Special Interest Groups


Connect with a smaller community of your peers 


We’ll help you find a group that’s right for you. For more information or to RSVP for our free Special Interest Groups events, go to our Program Calendar. You can sign-up here to receive updates on the groups that interest you.

Courageous Conversations (aka I.D.E.A. SIG)

AFP’s I.D.E.A. (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Access) initiative aims to create a fundraising profession that is not only diverse but also inclusive and equitable. 

We will meet on zoom on the second Thursday of odd months at 9 AM.  Visit the Event Calendar for registration and specific topics for each session.

Emerging Development Leaders

The Emerging Development Leaders group is a place to learn, grow and offer advice. Emerging Development Leaders show an interest in developing themselves and their own capabilities, and also have the ability and interest in developing, mentoring, and supporting others in the profession based on their experiences.

Sessions will focus on topics identified by participants in prior sessions.  The group typically meets on zoom on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 8:30 - 9:30 AM. Visit the Events Calendar for dates and registration details. 

Seasoned Professionals

Are you interested in networking with other seasoned development professionals (10+ years) to exchange ideas, discuss development trends, share frustrations, and learn more ways to galvanize the power of philanthropy to address critical needs? AFP has a long-running Seasoned Development Professional Group facilitated by Michele Weinschrott, a development professional with 30 years of diversified experience. Typically, the Seasoned Professionals Group meets on zoom at 8:30 AM online on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. Visit the Events Calendar for dates and registration

Grant Writing Professionals Group

Please join us for an inclusive and lively conversation about all things grants as well as to connect with and build relationships with other fundraising professionals.

This group will typically meet on zoom on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 8 AM.  Heather Willette will lead on the first Tuesday, Yajaira Maldonado will lead on the third Tuesday.  Visit our Events Calendar for dates and registration.