Great Smoky Mountain Chapter



The Chamberlain Scholarship Program honors Ralph Chamberlain, CFRE, a long-time fundraiser and supporter of AFP. Mr. Chamberlain helped to form one of the organization’s first chapters, the Greater New York Chapter and served as both chair of the association and the foundation. Because of his long-time support of the Foundation for Philanthropy, the AFP Board of Directors renamed the Conference Scholar Program in 2000 to honor Mr. Chamberlain’s memory and commitment to the fundraising profession.

AFPICON21 – Chamberlain Scholarship Application Now Open

The Chamberlain Scholarship is awarded to a first-time AFP conference attendee who is a member of the Great Smoky Mountain Chapter of AFP. The successful candidate must be employed as a fundraising professional and spend at least 50% of their time devoted to fundraising. Further, the successful candidate agrees to complete an online conference evaluation and share about their conference experience at a monthly AFP meeting. New AFP members are encouraged to apply!

Applications are no longer being accepted for AFPICON21.

AFPICON21 will be fully virtual and held June 28-30. Several members from the Great Smoky Mountain Chapter are attending, so costs sharing opportunities are possible. For more information about AFPICON20 visit

The Great Smoky Mountain Chapter of AFP selects a member as a recipient of  the Chamberlain Scholarship to attend the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ International Conference.* The scholarship covers the registration for one attendee less a $10 application fee. One scholarship will be awarded based on the following criteria:


  • Candidate is employed as a fundraising professional or, if candidate is an executive director, a substantial amount of time must be devoted to fundraising.


  • Candidate has never attended an AFP or NSFRE International Conference on Fundraising as a registered participant (unless as a member of the Conference Host Committee).


  • Candidate must agree to complete an online evaluation form about his or her experience at International Conference.


  • Only one individual from any local organization or institution may be selected.

Check back for the Chamberlain Scholarship Application and deadlines.