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 Emerging Philanthropy Conference will take place on Friday, October 14th at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry Twp. The Keynote Speaker is Mike Geiger, CPA, MBA, President & CEO of AFP. We hope you will join us for this all day conference to Refresh, Renew, & Reconnect!  To register and learn more go to the conference website:


We are excited to kick off another season of our Perfect Pairings mentor program! Each month you will be paired with a fellow fundraising professional to meet and exchange ideas. It's a wonderful way to meet others and learn and grow as a fundraiser! We hope you will join our program. To participate, click here to answer a few short questions. If you have any questions on the program please reach out to our VP of Membership, Adele Cannell.


DALE CRAWFORD- Assemble Pittsburgh
JESSICA GILMORE- UPMC Children's Hospital Foundation
BOSCO HOUGH- Saint Vincent Archabbey and Seminary
LESLIE RIKER- Contemporary Craft


DANYELL BUNDY- Saint Vincent Archabbey and Seminary
ALYSSA CHOLODOFSKY, CFRE- United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania
DAVID DIX- Presbyterian Senior Care
AMY FRANZ- United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania
NICK MUSGRAVE- Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley
TIM RICHART- Literacy Pittsburgh
MICHELLE VARGAS- Highmark Caring Place

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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.

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  • The city of Pittsburgh has been bustling with the return of thousands of college students to town. As we send our children back to school (mine went back today - woo-hoo) our thoughts turn to the end of the year and that means planning for year-end giving has begun.  If your organization does not run a year end campaign - I encourage you to start small and work your way up. The statistics are impressive.
    10 Reasons to Host a Year-End Campaign
    1. Nearly one third (31%) of annual giving occurs in December.
    2. 12% of all giving happens in the last three days of the year.
    3. 53.8% of nonprofits start planning their year-end appeal in October.
    4. November (46.2%) and December (30.8%) are the most popular months for making year-end asks. 7.1% of organizations start as early as September.
    5. 28% of nonprofits raise between 26-50% of their annual funds from their year-end ask.
    6. 36% of nonprofits raise less than 10% of their annual funds from their year-end ask.
    7. Two thirds of people who make donations do no research before giving.
    8. 79% of volunteers also donate to their organization.
    9. 59.9% of nonprofits make between 1-3 donor "touches" for their year-end campaign.
    10. Direct mail is the most popular medium for year-end asks, followed by email, a nonprofits website and in-person asks.

    If you haven't started year-end campaign planning yet - there is still time to do so. There are many resources available on how to write and implement a year-end campaign. Giving Tuesday is set for November 29th - you can start there! If you have questions on where to begin or what to do - send me an email and one of our Board members will talk you through the process.

    Enjoy the rest of the summer and have a safe and happy Labor Day holiday.

    Jodie Tabano
    President, AFP Western PA

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