Development Day Chicago 2019
We are very excited to announce our keynote presenter, Vu Le! 

Friday, September 20th | 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel - Chicago

AFP Chicago's premier learning forum is back and better than ever! We are very excited to announce our keynote presenter, Vu Le ("voo lay"). Vu is a writer, speaker, vegan, Pisces, and the Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps, a nonprofit in Seattle that promotes social justice by developing leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaboration. Known for his no-BS approach, irreverent sense of humor, and love of unicorns, Vu has been featured in hundreds, of his own blog posts at

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AFP Chicago's Very Own
Channing Lenert, CFRE
Named AFP Outstanding Young Professional

AFP Chicago is proud to announce that Channing Lenert, MS, CFRE, recently named as program officer for Polk Bros. Foundation in Chicago, IL, has been selected as one of the Association of Fundraising Professionals' (AFP) 2019 Outstanding Young Professionals. Channing was recognized on Tuesday, April 2nd in San Antonio, TX at the  AFP International Conference on Fundraising (ICON) during the Closing General Session.

The award recognizes fundraisers under the age of 31 who have already shown exemplary work in raising funds, inspiring donors, helping manage campaigns and giving back to the profession. Lenert is one of three young fundraisers to receive the award this year.  read more...

AFP Chicago is proud to introduce...
The 43rd Annual Faces of Philanthropy Awards Luncheon Honorees 


For over 40 years, AFP Chicago has honored the committed, passionate individuals and corporations who work on behalf of the nonprofit organizations that AFP Chicago serves. AFP Chicago is pleased to honor those who demonstrate high ethical standards and exemplify the philanthropic spirit of our great city. 

Congratulations to our extraordinary, 2019 Philanthropy Awards Luncheon Honorees:

Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols
Distinguished Philanthropists Award
George S. Wright, Citi
Executive Leader Award
Christine O'Reilly-Riordan, Chicago White Sox Charities
Professional Grantor Award
Christine Zrinsky, Lincoln Park Zoo
Benjamin Franklin Award
Liz Thompson, Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education
Outstanding Community Leader Award
Dan Weishar, The Andrew Weishar Foundation
Emerging Philanthropist
Richard W. Hutson
Outstanding Volunteer Award

The award recipients will be recognized for their outstanding contributions at the 2019 Awards Luncheon on May 3, 2019, at the Hilton Chicago.

Registration now open!


Networking After Hours...

Thursday, May 16th
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Hubbard Inn
110 W. Hubbard St., Chicago

 #AFPThirdThursday provides monthly opportunities to network with your peers in fundraising! You are invited to build your relationships and make new ones. These monthly casual events are a great opportunity for members and non-members in the Chicagoland community to meet, network, and hang out.  Due to the growing popularity of these monthly meet-ups, be sure to RSVP and reserve your spot. Each attendee will receive one free drink ticket. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today! 

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