Pathways to Leadership - Get Involved

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Chicago Chapter is the second-largest chapter in the United States and the third-largest domestic chapter in the world. We have over 600 members representing a broad spectrum of professional experience, diverse organizations, and personal and cultural backgrounds. As an individual, if you’re looking to expand your network, enhance your not-for-profit skills, or meet fellow fundraisers, this is the organization for you. If you’re a company looking to reach a diverse and highly educated audience, then you should be doing business with the AFP Chicago Chapter. There are numerous opportunities to get involved, so please take a few minutes to explore your possibilities.

Advancement through involvement - Join an AFP Chicago Committee Today! 

Whether you are new to the fundraising profession or a seasoned professional, consider joining an AFP Chicago committee. Committee participation is the ideal route for deeper involvement with the chapter and a path to potential leadership. Develop yourself personally and professionally, make new contacts and give back to the Chicago philanthropy community!

Committees are always accepting new members - and we welcome individuals who are not current AFP members! To get involved right away and ensure maximum participation as a committee member, please complete and submit your Committee Service Application.

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Committee List & Volunteer Opportunities


Kelsey Nelson, Chair
Campbell & Company

Board Committee

Committee on Directorship

Ann Grant
YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

Board Committee

Continuous Learning Council

George Rattin, Vice President
Rosalind Franklin University

Courtney Labetti, MSM, CFRE, CAP®
CCS Fundraising

Maggie Cullerton Hooper
NAMI Chicago

Renee Davis, MNM, CFRE



This committee works together to plan educational workshops, and special programs such as the Fundamentals of Fundraising. This includes strategy, theme and topic development, speaker recruitment, and leadership at the events.

  • Volunteer for one workshop each year. Duties include: brainstorming topics, securing and preparing speakers, coordinating marketing materials with Chapter association management teammates, coordinating presentation materials, and stewarding speakers.
  • Attend workshops coordinated by other committee members

If you would like to learn more about the Continuous Learning Council, please reach out to the committee leaders.

Typically meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 8:00 am.

Check the AFP Calendar of Events to confirm.

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA)

Judith Coleman ,CFRE, Vice President
Covenant House Illinois

AFP Chicago's IDEA committee supports and advocates for inclusion, diversity, equity, and access across all of chapter activities.

  • Serve on or co-chair one of our five affinity groups
  • Be committed to supporting the chapter in achieving it's IDEA benchmarks and goals 
  • Recommend speakers, moderators, and topics for AFP Chicago programs as necessary
  • Support AFP Chicago's desire to be an anti-racist organization
  • Be willing to liaise with other AFP Chicago committees as necessary
  • Foster learning about anti-racism, and implementing best practices in your life and work

Typically meets the 4th Monday at 5:30 pm 

Check the AFP Calendar of Events to confirm.

African American Affinity Group

Judith Coleman, CFRE
African American Affinity Group Co-Chair
Covenant House Illinois

Andrea Porter
African American Affinity Group Co-Chair
Illinois Institute of Technology

Kathy Slaughter
African American Affinity Group Co-Chair
YMCA Evanston/North Shore

The AFP Chicago African American Affinity Group seeks to create a cohort of like-minded fundraisers to discuss strategies, turn obstacles into successes, and build a strong sense of community. 

Typically meets the second Friday of the month at 8:30 am (bi-monthly). 

Check the AFP Calendar of Events to confirm.

Asian Pacific Islander Affinity Group

Andrea Chwee
API Affinity Group Co-Chair
Navy Pier

Shane Caterino
API Affinity Group Co-Chair

The AFP Chicago Asian/Pacific Islander (API) Affinity Group provides opportunities for API development professionals to build community, explore our role as API fundraisers, and share successes, challenges, and resources. The API Affinity Group welcomes any Chicago-based development professional with an API identity of any nationality, including but not limited to: Central Asian, East Asian, Native Hawaiian, Southeast Asian, South Asian and Middle East Asian. 

Typically meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 4 pm (bi-monthly).

Check the AFP Calendar of Events to confirm.

LatinX Affinity Group

Natalie Ramos, bCRE
Latinx Affinity Group Co-Chair
Greater Chicago Food Depository

Mauricio Huertas
Latinx Affinity Group Co-Chair
Latino Union of Chicago

The AFP Chicago LatinX Affinity Group serves to strengthen the nonprofit community by creating a space where Latinx fundraisers can develop relationships, provide support, and share resources.

Meets at different times throughout the year. 

Check the AFP Calendar of Events to confirm.

