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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.

September 2016 – 2017 Chamberlain Scholarship Application Now Available!

The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and the Association of Fundraising Professionals Western North Carolina Chapter are proud to offer the Chamberlain Scholarship Program for the AFP International Conference on Fundraising. This program is designed to help individuals serving nonprofit organizations develop their knowledge and skills in fundraising.

The 54th AFP International Fundraising Conference will be in San Francisco, CA, April 30–May 2, 2017. The Conference is held each spring and brings more than 4,000 fundraising professionals together to discuss, teach, and learn about new development issues. It offers more than 150 educational sessions designed to serve the development needs of participants from entry level to highly experienced. For more details visit the official 2017 Conference website:

Please click here to download the 2017 Chamberlain Scholarship application form! One applicant from AFP-WNC will be selected to receive the scholarship to attend the Conference. AFP International covers the full registration fee (minus a $10 processing fee) and our chapter will reimburse up to $500 in travel expenses for the scholarship. To qualify for the scholarship, 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. Applications are due by e-mail no later than Monday, October 17, 2016.

For questions feel free to contact the AFP-WNC Scholarship Chair.


September 2016 – AFP-WNC National Philanthropy Day® Awards Announced

The 2016 AFP-WNC NPD Award recipients have been announced! We’ll celebrate their philanthropic accomplishments and Western North Carolina philanthropy on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. To learn who this year’s NPD Award recipients are and more about our NPD Luncheon on November 8, please go to our National Philanthropy Day web page.


August 2016 – AFP Honors National Philanthropy Day® with New Membership Discount

In honor of National Philanthropy Day®, new Professional or Associate members can save $50 until November 30, 2016.

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, and raise your industry profile.

Download the coupon and join AFP-WNC now!


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 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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