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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

Upcoming Events

May 17 - 11:45 am-1:00 pm - Monthly Programming - Malone's Prime Events (formerly Sal's) Lansdowne Shopping Center, 3373 Tates Creek Road

June 16 - 2017 AFP Statewide Conference with Keynote Speakers - Peggy Noe Stevens and Janine Lee, Lexington Civic Center, Downtown Lexington

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Apr 10 - Executive Director - Lexington, KY
This highly visible role leads and directs volunteers and employees in the Bluegrass Area chapter to ensure the American Red Cross goals and mission are achieved. Reporting to the Regional Chief Operating Officer, you will promote an inclusive, team-based culture centered on leading and empowering volunteers. As the face of the Red Cross, this role also cultivates and manages select donors. In addition to enhancing community presence through key media and community partner relationships, you will steward the local board of directors. The population served in the assigned Chapter will be at or over 1M. ... more >
Apr 9 - Development Director
Development Director responsible for planning, organizing, and directing fundraising, marketing, special events, grants, in-kind resources and donor engagement. Contact ... more >
Apr 9 - Philanthropy Officer (major gifts)
Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) seeks a dynamic and results-oriented individual as a Philanthropy Officer to work as a Major Gifts team member; managing a portfolio of 125 donors/prospects; participating in all aspects of a close-knit team culture. The position will be located in Lexington, KY, traveling 20 to 23 weeks per year out-of-state. ... more >
Mar 16 - Major Gifts Officer
The Major Gift Officer will be an energetic, gregarious and passionate fundraising professional responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, securing and stewarding major gifts for Life Adventure Center’s innovative and life-changing outdoor programs. Operating within a “small shop” advancement team, the ideal candidate will work closely with and report to the Executive Director. He/she will have experience identifying and building long term relationships with donors and community partners. He/she will possess a proven track record in identifying, cultivating, soliciting and closing four to six figure gifts. He/she will exhibit a passion for the impact outdoor adventure programming can have on at-risk kids, veterans and adults recovering from trauma. This new position represents an opportunity to “make your mark” within a burgeoning development effort. More importantly, it represents an opportunity to profoundly impact our clients’ lives by supporting unique, cutting-edge, evidence-based experiential educational camps & retreats for disadvantaged populations! ... more >
Mar 13 - Donor Communications Assistant
Reporting to the Director of Donor Relations and Communications, this grant-funded position creates multi-channel messaging that supports the planned giving and annual fund programs at Berea College. A member of the Donor Relations and Communications team, s/he provides creative services and content support as needed, including appeals, advertisements, donor reports, acknowledgements, case statements, and foundation proposals as required. Collaborates with Marketing and Communications staff to develop creative content and marketing concepts within strategic, thematic, and branding frameworks. ... more >
Apr 26 - Earth Day and Environmental Fundraising
With Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, AFP is looking at the state of environment fundraising and advocacy. Part I here looks at American organizations, and Part II will look at environmental organizations around the world. ... more >
Apr 26 - Trump Administration Releases Broad Tax Plan
On April 26, 2017,the White House today released a broad one-page outline of its plan to overhaul the tax code, addressing a few key areas while generally remaining light on details. ... more >
Apr 26 - Nationwide and the Nationwide Foundation Named Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation
Nationwide and the Nationwide Foundation Named Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation ... more >
Apr 19 - Donors 3.0 — “Show Me The … Diversity?”
(Apr. 19, 2017) Being an inclusive organization is another measure to include in your donor stewardship report. Zaina-Sophie Salibi argues for a pro-active approach to becoming savvy in both the theory and practice of diversity and inclusion. ... more >
Apr 19 - AFP Banff Compass 2017, May 8-11
This year's theme for AFP Banff Compass is "Inspiring Your Future; Leading Through Transition." It's an intimate, affordable conference in a must-visit location. Read on for more information! ... more >