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DMFA Scholarship Fund

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The DMFA realizes that all too often fundraisers (and those who are interested in fundraising as a career) face tight budgets that prevent them from pursuing continuing professional development. We hope the establishment of this fund will provide resources to subsidize their educational costs.

The $10,000 annual funding pool is expected to award more than 20 individual stipends each year, and applications can be submitted for amounts between $50 and $1,000.

The DMFA believes that when one of us becomes a better fundraiser, it helps lift up all his or her peers as well. Whether it is a one-hour webinar, a full-day seminar, or one of the annual conferences organized by industry peers, we hope this fund will make education more attainable for fundraisers and aspiring fundraisers of all levels.

Interested applicants should read the Scholarship Fund requirements and fill out the online application. Applicants are required to submit a 250-word description of what type of event they would like to attend and how they expect their attendance will benefit themselves, their organization, and the broader industry.

If you need more information on the DMFA Scholarship Fund, please email or call Risa Sudnow at 646-675-7314.

DMFA Scholarship Fund Requirements

  1. Each applicant must submit a complete scholarship application on why they are applying for this scholarship.
  2. Applications must be received 7 days prior to the class, conference, or seminar for which the scholarship will be used.
  3. Scholarships can only be applied to the cost of a class, conference, or seminar in support of direct response fundraising. Travel expenses will not be covered.
  4. The value of the scholarship will vary in the range of $50 to $1,000.
  5. Scholarship award checks will be paid in the recipient’s name directly to the organization hosting the class, conference, or seminar.
  6. Each applicant must show a commitment to pursuing a career in direct response fundraising.
  7. Employees of a non-profit organization, students, and non-working professionals are all eligible to apply.
  8. There is a $1,000 cumulative limit per person and $2500 per organization based on the DMFA program season July 1 - June 30th.
  9. Winners are required to provide written testimonial to the DMFA on what they learned at the class, conference, or seminar based on the scholarship provided. Feedback should be submitted no later than one week after attending. Please email this to
  10. The scholarship recipient agrees that the DMFA may, without any limitation or further compensation or notice, use his or her name, photo, or written feedback in any and all media for the purpose of advertising and promoting the Scholarship Fund program.

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