Scholarships and Grants


AFP NL Chapter is proud to offer the Chamberlain Scholarship Program for the annual International Fundraising Conference. This program is designed to help individuals serving non-profit organizations develop their knowledge and skill in fundraising.

The AFP Chamberlain Scholarship will cover the registration fee for the AFP 57th International Fundraising Conference in Baltimore, MD March 29- 31, 2020. The successful applicant or their agency/organization will be responsible for all other expenses to attend the conference in March 2020. The successful applicant will be notified prior to the National Philanthropy Day breakfast on Friday November 15, 2019 where the Chamberlain Scholarship Award will be presented.
Selection Criteria:
Chapters will select their Chamberlain Scholar based on the following criteria, which are established by the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and may be supplemented by criteria set by the local AFP chapter:
1. Candidate is employed as a fundraising professional or, if candidate is an executive director, a substantial amount of time must be devoted to fundraising.
2. Candidate has never attended an AFP (or NSFRE) International Conference on Fundraising as a registered participant (unless a member of the Conference Host Committee).
3. Candidate agrees to complete a post-conference online evaluation regarding his or her experience for the Scholarship Committee and attend an AFP NL Chapter meeting to share his/her learning experiences at the Conference.
4. The Chamberlain Scholar announcement will be made at the Annual National Philanthropy breakfast.
The AFP NL Chapter invites members and non-members to apply. Deadline is October 25, 2019
Check for email for application or email for more information.

To apply and request a Chamberlain application:

Emily Geary, President AFP NL

AFP Chamberlain Scholarship Program honors Ralph E. Chamberlain, CFRE

Ralph E. Chamberlain, CFRE had a long and distinguished career of service to the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), beginning in the 1960s when the organization was formed as the National Society of Fund Raisers (NSFR), through the late 1970s when the name was changed to the National Society of Fund Raising Executives (NSFRE), and until his death in 1999.

Mr. Chamberlain helped to form one of the organization’s earliest chapters, today known as the Greater New York Chapter. He served as the fourth chair of NSFR’s Board of Directors from 1967-1969 and as chair of the NSFRE Foundation from 1982-1985.

Most of Mr. Chamberlain’s fundraising career was spent with The Salvation Army, serving many years as the director of development and director of the National Information Service. He was also founder and chairman of the board of Precise Kit Promotions Inc., a manufacturer of disaster aid kits for private and government agencies.

A deeply committed philanthropist and volunteer, Mr. Chamberlain devoted much of his time to education, health and arts programs and causes. He served on the board of Hartwick College (Oneonta, N.Y.), Hassett Healthcare (Cooperstown, N.Y.), Glimmerglass Opera (Cooperstown, N.Y.), the Farmer’s Museum (Cooperstown, N.Y.), the Bergen County, NJ 200 Club and the Do-er’s Club of Bloomingdale, N.J. He frequently helped those organizations with their fundraising campaigns and other activities. A music lover himself, Mr. Chamberlain played the trombone with a professional orchestra in Syracuse, N.Y.

Mr. Chamberlain’s dedication to the organization we now know as AFP never faltered in his long volunteer career with the Association. Because of his long-time support of the Foundation’s annual fund and generous planned gift, the AFP Board of Directors renamed their Conference Scholar Program in 2000 to honor Mr. Chamberlain’s memory and commitment to the Association.

PAST Scholarships were awarded to:

Darcy McMeekin - Development Officer - School of Pharmacy
"It was a great experience being a Chamberlain Scholar"