“The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity.”

Benjamin Franklin

Buddy Program

Are you new to AFP-GPC? Interested in learning more about the organization?

If the answer is YES! Please join the AFP-GPC New Member Buddy Program!

Click Here to Apply to the Program

About the AFP-Greater Philadelphia Chapter New Member Buddy Program:

The Buddy Program was developed as a way of formalizing the relationship between new members and veteran members in a relaxed atmosphere. This benefit of your AFP-GPC membership offers a loosely structured setting to develop beneficial one-on-one relationships between members and deepen the relationships of new members with AFP. Acting as a friend, a teacher, and a guide to the fundraising profession, buddies have the opportunity to encourage and advise new members by sharing their own experiences and knowledge of the industry and the AFP-GPC organization.


  • Matches will be made on a rolling basis as applications are received and will last for 2-3 months, connecting as many times as members' schedules allow. Beyond the program’s expiration, buddies may wish to continue the engagement.

  • Matches will be assigned on a rolling basis as applicants come in.

Long term and short term goals of the program include:

  • Familiarizing new members with the member benefits of AFP-GPC, AFP International and the local events held by the AFP-GPC

  • Identifying long-term professional development needs and how AFP-GPC can help with these needs

  • Realizing the value of networking

  • Develop a meaningful professional relationship

Take Advantage of the AFP-GPC New Member Buddy Program

  • If you are a new member interested in connecting with a buddy or an existing member interested in becoming a buddy, please click here.

  • Within a month, you should receive an email introducing you to your buddy.

  • Your buddy will reach out to you to set up a first meeting to learn about your AFP membership experience thus far and answer any initial questions you may have about your membership benefits.

  • The rest is up to you and your buddy! You may meet and connect via telephone or email as often as your schedules permit.

  • After 3 months, you and your buddy will set goals for next steps for you as an AFP member as the New Member Buddy Program comes to a close.

  • Stay connected! Both New Members and Buddies are encouraged to provide feedback about the New Member Buddy Program and keep in touch through AFP-GPC.