Cummings-AFP Fellowship Program

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Massachusetts Chapter is soliciting applications for a fellowship program providing $1,000 in professional development and networking programming to organizations seeking to improve their overall fundraising knowledge and capabilities.

The Cummings-AFP Fellowship, which is funded through a generous grant from the Cummings Foundation, is available to organizations in Suffolk, Essex and Middlesex counties. While all applicants will be considered, this program is placing a special emphasis on small and mid-sized organizations, and individuals with 5 years or less of direct fundraising experience.  
An organization can nominate one individual to use the entire $1,000 award for training and networking programs offered by AFP Massachusetts, or can nominate more than one individual to share the award. A list of programs for which this award can be used may be found at AFP Massachusetts educational programs.
If an individual leaves a recipient organization during the year that they are receiving Cummings-AFP Fellowship funding, and the entire monetary award has not been used, the remaining funds stay with the organization and may be shifted for use by other individuals within the organization. The organization must notify AFP MA of this change.
Congratulations 2023-24 Fellowship Recipients

Acton Food Pantry
BINA Farm Center
Charles River Watershed Association
Cole Resource Center
Community Conversations
Connors Kindness Project, Inc
Disability Policy Consortium
Food for Free
Gaining Ground
Global Arts Live
Lyric Stage Company of Boston
Melrose Alliance Against Violence
Mental Health Collaborative
One Family Inc
One Summit
People Helping People
Project Adventure
Speak Out Boston
Vital Cxns
Wellspring House
World Ocean School


How it Works

Thanks to funds donated by the Cummings Foundation, the $1,000 grant awarded to each organization can be used to enroll their nominated individual(s) in any AFP MA program -- including the annual conference and Fundraising Fundamentals course.
This is a one-year training program. Applications are accepted in the fall and fellowships are active through August 31 of the following year. AFP is now accepting applications for the Class of 2025. It is never too early to apply for the next fellowship!
Total value of programming that an organization can receive free of charge through AFP MA is $1,000 and expenditures are calculated based on AFP Member rates.
If for any reason there is a change to the individuals nominated for the fellowship at any time during the year, AFP must be notified of that change at Also, if an organization is unable to use the full scholarship amount by August 31 of their fellowship year the remaining funds will be forfeited.

How to Apply

Cummings-AFP Fellows Program applications are due August 15 for the next Class of Fellows.
Here are some helpful facts to know before you apply:
  • Funding is provided by AFP through a generous grant from the Cummings Foundation.
  • At least 20 organizations from Suffolk, Essex and Middlesex counties will be chosen.
  • Organizations chosen will each be able to send their designated staff members to AFP Massachusetts educational programs from October through August of their fellowship year. Total value of the scholarship award is $1,000 per organization.
  • While any size organization may apply, AFP is especially interested in attracting nominations from small and mid-sized organizations that raise $5 million in non-government contributions per year or less.
  • The fellowship program is focused on assisting individuals with 5 years of direct fundraising experience or less. Executive directors of small and mid-sized non-profits – who may have fundraising as part of their portfolio – are encouraged to apply as part of their organizational application.
  • Participants will be named “Cummings-AFP Fellows” and will be provided with opportunities to network with each other and with AFP Massachusetts members.
  • The deadline to apply for the fellowship program is August 15.
  • Award recipients will be named in early September of the year they applied, and encouraged to attend fall Fundamentals.
  • Cummings-AFP Fellows will be able to use scholarship funds towards attendance at AFP’s annual conference in spring, Fundraising Fundamentals course presented twice per year, and if they have 4+ years experience in development, the Emerging Leaders in Fundraising: Finding Your Voice course.
Learn more and find the application here: Cummings-AFP Fellows Program Application.
In addition to the new Cummings-AFP Fellows program, AFP Massachusetts offers a limited number of conference scholarships. More information about the Christopher J. Marrion Conference Scholarship may be found on our conference web page.
Please share this Cummings-AFP Fellows Program opportunity with your organization and encourage them to apply. We also encourage you to share information about this program with your colleagues and through social networking as we hope to spread the word!

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