Fellows

The Fellows Program is an outreach program of the AFP St. Louis Chapter for those who want to excel in their professional fundraising skills. The Chapter awards two Fellowships each year, which includes a complimentary one-year AFP membership (with the opportunity to renew for a second year) and additional scholarship opportunities. Our chapter invites each Fellow to actively participate in all chapter activities and to join one of our many committees.

The Fellows program is available to new fundraisers (3 years of professional fundraising experience or less) OR fundraisers who work for a small non-profit organization.

Participating as an AFP Fellow, has been an incredibly rewarding endeavor. It provides premiere access to conferences, webinars, technical assistance, and special sessions which cover a wide range of development topics. These resources and activities can benefit a professional at any level of expertise. Likewise, by participating in the committees, mentorship program, and Chapter events- Fellows are connected to a warm and knowledgeable network of peers in the fundraising community.

- Annie Mayrose, Greater St. Louis Region Director - Care to Learn, 2017 AFP St. Louis Fellow

Our chapter invites you to consider the Fellows Program to boost your career as you work to build capacity at your organization. Applications for the 2018 class of Fellows will be open in Spring 2018. Contact Lisa Masters at lisa.l.masters@slu.edu if you have questions or for more information about the Fellows program.

Meet Our Newest Fellows

Congratulations to Brittni Snidle and Betsy Schmidt, our 2018-2019 AFP St. Louis Chapter Fellows! 

Brittni is the Development & Marketing Manager for Kids in the Middle.  Kids in the Middle empowers children, parents and families during and after divorce through counseling, education and support.  Brittni's role is focused around small donor events, their monthly giving club, cultivation and stewardship of smaller annual donors, donor communications, volunteerism, and the creation and coordination of all of the marketing and public relations.  She is a busy person!  Brittni has a strong support network at Kids in the Middle who encouraged her to apply.  She recently took advantage of the Fundraising 101/102 event hosted by the St. Louis AFP Chapter and looks forward to learning more about development, how her role supports the organization's efforts, and engaging in more professional development opportunities through the Fellows opportunity.  Welcome, Brittni and congratulations!

Betsy is the Donor Relations Manager for The Little Bit Foundation where she engages individual donors, corporate accounts, and does community outreach.  The Little Bit Foundation's mission is to break down barriers to education for children living in poverty in St. Louis.  Betsy comes to the development field after 26 years in marketing.  She began as volunteer and then started in her current role about a year ago and she has a desire to become excellent in her field.  Betsy was encouraged to apply by a co-worker and after reading about the opportunity in a newsletter.  She took fundraising 101/102 shortly after beginning at Little Bit and she looks forward to learning more about our field and becoming a strong leader in our community.  Welcome, Besty and congratulations!

Brittni and Betsy join Annie Mayrose and Melissa Hollabaugh, our 2017-2018 Fellows who are continuing into their second year in the program.  The AFP Fellows program offers great benefits for those who are young in the development profession and can benefit from assistance in membership, in taking advantage of professional development opportunities, mentoring, and more.  

Contact Lisa Masters, the chair of the Scholarship and Fellows Committee with questions or for additional information.  Members of the 2018-2019 St. Louis AFP Scholarship and Fellows Committee also include, Jessica Brandon, RJ Crunk, and Dr. Bruce McLaughlin.