AFP WPA is the key resource for fundraising and nonprofit professionals in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Membership provides access to educational programs, networking opportunities and access to all of the benefits and services of AFP International. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming program!


AFP Western PA chapter advances philanthropy by growing a diverse community of people and organizations in the practice of ethical and effective fundraising.

Our chapter has earned the IDEA Champion Designation for 2021 which recognizes those AFP chapters who have accomplished many of the key objectives outlined in the Advancing Inclusion and Influence strategic goal.

When you attend a pairings event, you never know exactly what you are going to get, but you know it’s going to be good. Our new Perfect Pairings program is just like that!

Once a month (through May 2021) you will be paired with a different local fundraiser-based industry, aspirations, interests, tenure, and more. We’ll throw in a couple surprises too!

You’ll be given the opportunity to meet and get to know one another, after which you can decide if you’d like to “buy the bottle!”

Learn from one another, find similarities and see how you can help each other in the future.  Please contact Adele at adele.cannell@pitt.edu to join.


AFP understands the economic situation that many members (and soon-to-be members) are currently facing these days. That is why we are now making available online an "Installment Plan" option that breaks your annual membership fee into manageable monthly payments over the course of the year. To learn more visit -  https://afpglobal.org/plan 


  • President's Message--March 2021

    Fun Facts!

    Did you know that the Western PA Chapter turned “fabulous 40” on September 5, 2020?  Congrats to us!

    Did you know that our National Philanthropy Day® Awards Co-Chair, George Ormiros, is one of the 18 Charter Members of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Society of Fund-Raising Executives (our original name). Speaking of National Philanthropy Day®, this year we will celebrate our 35th year! Look for information about nominations in May!

    Did you know that our name officially changed when the National Society of Fund-Raising Executives became the Association of Fundraising Professionals (“AFP WPA”) in 2000?  In the same year, the CFRE (“Certified Fund Raising Executives”) designation was launched.

    Did you know that our chapter received our first Ten Star Award in 2005?  Proud to say, we continue the tradition of excellence with the designation of Ten Star Gold Chapter in 2021! We are also immensely proud of our designation as an AFP IDEA 2021 Champion!

    Did you know that the B. Jeanne Williams Scholarship Fund is in memory of B. Jeanne Williams, another founding member of the chapter?  As we ramp up our level of scholarships after a challenging year, anticipate an announcement requesting applications for this scholarship.

    Did you know that in 2003, AFP WPA joined with the Pittsburgh Planned Giving Council to sponsor back-to-back conferences which turned into cosponsoring one conference.  Look for an announcement soon regarding the 2021 Virtual Emerging Philanthropy Conference.

    Lastly, did you know that the continued success of our Western PA Chapter lies in the ability for our members to give of their time, talent, and energy?  If you can lend a hand, help us to celebrate our 40th year by joining a committee!

    Hats off to us turning “fabulous 40!”

  • Ten Star Chapter

    Every year, AFP, the largest association of professional fundraisers in the world, honors chapters for achieving goals that align with key objectives in its long-range strategic plan. Chapters receive the Ten Star Award for performing specific activities designed to increase professionalism within fundraising and public awareness of the importance of philanthropy. Just one-third of all AFP chapters are named Ten Star Chapters, so the Western PA Chapter is one of a select group of chapters to earn this honor.

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Emerging Philanthropy Conference

The Emerging Philanthropy Conference is a yearly conference hosted by AFP Western PA Chapter and the Pittsburgh Planned Giving Council.

EPC 2021 will be a virtual conference held this fall.