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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 communities, provide education and networking opportunities for fundraising professionals and support the fundraising profession both nationally and locally.

The North Alabama Chapter meets on the fourth Thursday of January, February, April, May, August and September from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm at the Ledges Clubhouse, 32 Castle Down Drive, Huntsville, AL.   We also host AFP webinars at the Commercial First Bank’s (Synovus) Conference Room at the same time on the fourth Thursday of March, June, and October. They are located at 626 Clinton Ave W., Suite 200. AFP North AL Chapter does not meet in July or December. In November we host our Philanthropy Day Seminar and Awards luncheon. 

The luncheon meetings feature a wide range of knowledgeable guest speakers who provide mini-workshops on information of value to anyone with nonprofit fundraising responsibility – including executive directors, development directors and staff and board members.   Webinars are presented by nationally recognized leaders in fundraising and nonprofit training.  Webinar attendance is free of charge for AFP members and $27 for nonmembers. These luncheons are sponsored in part by Jay Dryden and Associates. Ask how your first luncheon can be free of charge.

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.

2018 Board of Directors

President: Shannon Drake, Still Serving Veterans, 

President-Elect: Mike Brazier, Ability Plus, 

Past President: Caroline K. Buncick, Development Director, Burritt on the Mountain

Treasurer: Beth Brooks, Executive Director, WEDC Foundation

Secretary: Katie Thurston, Assistant Director of Gifts, UAH

Membership Chair: Wayne Olsen, Fundraising Consultant, Speaker, and Trainer

Mentoring & Diversity Chair:  Jay Hixon, Community Relations Specialist, Thrive Alabama 

Communication Chair: Sarah Otto, Marketing Administrator,


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


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