As a member of AFP – Greater Cleveland Chapter, you are eligible to receive educational scholarships and awards to assist in your professional development, to enhance your fundraising skills, and to serve your organization with increased commitment to our profession.

CLICK HERE for general scholarship criteria.

AFP Membership

Deadline: September 30, 2021
Award: It is our goal to help as many people as possible through September 30.  AFP Global is providing up to eight (8) full membership scholarships. After the deadline, additional scholarship awards will be provided that cover 50% of the total costs for international and local fees.

Chamberlain Scholarship for AFP International 2021 Conference

Deadline for application: October 31, 2021
Award: The AFP foundation offers every AFP chapter in accord for one Chamberlain Scholarship, which covers the recipient’s conference registration, minus a $10 processing fee, to the AFP International Conference on Fundraising

Founder’s Scholarship for AFP International Conference

Deadline: October 31, 2021
Award: Up to two (2) scholarships awarded in the amount of $800 towards registration and travel expenses.

“Next Gen” Scholarship for AFP International Conference

Deadline: October 31, 2021
Award: One (1) scholarship awarded in the amount of $1000.

Local Training Opportunities 

Deadline: 30 days before the conference date
Award: Up to 50% for local conferences hosted by the chapter.

Monthly Professional Development Programs

Deadline: 30 days before the program date
Award: Up to a $15 scholarship to cover monthly program costs.

Chapter Events/Meetings

Deadline: 30 days before the program date
Award: Up to 50% of the event fee.

Extended Professional Development Training

Deadline: Rolling
Award: Scholarships will be awarded for the CFRE Review Course, the CFRE Exam, or the CFRE renewal in the amount of $250 each.

Since the pandemic and the reality of remote work has dominated our lives, I have had the opportunity to access some great professional development opportunities. AFP Lead is no exception.

Two years ago, I had the opportunity to attend AFP Lead in person, and I was blown away by the content and real life application. The virtual AFP Lead did not disappoint. I was so inspired by our opening and closing session speakers, Edgar Villanueva and José Andrés, as they spoke of philanthropy and the importance of uplifting the community, not as saviors, but as partners. "The Intersection Between Mental Health and Work Culture" session facilitated by Ian Adair of the Gracepoint Foundation resonated with me in a major way. The changing landscape of the American workforce and the blending of our work life and our personal lives has made me more diligent in protecting my mental health. Ian reminded me that mental health should remain a number one priority.

The highlight of the conference was "Find Your Fire to Lead" session facilitated by Terri Broussard Williams. I always benefit from life application and activities that allow me to strategize putting principles into action. She had such great energy, and I definitely found my "fire to lead". 

I encourage all AFPGC members to take advantage of the scholarships our chapter offers and attend as many professional development opportunities you can. Your future self will thank you.

Jessica Ford, Major Gifts Officer
Oberlin College & Conservatory

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I am so grateful to the AFP Board for the Chamberlain Scholar Award, which enabled me to attend the AFP International Conference.

It was so great to meet and network with those in our profession from all over the world. I now have new friends in Australia, the UK, and Canada! Not to mention others from around the States.

It’s so easy to get bogged down and distracted by “other” non-fundraising tasks in our jobs, as well as pressures to meet metrics, manage office politics, etc. During my time at the AFPI Conference, I was able to open my mind and look at my role critically, creatively, and left feeling truly re-energized and excited about what we do.

Great ideas were exchanged and it was fascinating to see how fundraising works and breaks barriers outside of Cleveland and outside of healthcare. I learned so much and appreciated that there is always more to be learned and applied from other industries (i.e. marketing research, social theory and the private sector) in order to do our jobs and meet our donor’s needs more effectively.

It was a true privilege to attend; I really did leave more inspired and more connected to the most important parts of our work – the elevation of our missions, and a genuine love for and duty to our donors.

Jessica Malone, Assistant Director of Development, Cleveland Clinic
2016 Chamberlain Scholar Recipient