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.

Pop-Up Talks
Discuss hot topics in fundraising with fellow AFP Chicago professionals!

Feel free to sign up for one or all upcoming July Pop-Up Talks. These hour-long conversations provide fundraising professionals the opportunity to connect and collaborate on a regular basis. Each Pop-Up Talk will have a hot topic moderated by a member of AFP Chicago. 

Topic: Fundraising for the Arts Friday
July 17, 2020  - Noon - 1:00 PM

Topic: Grantwriting and Foundation Stewardship in a Pandemic
Wednesday, July 22, 2020  - Noon - 1:00 PM

Topic: Job searching in the New Normal
Monday, July 27, 2020 - 5:00 - 6:00 PM

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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.

We want to hear from you!  How can we help you overcome the immediate and long-term challenges presented by COVID-19?  Please share your ideas and concerns with us by contacting AFP Chicago President, Kristienne Hanna at [email protected] or Executive Director, Pamela Williams, CAE at [email protected] 


2021 Board of Directors Needs You!
Interested in Service on the AFP Chicago Board of Directors?

The AFP Chicago Committee on Directorship invites the development community to consider future service on the Board of Directors. Strong leadership is a hallmark of AFP Chicago and we encourage highly motivated and committed members to consider volunteering for board service. Directors are committed to ethical practice, donor rights, and other tenets of AFP International. AFP Chicago is strongly committed to embracing the diversity that makes up our greater Chicagoland community. Please click here for more information on service responsibilities, criteria, and the application process. Applications are due August 24, 2020.

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$50 Professional or Associate New Member Discount Extended!

In honor of our 60th Anniversary, AFP will be offering a $50.00 discount to new members joining in the Professional and Associate categories.  Offer EXTENDED to JULY 31, 2020.

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AFP Chicago Affinity Groups Offer IDEA Thought Leadership

AFP Chicago is committed to addressing the issues of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) together. Come broaden your professional network and join us at our upcoming virtual Affinity Group meeting. Click on the link below to RSVP. 

AFP Chicago Asian Affinity Group, July 31, 3:00 – 4:00 pm

AFP Chicago Asian Affinity Group, August 21, 3:00 – 4:00 pm

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. 

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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