Collegiate Chapter


The Grand Valley State University AFP Collegiate Chapter was formed in 2015 to provide students interested in fundraising, philanthropy and nonprofit management opportunities for career development. Undergraduate and graduate student members have access to International AFP resources and have the ability to participate in networking, academic, leadership and philanthropic experiences to gain knowledge about the nonprofit sector and various facets it entails.

Vision Statement

Involvement in an AFP collegiate chapter will instill in students the rewards of professional fundraising as a career path and motivate them to pursue it as a career after graduation, as well as highlight the critical role philanthropy plays in our society.

Mission Statement

The AFP collegiate chapters allow students to identify a cause to support, learn and apply ethical fundraising principles, and support the cause in which they believe, giving them a solid base of understanding and welcoming them into philanthropic and fundraising communities.

Core Purposes

  • To expose undergraduate and graduate students to fundraising as a profession, the importance of philanthropy and the vital role of ethics in professional practice.
  • Foster development and growth of fundraising professionals committed to preserving and enhancing philanthropy
  • Establish and enforce a code of ethics and professional practices
  • Require member adherence to a professional code of ethical standards and practices
  • Provide training opportunities for fundraising professionals
  • Implement programs that ensure cultural and social diversity in our membership and leadership
  • Collect, research, publish and disseminate historical, managerial and technical information on philanthropy and philanthropic fundraising
  • Promote public understanding of philanthropy and philanthropic fundraising
  • Conduct activities that maintain and develop legislation favorable to philanthropy
  • Enlist, organize and support members to achieve our purposes
  • Foster international cooperation, knowledge exchange and education among fundraising professionals worldwide
  • Use all necessary and proper means to accomplish our purposes
  • Provide a valid and reliable certification program for fundraising professionals

Membership Benefits

  1.  Various resume building opportunities
  2.  Fundraising experience through the Collegiate Chapter’s Philanthropic Project
  3.  Networking events with professionals in the field
  4.  Meet students with similar interests
  5.  Educational seminars and workshops
  6.  Scholarship opportunities
  7.  Opportunity to earn the Certificate in Fundraising
  8.  Access to internships and job shadowing opportunities
  9.  Attendance to professional AFP program meetings
  10.  Leadership experience
  11.  Knowledge of nonprofit management (can be beneficial across may industries, most positions within a nonprofit require some knowledge of fundraising)
  12.  Access to on -line membership directory
  13.  Member discounts for West Michigan Chapter events, the International Conference, First Course in Fundraising, CFRE Review Course, and other AFP programs.

Criteria for Membership

  • Must subscribe to the Association of Fundraising Professionals Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Professional Practice
  • Must be a student and be enrolled in a degree-granting, certificate or diploma program at Grand Valley State University.
  • Part-time graduate students are eligible unless they are working full-time for a nonprofit organization, in which case they are encouraged to join their AFP chapter.
  • Membership Dues: $40.00 (National Chapter Dues; $35.00  Collegiate Chapter Dues; $5.00)

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 Charter Chapter members with AFPWM Chapter Presidet Barbara Hohman at 2015 NPD Luncheon
Charter Chapter members with AFPWM Chapter Presidet Barbara Hohman at 2015 NPD Luncheon