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Since 1960, AFP has inspired global change and supported efforts that generated over $1 trillion.
AFP’s nearly 30,000 individual and organizational members raise over $100 billion annually,
equivalent to one-third of all charitable giving in North America and millions more around the world.

Welcome to the Association of Fundraising Professionals

East Central Illinois Chapter

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National Philanthropy Day Celebration and Awards Luncheon
January 16, 2015 | Champaign Country Club

Each year the Association of Fundraising Professionals East Central Illinois Chapter (AFPECI) hosts a National Philanthropy Day celebration and awards program to identify and recognize outstanding philanthropic achievements by individuals and organizations in our area. National Philanthropy Day Luncheon & Awards will be held Friday January 16th, 2015 from 11:30-1:30 p.m. at the Champaign Country Club.

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Tony Clements

We are honored that Tony Clements, 2014 Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for our January 16, 2015 event!



Become an Expert on the Ask with Laura Fredericks – pre NPD

Become an Expert on the Ask
3.5 Hour Seminar with Laura Fredricks | 
January 16, 2014 | Champaign Country Club
Continental Breakfast: 7:30am | Program:  8am to 11:30am

AFP ECI is excited to welcome Laura Fredricks to our community to present her all-new, self-help motivational series for those who have dreams, goals and a strong desire to have the best and most fulfilling personal and professional life possible. In this half-day professional development workshop, Laura will teach nonprofits and philanthropic professionals how to confidently, willingly and successfully ask for charitable dollars. 

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Fredricks, a multi-million dollar ASK-maker, is today’s leading authority on “How to A$K© for Money – and More of It.” She has helped hundreds of organizations worldwide raise multi-millions through her unique approach to fundraising. She is author of “THE ASK: How to ASK for your Nonprofit Cause, Creative Project and Business Venture.”

As an attorney-turned-philanthropic advisor, Laura knows how to ask. She comes from a seasoned career in industries best known for making the most high profile of multi-million dollar asks – law and philanthropy – and is the first to merge strategies from both professional sectors into a mainstream practice now known as THE ASK©, available also for the business and consumer lifestyle marketplace. This new practice has placed LAURA on the national and international speaking circuits at conferences around the world from Amsterdam to Ann Arbor, Bologna to Boca Raton, Kenya to Kentucky, Moscow to Montreal, Sydney to Seattle, plus Australia, Italy, and the Netherlands.

THE ASK© has also led LAURA to TV and radio appearances on local talk shows across the nation, and her expertise featured in national publications. Her four books on “How to A$K© for Money – and More of It have become industry leaders.

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About Our Chapter – AFPECI
The Association of Fundraising Professionals, East Central Illinois Chapter is a regional chapter serving the Champaign-Urbana, Danville, Mattoon, Charleston, Effingham, and Decatur communities in East Central Illinois. We host monthly educational networking events on a variety of topics related to fundraising and advancement. Our board of directors is a dedicated group of fundraising professionals from a cross-section of the local non-profit community. Read more

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  • Networking Opportunities
  • Member Discounts on Monthly Educational Programs
  • Member Discounts on Chapter Conferences
  • Member Discounts on National Philanthropy Day Events
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Chapter Scholarships
  • Chapter Newsletter
  • Chapter Mentoring Program
  • Chapter Job Bank


“I am involved with AFP for a number of reasons. Primary among them is the professional contacts and camaraderie I get from the other members. It is a valued resource for all fundraising professionals devoted to improving lives, be it through the food bank, United Way or higher education. We all share the same passion: helping others. I’m proud to be a part of AFP.”
Eric Green, University of Illinois, School of Labor and Employment Relations

“AFP is a simply the best way to regularly connect with my fundraising colleagues, make new friends and experience interesting and useful educational programs.”
Tim Montague, Montague Brands

“Being a part of AFP ECI provides me with an opportunity to learn from experienced development professionals and to share my talents to better the advancement profession in my community. In addition, the networking opportunities are endless­; I have built many genuine partnerships and friendships. I highly recommend AFP!”
Chantelle Thompson, University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine

“AFPECI provides an excellent support system for fundraising professionals to advance the work of their organizations and make a difference in our community.”
Carl Catedral, Catedral Consulting

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