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!


Whoop it up with Whoopi Goldberg at

AFP’s National Fundraising Conference in Baltimore

Early bird registration ends Oct 31st for the Fundraising Conference in Baltimore, March 29-31.

To register please go to:  afpfc.com


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 2014 – 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. The more Association members who take advantage of the program, the deeper the discount—up to 20 percent!

“LR’s goal is to support the professional advancement of AFP-WNC members who want to build their skills and knowledge and take their careers to the next level,” said Dr. Paul Knott, Director of Lenoir-Rhyne’s Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville. “This is a tremendous opportunity for AFP members, their employers and the university. This program makes our already competitively-priced graduate programs, even more affordable.”

As part of this benefit program, LR will waive its application fee. The University also offers an alternative to standard admissions tests (like the GRE, GMAT or MAT) if the prospective student can demonstrate readiness for graduate studies through a professional letter of recommendation.

At this time, Lenoir-Rhyne offers 22 graduate programs across three campuses (Asheville, Columbia, SC and Hickory)—and that number continues to grow to meet the needs of its communities. In Asheville, ten Master’s programs are offered through the Center for Graduate Studies located at 36 Montford Avenue, just off I-240 and minutes from downtown. In addition, four other fully online programs are eligible for this discount arrangement.

The Asheville graduate offerings include programs in Business Administration, Community College Administration, Counseling, Dietetic Internship, Public Health, Religious Studies, Sustainability Studies, Teaching and Writing. Additional online programs include Human Services, Language Development & Learning, Leadership (including a nonprofit track!), Nursing and Online Teaching and Instructional Design.

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.

Fellow employees where you work could be eligible for this discount as well. Contact Paul Knott at 828.407.4269 or paul.knott@lr.edu for more information.


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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