Welcome to the Association of Fundraising Professionals

Greater Madison Chapter

Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Madison is an inclusive community of professionals committed to ethical fundraising and philanthropy. Our chapter is the trusted go-to resource for education, networking and professional development opportunities for fundraisers and nonprofit employees in the Madison region, as well as throughout southern Wisconsin.

With valuable tools like workshops, webinars and a job board, we help our 200+ members and hundreds of others build and find satisfaction in their careers — the effects of which extend into the greater community and ultimately contribute to a world of good.

We encourage anyone interested in philanthropy, fundraising and nonprofits to join us for an AFP Greater Madison program or event. 

Learn about how to stay connected to AFP Greater Madison during these times of COVID-19

In Memory of Boris Frank

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Boris Frank. His presence, influence, and spirit will be greatly missed at AFP Greater Madison and in the community. Our sincere condolences to Boris' family. Boris was a founding member of AFP Greater Madison and served our organization in many ways throughout the years. Boris' obituary may be found here. We encourage you to share a message with his family. A celebration of life will be announced for a date in the near future.

A message from Sarah Linn, AFP Greater Madison Chapter President:

My first experience meeting Boris Frank will probably sound familiar to many in our community. He was standing in the front of a classroom, weaving tales of generosity and sharing his thoughts on the best ways to connect donors with causes they are passionate about. I was in a course for beginning fundraisers at the time and Boris was sharing his hard-won wisdom with all of us. Boris’ impact has been felt throughout the Madison community for decades, either through his direct work with the group, his enthusiastic advocacy for a variety of causes, or his generous way of lending an ear and helping you tackle any problem. No matter what obstacle you found in your path, Boris would have an inspiring story ready to share. Through the generations of fundraisers who benefitted from his teaching, Boris’ influence can be felt throughout the nonprofit sector and the community at large.  He will be sorely missed.


The AFP Greater Madison Board of Directors would like to extend our gratitude to the Frank family for requesting memorial gifts go to our chapter’s Boris Frank “Emerging Leaders” Scholarship. As I experienced when I first started out in my nonprofit career, teaching was Boris’ passion and he came alive in the classroom. This scholarship honors his dedication to education by providing support to AFP members (including collegiate members) who are interested in attending specialty conferences or training, including those focused on diversity and inclusion, which fall outside our chapter’s annual educational offerings. Please find more information here.  We’re honored to hold Boris’ memory close by continuing his work in the years to come.

In Support of Justice

AFP Greater Madison supports those seeking to build a better future for all in our communities and holds zero tolerance for the racist actions taking place. Now, more than ever, we are here to listen, learn, connect, and support.

AFP Greater Madison is not just a professional organization for fundraisers. We are a community of those who advocate for the causes we believe in and lift each other in difficult times. We acknowledge that philanthropy is a structure that does not exist in a vacuum, it too is part of the fabric of our community.
Read the full statement of support from AFP Greater Madison Chapter President

The AFP Greater Madison Board of Directors signed on to support an open letter in Tone Madison on behalf of Madison-based non-profit, Freedom Inc. Specifically, the AFP Greater Madison Board of Directors believes:

  • NGOs should not be penalized for advocating for their clients. Freedom, Inc. is a Black and Southeast Asian non-profit organization that works with low- to no-income communities of color. Their mission is to achieve social justice through coupling direct services with leadership development and community organizing that bring about social, political, cultural, and economic change resulting in the end of violence against women, gender-non-conforming and transgender folks, and children within communities of color.
  • Non-profit processionals provide essential services to our community and their compensation should align with the skills and value they bring to their organization, just as any other workplace. According to Charity Navigator, the disclosed salary of Executive Director M Adams aligns with the average CEO Salary for Human and Civil Rights organizations in the Midwest with comparable budgets as Freedom, Inc.

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