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!



Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Fairmont Hotel 

Nomination are open from April 27-June 2, 2017


Outstanding individuals and organizations from our region will be selected to receive 2017 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.

Please plan to join us as we celebrate the region’s individuals, nonprofits, volunteers, businesses, and fundraising professionals whose philanthropic contributions are the foundation of our community.  On November 15, 2017, business executives, philanthropists, professional fundraisers, volunteers and many others will gather to celebrate the National Philanthropy Day® in Pittsburgh.  This event offers community wide visibility and public recognition of individuals, companies, and foundations committed to philanthropy.  Through their passion, dedication, and leadership, these outstanding leaders are improving the quality life in our region, and are making the world a better place for all.

Questions?  Interested in Volunteering?


Pittsburgh Pirate Game



Friday, July 14, 2017 - 7:05pm - 10:30pm

Join your fellow fundraisers and their families for a night at PNC Park
as the Pirates take on the Cardinals.
AFP WPA President, Jill Simmons
will be singing the National Anthem!


Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 11:30am - 1:30pm

Shannopin Country Club

Join us for an interactive program with facilitator Jay Frey ―a fundraiser with 40 years of experience in organizations of various sizes and missions.

Jay will give a brief overview of fundraising ethics and then attendees will work in small groups to review an ethical dilemma as presented in a real-world scenario. Each group will receive a different scenario to work on. Each group will discuss the situation, develop the most ethical solution, and then present their conclusion to other attendees.

Jay will address attendees’ questions and foster discussion around each group’s scenario and conclusion. The session will end with a brief discussion on contingency fundraising as a current issue in terms of ethics and fundraising. 

We would like to invite our members to participate by sharing their ethics questions, dilemmas or real world scenarios for consideration.  If you have an issue or topic you’d like to share, please email to Aoife ( or Adele ( ) no later than end of business on May 26.  


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At the recent International Fundraising Conference in Boston, Lisa Chmiola, CFRE and Josh Hirsch held a session on social media. And people had questions. A LOT of questions. So Lisa and Josh answered them all. Read on for everything you always wanted to know about managing social media, potential hashtags, Facebook, Pinterest and much more