AFP Greater Madison offers scholarships to any current chapter member. With these scholarships, we aim to ensure professional development opportunities are accessible to all members of our fundraising community. In 2019, AFP Greater Madison provided more than $12,500 in scholarships to 17 local members. We encourage you to apply for one of the opportunities below.

Applications for current scholarship opportunities can be downloaded via the links below.  To apply, please complete and submit your application to  by the application deadline as indicated per opportunity.

Boris Frank

Boris Frank "Emerging Leaders" Scholarships
Honoring a founding member

Date: Open Opportunity
Deadline to Apply: Ongoing
Description: We celebrate Boris Frank's longstanding and impactful fundraising career, along with his dedication to mentoring new generations in our profession. As an original member of our Greater Madison AFP Chapter, scholarships for emerging fundraisers are named in his honor. Beginning in 2020, opportunities will be available for members of our AFP chapter (including collegiate members) interested in attending specialty conferences or trainings, including those focused on diversity and inclusion, which fall outside our annual educational offerings. For more information, please contact Courtney Polster, Ph.D., CFRE, scholarship chair at

Application Form


AFP GM members at ICON 2018

57th Annual AFP International Conference on Fundraising

Date: March 29-31, 2020
Deadline to Apply: Deadline announced in fall 2020 for the 2021 scholarships.
Scholarships Available: 1 chamberlain scholar (first time attendees), 3 chapter scholars (open to all)
Description: Baltimore, Maryland - Charm City - awaits with more than 100 sector-shifting sessions covering the most important topics in fundraising and countless ways to grow your network.

Don't miss out, register today and join the 3,500 strong at AFP ICON!

Chamberlain Scholarship Application (first-time attendee)
Greater Madison Chapter Scholar Application (repeat or first-time attendee)


UW Fundraising & Development Conference

Conference Update: With regret we are informing you that the 2020 Fundraising and Development for Nonprofits Conference has been canceled out of concern for the safety of our community due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. This action is consistent with public health guidance to limit non-essential large gatherings. 

Description: Interactive workshops, techniques you can use at work immediately, and peer networking are among the many benefits that help strengthen individuals, teams, and organizations that attend and support this conference.


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2019 Diverse Communities Scholarship
*Scholarships have been awarded for 2019.  Check back for 2020 scholarship applications.

Date: March 31-April 2, 2019
Application Period: September 1-October 31, 2018
Scholarships Available: Three for $1,500
Description: AFP International is offering a scholarship to each of the currently identified AFP diverse communities - General Diversity Scholarship Fund;  Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Scholarship Fund; African-American Diversity Scholarship Fund - to attend the 2019 International Conference on Fundraising.
Apply directly to AFP International. Learn more here. 


Fundraising Day Wisconsin
Deadline to Apply: TBD
Scholarships Available: Four for $160
Description: This educational program is jointly sponsored by the Madison and Southeastern WI AFP Chapters and promises to be a top-notch opportunity to learn from nationally-known presenters and network with area development professionals.


CFRE Certification and Renewal
Deadline to Apply: TBD
Scholarships Available: Certification - two for $700; Renewal - two for $408
Description: Click to learn more about CFRE Certification.
Application Form