Supporting Members with Program Scholarships

AFP Greater Austin is pleased to offer program scholarships as part of professional development programming. AFP Greater Austin offers not just an opportunity to learn, but also to network, engage, share ideas, and connect with fundraisers from across the globe. 


Certified Fund Raising Executive Scholarship

Have you ever considered becoming a Certified Fund Raising Executive? Are you planning to test in 2024?  Do you wish you could become CFRE certified but the application costs are too prohibitive? You could be awarded a scholarship to cover the full application cost.

The CFRE is an internationally recognized credential for professional fundraisers who meet specific standards of achievement, skills, and expertise. CFRE symbolizes a commitment to excellence and membership in a community of fundraising leaders. 

Certification requires a successfully completed written application and exam, and a pledge to follow the Association of Fundraising Professional's code of ethics and accountability standards. Applications are judged based on education, professional practice, performance and service.

AFP Austin's CFRE Scholarship for 2024 has been awarded. The application dates for 2025 will be announced soon! 

To learn more, visit the CFRE website for information about the exam, locate preparatory classes, and register to complete an online application.

*If selected for the scholarship the awardee will need to purchase the course or pay for the exam free and then the Austin chapter will send a reimbursement check.  

AFP International Conference on Fundraising (ICON Conference) Scholarship Opportunities 

Want to be part of the community changing our world? Are you looking to build your future alongside the great nonprofits from around the world? Do you have the talent, dedication, and passion to inspire action?

Here is your chance to join your colleagues for the AFP International Fundraising Conference on FundraisingThe conference brings nearly 4,000 fundraising professionals together to discuss important trends and issues related to fundraising and philanthropy, with a focus on fundraising practice and technique. It offers more than 100 educational sessions designed to serve the development needs of participants -- from entry level to seasoned professionals. This is your opportunity to learn and get reinvigorated! 

AFP Austin offers two scholarships for its members to attend the AFP ICON Conference. Both scholarships grant the recipient free registration and reimbursement for travel expenses. 

Scholarship Opportunity #1: Chamberlain Scholarship 

AFP Global grants each AFP Chapter one Chamberlain Scholarship to award each year. AFP Global covers the cost of registration while AFP Austin will reimburse for travel to the conference. This scholarship is only available to members who have never attended an AFP ICON before.

Scholarship Opportunity #2: Chapter ICON Scholarship 

This is another scholarship opportunity for an AFP Austin member to attend the AFP ICON Conference. AFP Austin will cover the cost of registration as well as reimburse for travel to the conference. The only requirements for this scholarship are that you have an active membership with AFP Austin and you have never received this scholarship before. 

AFP ICON Testimonial (2019) 

"When I saw that ICON was going to be held just down the road in San Antonio, I knew I couldn’t miss it, but was concerned about the cost. The scholarship made it possible for me to fully experience the conference. I was amazed at the quality of the presenters, the meaningful conversations with old and new fundraising peers, and connections made. I eagerly planned my conference schedule to attend sessions that were relevant to my professional identity (such as Sarah Nathan and Genevieve Shaker’s “Through the Looking Glass: Articulating Your Identity as a Professional Fundraiser”), topics that would enhance my current duties (John Hicks’ “Nine Ways to Turbocharge your Grantseeking” was a standout), as well as current trends in fundraising, such as new ways to measure fundraising effectiveness (presented by BoardSource’s Andy Davis and Anne Wallestad). I’m eagerly compiling new ideas to share with my colleagues at College Mentors for Kids and will continue the conversations started at ICON with fundraising peers more broadly".

~ Laura Feldman Mishkin, AFP ICON 2019

 NOTE: As a scholarship recipient, volunteerism in AFP is encouraged and you will be required to demonstrate active participation throughout the year.

Learn more about  AFP's New Member and Renewal Member Scholarships.