AFP Chicago, We Stand in Solidarity.

The unjust murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others, and the unrest of the past week, has left our AFP Chicago community and our nation anguished and outraged. The tremendous outpouring of grief, anger, and pain we are seeing today is deeply rooted in systemic racism in our country and continued violence against the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color community. We must be moved to act and be willing to do our part to create a more just and equitable world - because Black lives matter.

We stand in solidarity with our friends, colleagues, and those fighting for racial justice. AFP Chicago is committed to inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA) for our members and our community. We are proud of the progress we have made, while acknowledging that we have more work to do. We continue to advance IDEA in our programming. We aim for at least 50 percent of our volunteers (speakers, committees, board of directors) to represent communities of color. Our Fellows program recognizes emerging leaders from underrepresented communities, and we award an annual IDEA scholarship for young professionals. We know that we can and should do better. We invite you to hold us accountable as we improve our efforts. 

Our chapter also offers a variety of affinity groups to promote dialogue and engage in conversations around common interests or issues. Join us in these conversations, even though they may be difficult, and be a part of the change this world needs to see.

As fundraisers and non-profit leaders, we have a responsibility to show up, stand up, and speak up in matters of racial and social justice. That is our challenge. That is our commitment. 

Welcome to the Association of Fundraising Professionals Chicago

Whether you are new to the fundraising profession or a seasoned professional, a volunteer involved in the philanthropic process, or want to learn more about getting involved in your local chapter, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Chicago is your go-to resource for all things relating to fundraising and the Chicago nonprofit community. Please take a few minutes to explore the site to learn more about AFP Chicago and its role in the Chicago fundraising community and how you can get involved to advance your career.

Pop-Up Talks
Discuss hot topics in fundraising with fellow AFP Chicago professionals!

Feel free to sign up for one or all upcoming July Pop-Up Talks. These hour-long conversations provide fundraising professionals the opportunity to connect and collaborate on a regular basis. Each Pop-Up Talk will have a hot topic moderated by a member of AFP Chicago. 

Topic: Fundraising for the Arts Friday
July 17, 2020  - Noon - 1:00 PM

Topic: Grantwriting and Foundation Stewardship in a Pandemic
Wednesday, July 22, 2020  - Noon - 1:00 PM

Topic: Job searching in the New Normal
Monday, July 27, 2020 - 5:00 - 6:00 PM

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AFP Chicago’s Message to Our Community Regarding COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted organizations worldwide. AFP Chicago remains committed to providing you with the resources and tools you need to navigate this uncertain time. Our amazing board of directors and volunteers have worked diligently to shift from our traditional event-based programming to one that is virtual and appropriate for these times.  You can continue to look forward to engaging with our (virtual) network of fundraising professionals for shared experiences, best practices, and critical tools to help you and your organizations during these challenging times.

We want to hear from you!  How can we help you overcome the immediate and long-term challenges presented by COVID-19?  Please share your ideas and concerns with us by contacting AFP Chicago President, Kristienne Hanna at [email protected] or Executive Director, Pamela Williams, CAE at [email protected] 

How is your organization moving forward during COVID-19?

The stories are just getting started! Fundraisers are working hard to make a positive impact and continue the good while sheltering in place. We encourage you to read what other fundraisers are doing to adapt to COVID-19. We hope these stories serve as a spark of inspiration and an uplifting reminder of what is possible. Read this week's success stories!

Do you have a success story of how your organization is rising above the challenges during this tough time of uncertainty? Share your special organizational good news stories as they happen. Submit your own written story (and/or photo) for publication on our website and our upcoming newsletters. 

Share your story today!

$50 Professional or Associate New Member Discount Extended!

In honor of our 60th Anniversary, AFP will be offering a $50.00 discount to new members joining in the Professional and Associate categories.  Offer EXTENDED to JULY 31, 2020.

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AFP Chicago Affinity Groups Offer IDEA Thought Leadership

AFP Chicago is committed to addressing the issues of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) together. Come broaden your professional network and join us at our upcoming virtual Affinity Group meeting. Click on the link below to RSVP. 

AFP Chicago Asian Affinity Group, July 31, 3:00 – 4:00 pm

AFP Chicago Asian Affinity Group, August 21, 3:00 – 4:00 pm

AFP COVID-19 Resource Guides

COVID-19 Chicago Community Resources -  We have developed a page to serve as a resource to our members and visitors. It contains a collection of resources of local information to help our members and visitors weather the pandemic.

COVID-19 Resource Guide - AFP Global has assembled a COVID-19 Resource Guide filled with articles and tips on how to navigate the current environment.

Community Links

The latest in the Chicagoland fundraising community. 

AFP Chicago: Your Community

AFP Chicago is a welcoming community of fundraisers. Get connected and build one-on-one relationships with like-minded professionals. As a member, you can access educational opportunities discounts to events and publications and share your experience and insights with others. Membership has its benefits!

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