Chicago Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals

Keep Your Fundraising Game Strong with Affinity Groups!
Upcoming June AFP Chicago Affinity Group Meetings

AFP Chicago's Affinity Groups are formed around common interests or issues. They offer opportunities to meet and form relationships with colleagues who have similar backgrounds/identities.

Come broaden your professional network and join AFP Chicago at an upcoming virtual Affinity Group meeting.

African American Affinity Group  •  Tuesday, June 2  •  8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
LGBTQ+ Affinity Group  •  Tuesday, June 9  •  4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
White Fundraisers Advocating for Racial Equity  •  Wednesday, June 10  •  8:30 - 9:30 a.m
Latinx Affinity Group   •  Thursday, June 11  •  4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Space is limited. Reserve your spot today!  learn more 


Upcoming Pop-Up Talk (Virtual)
Thursday, June 4th | 12:00-1:00 PM 
Topic: Brainstorming: Donor Engagement Post-Pandemic

As fundraisers, our donors are looking to us for answers to what the philanthropic world will look like in the short- and long-term. At the same time, we need to be proactive in figuring out how we can keep our funders engaged safely. Join us for a brainstorming session about new ways we might connect with our donors in a time where social distancing and limited public gatherings are part of everyday life. This program is approved for 1 CFRE point.  learn more

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

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and greatly impact organizations worldwide, AFP Chicago remains committed to providing you with the resources and tools you need to navigate the uncertain weeks ahead. Our amazing board of directors and volunteers are working diligently to shift from our traditional event-based programming to one that is virtual and appropriate for these times. We will soon announce more specifics, but you can 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 the challenging times ahead.

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. learn more

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. learn more

$50 Professional or Associate New Member Discount!

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 ends June 30, 2020. learn more

as of May 18th, 2020

The March 13th Education Breakfast Workshop has been rescheduled to September 11, 2020, at Maggiano’s Banquets. 

The April 17th Education Program was not held at Maggiano’s as originally planned. Instead, AFP Chicago hosted a Virtual Town Hall on April 7th.

The 2020 Philanthropy Awards Luncheon has been rescheduled to Friday, October 2Originally scheduled for May 1st, the Awards Luncheon will now be held on Friday, October 2 at the Chicago Hilton & Towers.  Now more than ever, our Chicago Community can look forward to an opportunity to gather together once again and celebrate the achievements of these tremendous honorees.

The June 12th Education Breakfast Workshop has been rescheduled to Friday, July 10th.  

Fundamentals of Fundraising has been canceled due to COVID-19.   
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].


How is your organization moving forward during COVID-19?

The stories are just getting started
! Fundraisers are working hard to make a positive impact and continue the good while sheltering in place. We encourage you to read what other fundraisers are doing to adapt to COVID-19. We hope these stories serve as a spark of inspiration and an uplifting reminder of what is possible. Read this week's success stories!

Do you have a success story of how your organization is rising above the challenges during this tough time of uncertainty? Share your special organizational good news stories as they happen. Submit your own written story (and/or photo) for publication on our website and our upcoming newsletters. Share your story today!

2020 Philanthropy Awards Luncheon Postponed to Friday, October 2nd

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 decided to postpone this year’s event.  Originally scheduled for May 1, the Awards Luncheon will now be held on Friday, October 2 at the Chicago Hilton & Towers.  Now more than ever, our Chicago Community can look forward to an opportunity to gather together once again and celebrate the achievements of these tremendous honorees.

Friday, October 2, 2020
Hilton Hotel, 720 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. ~ Check-in and Reception
11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. ~ Lunch and Awards Presentation

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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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