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Welcome to AFP Bluegrass

Welcome to the AFP Bluegrass Chapter website! We are committed to supporting development professionals throughout the central Kentucky region. Our chapter has over 100 active members, who serve as development directors, fundraising consultants, grant writers, volunteer fundraisers, foundation executives, and other individuals dedicated to fundraising and philanthropy.

If you are a development professional, a volunteer involved in the philanthropic process, interested in fundraising as a career, or just want to know more about AFP, we welcome you!

AFP Bluegrass Chapter hosts monthly luncheon program meetings normally on the third Wednesday of January, February, March, April, May, June, August, September, and October. Members and guests have the opportunity to network and learn best practices from other skilled nonprofit leaders. Educational opportunities are provided through regular luncheon meetings, National Philanthropy Day, and audio conferences.


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Aug 29 - Grant Development Specialist
West Kentucky Community & Technical College (WKCTC), recognized as a top 10 community college in the nation by The Aspen Institute for three consecutive times and twice as a Finalist with Distinction, invites applications for the position of Grant Development Specialist. WKCTC is a comprehensive community college that provides excellence in teaching and learning, promotes student success, and supports economic development. The Grant Development Specialist is a full-time, contract, staff position to provide assistance in the research and writing of federal, state, local, business and industry, and foundation grant proposals. ... more >
Aug 20 - Major Gift Officer
As one of the nation’s premier humanitarian organizations, the American Red Cross is dedicated to helping people in need throughout the United States and, in association with other Red Cross networks, throughout the world. We depend on the many generous contributions of time, blood, and money from the American public to support our lifesaving services and programs. If you share our passion for helping people, join us in this excellent career opportunity. This mission-critical role serves as the key steward for a rich portfolio of current and prospective philanthropists in support of the American Red Cross. You will be expected to meet annual revenue targets by identifying, engaging, cultivating, and ultimately soliciting major gifts from regional donors, thereby advancing the organizational mission and creating meaningful impact in the lives of both donors and beneficiaries of that mission. Responsibilities: • Implement programs and activities in partnership with chapter Board members and other leadership volunteers to identify, educate, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors at the $2,500 level or higher • Meet or exceed minimum annual fundraising targets $350,000 for the current fiscal year including renewable gifts and new incremental revenue, adjusting as necessary in the event of major domestic disasters • Design and disseminate customized solicitation strategies targeting organizational objectives and donor interests in partnership with cross-departmental teams; maintain up-to-date donor records in region/chapter database following donor contact • Develop and execute ongoing strategies for qualifying suspects and elevating them to prospect status via small cultivation events, research, and community networking; 30% of the portfolio is expected to have been sourced by the MGO • Coordinate identification and solicitation of potential planned giving prospects with the Gift Planning Officer Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced deg ... more >
Jul 29 - Development Officer
Midway University is seeking a Development Officer to identify, cultivate and solicit prospects for major and/or annual gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations or estates. ... more >
Jul 20 - AFP Bluegrass/UK Fall Conference
Philanthropy Across the Bluegrass: Transforming Relationships, Transforming Organizations ... more >
Jul 10 - Manager of Community Philanthropy
Seeking a Manager of Community Philanthropy for the Blue Grass Community Foundation ... more >
Aug 30 - New National Philanthropy Day Supplement from AFP & The Globe and Mail
Once again, The Globe and Mail and the Association of Fundraising Professionals are teaming up to produce a supplement that will kick off the 2015 giving season by recognizing National Philanthropy Day on November 13. Read on to find out how to leverage this marketing with donors and volunteers alike. ... more >
Aug 30 - AFP Foundation for Philanthropy—Canada Announces 2015-2016 Officers
The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy—Canada has announced its roster of 2015-2016 officers and directors under the leadership of chair Leah Eustace, ACFRE. ... more >
Aug 30 - Imagine Canada Releases Paper on Charities as an Economic Sector
A recent paper released by Imagine Canada examines the role of Canada's nonprofit sector from a broad economic view. Jennifer Leddy, LLB provides an overview of key discussion points emphasizing the importance of this type of discussion for all charities. ... more >
Aug 30 - KISS Your Board: How to Inform your Board in Five Minutes or Less!
(Aug. 30, 2015) Mark Bowman shares how Canadian women continue to transform philanthropy through their unique approach to community engagement and connecting with the cause. Read on for tips on effectively stewarding this important group of donors. ... more >
Aug 30 - Mind the Gender Gap: Canadian Women’s Role in Philanthropy
(Aug. 30, 2015) Mark Bowman shares how Canadian women continue to transform philanthropy through their unique approach to community engagement and connecting with the cause. Read on for tips on effectively stewarding this important group of donors. ... more >