Volunteer!

AFP DC helps the nonprofit community thrive by connecting fundraisers with new and exciting opportunities to make an impact and advance their careers.

As the only organization in the Washington, DC metropolitan area committed to the professional development of all fundraisers, regardless of industry or sector, we foster a vibrant philanthropic community through the delivery of cutting-edge educational resources, peer-to-peer learning, and engagement opportunities through volunteer opportunities!

What keeps us ahead is new talent and fresh ideas. Help us remain on the cutting edge of the fundraising profession by lending your expertise and working with your equally committed colleagues in the spirit of fellowship and fun.  Please see below for some of our current volunteer opportunities. 

Benefits are now available for select AFP DC Leaders! Click here to learn more. 

Volunteer Opportunities

The opportunities below are excellent ways to share your knowledge and expertise and enhance your professional portfolio. See something that interests you? Volunteer! Or send us an email at [email protected].

 The Education Committee selects and coordinates the educational offerings for chapter members, including 6+ Core Education sessions per year, an Advanced Executives track with 3+ education sessions, a CFRE Study Group, Fundraising courses through AFP Global, Lunch & Learns, and more.

The Marketing and Communications Committee is seeking volunteers to serve the following roles:

  • Social Media Lead will help plan and develop the chapter social media strategy
  • Website Lead will help maximize the new chapter website by working with AFP DC staff, consultants, and fellow committee members on creating a strategy to keep the site current and user-friendly
  • Authors for its monthly member e-newsletter. Articles should address any topic relating to fundraising and donor development, and be approximately 300-500 words. Article proposal submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • Volunteers to live tweet at one or more upcoming chapter educational programs. Volunteers accepted on a rolling basis in advance of each session.

The Finance Committee is seeking volunteers to serve on the committee to:

  • Participate in monthly meetings, mostly via conference calls
  • Make recommendations on policies and activities that will ensure AFP DC long-range financial stability, including an overview of Chapter audits and 990 tax filing
  • Assist with monitoring financial and investment performance
  • Assist in the development of the Chapter's annual budget

The Membership Committee seeks volunteers to recruit and retain members, and enhance the membership experience. Specifically, you can serve as the:

  • Affinity Group Coach – liaise with and support our affinity groups
  • Mentor Program Leader – lead our Mentor/Mentee Program
  • Scholarship Lead – lead the outreach and selection of scholarships winners
  • New Member Lead – lead the effort to welcome and engage new members
  • Member Recruitment Lead – lead recruitment of new members
  • Member Retention Lead – lead outreach to membership and enhance member value

 The Resource Development Committee works to increase annual chapter and event-specific support by developing strategies to attract new partners while retaining current partners. The committee also develops the annual partner program, identifying benefits and opportunities.

The Affinity Groups help lead an affinity group to plan group events and engage affinity group members. Below is a list of our Affinity Groups:

  • African American Affinity Group
  • Arts Affinity Group
  • Consultants Affinity Group
  • Law and Justice Affinity Group
  • LGBTQ+ Affinity Group
  • Northern Virginia Affinity Group
  • Young Professionals Affinity Group

 The Anti-Racism and Discrimination Task Force welcomes volunteers who will help the chapter advance its goal of becoming an anti-racist organization.

The IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) Committee seeks volunteers who will guide the chapter in its commitment to IDEA principles and to fully integrate IDEA in the depth and breadth of the chapter’s activities.

The Mentoring Committee is seeking volunteers to serve as mentors to AFP-DC Chapter members for a term of one year. Mentorship typically involves monthly contacts, although the details of the interaction are determined by the mentor and mentee. 

If your governing group has a volunteer opening that you would like to share with the membership next month, complete and submit this Online Request Form

Join the AFP DC Board

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Washington, DC Metro Area Chapter (AFP DC) exists to give regional fundraisers the hands-on strategies, tools, and best practices they need to advance their organization’s missions and to grow professionally.

As a Board member of AFP DC, you will have an unparalleled opportunity to shape the future of the largest chapter of AFP in the United States, helping to advance our mission to promote ethical and effective fundraising in the nation’s capital.

Why serve on the Board of AFP DC?

AFP DC is the only organization in the Washington, DC metropolitan area committed to the professional development of all fundraisers, regardless of industry or sector. We foster a vibrant philanthropic community through the delivery of cutting-edge educational resources – including our Bridge to Integrated Marketing & Fundraising Conference – peer-to-peer learning and engagement opportunities and accreditation training.

The AFP DC Board of Directors is a working board, where members take on active leadership roles for specific committees, task forces, or projects. They serve as ambassadors for our diverse members, our professional association, and our fundraising profession, and help elevate AFP DC as a regional thought leader on philanthropy and fundraising.

Who can serve as a Board Member?

Any current member of AFP DC in good standing may apply to serve as a Board member. We welcome self-nominations or the nominations of others, and there are no prerequisites or restrictions regarding length of membership or past volunteer service to submit an application for Board service.

We are looking for Board members who can represent the breadth, depth, and diversity of our active membership base, who collectively serve more than 600 non-profits in the nation’s capital.

Board Member Terms, Roles & Responsibilities

All Board service terms are a one-year period, from January 1 to December 31, and Board members agree to serve the full duration of their term. Board service terms are renewable for up to four consecutive years, with a maximum lifetime service of eight terms.

The Nominating Committee issues a Call for Nominations each year in the early fall, and the window to apply to join the Board of Directors is open for several weeks. The link to the application form will be posted when the Nominating Committee is accepting applications.

Want to know more about what is expected of Board members? Read the Board Member Agreement form, signed by all currently serving Board members at the beginning of their term.

Or send us an email at [email protected].