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 2021 which recognizes those AFP chapters who have accomplished many of the key objectives outlined in the Advancing Inclusion and Influence strategic goal.

We are pleased to announce several scholarship opportunities that are available to our members.

Chamberlain Scholarship

The AFP Foundation offers every AFP chapter one Chamberlain Scholarship, which covers the conference registration to AFP ICON 2022 in Las Vegas. The scholarship is available to individuals who have never attended AFP ICON. 

Here's what our last year's recipient, Karyme Garzon-Mahmud had to say about her experience as a Chamberlain Scholar 

"As an early career fundraiser, I find learning and networking opportunities fundamental for career advancement; the AFP ICON Summer Sessions had informative, data-backed presentations and wonderful presenters. As a Latina woman, I appreciate AFP’s effort to include sessions about diversity and sessions led by diverse presenters. As an employee of an arts nonprofit whose income has been affected by the pandemic, I am grateful for this scholarship and the opportunity to attend the Summer Sessions. Being a Scholar allowed me to expand my fundraising knowledge and see more diversity in our profession. Thanks AFP Foundation for Philanthropy!” —Karyme Garzon-Mahmud, Assistant Manager of Institutional Giving, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
To apply to be considered please click here. 

Diverse Communities Scholarship

1. The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy is pleased to once again offer the Diverse Communities Scholarship program for members of diverse communities to attend AFP ICON in Las Vegas, NV, May 2-4, 2022.

 AFP is pleased to offer scholarships for the full ICON conference registration fee + some travel support for each chosen scholar. 

Deadline for application submission is December 1, 2021.  Selected candidates will be notified by email by December 24, 2021.

To apply please click here

Blackbaud Diverse Scholarship

Through a partnership with Blackbaud, AFP Global is offering scholarships for the full registration cost of AFP ICON in Las Vegas, NV, May 2 - 4 2022. Scholarship candidates must identify as a member of a diverse community, have not previously attended an AFP ICON event, and have at least 1 year of experience as a fundraising professional. As a Blackbaud Diversity Scholar, you must consent to providing a testimonial to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy about the impact of receiving the scholarship and agree that your name will be listed as a Blackbaud Scholar and shared with Blackbaud.

To apply click here

Should you have questions about the AFP Diverse Communities Scholarships please contact Kelley Brown at kelley.brown@afpglobal.org.

In honor of National Philanthropy Day, AFP will be offering a $50.00 discount to new members joining the Professional and Associate categories by Nov. 30.
The online code is NPD2021.

The website to join AFP can be found here

Help us recruit new members for our chapter by passing along the info to friends and colleagues.

                                                         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



  • November President's Message

    Thanks to all who joined AFP and PPGC for the Emerging Philanthropy Conference and National Philanthropy Day events. The conference had a great lineup of amazing speakers both local and from other parts of the country. The conversations were educational and lively and I'm sure everyone learned a few new tips or tricks or takeaways to implement at your office.
    As fundraisers, the last few months of the year are very busy. I encourage you to take a moment to reflect on the blessings you have during this giving season and not get so preoccupied with the busy stuff. Your acts of kindness are appreciated by the people, places and things we are honored to support.
    To celebrate the end of a crazy year, mark your calendar for Thursday, December 9th for our AFP Holiday Party at Shannopin Country Club. Help us celebrate the accomplishments of your peers and spend some time together.
    To that end - let our hearts be full of both, thanks and giving! Thanks for giving your time, talent and treasure for the betterment of our communities. Enjoy some time with family and friends - I hope to see you in December at Shannopin Country Club.

    Best regards,

    Jodie Tabano
    AFP WPA President

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