Pathways to Leadership ~ Get Involved

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Chicago Chapter is the largest chapter in the United States and the second-largest domestic chapter in the world. We have over 700 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.

Volunteer for AFP Chicago Committee






Continuous Learning Committee

This committee plans educational breakfasts/luncheons, special programs such as the Fundamentals of Fundraising, and National Philanthropy Day. 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 staff, coordinating presentation materials, and stewarding speakers.
• Attend workshops coordinated by other committee members

3rd Wednesday at 8:30am (monthly)

Dottie Bris-Bois (Chair)

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA)

AFP Chicago's IDEA committee supports and advocates for inclusion, diversity, equity, and access across all of our chapters 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

2nd Wednesday at 5pm (bi-monthly)

Aaron Rodgers (Co-chair) 

Judith Coleman (Co-chair)  

Member Engagement Committee

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 Pop-Up and networking events.

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

Lead/host either Pop-Up and/or Third Thursday events (at least 2 or more/year). 1st Wednesday at 4pm (monthly)

Kimberly Vann (Co-Chair)

Susan M. Zellner (Co-Chair)

Peer Mentoring

This committee recruits mentors and protégés for two cohorts each year. Members review applications to assign pairings, support and guide protégé-mentor relationships, and develop related programming and networking opportunities for all participants.

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

• 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.

1st Wednesday at 8:30am (monthly)

Christopher Chantson (Co-Chair)

Jennifer Dettloff, CFRE (Co-Chair)

Philanthropy This committee is responsible for ensuring that strategies and tactics are in place to secure revenue to achieve AFP Chicago’s annual sponsorship and philanthropic goals. This includes developing overall funding strategy, monitoring goals, and advancing stewardship and solicitation activities as appropriate. • Serve as point of contact for a minimum of two AFP Chicago sponsors, including solicitation, stewardship, etc.
• Craft solicitation or other materials as assigned.
1st Friday at 8am (monthly) Kelsey Nelson


Submit your Committee Service Application


We welcome your interest and questions! For more information on committee service, please contact Sarah Danahy at 708-229-5256 or [email protected].