Each year our chapter participates in the AFP's BE the CAUSE, an annual fundraising campaign that raises dollars that contribute to the value that AFP delivers to its chapters and its members.

Each and every day, the important work you do makes an impact on philanthropy around the world. Together, we can empower fundraisers, strengthen communities, and transform the way donors give.

Please join us today and make your gift.

Your investment in the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy will help support local, national, and international programs, including:

  • Diversity & Inclusion through the planning phase of the North American expansion of New Faces of Fundraising – a multi-year initiative that began in 2016.
  • Professional Development through professional development grants (formerly scholarships) provide fundraisers and nonprofit leaders with education, training, and leadership development opportunities.
  • Research that increases knowledge of fundraising, philanthropy, and social innovation includes the Growth in Giving Initiative

How Your Gift Made a Difference
Last year, our chapter used gifts raised through the cooperative annual fund for discounts to programs for our members.

Nationally, your gift helped provide…

  • $119,108 in support back to 115 local chapters
  • Professional Development Grants (formerly scholarships)
    $117,445 in awards for the AFP International Fundraising Conference
    - 131 Chamberlain Scholars (first-time conference attendees)
    - 19 Diverse Communities Scholars
    - 11 Collegiate Scholars

    $8,000 in awards for AFP Leadership Academy
    - 8 Leadership Scholars
  • Program and research support
    Inaugural AFP Collegiate Leadership Conference
    - 38 collegiate members and advisors
    Curriculum revision of AFP CFRE review course
    Annual Compensation and Benefits Survey

Donating is quick and easy! Click here for a printable donation form or to donate online.

Become and Alpha Society Member today and your donation will have even more impact! Join the Alpha Society with a contribution beginning at just $10 per month. You can even set-up automatic monthly payments deducted directly from your debit or credit card to make it easier than ever to support BE the CAUSE! Click here for an Alpha Society pledge form.

As an AFP member, you are a leader in demonstrating your commitment to professional education, leadership development, and ethical and effective fundraising practice. When you make a gift to the BE the CAUSE Campaign, you are investing in the future of the fundraising profession and the advancement of philanthropy. You really do make a difference!

Thank you again for all of your help, 
Marlisa Post, AFPGV 2019 BE the CAUSE Chair

Thank you to our 2018 BE the CAUSE Donors!

President's Club ($1,000 - $1,999) Blue Ribbon Donor ($1 - $49)
Mark S. Peterson, CFRE, MBA* Scott C Benjamin
Steven S. Smith, CFRE* Lauren Bevacqua
  Whitney Brice
Gold Ribbon Donor ($250 - $999) Aaron Cantor
Jared Longmore* Lauren Dru Frank
 Gerianne Puskas, CFRE* Taylor Freitas, MA
  Laura T. Garrison
Silver Ribbon Donor ($100 - $249) Melinda Goldberg

Jan August

Susan Gurak
Melanie Lynn Barnas-Simmons* Laura F Hamilton
Lorraine A Clements Becky Lynn Herman, CFRE
Michael Crisona, MS* Carolyn W. Hunt, CFRE, APR
Jeffrey E. Hough* Melissa Joyce-Rosen, MBA
Tracy H Kroft* Charles Levengood
Emily Marullo, CFRE, MPA* Julie L. Murawski
Debra J. Salmon Diana Palotas
Tracy Schleyer, CFRE* Danielle Pierleoni
Bradley C. Schreiber*

Sarah Goldstein Post, CFRE

Krystyna M. Staub*

Andrew Powers

Danielle Swartz*

Jamie Rada

Marianne M. Virgilio, CFRE*

Christyn M. Sanagursky

John C. Williams*

Karen Shaw

Brian Wirth, MS*

Ms. Samantha Sheehan

Gretchen Wood, CFRE

Lesia Telega


Daniel Dean Warren

Bronze Ribbon Donor ($50 - $99)

Pamela White

Holly M. Anderson

Alyssa Whitfield

Jillian Carter  
Kristin E Cook  
Megan DeFranco  
Carol DeMoulin  
 Kristin Eklin  
Joel Elliot  
Jonathan Hoose  
Karen Humbert  
Anne McKenna, CFRE  
Lynn Mulvey  
Carol O'Neal  
Mark J. Pastorella  
Marlisa Post*  
Dawn A.M. Stever, CFRE  


 * Alpha Society donors give to the AFP Foundation by establishing a fixed monthly gift that is transferred directly from a checking account or credit card. Click here for more information about the Alpha Society.