Leadership Opportunities

Getting involved as a chapter leader is one of the best ways to increase the value of your membership.  Joining a group or committee allows you to network, learn, and improve your leadership skills.

Join a committee. Use the comments area to let us know which committee you'd like to join.

National Philanthropy Day Committee

Help stage the annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon.  Held during National Philanthropy Week, this high profile event is growing every year.  This even provides a unique opportunity to celebrate the role of philanthropy in our community by honoring top individual, corporate, foundation, and planned gift donors.  There is also an award for a fundraising professional. 


Education Committee

This committee coordinates educational sessions for the chapter, including presentations at membership meetings, small groups, webinars and mentoring.  Help us present the best educational workshops for our membership by joining this committee. 


CFRE Committee

The members of this committee plan and implement an annual CFRE study course for chapter members as well as promote the benefits of CFRE certification. 



This committee plans an annual ethics educational event for the entire chapter, as well as promote high ethical standards for fundrasing.


Professional Development Committee

Our Chapter’s Professional Development Series is an extended group education format for chapter members designed to give participants a more in-depth learning experience in core fundraising practices.  Sessions may occur over a series of weeks or months, depending on the subject matter and needs of the group. 


Fundraisers Under 40

This committee engages young professionals to get them more involved and better connected within the fundraising profession.  Currently, the group meets quarterly for one hour to network and build practical skills.  In addition, there are regular social opportunities. 


Racial and Ethnic Diversity Committee

This committee ensures that our chapter represents the broad diversity of ethnic and racial groups in Southeastern Wisconsin.  A chapter that is more representative of the individuals and organizations present in the broader community will better serve all of its members and the organizations they represent.  Members of this committee reach out to people of color who are not yet members, and help the chapter form alliances with sister organizations in order create two-way learning opportunities. 


Youth In Philanthropy Committee

This committee is working on projects that involve high school and college-aged youth in philanthropy. Through a collaboration with our chapter, youth ages 13 to 18 from Lead2Change--a local Milwaukee nonprofit governed by young people--review the nominations received for the chapter’s “Philanthropic Youth of Today” award, which is given during the National Philanthropy Day luncheon each November.  The award recognizes a young person or group of young people who have made a significant difference in Southeastern Wisconsin through philanthropic leadership in the last year. . This committee is also exploring possible new collegiate AFP chapters in the region. 


Member Recruitment and Networking Committee

This committee is involved in the identification/recruitment of potential new members and implementation of networking activities for the membership.  It is also responsible for new member orientation and following up with lapsed members.  If you are a “people person” this is the committee for you!


Public Policy Committee

This is a relatively new committee responsible for informing the membership of and getting their active participation in important policy issues related to philanthropy and fundraising.

Communications Committee

The members of this committee help communicate key messages to the chapter membership and general public via the chapter website, LinkedIn discussion group, blog, Twitter feed and newsletters. 


Every Member Committee

This committee runs an annual campaign to raise money from the membership for local and national scholarships, fundraising research, public policy work, and other activities that have a direct impact on the profession. 


Scholarship Committee

The members of this committee review scholarship and financial aid applications and make recommendations to the board.


Finance Committee

This committee coordinates chapter budgeting to include input from all board members, secures sponsorships to financially support the goals of the chapter, and supervises the annual chapter budgeting process. 


Evaluation Committee

This committee works to produce data reports to assist the board to evaluate the successful achievement of outcomes identified in the chapter’s strategic plan.


Survey Committee

The members of this committee create, distribute and analyze surveys to support the assessment of the strategic plan and the work of the other board committees.