The Chapter’s Affinity Groups serve a dual purpose to advance the mission of the Central Ohio Chapter by:
- Enhancing members’ experience by providing benefits tailored to their specific interests and needs; and
- 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.
Peer Cohorts are a subset of the Chapter’s Affinity Groups. Affinity groups are open to anyone with an interest or affinity for the topic of the group. Peer Cohorts are open to members who meet a set of specific criteria. The Central Ohio Chapter of AFP is excited to offer both Affinity Groups and Peer Cohorts free of charge as an additional benefit to our members.
Interested in starting an affinity group? Contact Lauren Vermilion at affinitygroups@
The Small Shops affinity group is open to anyone who considers themselves a “small Shop” – whether that means you’re a small development team (many of us are on teams of one!) or just someone who finds themselves in a “does it all” development role. The group meets monthly at various locations around Columbus, on the second Thursday of the month at noon. Reach out to the interim chair, Kim Goodman, for information on the next luncheon or to be added to the email list.
Executive Leadership Peer Cohort
The Executive Leadership Peer Cohort began in 2022 as a way for leaders to gather in a confidential and supportive group and discuss challenges and opportunities. The cohort is designed for those who, in addition to fundraising duties, are members of senior leadership at their respective organizations. The group meets six times a year and focuses its time and confidential discussions on issues chosen by the group.
Membership is open to those who:
· Have primary fundraising responsibilities for their organization (either working directly as a fundraiser or supervising fundraisers)
· Serve their organization as either the chief executive of an organization or in a position that reports directly to the chief executive (President/CEO/Executive Director, etc.)
· Have responsibility for creating and managing a budget for their department and have access and perhaps input for the entire organizational budget
· Supervise at least one other position
· Have access to Board members – likely through management of at least one committee (example: staffing the philanthropy committee) or through assistance with board development
All members of the cohort agree to these Rules of Engagement:
1. Be respectful of all members at all times, even in disagreement
2. Everything shared during our meetings is extremely confidential and will not be shared with anyone outside the group without express permission from the group
3. Be an active participant. Make group meeting attendance a high priority on your calendar and when you attend meetings, actively participate in the conversation.
4. The group is focused on providing solutions to challenges, not just shoulders to cry on. When you bring a situation to the group, plan to receive ideas and opportunities to overcome challenges in addition to sympathy and support.
Group members participate for one year. Each year in spring/early summer, the group re-forms and invites anyone who qualifies to join for the coming year. The group is currently facilitated by Jodi Bopp, Vice President, Advancement, the Boundless family of companies ([email protected]). For further information about the group, please contact Jodi.
Affinity Groups & Peer Cohorts Chair
Position Title: Affinity Groups & Peer Cohorts Chair Capacity: Board Member Reports to: Vice President of Professional Development Key Responsibilities:
Position Title: Affinity Groups & Peer Cohorts Chair
Capacity: Board Member
Reports to: Vice President of Professional Development