LGBTQ+ Affinity Group

Lauren Birchlove
LGBTQ+ Affinity Group Chair
NAMI Chicago

The AFP Chicago LGBTQ+ Affinity Group provides opportunities for LGBTQ+ members of AFP Chicago to come together periodically for professional and social networking. By recognizing an affinity among this population, AFP Chicago becomes more personal and relevant while providing opportunities to discuss career advancement, successes, and challenges. 

Typically meets quarterly at varied times.

Check the AFP Calendar of Events to confirm.

Neurodiverse Affinity Group

Janessa Dennis Butler
Neurodiverse Affinity Group Co-Chair
Greater Chicago Food Depository

Amy Funk
Neurodiverse Affinity Group Co-Chair
TWB Fundraising

The AFP Chicago Neurodiverse Affinity Group exists to create a safe space for neurodiverse fundraisers to thrive in community, affirm each others' unique strengths and capacities, and work to build a more accessible and welcoming field. The group supports visibility for neurodiverse fundraisers, with twin goals to provide space for neurodiverse fundraisers to feel themselves and at ease, as well as to shift the greater community's understanding of and accommodations provided for neurodivergent individuals.

Check the AFP Calendar of Events to confirm.

WFARE Affinity Group

Patricia Broughton, CFRE
WFARE Affinity Group Co-Chair
Evolve Giving Group

Blair Janis
WFARE Affinity Group Co-Chair
DePaul University

Jennifer Nahn
WFARE Affinity Group Co-Chair
Grant Park Music Festival

Aaron Rodgers
WFARE Affinity Group Co-Chair
Hyde Park Art Center

Marina Vulinovic
WFARE Affinity Group Co-Chair
Hyde Park Art Center

Understanding that white people have a responsibility to address and dismantle racism, White Fundraisers Advocating for Racial Equity aims to develop a shared understanding of systemic racism’s manifestation in fundraising, nonprofits, and philanthropy; support individual growth for fundraisers to become anti-racist; and develop tools, techniques, and support for fundraisers to influence change in their workplaces and the broader sector towards a more racially equitable society.


Typically meets the second Wednesday of the month at 9 am. 

Check the AFP Calendar of Events to confirm.


Amy Funk, Co-Chair
TWB Fundraising

Jessica Rodriguez, Co-Chair
Erie Neighborhood House

This committee is responsible for the successful implementation of the annual AFP Chicago Fellows program. This includes oversight for the annual application and selection process, AFP Chicago educational programs that include a Fellows component, special Fellows program content development, and coaching and supporting individual Fellows as requested.

Member Engagement

Ashley Gill, CFRE, Vice President
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Meghan Pioli
Aspire Chicago

This committee is responsible for developing strategies and activities that provide a meaningful connection with members and the philanthropic community. This includes the development of Third Thursday networking events and quarterly member orientations. It is a wonderful way to engage with colleagues from all areas of the organization.  

  • Lead/host either Member Orientation and/or Third Thursday events (at least 2 or more/year).

If you would like to learn more about the Membership Engagement Committee or the Third Thursday Events, please reach out to the committee leaders.

Typically meets the first Thursday of the month at 4:00 pm.

Check the AFP Calendar of Events to confirm.

*Individuals serving on this committee must be active members of AFP Chicago.

Peer Mentoring

Christopher Chantson, Co-Chair
National Louis University

Jennifer Dettloff, CFRE, Co-Chair
University of Chicago, Medicine & Biological Sciences

This committee provides opportunities for less-experienced development professionals (protégés) to connect with more-seasoned development professionals (mentors) and mutually benefit from a 12-month partnership. The committee recruits mentors and protégés for two cohorts annually, reviews applications and assigns pairings, monitors protégé/mentor relationships and creates related programming opportunities for protégés and mentors.

  • Serve as liaison for a minimum of one protégé-mentor pairing for each cohort.
  • Connect with assigned pairs at least monthly to offer additional resources as needed.
  • Participate in small- and large-group Peer Mentoring programs.

Typically meets the second Monday of the month at 8:30 am.

Check the AFP Calendar of Events to confirm.

*Individuals serving on this committee must be active members of AFP Chicago.

Philanthropy Awards Program

Elizabeth Halajian, Vice President Resource
Navy Pier


This committee works collaboratively to plan and present the AFP Chicago Philanthropy Awards Program. Primary functions include participating in the recruitment and review of nominations and contributing to at least one subcommittee, which include sponsorship recruitment, event marketing, honoree ambassadors, event and volunteers. The committee has three chairs, including one Board member. The VP of Resource and Philanthropy Committee Chair are included as members of the committee.

Typically meets the first Wednesday of the month at 4:00 pm.

Check the AFP Calendar of Events to confirm.


Submit your Committee Service Application


We welcome your interest and questions! For more information on committee service, please contact Ashley Gill at [email protected].