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!




Rory Green, Keynote Speaker

Rory has spoken at national and international fundraising conferences, including the IFC in Holland, AFP Toronto Congress and AFP International. In her spare time Rory is the founder and editor of Fundraiser Grrl, the fundraising community’s go-to source for comic relief. Her keynote will be titled “Meaningful Donor Conversations (That Raise More Money)”

Registration is Open!

Before 2-22-16

$175 for Members

$225 for Non-Members

After 2-22-16

$200 for Members 

$250 for Non-Members

Sponsorship Opportunities

Direct all inquiries to Cynthia Caldwell by telephone at (412) 648-1372 or via email at or to



How to Recognize a 5-Star Fundraiser


February 25, 2016


Finding – and being – a 5-star fundraiser is absolutely critical for today’s nonprofits. It’s also really challenging.

Often people starting their fundraising career and those hiring fundraising staff have a hard time identifying the qualities necessary for successful fundraisers. How do you find someone with the right combination of characteristics? Are the traits intrinsic or can they be developed? Do you need to have years and years of fundraising experience or can you bring these skills from another field? Join Emma Kieran for an interactive discussion on the traits necessary for fundraising success and how to both find and cultivate them.

This session is designed for new and experienced fundraising professionals and nonprofit leaders who are interested in learning about identifying and cultivating top traits for development professionals.

11:30 Registration

12:00-1:30—Announcements, Lunch and Program

Credit Card Registration (AFP Member)
Credit Card Registration (Guest)
Check Registration
FREE Meeting (AFP Members)


        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.

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.