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.


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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.


 June 2016 – Patti Digh To Be Keynote Speaker at Philanthropy Institute 2016

The 22nd annual AFP-WNC Philanthropy Institute will be held on Wednesday, July 20, 2016,  at Blue Ridge Community College. For more information about this full day of nonprofit fundraising education, please go to our Philanthropy Institute web page. Or register now before prices go up on Friday, July 8.


 June 2016 – AFP-WNC Invites Executive Directors and CEOs to Attend an Evening Workshop with Patti Digh

Philanthropy Institute 2016 keynote speaker Patti Digh will present a workshop on “6 Ways to Tell Your Organization’s Story like a TED Pro” on Tuesday evening, July 19, 2016, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., for those who lead WNC philanthropy.

Leaders are expected to be great speakers, touching the emotions of their audiences and inspiring them to take action in some way. By watching TED talks through the years, we have all been exposed to the rise of storytelling in business as a way to spark interest and achieve business goals. In this evening workshop, WNC nonprofit executives will learn 6 tips for telling their organization’s story—and their leadership story—like a TED speaker.

Space for this workshop is limited, so click here to reserve your seat in the Board Room of the Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville at Lenoir-Rhyne University. If you have any questions about the evening, please contact Laura Jeffords.


June 2016 – John Gile Memorial Scholarship Applications for Philanthropy Institute Are Due June 30

Need financial assistance to attend the 2016 AFP-WNC Philanthropy Institute on July 20? Two John Gile Memorial Scholarships are available to help with the fees. Get more information about the Institute and download a scholarship application.


June 2016 – National Philanthropy Day® Awards – Call for Nominations (Due August 5)

Please go to our National Philanthropy Day web page to learn more and nominate your favorite donor or volunteer to be recognized as an outstanding philanthropist, foundation, business, volunteer fundraiser, fundraising executive, youth fundraiser, or nonprofit health and human service agency manager.


May 2016 – AFP International Offers $50-Off Coupon for New Professional or Associate Memberships

Want to join AFP-WNC but haven’t gotten around to it yet? In honor of AFP’s 56th anniversary, AFP International is offering a $50 discount for new members joining in the Professional and Associate Member categories. To use the coupon, you must join AFP by June 30th.
The benefits of AFP membership are numerous: You can engage with seasoned pros and peers, connect to influential leaders who can enhance your results and help advance your career, expand your toolkit with best practices and new techniques, be mentored by experts, and raise your industry profile. AFP-WNC members can also view missed luncheon programs online via YouTube and participate in our Mentoring Program.

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August 2015 – Lenoir-Rhyne Offers AFP-WNC Discount for Master’s Programs

If you’re a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals–WNC Chapter and you’d like to earn a master’s degree, you’ll get a discount at Lenoir-Rhyne University.

In Asheville, Lenoir-Rhyne offers ten Master’s programs through the Center for Graduate Studies located at 36 Montford Avenue, just off I-240 and minutes from downtown. The Asheville graduate offerings include programs in Business Administration, Community College Administration, Counseling, Nursing, Public Health, Religious Studies, Sustainability Studies, Teaching, and Writing.

Learn More

For information and to learn about eligibility requirements, visit asheville.lr.edu or call 828.407.4270 and ask to speak with Elisa Jacobs, our Enrollment expert, and schedule a one-on-one appointment to explore your grad school options at LR.


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.”


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.


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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