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!


Chapter Scholarships

There are many opportunities to grow and develop as a fundraising professional through AFP, and our chapter offers scholarships to help cover the costs of membership and educational conferences or courses. We encourage you to take advantage of the scholarship opportunities to attain or retain AFP membership, and increase your professionalism, knowledge and skills.

The following scholarships are open to members and perspective members of the AFP Western PA Chapter.

Application Deadline is October 15, 2018


Membership - open to all members, new or renewing 

Membership Scholarships of $150 are available by application to any fundraising professional who is interested in joining AFP or renewing an active membership and has financial need.   Those selected to receive this scholarship will be required to serve on a Chapter Committee (click here for a list of committees).  Anyone who joins or will renew in 2018 is eligible.  


Fundamentals of Fundraising (B. Jeanne Williams Scholarship)

The Fundamentals of Fundraising course is for those who are new to the profession or want a refresher in fund raising fundamentals. 


Chamberlain Scholarship and B. Jeanne Williams Scholarship

  • One $500 travel stipend and conference registration
  • 2019 - San Antonio, TX (March 31– April 2, 2019)

The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy sponsors the Chamberlain Scholarship Program. This supports part of the costs of attending the AFP International Conference. The Western PA Chapter matches this grant from the B. Jeanne Williams Scholarship Fund. One individual will be selected to receive the award, which includes registration for the AFP International Conference and $500 travel stipend. Qualified candidates must not have attended the AFP International Conference in the past.


Thursday, November 15, 2018


Fairmont Hotel 

  Outstanding individuals and organizations from our region will be selected to receive 2018 National Philanthropy Day Awards ® from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Western Pennsylvania Chapter (AFP-WPA) in recognition of their extraordinary efforts on behalf of countless individuals and the community as a whole.

2018 National Philanthropy Day® Awardees

Nancy Zappala

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser

Benjamin & Jo Statler

Outstanding Philanthropists

WOMEN of Southwestern PA

Outstanding Philanthropic Organization

Mikayla Davic

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy

Jodi Weisfield

Outstanding Fundraising Executive

Cecile Springer

Special Lifetime Achievement Award

           National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) is a celebration of philanthropy—giving, volunteering and charitable engagement—that highlights the accomplishments, large and small, that philanthropy—and all those involved in the philanthropic process—makes to our society and our world.


AFP Western PA Chapter Board of Directors--2019 Term

AFP Western is currently recruiting volunteers for the 2019 Board of Directors.  The Board is comprised of talented AFP members who plan and implement programs that support the professional growth of our members and whose support helps to advance the fundraising profession in our region. The full board meets five times a year, while executive committee members meet seven times a year.  Chapter members can log into the Members Only section of the chapter website for job descriptions that pertain to various positions on the Board. We look forward to hearing from you!

Applications must be received by September 19, 2018

Please click here for more information!


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