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.


August 2015 – 2016 Chamberlain Scholarship Application Now Available

The Scholarship Committee of AFP-WNC is pleased to announce that we will immediately begin accepting applications for the 2016 Chamberlain Scholarship.

To qualify for this single available scholarship for our chapter, you must be a current AFP-WNC member, spend at least 50% of your job in fundraising, and have never attended an AFP International Conference before. You must also agree to to complete an online evaluation form and make a presentation to your fellow AFP-WNC members about your International Conference experience. The Scholarship covers the full registration fee of the 2016 AFP International Conference to be held March 20–22, 2016, in Boston, minus a $10 processing fee. In addition, our chapter will reimburse the 2016 Scholar up to $500 in travel expenses.

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.

To apply, please download the application form and e-mail the completed application to scholarship@afpwnc.org by 5 p.m., Friday, October 9, 2015. Please note that incomplete and late applications will be disqualified from consideration. If you have any questions, please e-mail the Scholarship Chair.


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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