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 2021 Fellows Program
Application Deadline: November 6th

Applications for the 2021 class of AFP Chicago Fellows are now available! The Fellows Program is an outreach initiative of AFP Chicago and reflects the chapter’s commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA). It was created for individuals working with or for nonprofit organizations in metropolitan Chicago, with a preference for individuals who identify as people of color, LGBTQ+ and/or as having a disability. The application process is open to non-members as well as those who have joined within the last two years.

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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 one of our upcoming virtual Affinity Group meetings.  Meetings are free and open to anyone interested in attending.  Click on the link below to RSVP. 

AFP Chicago All Affinity Groups Reception
Tuesday, November 10, 2020  | 5:30 – 6:45pm 

AFP Chicago proudly celebrates one year of our affinity groups and IDEA thought leadership. In recognition of the diverse communities that comprise our membership, please join us for our first-ever All Affinity Groups reception! The evening will include networking break-outs facilitated by our IDEA Committee, an uplifting conversation, and Q&A. Our guest speaker will be Doris Parent, Vice-President of IDEAS and Strategic Partnerships with The Philadelphia Orchestra and President-Elect of the AFP Greater Philadelphia Chapter.

AFP Chicago White Fundraisers Advocating for Racial Equity (WFARE) Affinity Group
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 | 8:00 – 9:00am 

AFP Chicago Asian/Pacific Islander (API) Affinity Group
Friday, November 20, 2020 | 11:00am – 12:00pm

Affinity Group meeting dates are added regularly; visit our website for a complete list of affinity groups and new dates.  

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

Come celebrate with AFP Chicago virtually as we recognize the achievements of our tremendous Faces of Philanthropy awardees!  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. Click here to learn more about the 44th Faces of Philanthropy Awards and our distinguished award recipients. We look forward to welcoming you on December 4th as we celebrate the power of giving!

AFP Chicago Chapter members are invited to join us at the Annual Meeting, held just prior to the Awards presentation at 11:30 AM. During this meeting, we will vote on the 2021 Board of Directors slate, present the 2020 President’s Award, and announce the 2021 Fellows Class.

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AFP Chicago November Virtual Workshop
Topic: Harnessing the Power of Storytelling: Advice for 2020 and Beyond
Friday, November 13, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM

COVID-19 has created a plethora of issues for fundraising teams; however, from major challenges came innovative new ways for fundraisers to communicate the importance of continuing (and growing!) their support. There’s no stronger way to promote the mission of your organization than by sharing the stories of those who have been impacted by your work, especially while the pandemic has brought new challenges to both your donors and those you serve. In this presentation, we will offer guidance for identifying these stories, as well as empowering and equipping every member of your organization to help fill your “story reserve.” We’ll address how – during times like these – you can use stories to compel and inspire your donors. By providing actionable advice on how to adapt stories for a variety of audiences and media, we will help you convey to your donors the outcomes and impact of their giving. Our panel of experts will provide insight into how they’ve weathered the storm and brought their donors even closer to their mission within the context of the pandemic.

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AFP Chicago Upcoming Pop-Up Talk
(members-only benefit)

Are you looking to exchange ideas in a world that is exponentially more challenging? Feel free to sign up for our upcoming Pop-Up Talk. A member of AFP Chicago will moderate this FREE hour-long conversation that provides fundraising professionals the opportunity to regularly connect and collaborate.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM
TOPIC: GivingTuesday Brainstorm

Is your organization wrestling with how to approach GivingTuesday in the wild year that is 2020? We’re here to help. Sit down with your fellow AFP members to workshop some ways to connect with donors online and be successful. Bring your best, worst, and weirdest ideas to inspire your peers, and collect a few ideas to take back for your own effort. This program is approved for 1 CFRE point. Space is limited, so RSVP today! 


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!

In honor of National Philanthropy Day® AFP is offering a $50 discount to new members joining in the Professional or Associate member categories by November 30, 2020!

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Community Links

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Axelson Center Professional Development Programs