AFP Western Pennsylvania

AFP WPA is the key resource for fundraising and nonprofit professionals in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Membership provides access to educational programs, networking opportunities and access to all of the benefits and services of AFP International. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming program!


Inspiring the True Spirit of the Holidays

WPA AFP Holiday Party 2015 Presents Dr. Jim Withers


Thursday, December 10th


Join your fundraising colleagues for what promises to be the most memorable and impactful holiday party of the season.  Celebrate with the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of AFP at the gorgeous Pittsburgh Golf Club in Squirrel Hill and meet Pittsburgh’s own Dr. Jim Withers, recently recognized as a “2015 Top 10 CNN Hero.”

Be inspired by the man who started Operation Safety Net, one of the nation’s first targeted, full-time programs providing medical care to the unsheltered homeless population.  Serving as Medical Director of the program since its inception, it has grown from a one-person project to a multi-program organization providing medical care, housing, shelters, legal aid and other vital services to the homeless of our city.  He is currently in the running for the 2015 CNN Hero of the Year award.  Learn more about Dr. Withers here:

Tickets are only $10 for AFP members, $15 for guests and include drinks and hors d’oeuvres and are available at: 


Event Details:

4:30 to 5:30 pm: Registration/Socializing

5:30 to 6:00 pm: Dr. Jim Withers speaks and answers questions

6:00 to 7:00 pm:  AFP Business/Socializing

The Pittsburgh Golf Club

5280 Northumberland Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15217


Diversity Fellows Program


The 2016-2017  Diversity Fellows Program will continue to serve as an outreach initiative of the AFPWPA Chapter by providing opportunities for inclusion in the chapter’s membership to minority populations. The Diversity Fellows Program is intended to increase awareness of the mutual benefits of diversity and inclusion for Chapter members, offer guidance to unrepresented fundraising professionals in achieving their career objectives, and provide networking and professional development opportunities to minority fundraising professionals.

Application Deadline--December 18, 2015

Program Overview


Webinar Library

Our chapter has recently acquired webinars from AFP International as a FREE benefit for our members! They are as follows:

  • *NEW* Fundraising Basics
  • *NEW* Incorporating Stories into Your Fundraising Program
  • *NEW* Extreme Social Media Makeover: Nonprofit Edition!
  • *NEW* Getting Your Organization On-board with Fundraising Weaving a Philanthropic Culture
  • Firing Lousy Board Members
  • Development from the Donor's Perspective
  • Major Gifts for Small Shops
  • 6 Figure Fundraising
  • Building Donor Loyalty

You can borrow a webinar for your own education, your team or for fellow colleagues. We would like you to open the viewing to others in your area if possible. If you choose to do so, please let the office know so we can alert our membership. Email or call 412.694.4250 to borrow a webinar.

Chapter News

Message from the President, Helene Conway-Long

I was honored to recently accept the following awards on behalf of our members at the Presidents Council meeting at the AFP International Conference in Baltimore: Ten Star Gold Award and Friends of Diversity Designation for the second consecutive year!  Our Chapter also won the 251-400 member Chapter Grouping category for highest 2014 retention and three-year retention rate.  

Of the 238 chapters in AFP, only 43 chapters received the 2014 Ten Star Gold Award, which is given annually for performing specific activities designed to increase professionalism within fundraising and public awareness of the importance of philanthropy. “I want to congratulate the Western Pennsylvania Chapter, which is playing a key role in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia in promoting ethical and effective fundraising and educating the public about the importance of philanthropy and wise giving,” said Andrew Watt, FInstF, president and CEO of AFP.