Chicago Fellows Program

A learning circle for new fundraisers.

Interested in becoming an AFP Chicago Fellow?
2019 Class Applications Due November 7, 2018


The AFP Chicago Fellows Program is an outreach initiative of AFP Chicago created for individuals working with or for nonprofit organizations in metropolitan Chicago, with an emphatic interest in diversity, equity, inclusion and access, people of color and/or Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT).

This one-year program provides extensive benefits to our selected Fellows, including: 

Program Benefits

  • Small learning circle of up to six fundraisers from Chicago-area nonprofit and grassroots organizations serving diverse communities
  • Coaching from an AFP thought-leader who moderates the learning circle which meets monthly for 12 months
  • Underwriting by AFP Chicago for professional membership and career education programs:
  • AFP International and AFP Chicago Chapter memberships for one year,
  • Complimentary registration to select AFP Chicago educational programs on a variety of philanthropic topics
  • Development Day Chicago, a full-day learning event held in the Chicago-area
  • Senior development professional assigned as a mentor upon graduation from the program

Program Eligibility
AFP Chicago maintains a competitive application process for the Fellows Program, and selects candidates using the following criteria:

  • Identify themselves as an ethnic minority, GLBQ, disabled and/or work for an organization that represents that community.
  • Be responsible for fundraising in a metropolitan Chicago area 501 (c)(3) organization.
  • Have the full support of their supervisor and their organization’s leadership to participate in this educational program.
  • Be committed to attending the programs and events comprising the Fellows’ curriculum.
  • Either not currently be a member of AFP or currently be a member for not more than two years.
  • Continue paid membership in AFP for at least one year after the conclusion of the Fellows Program.

Application Process & Selection Timeline
Applicants complete an application form, and include their current job descriptions and resumes. Applications will become available in the fall of 2018. 

Welcome 2018 Class of AFP Chicago Fellows! 

2018 Class pictured with Fellows Vice Chair Marian Alexander DeBerry and Chair Jackie Bonavia, CFRE

Docia Buffington - Enlace Chicago
Erica Eckhardt - Public Allies Chicago
Ishan Johnson - Chicago History Museum
Mauricio A. Roman Marquina - Little City Foundation
Lauren Mislove - Cara Chicago
Lubna Saleh - Lions Club International Foundation
Jessica Young - City Year Chicago

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