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!

AFP Membership Benefits YOU!  Grow your network.  Grow your career.

Nominations now open for 2020 AFP Board Membership
One of the best ways to grow your Pittsburgh network and advance your career as a fundraiser is by getting involved with AFP.  Our chapter is seeking nominations for board members for the upcoming year.  As a board member, you will directly impact the work of our chapter on behalf of the fundraisers in our region. 
Board members are asked to serve a two-year team beginning in January of the calendar year. 
This year’s nomination timeline is as follows:

  • August 1 - September 24, 2019: Nomination period open – complete the board member application found here.
  • September 27, 2019: 2020 proposed board of directors’ slate will be compiled by committee on directorship and emailed to membership.
  • October 17, 2019: slate will be formally approved by membership at annual meeting
  • January 1, 2020: Board Member term begins

Please feel free to reach out to Jill Simmons, Chair of the Committee of Directorship and Immediate Past President, if you’d like to talk about what AFP Board service can do for you.  Jill can be reached at 412-268-2408 or


Coffee Connections--There’s Not An App for That: How to Stay Connected to Your Donors in a Highly Digital World.

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 8:30am - 10:00pm
Panera at the Waterworks (Fox Chapel)

AFP Member Registration (FREE)     Non Member Registration ($10)

Please get a beverage and a snack and meet us in the conference room to the right.

Presented by:
Jacqueline S. Flanagan, CFRE
Executive Director at Presbyterian SeniorCare Foundation.

Career Development: Getting to the C Suite


Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 11:30am - 1:00pm
CoLab 18 at Nova Place on the North Shore
Approved for 1.5 CFRE credits

presented by Michelle Heck from NonProfit Talent

AFP Member Registration ($25)     Non Member Registration ($40)

CFRE Refresher

Thursday, November 7 and Friday, November 8, 2019 
8:00-5:00 each day
The Bradley Center

AFP Members ($390)     Non Members ($490)     Pay by Check

Advance your journey toward CFRE certification through the self-exploration of knowledge and peer exchange of best practices — facilitated by knowledgeable fundraising practitioners — with the AFP CFRE Refresher Course. About the Course: The AFP CFRE Refresher Course on November 7 and 8 offers development professionals like you a new approach that asks you to apply fundraising theory, skills and techniques within the six knowledge domains of the field, based on experience at the level of five-years and above. The course is not presented in a lecture format; rather, it is a combination of a high-level review, self-exploration of knowledge and peer exchange of best practices – all of which are based on using a case study approach.

Participants Receive: Reserve parking, continental breakfast, lunch, and a snack provided each day.


AFP News

Social Media Strategies for Special Events...and Everything Else
At the recent International Fundraising Conference in Boston, Lisa Chmiola, CFRE and Josh Hirsch held a session on social media. And people had questions. A LOT of questions. So Lisa and Josh answered them all. Read on for everything you always wanted to know about managing social media, potential hashtags, Facebook, Pinterest and much more