Welcome to the Association of Fundraising Professionals Chicago

Whether you are new to the fundraising profession or a seasoned professional, a volunteer involved in the philanthropic process, or want to learn more about getting involved in your local chapter, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Chicago is your go-to resource for all things relating to fundraising and the Chicago nonprofit community. Please take a few minutes to explore the site to learn more about AFP Chicago and its role in the Chicago fundraising community and how you can get involved to advance your career.
AFP Chicago – Our Values Remain Unwavering

AFP Chicago is a community of fundraising professionals dedicated to the power of philanthropy.

Everyday our members tirelessly devote themselves to promote inclusion, diversity, equity and access to empower individuals and their communities.

The events which ensued in our Capitol this week break down the very ideals we value. The actions that caused pain and sorrow are unacceptable and not tolerated. The white supremacy we witnessed has no place within our organization or profession.

We are committed to becoming an anti-racist organization recognizing that more work is to be done.

AFP Chicago will continue our work with pride, passion, diligence, strength and action to move our community and country forward and to embrace the love of humankind.

To learn more about how our chapter is responding to the issues faced within our community, please visit Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA). 

AFP Chicago, We Stand in Solidarity.

The unjust murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others, and the unrest of the past week, has left our AFP Chicago community and our nation anguished and outraged. The tremendous outpouring of grief, anger, and pain we are seeing today is deeply rooted in systemic racism in our country and continued violence against the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color community. We must be moved to act and be willing to do our part to create a more just and equitable world - because Black lives matter.  To learn more about how our chapter is responding to the issues faced within our community, please visit
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA). 

AFP Chicago’s Message to Our Community Regarding COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted organizations worldwide. AFP Chicago remains committed to providing you with the resources and tools you need to navigate this uncertain time. Our amazing board of directors and volunteers have worked diligently to shift from our traditional event-based programming to one that is virtual and appropriate for these times.  You can continue to look forward to engaging with our (virtual) network of fundraising professionals for shared experiences, best practices, and critical tools to help you and your organizations during these challenging times.

AFP COVID-19 Resource Guides

COVID-19 Chicago Community Resources -  We have developed a page to serve as a resource to our members and visitors. It contains a collection of resources of local information to help our members and visitors weather the pandemic.

COVID-19 Resource Guide - AFP Global has assembled a COVID-19 Resource Guide filled with articles and tips on how to navigate the current environment.

Community Links

The latest in the Chicagoland fundraising community.

Community-Centric Fundraising (CCF)

Nonprofit Management Essentials is Live!

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Chicago (YNPN Chicago)

North Park University Offers AFP Members 40% Tuition Scholarship

Axelson Center Professional Development Programs


AFP Chicago Faces of Philanthropy Awards ~ Friday, December 4, 2020 

Thank you to all our members and others who joined us on Friday, December 4th, for our virtual 44th Annual Faces of Philanthropy Awards program to celebrate our tremendous honorees' giving spirit and achievements. We also thank our generous sponsors!  We appreciate your support!

Click here to learn more about and our distinguished award recipients. The event is now available for viewing. 

Click Here to View Awards Program
Faces of Philanthropy Program Donation

$5/2% AFP Global 2021 Dues Increase  

As a reminder, in 2019, the AFP Global Dues Task Force and Board of Directors agreed to an automatic biennial (every other year) dues increase of 2% starting 2021. This change will result in a $5 increase—effectively 42 cents a month—in member dues beginning January 2021 for the Professional and Associate categories. The increase will allow AFP Global to continue providing relevant programs for members in leadership, ethics, and continuing education. Members who renew in January 2021 will receive renewal materials about the increase.

AFP Chicago: Your Community 

AFP Chicago is a welcoming community of fundraisers. Get connected and build one-on-one relationships with like-minded professionals. As a member, you can access educational opportunities discounts to events and publications and share your experience and insights with others. Membership has its benefits!

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