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, 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.

Getting to Know 2020 AFP Chicago Fellows

Ryan Jameson, MetroSquash

Ryan Jameson serves as the head of the Development Department of MetroSquash, a holistic youth development/college success nonprofit serving over 400 youth in Woodlawn and Evanston with an annual budget of $2.7M. His current responsibilities include leading the successful execution of multiple components of the development and communications plan and strategy to ensure growing financial support for MetroSquash. Before becoming the Development Manager, Ryan was the Manager of Fundraising Events, Mentors, and Volunteers for two years in MetroSquash’s development department. 

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Community Links

The latest in the Chicagoland fundraising community.

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

In an effort to protect the health and safety of our honorees, colleagues, members and friends during this difficult period, the leaders of AFP Chicago have made the decision to reschedule this year’s AFP Chicago Philanthropy Awards. The Awards event will now be held on Friday, December 4th.

Now more than ever our Chicago community needs to look ahead at the opportunity to gather together and celebrate the achievements of these tremendous honorees.

We look forward to welcoming you on December 4th as we celebrate the power of giving and honor Chicago's philanthropic community at the 2020 Philanthropy Awards.

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AFP Chicago Affinity Groups Offer IDEA Thought Leadership

AFP Chicago is committed to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) for our members and our community. Our chapter offers a variety of affinity groups to promote dialogue and engage in conversations around common interests or issues. Come broaden your professional network and join us in these conversations, even though they may be difficult, and be a part of the change this world needs to see. Meetings are free and open to anyone interested in attending.  Affinity Group meeting dates are added regularly; visit our website for a complete list of affinity groups and new dates.

Queering Philanthropy: A Panel Discussion on Cultivating LGBTQ Donors
Hosted by AFP Chicago LGBTQ+ Affinity Group 
Wednesday, September, 23, 2020 
5:30 - 6:30 PM

Please join AFP Chicago’s LGBTQ+ Affinity Group for an engaging panel discussion focused on cultivating philanthropy within the LGBTQ+ community. Our panelists will discuss current giving trends, stewardship strategies, and the future of LGBTQ-focused giving. You will hear from experts in the LGBTQ+ philanthropy space, both from the perspective of development professionals as well as philanthropists. We hope you will join us for this thought-provoking, timely, and impactful discussion. This event is open to both AFP members and non-members.


Consultant and Interim Executive Director
Johnson Family Foundation

VP, Health Solutions Business Operations
American Medical Association
Co-Chair LGBT Community Fund, Chicago Community Trust 

Senior Philanthropic Officer
Movement Voter Project



2018 AFP Chicago Chamberlain Scholar
Major Gifts Officer
Lambda Legal

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AFP Chicago White Fundraisers Advocating for Racial Equity (WFARE) Affinity Group  
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 | 8:00 - 9:00 AM

Understanding that white people have a responsibility to address and dismantle racism, White Fundraisers Advocating for Racial Equity aims to develop a shared understanding of systemic racism’s manifestation in fundraising, nonprofits, and philanthropy; support individual growth for fundraisers to become anti-racist; and develop tools, techniques, and support for fundraisers to influence change in their workplaces and the broader sector towards a more racially-equitable society. All are welcome.

During our October convening, the topic will be navigating difficult conversations with donors on race and equity - a continuation of our September topic, which will include some role playing and practice dialogue.

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AFP Chicago Latinx Affinity Group
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Our next AFP Chicago Latinix Affinity Group is scheduled for Tuesday, October 13th.  More details to follow shortly. In the meantime - Save your Spot!