Pathways to Leadership - Get Involved

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Chicago Chapter is the largest chapter in the United States and the second largest in the world. We have 900 members who represent 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 just 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. AFP Chicago offers numerous opportunities to get involved.

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.  

Who are we looking for?
AFP Chicago seeks directors who are committed to the non-profit sector and to advancing philanthropy in the organizations and communities they represent.  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. We seek nominees who:

  • Have been active AFP members (Chicago or other chapters) during each of the past two years;
  • Have strong leadership and service orientation, interests and experiences;
  • Serve a cross-section of Chicago’s diverse communities; and
  • Represent diversity of professional focus, age, race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and geography.

For more information, please contact Melissa Berliner, Chair, Committee on Directorship, at [email protected] or Pamela Williams, CAE, Executive Director, at [email protected]

Community Links

Fundraising for Good 2020
The Baumhart Center is delighted to invite Major Gift Officers to apply to Fundraising for Good 2020, our year long leadership development program for high-performing fundraisers who seek to accelerate their impact.

Fundraising for Good is a partnership between the Baumhart Center and AFP Chicago that annually builds the capacity of a cohort of advancement leaders through:

  • Monthly best-practice and peer learning sessions, supported by an expert facilitator
  • Semi-annual one-on-one coaching sessions around professional and personal goals
  • Special access to Baumhart Center gatherings aimed at equipping leaders with skills, knowledge, and networks for social impact

For our 2020 cohort, we are specifically seeking Major Gift Officers who lead a substantial private fundraising goal, have experience in the field, are passionate about the power of philanthropy, and are committed to helping peers become better fundraisers. The program is selective and applications are due by November 4, 2019, to be considered. Learn more and apply. 

$100,000 Grant Opportunity for Chicago Nonprofits
Impact Grants Chicago is pleased to announce the opening of our 2019-20 grant cycle. We are now accepting Letters of Inquiry from Chicago nonprofits for one of our $100,000 Impact Grants.

Impact Grants Chicago is an all-volunteer women’s collective giving organization that awards high impact, transformational $100,000 grants to nonprofits in the city of Chicago in five main focus areas: Education, Health, Family, Culture and Sustainability. Members join with a gift of $1,000, and for every 100 members who join, Impact Grants Chicago awards a $100,000 grant. Last year we awarded FIVE $100,000 Impact Grants to nonprofits in the city of Chicago and we hope to do that again this year.

Our online grant system is now open, and we will be accepting Letters of Inquiry through November 8, 2019. Grants will be awarded in May of 2020. Please click below to visit the grants pages of our website and learn more about our eligibility requirements and grant process schedule.  Learn more ...

Nonprofit Management Essentials is Live!
Nonprofit Management Essentials is live,  thanks to the generous funding of The Allstate Foundation. Powered by the Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management, this set of free online resources was developed for emerging nonprofit leaders. Will you please help us spread the word?

What is it? Free online content, delivered by Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management faculty and practitioners, to provide emerging nonprofit leaders with essential, fundamental information across a broad range of nonprofit management topics.

Who is it for? Emerging leaders in the nonprofit sector, professionals who are new to the sector, as well as board members looking to deepen their knowledge of the sector.

Free? Really? Yes, generous funding from The Allstate Foundation makes this valuable content available at no cost for nonprofit professionals.

How can I help? Please help us get the news out by forwarding this email to your staff, putting a notice in your next newsletter and/or sharing through social media. We can provide information to share in any format — just let us know what you need!

You can learn more and view a complete list of topics here!

Transplant Hope.  Join Be The Match.  Every three minutes someone is diagnosed with a life-threatening blood cancer. More than 14,000 patients don’t have a matching marrow donor within their family. They depend on Be The Match to help find someone to give them hope for a cure.

Be A Cure for someone with a life-threatening blood illness.

Patients need you!  For thousands with blood cancers like leukemia or other diseases like sickle cell anemia, a marrow transplant is their only hope for life.  If you are of diverse ancestry, patients especially need you because they are likely to match someone who shares their heritage.

If you are interested in hosting a bone marrow drive at your organization or with your employer contact Sheena McNeal at 312-2720-4582 or email [email protected].  You can also share this link via your networks and social media to join online, here

For more information about Be The Match visit us at | Be the Match Registry Filer

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Chicago (YNPN Chicago)
About YNPN Chicago: YNPN Chicago serves local nonprofit professionals (generally in their 20s and 30s) who make up a substantial segment of the Chicago area’s nonprofit workforce. Interested in learning more about YNPN? Click here for information and a list of their upcoming activities.

North Park University Offers AFP Members 40% Tuition Scholarship
To learn more about this great opportunity, click here.

Axelson Center Professional Development Programs
North Park University’s Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management offers educational workshops for nonprofit professionals September – April and an annual conference in June. Topics include fundraising, marketing, human resources, board governance, volunteer management and many more. Learn more about upcoming programs at



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