!  We were in the same place to learn from and with each other so we could bring new skills back to share with our development teams. If you have the opportunity to attend ICON, I highly recommend you do so.

    That being said, as we approach the Memorial Day holiday weekend and the end of the school year, I hope you have an opportunity to spend some quality time with family and friends this summer. We all need to relax and recharge - take time for yourself and you will return energized and ready to change the world (or at least a small part of it). 

    Have a safe and healthy Memorial Day weekend!

    Jodie Tabano
    President, AFP Western PA

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