Cummings-AFP Fellows Program

The Cummings-AFP Fellows Program, 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 awarding these scholarships to small and mid-sized organizations, and individuals with 5 years or less of direct fundraising experience.  
An organization can nominate one individual to be able to use the entire $1,000 award for training and networking programs offered by AFP Massachusetts, or can nominate two individuals 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 another individual within the organization. The organization must notify AFP MA of this change.
Congratulations to the 2021-22 Fellowship Recipients:
Alray Scholars Program
Boston CASA, Inc
Boston Center for the Arts
Boston Trinity Academy
Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Cristo Rey Boston High School
DEAF, Inc.
Epstein Hillel School
Freedom House
Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute
Leadership Brainery
Lifebridge North Shore
Massachusetts Baptist Multicultural Ministries (MBMM)
Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Inc.
Natick Service Council
Revolutionary Spaces
Rian Immigrant Center
The Center for Teen Empowerment, Inc.
The Housing Partnership Network, Inc.

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. 
Total value of programming that an organization can receive free of charge through AFP MA is $1,000 and expenditures are calculated based on 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 a fellow is unable to use the full scholarship amount by August 31 the remaining funds will be forfeited.

How to Apply

Cummings-AFP Fellows Program applications are due September 15.
The Association of Fundraising Professionals Massachusetts Chapter is soliciting applications for a fellowship program providing $1,000 in education and networking programming to organizations seeking to improve their overall fundraising knowledge and capabilities.
  • Funding is provided by AFP through a generous grant from the Cummings Foundation.
  • 20 organizations from Suffolk, Essex and Middlesex counties will be chosen.
  • Organizations chosen will each be able to send 1 or 2 designated staff members to AFP Massachusetts educational programs over the next 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 September 15.
  • Award recipients will be named in early-mid October.
  • Cummings-AFP Fellows will be able to use scholarship funds towards attendance at AFP’s annual conference in January 2022, as well as its monthly programs in Fall 2021 and Spring 2022.
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 (access to the application may be found on our Annual Conference page), and a Diversity Fellowship Program that provides two years' full access to AFP programming (including conference) plus mentoring and networking opportunities.
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 about this new effort!

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