Get Involved

Maximize your AFP Greater Madison experience and become active in the chapter! We offer a variety of ways for you to deepen your involvement,  including serving on a committee or the board, assisting with events, supporting the BE the CAUSE campaign, or asking your business to sponsor a program.


The heart of AFP Greater Madison’s work is done through committees. Joining a committee is a great way to meet your peers, network and enhance your leadership skills. With your voice at the table, there’s so much more we can achieve. There are many ways to get involved, with flexible time commitments. 

AFP Greater Madison 2020 Leadership


Board of Directors

Active chapter members who establish the organization’s long-term strategy and objectives, and guide our programs and activities; traditionally, members of the board are nominated after service on a committee.
President: Janie Winston
President-Elect: Sarah Linn
Treasurer: Caitlin Behncke
Secretary: Halley Pucker

Are you interested in serving AFP Greater Madison through board service? The Chapter is currently accepting applications to serve as a member of the AFP Greater Madison Board of Directors for terms beginning in January 2021. Chapter Board members are charged with facilitating and monitoring chapter activities. The board structure consists of committee co-chairs for nine committees. 

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After the application process, candidates will be reviewed by the Executive Committee and a board slate will be presented to the Chapter membership at the Annual Meeting in December. All members (membership is required) are welcome to apply to serve on the Board of Directors.

For more information or questions about serving on the AFP Greater Madison Board of Directors, contact Jen Davie, Past President.

Participation in any committee below does not require an AFP membership.



Promotes communications within our chapter (e.g., newsletter and website) and with the larger community (via media relations and partnership opportunities).
Co-Chairs: Marissa DeGroot and Jen Davie

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Fosters diversity within our chapter’s membership, and promotes awareness of diversity issues and other initiatives.
Chair: Julia O'Donnell

Fundraising Day Wisconsin

Plans and conducts the annual Fundraising Day Wisconsin conference in partnership with the Southeastern Wisconsin chapter.
Chair: Mary Donahue


Welcomes new members with personal contact and breakfast gatherings, provides information to interested prospective members, and works to recruit new members.
Co-chairs: Tracy Phillippi and Jake Immel

National Philanthropy Day

Plans and conducts the National Philanthropy Day awards luncheon, our major annual special event that celebrates and honors outstanding contributions to philanthropy in our community.
Co-chairs: Arlen Moss and Halley Pucker

Professional Development

Provides educational opportunities for members to enrich their skills and add to their knowledge base.
Co-chairs: Mindy Petersen and David Mossner


Plans and delivers our chapter’s recurring educational programs, including Educational Series meetings and web conferences.
Co-chair: Kristi Shepard and Julie Ehrke


Promotes the availability of scholarships to support members’ participation in professional development programs, and reviews and acts on member applications for scholarships.
Chair: Courtney Polster, Ph.D, CFRE

Young Professional/Youth in Philanthropy

Plans and promotes professional development and networking opportunities for young professionals.
Co-chairs:  Anna January and Ash Collins


Each year, AFP Greater Madison raises money to support AFP Foundation for Philanthropy’s BE the CAUSE campaign. The funds used from this campaign support scholarships, diversity initiatives and industry research, locally and internationally. 

A portion of the funds raised by AFP Greater Madison stay with our chapter. Each year, we commit these dollars to our local scholarship efforts. We offer scholarship to a wide variety of programs and workshops to help our members develop the skills they need to be successful fundraisers and leaders. 

We’re proud to have 100% participation from the AFP Greater Madison Board of Directors to support this campaign. In 2017, our chapter provided more than $7,000 in scholarships, which was partially funded by proceeds from this campaign.

Please join us in supporting BE the CAUSE by making your gift to the AFP Foundation.


Sponsoring an AFP Greater Madison program is a great way for companies and organizations to connect with southcentral Wisconsin’s robust nonprofit community. Your support is not only an investment in innovative high-quality professional development, but it also helps us keep registration fees low and provide scholarships for the nonprofits we serve.

If you would like to learn more about sponsoring one of the programs below, please send us a message

  • National Philanthropy Day 
  • Fundraising Day Wisconsin
  • Educational Series Lunch or Breakfast
Volunteers taking sponsorship applications at AFP conference.

"My membership in and service to AFP has been one of the highlights of my career as a CPA who works with nonprofit organizations on a daily basis. It has given me a greater perspective and depth of understanding the challenges that fundraisers face. AFP has so enhanced my professional and personal life as I have made great friends and now have the pleasure of working with many of them as clients.”

Kirsten Houghton, SVA
Kirsten Houghton,
SVA Certified Public Accountants