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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, Business Partner, Corporate Responsibility, Employee and Community Engagement, Millipore Sigma, 2017 AFP St. Louis Fellow

Applications for the 2020-2021 class of Fellows are now open until July 27.  Please click HERE for a link to eligibility questions and application.

Contact Wendy Schlesinger; [email protected] if you have questions or for more information about the Fellows program.

Meet Our Newest Fellows


Sara Paracha is the Associate Director of Development at the Mathews-Dickey Boys' & Girls' Club. The Mathews-Dickey Boys' & Girls' Club is a youth development organization whose mission is to produce physically active, well-educated and hopeful young people with families at the center of their efforts. Sara's role includes managing the grant calendar, cultivation and stewardship of donors, overseeing all special events as well as the organizations external communications. Sara is a recent MSW graduate with a focus on community health promotion for positive youth development. Sara has over five years of experience working with youth serving organizations in St. Louis. She is enthusiastic to learn more about the development profession and grateful for the support and opportunities she will receive through the Fellows opportunity.

Sara joins AFP Fellow alum Brittni Snidle, Development & Marketing Manager for Kids in the Middle.

 Welcome, Sara, and congratulations!

The AFP Fellows program offers great benefits for those who are young in the development profession and can benefit from assistance in membership, taking advantage of professional development opportunities, mentoring, and more.  

Contact Wendy Schlesinger, Chair of the Scholarship and Fellows Committee with questions or for additional information.  Members of the 2020-2021 St. Louis AFP Scholarship and Fellows Committee also include Jessica Brandon, RJ Crunk, and Brittni Snidle.