AFP Affinity Groups

The Chapter’s Affinity Groups serve a dual purpose to advance the mission of the Central Ohio Chapter by:

  1. Enhancing members’ experience by providing benefits tailored to their specific interests and needs; and
  2. Supporting diversity and inclusion goals to attract, engage and retain a diverse membership base.

Affinity Groups provide AFP members and non-member fundraising professionals with focused networking and professional development opportunities for groups of individuals who identify with one another by their ethnicity, age, job responsibility, nonprofit sector, sexual orientation, number of years in the profession, etc. 

AFP members are encouraged to participate in any Affinity Groups that are of interest as a way to enhance their membership.  Non-members who participate in Affinity Groups will benefit from the opportunity to learn more about AFP and how it can be an important part of their career development. 



Chair: Jessica Wright 


Under 35 and interested in networking with other young professionals?  Join this group for lunch programs, happy hours and other activities, and to share time and experiences with similar colleagues.
Small Shops


Chair: Erin Blue


Are you a one-person or small staff shop?  Share best practices and ask questions of colleagues in similar circumstances.
Faith-BasedChair: Andrea Pannell

This inter-faith group is for fundraisers who work in a variety of faith-based nonprofits, from Lutheran to Catholic to Jewish and others. Your faith guides your work - come and meet others who share your passion and share best-practices.  The Faith-based Affinity Group is going to have standing meetings from 8:30am - 9:30am, on the 4th Wednesday of each month in the Community Room at the Panera in Clintonville, 4519 North High Street.


Higher Education


Chair: Jesse Jones 


To provide a place where higher education development professionals can meet and discuss issues, trends and ideas related to fundraising.

Delaware County 



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Affinity Group Chair

Dana Ward

Associate Director for Corporate and Foundation Partnerships - The Ohio State University

364 W. Lane Ave., Suite B100
Columbus OH 43201



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