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About Our Chapter

AFP of North Alabama is an affiliate chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) which is the professional association of individuals and organizations that generate philanthropic support for a wide variety of charitable institutions. Founded in 1960, AFP advances philanthropy through its more than 30,000 members in 230 chapters throughout the world. 

Alabama is home to four chapters of the AFP:  The Alabama Chapter based in Birmingham, the Central Alabama Chapter based in Montgomery, the Gulf Coast Alabama Chapter based in Mobile and the North Alabama Chapter based in Huntsville.  These AFP Chapters promote philanthropy in their local community, provide education and networking opportunities for fundraising professionals and support the fundraising profession both nationally and locally.

The North Alabama Chapter meets bi-monthly, on the fourth Thursday of the month at 11:30 am - 1:00 pm at the Ledges Clubhouse, 32 Castle Down Drive, Huntsville, AL and hosts regular webinars at The National Children's Advocacy Center which provide training in a variety of fundraising areas.  The luncheon meetings include a wide range of knowledgeable guest speakers who present mini-workshops and presentations on the latest fundraising techniques and methods. For a full listing on 2014 luncheons and seminars, click here.

As one of the newest AFP chapters in Alabama, (founded in 2011), we are focused on providing the best programs and webinars possible and increasing our visibility and membership in the North Alabama area.  AFP provides a strong network of support for its members.  As many fundraising professionals know, they are often alone or among a small minority of staff at their non-profit organizations and having such a network of professional colleagues only a phone call or an email away can be invaluable when dealing with some of the challenges we face.

 2014 Board of Directors

President: Debbie Joyner, CFRE, Fundraising Consultation Services  

Past President:  Gregory Schultz, CFRE                                          

Treasurer: Archie Tucker, A & M University                                     

Secretary: Katie Thurston, Assistant Director of Gifts, UAH                

Membership Chair: Derek Lane, Lane Consulting Group                    

Program Chair: Debbie Joyner, CFRE, Fundraising Consultation Services   

Mentoring & Diversity Chair:  Cheri Wilson, Oakwood University      

Danny Holmes, Executive Director, AGAPE of North Alabama

Keri Klaus, Community Relations, AIDS Action Coalition

Caroline Kelly, Development Director, Burritt on the Mountain

Angela Rawls, Executive Director, Volunteer Lawyers Program of Madison County


Please feel free to contact any of us with any questions!