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: 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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Join Us at an Event

IDEA Career Event June 24

IDEA Career Event
Friday, June 24, 2022
1:00 - 2:30 pm
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July 9 Latinx Volunteer Event

Latinx Volunteer Event
Saturday, July 9, 2022
1:00 - 3:00 pm
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Fundamentals of Fundraising starts Sept 7

Fundamentals of
Fundraising Course
Starts September 7, 2022
9:00 - 11:30 am
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The Importance of Staying Up To Date on Your Donor's Activities

iwaveAre you focused on finding your next major gift? Are you seeking new ways to engage your prospects and donors? We all know it’s crucial to stay up to date with your donors so you can engage with them at the right time and with the right ask. Knowing this, it’s still difficult to find the time to manually research each donor of interest and keep track of their activity.

Researching each interesting donor by hand can be time-consuming and inefficient. That’s why iWave created Smart Alerts!

What Are Smart Alerts? click to read full article

Why Leverage Smart Alerts? click to read full article

Want to learn more? Book your custom iWave demonstration!


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

Baumhart Center | Loyola University Chicago

Grant Professionals Association Chicago Area Chapter

A very special Thank You to our 2022 Chapter Champions

Advocate Aurora Health

Alford Group


And our 2022 Continuous Learning Pioneer Sponsors

Auction & Event Solutions

CCS Fundraising

Ter Molen Watkins & Brandt



Ten Star Gold Award

IDEA Champion