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The mission of the AFP Greater Austin Chapter is to facilitate ethical and effective philanthropy in Central Texas. The 370 members of the Greater Austin Chapter represent a cross-section of professionals who serve the diverse nonprofit organizations of our community.

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The core purpose of the AFP Greater Austin Chapter is to foster a vibrant philanthropic community through nurturing fundraising professional excellence.

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Integrity, Inclusion, Collaboration, Professionalism, Uncrushable Optimism



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News & Upcoming Events


Thursday, July 28th (7:30 - 9:00) - Williamson County Breakfast 

Annual Campaign - More Than A Christmas Card

The Annual Fund can be more than a Christmas ask. This Williamson County breakfast and session will feature innovative annual fund campaigns and allow members the opportunity to discuss their own programs. Participants will be asked to bring printed materials from their last annual campaign to share. Finally, with the aid of thought leaders and innovative programs from around the nation, roundtable discussions will help you develop your next great idea.


Jennifer Graham, Executive Director, Temple College Foundation

Click HERE for more information and to register.

Scholarship: bbcon Conference for the Philanthropic Community

AFP Austin is pleased to partner with Blackbaud to offer a scholarship to bbcon 2016 held October 26th-28th near Washington, DC. By attending bbcon, you will learn how to optimize our organization’s solutions, stay up-to-date on the latest fundraising trends, and hear from some of the philanthropic sector’s preeminent experts. This scholarship includes registration to the conference and $800 for travel expenses. The deadline to apply is July 31st. 

Click HERE to apply.

Mentorship Program - Applications Open

"Access to a colleague with which to share experiences, bounce ideas off of, celebrate successes and cry over failures bolsters the courage of those new to the profession to commit to a long-term career in development.  Access to the wisdom of colleagues who have “been there” helps others find success. And, it may provide a key strategy to breaking the cycle of turnover to which our profession is plagued.  AFP Austin’s Mentorship program seeks to meet this need.” - Lisa Avra, CFRE

At the June luncheon we discussed the important role that mentorship can play on a fundraiser’s career - both the mentor and the fellow.  Please join us in this journey to help create space for these relationships to begin and flourish. 

Enroll today as a mentor or a fellow - don’t wait!  Applications are due August 1, 2016.

With the mentorship program, you will receive ongoing support regarding topics to discuss and check in’s throughout.

Don’t let this opportunity pass you by! 

Click HERE for more information and to apply.

Friday, August 19th (11:30 - 1:00), Monthly Luncheon

Modern Business Manners & Networking Enrichment for Fundraising Professionals 

Looking for insight and fun ways to polish your modern business manners and professional networking skills? According to research, approximately 85% of job success is based on “soft skills,” while only 15% is based on technical knowledge. For fundraising professionals, soft skills may “make or break” a potential donor’s decision. Effective soft skills will make the biggest impact in your relationship building success. Becoming a savvy networker also offers you the power of stress-free positive interactions. During our session, you’ll gain practical knowledge to help you prepare for key interactions with colleagues and clients. You’ll walk away with a whole new level of soft skill intelligence about:

  • Proper Business Introductions 
  • Mastering a Professional Handshake 
  • Body Language Basics 
  • Conversational Topics 
  • Cell Phone Courtesy 
  • And more!  

Speaker: Sharon Schweitzer, J.D., International Business Etiquette Expert and Best-Selling Author

Click HERE for more information and to register.

2017 Philanthropy Day Nominations

The 2017 Philanthropy Day Award Nominations are NOW OPEN

The annual Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon, hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Austin Chapter (AFP), recognizes outstanding achievements by individuals, corporations, foundations, youth and nonprofit organizations whose contributions of time and/or financial resources have had a significant impact on the quality of life in Central Texas.

Award nominations are open to the community, and will be accepted now through August 31, 2016. You do NOT have to be a current AFP member in order to nominate. 

Collaboration Matters. The strongest nominations reflect support from multiple organizations. Up to two individuals/organizations may submit a nomination, and up to two letters of support may be included with each nomination.

To submit a nomination, please choose one of the following eight awards for which you would like to nominate an individual, couple or organization. For a complete list of the award categories, guidelines and past honorees, please click here

Outstanding Philanthropist Award
Outstanding Philanthropic Large Corporation Award (600 or more local employees)
Outstanding Philanthropic Small or Medium Corporation Award (<600 local employees)
Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation/Organization Award
Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award
Kelly Davidson Memorial Outstanding Philanthropic Youth (includes a $2,500 college scholarship)
Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award
Special Recognition Award (Only AFP members may nominate in this category)

Awards will be presented at the Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at the JW Marriott Austin, located at 110 E 2nd Street.

Click HERE for more information.

Wednesday - Friday, September 21st - 23rd (8:00 - 5:00) - Indiana University Course

Developing Major Gifts

Raise more money by receiving more major gifts. Consistent donors can become major donors when you effectively implement the Eight-Step Major Gifts Management Cycle. Identify and utilize your own communication strengths when meeting with donors to develop major gifts and increase your fundraising success.


Click HERE for more information and to register.


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