Scholarships

Scholarships 2019-02-27T08:37:44-04:00

Professional Scholarships

The AFP Greater Cincinnati Chapter promotes the professional development and career advancement of its members through educational programming and by offering a network of professional resources that can help members generate philanthropic support for their organizations.

We recognize that financial constraints can limit educational opportunities for our members. We are proud to help offset the cost through our scholarships.

2017 Fundamentals of Fundraising Scholarship recipient, Dana Grothaus describes the impact this AFP Scholarship had on her career:

I re-entered the workforce in 2015 as a Development Assistant at Holly Hill Child & Family Solutions, a small non-profit in Northern Kentucky.  I was quickly promoted to Development Coordinator when the position opened up, and I was a one-person Development Department for a while.  I didn’t have any prior Development experience.  I read books, blogs, participated in webinars, and in-person trainings.  I wanted to learn everything about Fundraising, but it seemed like everything I was learning was only scratching the surface.  Fundamentals of Fundraising was really the deep dive I was looking for.  The speakers were excellent and they offered so much wisdom and real-world experience.  In the end, I learned a lot, but it also gave me the confidence that I needed.  I didn’t realize how much I already knew, but being at the training really enforced it. I was promoted to Director of Development this past October.

2018 Chamberlain Scholarship recipient, Coral Dill shares about her experience:

I had a wonderful time and came back energized, inspired, and ready to do more to further the work & mission of nonprofits throughout our city.

Five types of scholarship awards are being offered in 2019:

  • The Presidential Membership Scholarships cover a full professional membership to our chapter for a year (up to 5 will be awarded in 2019)
  • Fundamentals of Fundraising Scholarships assist in the tuition cost for the spring and fall sessions of our Fundraising master class (In 2019, two will be awarded)
  • Seeds Scholarship provides $100 towards a Small Organization AFP Membership (up to 5 will be awarded in 2019)
  • Chamberlain Scholarships covers the registration fee and travel to the 2020 AFP International Conference – Typically March/April
  • CFRE Scholarships covers CFRE Refresher Course fee and the exam fee for fundraisers planning to take the CFRE exam in 2019  (up to 5 will be awarded in 2019)
  • YP Scholarships support those who are newer to a career in the development field. (up to 5 will be awarded in 2019)
Application

Presidential Scholarship

(Deadline: March 8, June 12, and Sep 9, 2019)

The Presidential Membership Scholarship pays tribute to the excellent leadership Jim Hudson provided to the Greater Cincinnati Chapter during his 2018 presidency. This gift of appreciation is a meaningful expression of acknowledgement of a job well done and honors Jim’s commitment to professional fundraising and the community. This scholarships award, a one-year AFP Professional Membership, can be awarded immediately.

In awarding this unique scholarship, the Scholarship Committee will look for candidates who have the potential to excel in the fundraising profession. It is a condition of the award of this one-year scholarship that the recipient contributes back to the Greater Cincinnati Chapter as a committee member.

Scholarship selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • Candidate is employed by a non-profit organization operating within the Greater Cincinnati area served by the AFP Greater Cincinnati Chapter or currently seeking employment in the fundraising field
  • Candidate is primarily responsible for fundraising within the nonprofit organization for which he/she is employed
  • Demonstrate a financial need. Strong consideration will be given to individuals employed by organizations whose budgets are constrained and/or the individual would be responsible for paying their own membership dues.
  • Scholarship is open to a new or existing member.  Candidate must want to advance philanthropy by practicing ethical and effective fundraising that changes our community for the better
  • Interpersonal skills and ability to engage with others. Does the candidate exhibit a tendency to proactively and enthusiastically build productive relationships with people?

2019 Presidential Scholarship Recipients: TBD

Fundamentals of Fundraising Scholarship

(Deadline: Mar 8 and June 12, 2019)

Two full scholarships are offered to attend AFP Greater Cincinnati Chapter’s spring or fall session of Fundamentals of Fundraising. This course is a fundraising master class covering various aspects of development. It is designed for newcomers to the field and senior non-profit professionals who want to learn more about fundraising.
Scholarship selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • Must be an AFP Greater Cincinnati Chapter member in good standing
  • The individual’s organization has not received an AFP scholarship for any of its staff members in the past three years
  • The number of scholarships to be given each year will depend on availability of funds and the number of qualified applicants
  • After participating in the Fundamentals of Fundraising Course, scholarship recipients should submit an article to the AFP Greater Cincinnati Chapter newsletter sharing how the course was beneficial to them
  • Scholarship recipient is required to volunteer on an AFP Committee

2019 Spring FoF Scholarship Recipient: TBD
2019 Fall FoF Scholarship Recipient: TBD

Seeds Scholarships

(Deadline: Ongoing application window)

The AFP Chapter Seeds Scholarship provides a $100 scholarship towards a Small Organization AFP membership.  The AFP Greater Cincinnati Chapter is committed to helping small nonprofit organizations get the seed money they need to secure an AFP membership.  This seed money is an investment to help small nonprofits build their fundraising toolbox.  It’s our desire that these fundraising professionals will become long-term members through the kick start funding of a Seeds Scholarship.

