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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

February 28 - 5:30-7:00 pm - AFP "Happy Hour" Social hosted by Mentor Program Committee, Shakespeare and Company, 376 W. Short Street 

March 15 - 11:45 am-1:00 pm -"The Importance of Leadership in Philanthropy" with D. Michael Richey, Vice President of Philanthropy and Chief Philanthropy Officer, University of Kentucky - Malone's Prime Events


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Jan 3 - Gift Planning Officer – Indiana/Kentucky Regions
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. ... more >
Dec 6 - Partnerships and Development Director
The Partnerships and Development Director is charged with developing, communicating, and executing all strategic philanthropic fundraising initiatives for the Kentucky YMCA Youth Association. The Director manages the Annual Campaign, program sponsorship initiatives, major gift solicitations and stewardship, and all donor cultivation and acquisition programs, including the communications and marketing strategies for such. This position also supports the program team through development and fostering of key community partnerships, and direct program support. A significant portion of the job will be devoted to alumni relations, including the locating of program alumni for inclusion in the donor development cycle. ... more >
Feb 22 - Advanced Professional Spotlight: Mike House
We talk with Mike House, president and CEO of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation in Edmonton, Alberta, about his job, the use of acronyms, managing a large staff and the moment he realized he wanted to be a leader and a CEO. ... more >
Feb 21 - AFP Top Ten (Week of February 22, 2017): Demystifying Data, Rage Donations, Donor-Centered Charities & More!
(Feb. 22, 2017) Our weekly round-up of blog posts, articles, videos and other resources to help you keep on top of latest trends and reach your fundraising goals. ... more >
Feb 21 - AFP Position on Repeal of the Johnson Amendment
Discussion about repealing the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits charities from engaging in partisan, electoral politics. AFP stakes out its position, opposing repeal on a number of grounds. ... more >
Feb 21 - Why Are There So Few Male Fundraisers?
Fundraising has been a female-dominated profession for decades. Why is that, and is it going to change any time soon? AFP members provide some ideas and perspective. ... more >