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.

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] 

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

Gabe Pachter, Cara

Gabriel Pachter has nearly 15 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector. He began his career working in supplemental Jewish education, before a brief stint as a middle school social studies teacher. After a year working on community inclusion efforts for JARC in Farmington Hills, MI, Gabriel served nearly three years as the Director of Youth and Family Programming for New City Jewish Center in New City, NY. In this role, he helped cultivate a community of school-age children and their families through regular social and cultural programs. Gabriel left New York to return to his Midwest roots and attend two graduate programs through Indiana University.

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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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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. Select an affinity group below that interests you and RSVP today! 

AFP Chicago LGBTQ+ Affinity Group
August 12, 5:30 - 6:30 pm

AFP Chicago Asian/Pacific Islander (API) Affinity Group
August 21, 3:00 – 4:00 pm

AFP Chicago Latinx Affinity Group
Wednesday, August 26, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

AFP Chicago African American Affinity Group
Thursday, August 27, 9:00 -10:00 am

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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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