About Our Chapter

AFP Greater Madison Board of DirectorsAssociation of Fundraising Professionals Greater Madison (AFP Greater Madison) is a thriving chapter serving members and the community each year with a passion for fundraising and philanthropy. Guided by an active board of fundraising professionals and community members, our chapter has more than 30 years of experience offering innovative educational programs that encourage ethical and effective fundraising practices. AFP Greater Madison and our fundraising community thrive when we lift up best practices and learn together. We encourage you to join an upcoming event with our local Chapter. Membership is not required to join our events.

AFP Greater Madison is a local chapter of AFP Global. Membership is managed by AFP Global. When you sign up to be a member of AFP, your membership is two-fold.  You belong to an international network of over 30,000 members, but you also gain membership to your local chapter!

Your Chapter Benefits

  • Local education programs with local speakers
  • Discussion groups with colleagues
  • Networking and engagement through social happy hours and coffee chats
  • Leadership opportunities at the committee and board level
  • Mentoring through our local program

Your IHQ Benefits

  • Online education (AFP Connect, Micro-learning videos, member-exclusive webinars and discounts)
  • International networking and AFP ICON with discounted rates
  • Job board, negotiation workshops through AAUW Work Smart, Profile in AFP360 powered by Korn Ferry Advance
  • Online mentoring

All AFP members have agreed to promote the Donor Bill of Rights and have signed the AFP Code of Ethics.


AFP Greater Madison is a partnership of people and organizations devoted to advancing ethical and effective philanthropy through education, professional development, networking and outreach.

Core Purpose

To advance ethical and effective fundraising.

Core Values

Leadership: Providing the fundraising community with the highest quality of knowledge, information, professional development, networking, and related tools and insights to ensure a successful future. 

Integrity and Credibility: Conducting business according to the highest ethical principles and serving as trustworthy stewards of our resources. 

Service Responsiveness: Understanding that our focus is on service to our members and stakeholders, and that it is provided in a timely and thoughtful manner, open to new ideas, and exceeding expectations. 

Inclusiveness: Embracing diversity in the fundraising community with a commitment to understanding and addressing the shared and unique needs of all members of that community.

Philanthropy: Inspiring the public to embrace philanthropy and its integral role in creating a better community.

Since 2005, our chapter has proudly received the AFP Ten Star Award — an honor achieved by only one-third of all AFP chapters. We were designated a Ten Star Gold chapter from 2014-2020. From 2021-2022 we were designated as Ten Star chapter.

Every year, AFP International — the largest association of professional fundraisers in the world — honors chapters for reaching goals that align with key objectives in its long-range strategic plan. 


The IDEA Champion designation recognizes chapters that have accomplished many of the key objectives outlined in AFP International’s Advancing Diversity initiative. This designation encourages chapters to perform specific activities designed to increase diversity within fundraising, and public awareness of the importance of philanthropy in all cultures.


Diversity in Fundraising 
AFP Greater Madison believes that diversity and inclusion create a strong, vital and unified force for the effective pursuit of an organization’s mission and for achieving philanthropic success. Our chapter seeks a broad representation of experiences, perspectives and cultures to ensure that the best possible thinking, ideas, opportunities and solutions are considered; intentionally creates a respectful and welcoming environment that is open to all; and appreciates the unique contributions of every member of the Greater Madison community.