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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

April 12 - from 11:30 am - AFP Bluegrass Day at the Races, Keeneland Racecourse Phoenix Room, 4201 Versailles Road, Lexington

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


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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 >
Mar 13 - Planned Giving Officer
The grant-funded position of Planned Giving Officer will advance the College's bequest and life-income gift programs by qualifying, cultivating, and stewarding bequest and life-income gift prospects/donors, primarily through face-to-face visits and personal correspondence. The Planned Giving Officer will also promote endowed fund and Berea Fund gifts as appropriate. ... more >
Mar 21 - Calling All Artists, Poets and Photographers!
AFP members everywhere are invited to submit their art and poetry to exhibit at the Diversity Art Showcase at the 54th International Conference on Fundraising, April 30- May 2, 2017, in San Francisco, Ca. ... more >
Mar 21 - AFP Member Spotlight: Susan Earl Hosbach, CFRE
She’s been in fundraising for 25 years, an AFP volunteer for 23 and a recipient of our Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Leadership. AFP talks with Susan about her career arc (starting out in sports broadcasting!) and working in smaller shops where one has to do it all. ... more >
Mar 17 - AFP Statement on President Trump’s 2018 Budget Blueprint
The Association of Fundraising Professionals, the largest community of charities and fundraisers in the world, has released the following statement from its Interim President and CEO Jason Lee regarding the release of President Trump’s 2018 budget blueprint. ... more >
Mar 15 - Fundraising Professionals Name Dr. Claire Routley as 2017 Emerging Scholar of the Year
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has selected Dr. Claire Routley, research fellow at the University of Plymouth and one of the UK’s leading experts on legacy giving, as its 2017 Emerging Scholar Award. ... more >
Mar 15 - Giving 3.0: Embracing the New Diversity in 21st Century Philanthropy
(Mar. 15, 2017) AFP sits down with this year’s diversity speaker at the AFP International Fundraising Conference, Dr. Jackie Copeland-Carson, and discusses with her how much progress the sector has made in the areas of diversity and inclusion. ... more >