(Arlington, Va.) – The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Northeast Indiana Chapter has been named a 2021 Ten Star GOLD Chapter.


Every year, AFP, the largest association of professional fundraisers in the world, honors chapters for achieving goals that align with key objectives in its long-range strategic plan. Chapters receive the Ten Star GOLD Award for performing specific activities designed to increase professionalism within fundraising and public awareness of the importance of philanthropy. 


Less than 20 percent of AFP’s 200 professional chapters earn the Ten Star Gold Chapter recognition, making the AFP Northeast Indiana Chapter one of the association’s leading chapters around the world. 


Clarissa Reis, Chief Development Officer at Fort Wayne Ballet and local AFP Chapter President says, “Thank you for all the work each of you do to represent our chapter and make a difference in our community.  I couldn’t be more proud to work alongside such a talented group of professionals.”


Ten Star Gold Chapters are recognized at the AFP International Conference on Fundraising (ICON). Chapters also earn the privilege of displaying the Ten Star Gold logo on their website, newsletters and stationary. 


Criteria for the award are determined by AFP Global Headquarters. A list of several goals is published annually, and chapters must accomplish 15 of these goals during the year and submit a nomination form for verification to be honored. 


For more information on the Ten Star Award process, please visit  

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