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!



AFP Share! Using Social Media & Email Solicitations

Thursday, August 13, 2015

8:30am - 11:30am

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School

1504 Woodcrest Avenue

Coraopolis, PA 15108


Have you spent time wondering what other organizations do to raise money, special events, major gifts, grants, etc and what really works? Have you asked yourself how can I be more successful in my development role? What is AFP all about? You can have these questions and more answered. AFP is launching a new initiative to reach out to both non-members and members to participate, at no cost, to 4 annual sharing sessions. For each date listed, there will be a specific discussion topic and an AFP member present to lead the group.
Each site has graciously agreed to provide free meeting space, a continental breakfast and free parking. 

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 30, 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


You are invited to nominate individuals and organizations who make outstanding philanthropic contributions to our region. National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) is a special day set aside to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy-and those people active in the philanthropic community-to the enrichment of our world. It is a day to reflect on the meaning of giving and all that it has made possible.

Individuals and organizations throughout our region are encouraged to submit nominations in one of six categories: individual philanthropists, volunteers, corporations/businesses/organizations, community/family foundations, youth and professional fundraisers.



New Rules for Engaging Corporate Sponsors with Barbara Harrington

Barbara Harrington, founder of Sponsorship Plus, has created and implemented ethical sponsorship programs for scores of nonprofit clients – large and small -- in markets across the country. Clients often credit her Educated Sponsorship Pitch (ESP) model as the key to aligning real-world solutions for sustainable success.



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.