Welcome to AFP-WNC!

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Western North Carolina Chapter (AFP-WNC)  is a nonprofit organization that serves as a resource for all who raise funds in order to better our Western North Carolina community. Whether you are a fundraiser for a large agency or a small neighborhood group, we invite you to join us as a member or as a guest to our monthly activities. An inclusive group of professionals, we volunteer our time to help each other grow and succeed as fundraisers.


Please join us at one of our programs!


Chapter News

The following items are just a few highlights of AFP-WNC’s activities. For more news and announcements, we invite you to explore our Focus on Philanthropy E-News and Monthly Meetings web pages.

May 2014—Nominations Sought for Sauer Charitable Leadership Award by June 20, 2014. Community Foundation of Henderson County is currently accepting nominations for the Richard C. and Vina L. Sauer Charitable Leadership Award. The award is presented each year by the Community Foundation to honor a local philanthropist who makes a difference in our community by giving of their time, talent and treasures. The Sauer Award is the only and most prestigious award presented by the Community Foundation of Henderson County.

Criteria for nominees include: Provides outstanding leadership through personal philanthropic efforts, primarily focusing on personally engaged philanthropy; must be living residents of Henderson County and may not include committees, corporations or organizations. The committee is looking for those who give beyond traditional volunteer hours to those who have made significant contributions toward raising funds for charitable projects, providing leadership to solve community problems or to meet community needs. Nominations are due by June 20, 2014, in the Community Foundation office. As part of the award, the Community Foundation makes a $1,500 grant to the charity of the recipient’s choice. Click here for more information and the nomination form.


April 2014 – Association of Fundraising Professionals – Bylaws

Please review the Standard Bylaws for AFP Chapters and recommended changes for the AFP-Western North Carolina Chapter (for membership vote at the May 21st Monthly Luncheon Meeting).


November 2013—AFP-WNC President Alex Comfort provided background information about western North Carolina philanthropy in the November 20–26, 2013, issue of Mountain Xpress. To read Alex’s quotes in the online version of  “Doing good in WNC,” please click on the article title. This edition of Mountain Xpress was entitled, “Giving, The Nonprofit Issue.”


November 2013—AFP-WNC is proud to announce that Sharon Owen, Fundraising Coordinator for the Sisters of Mercy Urgent Care’s McCauley Mercy Foundation, is the recipient of the 2014 Chamberlain Scholarship and will attend the 51st Association of Fundraising Professionals International Conference starting March 23, 2014, in San Antonio.

The Chamberlain Scholarship program honors Ralph E. Chamberlain, CFRE. Mr. Chamberlain had a long and distinguished career of service to the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), beginning in the 1960s when the organization was formed as the National Society of Fund Raisers (NSFR), through the late 1970s when the name was changed to the National Society of Fund Raising Executives (NSFRE), and until his death in 1999. Mr. Chamberlain’s dedication to the organization we now know as AFP never faltered in his long volunteer career with the Association. Because of his long-time support of the Foundation’s annual fund and generous planned gift, the AFP Board of Directors renamed their Conference Scholar Program in 2000 to honor Mr. Chamberlain’s memory and commitment to the Association.

One AFP-WNC member is selected through an application process every year for this scholarship, which helps AFP members attend the annual International Conference.


October 2013—AFP-WNC Vice President of Programs Annie Fritschner, ACFRE, was featured in the October 16, 2013, AFP eWire – ACFRE Special Edition: The Best of The Best in “The ACFRE 100 Wall.” ACFREs are considered the best of the best in the fundraising profession and, so far, there are only 100 of them. Click on the article link to read one of Annie’s stories about this major accomplishment and see her photo from the 2013 AFP International Conference on Fundraising.


October 2013—AFP-WNC has announced our 2013 National Philanthropy Day Award recipients. For the list of these outstanding western North Carolina philanthropists and a little more information about them and their contributions to our community, please click here.


July 2013 – Our January 2013 meeting panel discussion on “Ethical Considerations When You Leave Your Job” became Summer  2013 Advancing Philanthropy article “Moving On—and Avoiding Ethical Potholes.” To read it, please click here!


Philanthropy Pathfinder

“Joining the Association of Fundraising Professionals has been the single best thing I’ve done since officially becoming a fundraiser in 2008. The monthly programs are wonderful, and the July Philanthropy Institute and November National Philanthropy Day are not to be missed! It is an honor to serve as Co-Chair of Membership.”

–Sharon Owen, Fundraising Coordinator for Sisters of Mercy Urgent Care’s McAuley Mercy Foundation and AFP-WNC Board Member


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