AFP Western Pennsylvania

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!


Getting the Government Grant: Develop the Know-How to Navigate Governmental Funding Streams to Benefit your Bottom Line 

Thursday, May 14th
11:30 Registration
12:00-1:30—Announcements, Lunch and Program

Shannopin Country Club
New meeting location, easy to find  --  located minutes off of I-279 and I-79!  Free Parking!!

RCAP, ACE, GEDF, CITF, CDBG….swimming through alphabet soup!  Or drowning? Let Pat Earley, Deputy Director of the Allegheny County Economic Development (ACED) office help you navigate your way through the myriad of government funding opportunities that your non-profit may very well be eligible to apply for.  From Alternative energy to Zoo programing, let Deputy Director Earley take us on an adventure to government grants! We promise, no matter what your mission, Allegheny County may be able to help you achieve it!

Mr. Earley has been with the department for 10 years and his experience centers on a variety of areas such as Finance, Housing, Planning, Business Development, Land Development and various funding mechanisms.  Mr. Earley is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, and resides in the City of Pittsburgh with his wife and children.


The program will be held at:
Shannopin Country Club
1 Windmere Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15202

Shannopin Country Club is about 15 minutes north of Downtown off  279
(click here for directions)


Conference Handouts 


Webinar Library

Our chapter has recently acquired webinars from AFP International as a FREE benefit for our members! They are as follows:

  • *NEW* Fundraising Basics
  • *NEW* Incorporating Stories into Your Fundraising Program
  • *NEW* Extreme Social Media Makeover: Nonprofit Edition!
  • *NEW* Getting Your Organization On-board with Fundraising Weaving a Philanthropic Culture
  • Firing Lousy Board Members
  • Development from the Donor's Perspective
  • Major Gifts for Small Shops
  • 6 Figure Fundraising
  • Building Donor Loyalty

You can borrow a webinar for your own education, your team or for fellow colleagues. We would like you to open the viewing to others in your area if possible. If you choose to do so, please let the office know so we can alert our membership. Email or call 412.694.4250 to borrow a webinar.

Up Next...

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 11:30am - 1:30pm

Getting the Government Grant: Develop the Know-How to Navigate Governmental Funding Streams to Benefit your Bottom Line  

Presenter: Patrick Earley, Deputy Director of Allegheny County Economic Development


12:00-1:30-- Lunch & Program

Shannopin Country Club

Chapter News

Message from the President, Helene Conway-Long

I was honored to recently accept the following awards on behalf of our members at the Presidents Council meeting at the AFP International Conference in Baltimore: Ten Star Gold Award and Friends of Diversity Designation for the second consecutive year!  Our Chapter also won the 251-400 member Chapter Grouping category for highest 2014 retention and three-year retention rate.  

Of the 238 chapters in AFP, only 43 chapters received the 2014 Ten Star Gold Award, which is given annually for performing specific activities designed to increase professionalism within fundraising and public awareness of the importance of philanthropy. “I want to congratulate the Western Pennsylvania Chapter, which is playing a key role in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia in promoting ethical and effective fundraising and educating the public about the importance of philanthropy and wise giving,” said Andrew Watt, FInstF, president and CEO of AFP.