The Karen M. Gaffney Scholarship for AFP Membership

Deadline for Applications: 2021 scholarships have already been awarded

Karen M. Gaffney, CFRE was a respected colleague and 2012 Clinger Award recipient. She was a strong supporter of AFP Genesee Valley Chapter, serving most recently on the board of directors as treasurer and secretary at the time of her untimely passing in 2013. She was passionate about fundraising, professional development and mentoring fellow development professionals through AFP.

In recognition of her significant contributions and service to the profession and the organization, the scholarship program was named in her honor by the AFPGV Board of Directors.

The purpose of the Karen M. Gaffney Scholarship is to promote and enhance the professional development of fundraising professionals and encourage involvement and membership in the Genesee Valley Chapter of AFP.

The Chapter will consider applications from fundraising professionals who meet the following criteria: 

  • Candidate is employed by a non-profit organization operating within the greater Rochester area served by the AFP Genesee Valley Chapter. 
  • 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. 
  • Willingness to serve on one AFPGV Committee during the awarded year. 

Benefits of scholarship program are valid for ONE year and include the following:  

  1. 75% of a one year membership to AFP 
  2. Admission to a maximum of 4 AFPGV programs throughout the winning scholarship year. (Does not include AFP local or international conference.)