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The Association of Fundraising Professionals Capital Area Chapter is the premiere organization for fundraisers and nonprofit professionals in the mid-Michigan region. We currently represent nearly 300 members from the leading nonprofit charities, foundations, and consultants across the region. Whether you’re already a member, looking to join, or just learning more about us, we’re glad you’re here! Please take a look at our many offerings.

Our Mission
The Capital Area Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals advances philanthropy by fostering the development and growth of fundraising professionals and promoting ethical and effective fundraising standards.

Our Vision
The vision of AFP Capital Area Chapter is to be the leading resource in strengthening the fundraising profession and the philanthropic community in mid-Michigan.


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Oct 23 - Director of Development, MSU Museum
Michigan State University seeks a results-oriented Director of Development to lead a fundraising program for the MSU Museum. The MSU Museum’s core mission is engaging and inspiring the campus and community through science and culture. The MSU Museum is committed to understanding, interpreting and respecting natural and cultural diversity. As Michigan’s land-grand university museum, this commitment to society is met through education, exhibitions, research and the building and stewardship of collections that focus on Michigan and its relationship to the Great Lakes, and the world beyond. This museum requires an experienced development officer with a strong entrepreneurial spirit and creativity in linking philanthropic passions to programs of interest. This Director will have to assess both programmatic activities of the Museum and potential philanthropic investors. Starting with a strong strategic focus based on the museum’s strategic ambitions, this Director will work to build a portfolio of approximately 150 individuals by holding approximately 12 meetings a month with prospective donors. To accomplish these objectives, the Director will work closely with both the Director of the Museum and the Executive Director of Constituency Programs. ... more >
Oct 23 - Assistant Director for Leadership Annual Giving, MSU College of Law
The MSU College of Law is seeking a creative, energetic, self-starter to join the MSU College of Law Advancement team as the Assistant Director for Leadership Annual Giving. The successful candidate will develop, coordinate and implement fundraising activities and programs designed to leverage leadership annual gifts in the range of $1,000-$20,000 from college alumni and friends. S/he will be responsible for identifying potential donors, designing marketing materials, recruiting and organizing volunteers, and soliciting financial gifts that broaden the base of support for the College. S/he will also work closely with MSU’s annual giving and telemarketing team to manage the current effort, including providing stewardship and making recommendations for coordinated efforts as appropriate. ... more >
Oct 17 - Director of Regional Development - Southeastern United States - Michigan State University
Michigan State University Advancement seeks a seasoned, independent-working, motivated fundraiser to plan, implement, and evaluate comprehensive major gift fundraising activities for individuals in the Southeastern United States, with primary emphasis on the state of Florida and the greater Atlanta metro area. As a Regional Director of Development, he/she focuses efforts on donors and prospects whose philanthropic capacity is $100,000 and more, managing a portfolio of approximately 200 identified major gift prospects for discovery, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. The Director averages 12 to 15 face-to-face visits per month, which result in significant progress toward major gifts or the qualification and rating of new prospects, and 2 to 4 major gift solicitations per month that garner capital, endowed, annual, and deferred support. The Director may work from a home office within the region (preferred location is in a major metro in Florida or the Atlanta area) or reside in Michigan and travel to the region regularly. Already a very experienced fundraiser, communicator, and collaborator who understands the unique nature of the region, he/she becomes knowledgeable about MSU colleges and constituency units, representing them to the Southeastern US regional alumni and friends and soliciting them on behalf of colleagues on campus and/or the university as a whole. Whether working independently, with their regional fundraising colleagues, or as part of a team, he/she juggles day-to-day fundraising with the multiple demands of working with donors/prospects, hosting events and arranging individual appointments for University leadership, building networks of volunteers who take active roles in the current capital campaign, and documenting activity on University Advancement’s database. The Director of Development for the Southeastern US Region will be part of the Office of Individual Giving team at MSU, which includes Regional Major Gifts, Office of Gift Pla ... more >
Oct 17 - Director of Development, The Graduate School - Michigan State University
The Graduate School at Michigan State University seeks an energetic, forward thinking and results-oriented development professional to serve as its first Director of Development. Working closely with the Dean of the Graduate School as a member of the executive team, the Director of Development will develop, lead and provide strategic direction to an advancement program that includes major gift fundraising, leadership annual giving, and alumni engagement. In addition to providing programmatic oversight, this individual will lead the College in significantly exceeding its $9 million fundraising goal as part of the Empower Extraordinary campaign and formulating a plan to continue to build on that momentum once the campaign ends in December 2018. This is an ideal position for an individual who wants to be on the ground floor in helping the Graduate School to conceive and launch a comprehensive advancement program. ... more >
The Associate Director of Stewardship & Donor Engagement is responsible for implementing and coordinating an institution-wide, comprehensive stewardship program that appropriately and consistently promotes interaction with and recognition of donors at all levels. This self-motivated and solution-oriented individual will serve as the lead advancement staff member working to ensure that both the donor’s intent and the college’s needs are respected, and to sustain positive and mutually-rewarding relations between the college and its donors. ... more >
Nov 22 - Ann Hale to Lead AFP Volunteer Leadership in 2018
(Nov. 22, 2017) AFP membership has approved the proposed slate of board of directors for 2018, and Ann Hale, CFRE, has been selected to serve a second year as chair. ... more >
Nov 22 - AFP Top Ten Fundraising Tips for the Week (November 22, 2017): Using Your Form 990, Silence in Conversations, Donor Surveys & More!
(Nov. 22, 2017) Our weekly round-up of blog posts, articles, videos and other resources to help you keep on top of latest trends and reach your fundraising goals. ... more >
Nov 20 - AFP U.S. Legislative Update: Contact Your Senators the Week of Thanksgiving
(Nov. 20, 2017) AFP, the Charitable Giving Coalition and other organizations continue to reach out to the U.S. Senate regarding its tax reform bill and push Senators to support a universal charitable deduction. ... more >
Nov 20 - The Fundraising Effectiveness Project Releases Third Quarter Benchmark Report for Nonprofit Fundraisers
(Nov. 20, 2017) The Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) released its third quarter findings and announced that both donor giving and donor retention is on a continued downward trend. FEP’s third quarter report indicates year-to-date giving through September 2017 is down by -4% compared to the same time period in 2016 and that donor retention is currently at its lowest point in five years, with an overall year-to-date retention of 45%. ... more >
Nov 20 - 2018 Accord Materials
As the chapter president, this is your opportunity to showcase the chapter. We strongly recommend that you engage your board in the work of completing the required reports. ... more >