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!


Connect to the Power of LinkedIn

Thursday, September 17

11:30  Registration

12:00-1:30 Lunch, Announcements, and Program

Shannopin Country Club

Presented by Lisa Palmieri, Ph. D. and Larry Story

Topics to be covered include:

  • What makes an engaging LinkedIn profile
  • What areas of the profile should you fill out and how to make them sing
  • How to bring your personality to your profile
  • How to describe your professional and (relevant) personal experiences in a meaningful way
  • What employers are looking for
  • How a local nonprofit is utilizing the tool for prospect research and donor recognition


Member Registration ($25 Visa, MasterCard or Discover)

Guest Registration ($40 Visa, MasterCard or Discover)

Pay by Check or Free Meeting Registration

2016 Board Application


The Western Pennsylvania Chapter of AFP is recruiting volunteer leaders for the 2016 Board of Directors.  The Chapter is comprised of talented AFP members who plan and implement programs that support the professional growth of our members; and whose support helps to advance the fundraising profession in our region. 

Applications must be received by September 14, 2015.

For details on board responsibilities and to apply, click here.

CFRE Review Course

Thursday, November 5, 2015 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, November 6, 2015 – 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
AFP's revised CFRE Review Course offers development professionals an opportunity to review the main components of a complete fundraising program. It is a two-day intensive program, the purpose of which is to provide an overview of skills techniques, and program components based on fundraising experience at the five-year level.

The course was developed for intermediate-level fundraising professionals who want a quick and comprehensive overview of fundraising principles, at a step above the fundamental level. Its content is organized around the CFRE exam domains: Current and Prospective Donor Research, Securing the Gift, Relationship Building, Volunteer Involvement, Management, and Accountability. Participants engage in fundraising problem-solving with top-notch professionals and network with fundraising peers.

The AFP CFRE Review Course consists of an introductory module and nine content modules. Each module contains content, questions for discussion, activities and other ideas and suggestions for engaging participants in reviewing the material.

The course will be held at The Bradley Center conveniently located minutes from hotel accommodations, downtown Pittsburgh, and the Pittsburgh International Airport.

$375 AFP members  (credit card registration)


National Philanthropy Day 2011 Logo

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Senator John Heinz History Center


Ten outstanding individuals and organizations from our region have been selected to receive 2015 National Philanthropy Day Awards ® from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Western Pennsylvania Chapter (AFP-WPA) in recognition of their extraordinary efforts on behalf of countless individuals and the community as a whole. 

The awards will be presented at the 2015 National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) celebration and awards event on November 12, 2015. The presentation is open to the public and will take place at the Senator John Heinz History Center.

2015 Awardees

Bruce Bickel, Special Lifetime Achievement Award

Michele and Pat Atkins, Outstanding Philanthropists 

For the Love of All Animals, Outstanding Youth

George and Kathleen White, Special Posthumous Award

Pirates Charities, Outstanding Philanthropic Organization

Jay Carson, Outstanding Fundraising Executive 

Sheila Fine, Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser



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.