The Association of Fundraising Professionals - Greater Madison Chapter funds educational scholarships to encourage participation in professional education courses and to help individuals serving nonprofit organizations develop their knowledge and skill in fundraising. All members, regardless of level of experience, are eligible to apply for these scholarships. In addition, many scholarships are open to non-members of the organization.

Please note that AFP Greater Madison hosts seminars and roundtable discussions on a regular basis. These events range from $10-$20. Each event's registration includes the option to "scholarship" your attendance if the cost is a barrier. You do not need to complete a scholarship application for those opportunities. Check out our events page here.

Available Scholarships

Membership Scholarship

Description: To advance our philanthropy profession and help grow chapter membership, we offer membership scholarships to qualified individuals to help members join and remain in AFP. Chapter is pleased to open this opportunity up to active and lapsed members as well as new members. Scholarship Awards are a reimbursement – awardee must submit their membership application and
payment to AFP and submit locally for repayment. 
Application Periods: January 1-March 31, April 1 – June 30, July 1 – September 30, October 1 –December 31
Scholarship Levels: 50% - 100% of annual membership dues


AFP GM members at ICON 2018

Annual AFP International Conference (ICON) 

Description: Scholarships to AFP members to attend the AFP International Fundraising Conference (ICON). AFP ICON 2023 will be held in New Orleans April 16-18, 2023. 

Application Periods: October 1 – November 30 annually
Scholarship Levels: $1,000 stipends available

To read more about the conference schedule, visit them online at


CFRE Certification

Description: Open to Members of AFP of Greater Madison who meet the CFRE criteria and will be taking their initial CFRE exam before December 31, 2023.
Application Periods: January 1-March 31, April 1 – June 30, July 1 – September 30, October 1 –December 31
Scholarship Levels: 50% of 2023 CFRE application and admin fee costs ($375)


Boris Frank

Boris Frank "Emerging Leaders" Scholar
Honoring a founding member

Deadline to Apply: Annually by December 15

Description: We celebrate and honor the memory of Boris Frank's longstanding and impactful fundraising career, along with his dedication to mentoring new generations in our profession. Boris was an original member of our Greater Madison AFP Chapter. Each year an Emerging Leader Scholar is named in his honor. 

To be eligible for this scholarship, an individual will be interested in furthering their professional development in partnership with AFP and AFP Greater Madison. Boris’s focus was to ensure that everyone had access to learning how to become an ethical and community centered fundraiser. All current and potential AFP Members are encouraged to apply.

The Scholar will receive the following benefits:

  • 1-year paid membership with AFP Global and AFP Greater Madison

  • Complimentary registration to four AFP Greater Madison programs of their choice

  • 1 Ticket to Fundraising Day Wisconsin

  • 1 Ticket to National Philanthropy Day

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Professional Development Scholarship

Description: AFP Greater Madison members are welcome to apply for support for professional development opportunities throughout the year, such as conferences, certifications, and educational opportunities. 
Application Periods: January 1-March 31, April 1 – June 30, July 1 – September 30, October 1 –December 31
Scholarship Levels: Range is dependent on available funds.

General Rules For All Scholarships

  • Scholarship recipients must reside or work in the Greater Madison area.
  • A recipient is only eligible for one scholarship each year. If awarded a scholarship, you must wait until the next calendar year to apply for a scholarship.
  • Scholarship recipient is responsible for any additional fees or expenses outside of the awarded scholarship including fees incurred from making changes to their reservations.
  • Scholarships are nontransferable.
  • Scholarship recipient agrees that if they do not attend the opportunity for which they’ve received a scholarship, scholarship recipient will reimburse AFP Greater Madison the full amount of the scholarship funds they or any organization received.

Requirement After Award:

  • Write and submit an article of 500 words for publication in the chapter’s newsletter about your experience. *If writing is not your strong suit, you may opt to share your experience verbally at an event or through a video recording.

Scholarship Payment/Reimbursement:

  • Once you are notified that you have received a scholarship, it is your responsibility to pay for and complete any registration, hotel reservations and advance purchase of tickets.
  • You will receive a check for your scholarship based on your application and the approved scholarship amount. Please allow 2 weeks before a check is issued. The check will be written to you as an individual.
  •  You may use the scholarship funds toward registration/course fees, travel, or lodging unless specifically outlined in your award letter.

How to Apply:

  • Fill out the required online form
  • Please note that other attachments may be requested (letter/s of reference, resume) and will be noted on the online form.
  • Application and all attachments are reviewed according to the deadlines listed below.  

 If you need to inquire about a scholarship application or have questions, please reach out to Angela Davis or Beth Larson, Chapter Scholarship Co-Chairs.