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About Greater Madison

The Greater Madison Chapter was founded in 1987. Dues are $45. To become a member, local and international dues are required.
For more information, contact Mary Donahue or Sarah Linn at

Mission, Purpose, & Core Values

Ten Star Gold 2016Mission Statement

AFP Greater Madison Chapter is a partnership of people and organizations devoted to advancing ethical and effective philanthropy through education, professional development, networking and outreach.

Core Purpose

To advance ethical and effective fundraising.

Core Values

Leadership: providing the fundraising community with the highest quality of knowledge, information, professional development, networking and related tools and insights to ensure a successful future. 

Integrity and Credibility: conducting business according to the highest ethical principles and serving as trustworthy stewards of our resources. 

Service Responsiveness: understanding that our focus is on service to our members and stakeholders and that it is provided in a timely and thoughtful manner, open to new ideas, and exceeding expectations. 

Inclusiveness: embracing diversity in the fundraising community with a commitment to understanding and addressing the shared and unique needs of all members of that community.

Philanthropy:  Inspiring the public to embrace philanthropy and its integral role in creating a better community.

Core Activities

  • Education
  • Professional Development
  • Networking
  • Outreach

Diversity in Fundraising

AFP Greater Madison believes that diversity and inclusion create a strong, vital and unified force for the effective pursuit of an organization’s mission and achieving philanthropic success.  AFP Greater Madison seeks to achieve a broad representation of experiences, perspectives, and cultures to ensure that the best possible thinking, ideas, opportunities and solutions are considered; intentionally creates a respectful and welcoming environment that is open to all; and appreciates the unique contributions of every member of the Greater Madison community.

Board Resolution on Diversity

The AFP Greater Madison Board of Directors formally adopted the following resolution on diversity at its January 24, 2014 meeting.

WHEREAS the mission of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Madison (AFP) is to enable people and organizations throughout the world to practice effective and ethical fundraising through education, training, mentoring, research, credentialing and advocacy; and,

WHEREAS AFP is committed to educating and encouraging its members and the non-profit sector to better serve their respective communities; and,

WHEREAS AFP defines diversity as the seeking and achieving of a broad representation of experiences, perspectives, opinions and cultures; and,

WHEREAS AFP values inclusiveness as an essential source of vitality and strength for the effective pursuit of an organization’s mission;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT AFP is committed to diversity as an ongoing proactive process in its governance, chapters, committees, membership, programs and activities.

Friends of Diversity Award


Our chapter has been the proud recipient of the AFP Ten Star Award since 2005