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Scholarship selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • Candidate is employed by a small non-profit organization with a budget under $1M operating within the Greater Cincinnati area served by the AFP Greater Cincinnati Chapter
  • Candidate is the person primarily responsible for fundraising within the nonprofit organization for which he/she is employed
  • Demonstrate a financial need. Strong consideration will only be given to individuals employed by small nonprofit organizations whose budgets are constrained.
  • Scholarship is open to a new or lapsed member.Candidate must want to advance philanthropy by practicing ethical and effective fundraising that changes our community for the better.
  • The applicant/nonprofit organization has not been an AFP scholarship recipient in the past three years
  • All scholarship recipients are required to volunteer on an AFP Committee

Five Seeds Scholarships are available each year. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all scholarships have been awarded.

2019 Seeds Scholarship Recipients: TBD 

Chamberlain Scholarship

(Deadline Jun 12, 2019)

The Chamberlain Scholarship program is awarded through the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy, and honors Ralph E. Chamberlain, CFRE. Mr. Chamberlain had a long and distinguished career of service to the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The Chamberlain Scholarship covers the cost of registration for the 2020 AFP International Conference (typically held in March/April) while the matching chapter scholarship provides up to $1,200 for travel and lodging. All recipients must be first-time attendees of the International Conference.

The scholarship recipient is responsible for registering for the Conference. For more information about the International Conference visit www.afpicon.com.

Guidelines:

  • Must be an AFP Greater Cincinnati Chapter member in good standing
  • Candidate must be employed as a fundraising professional or, if candidate is an executive director, a substantial amount of time must be devoted to fundraising
  • Candidate has never attended an AFP or NSFRE international conference on fundraising as a registered participant (unless as a member of the Conference Host Committee)
  • Recipients must agree to submit an article to the AFP Greater Cincinnati Chapter newsletter sharing how the International Conference was beneficial to them
  • All scholarship recipients are required to volunteer on an AFP Committee

2019 Chamberlain Scholarship Recipient: TBD

CFRE Scholarship

(Deadline June 12, 2019)

The AFP Greater Cincinnati Chapter offers up to five scholarships that cover the cost of the CFRE Refresher Course PLUS reimburse recipients for the CFRE exam fee of $700. Applicants must plan to take the exam in the 2019 calendar year.

Guidelines:

  • Must be an AFP Greater Cincinnati Chapter member in good standing and engaged in the practice or study of philanthropy
  • Scholarships will only be available for first-time applicants
  • The applicant has not been an AFP scholarship recipient in the past two years
  • Applicants must submit documentation of registering for and taking the exam
  • The amount and number of scholarships to be given each year will depend on availability of funds and the number of qualified applicants
  • After passing the CFRE exam, the recipient should submit an article to the AFP Greater Cincinnati Chapter newsletter sharing their experience and offer advice to those who are interested in taking the exam
  • All scholarship recipients are required to volunteer on an AFP Committee

2019 CFRE Scholarship Recipients: TBD

Young Professionals Scholarships

(Deadline Sep 9, 2019)

The AFP Young Professional Scholarship supports those who are newer to a career in the development field. Three $100 membership scholarships will be awarded to individuals who are looking to further their professional development, gain knowledge and take part in all that AFP has to offer to its members.

The YP Mission Statement: The YP Committee looks to integrate and develop the voice of all young professionals across the Greater Cincinnati chapter.

The AFP Cincinnati Chapter defines “YP” as someone who is of 40 years of age or younger AND/OR is someone who has less than 7 years of fundraising experience.

Guidelines:

  • Available to AFP Greater Cincinnati Chapter individual members in good standing and engaged in the practice or study of philanthropy looking to renew their membership OR an individual looking to pursue a new membership with AFP Greater Cincinnati Chapter
  • The applicant has not been an AFP scholarship recipient in the past two years
  • This scholarship is limited to young professionals as defined by AFP Cincinnati: Someone who is of 40 years of age or younger AND/OR is someone who has less than 7 years of fundraising experience.
  • All scholarship recipients are required to volunteer on an AFP Committee

2019 Young Professional Scholarship Recipients: TBD

Questions: please email admin@afpcincinnati.org

Application

**Note: The amount and number of scholarships to be given each year will depend on availability of funds and the number of qualified applicants