Conference Scholarships


The New York City Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals is proud to offer a limited number of Maurice Gurin Scholarships for PhilanthroCon 2021 on May 18-19th. The scholarship program provides enriching professional development opportunities for fundraisers and honors the legacy of Maurice's personal vocation to train fundraisers. 

This year’s scholarship recipients will get full access to AFP-NYC's two-day PhilanthroCon 2021 (a $245 value) and the opportunity to participate in an exclusive virtual reception for scholarship recipients. 

Applicants should be current or recent fundraisers serving as employees or volunteers with a nonprofit organization, and have a desire to learn more about fundraising. Fundraisers outside the NYC metro area are also invited to apply. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. 

The deadline for the 2021 Maurice Gurin Scholarships has passed. 


Maurice Gurin, a fundraising consultant and president of The Gurin Group, was a leader in the industry. He served on the boards of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and New York City - AFP, as well as the Trust for Philanthropy of the American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel, now known as The Giving Institute. He authored several books on fundraising, and created training programs at the request of the Ford Foundation. He was also a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force in World War II.

Fondly known as Maury, he proved himself as a foremost leader and thinker who impacted the evolution of philanthropy.  He incorporated new and innovative fundraising methods with more traditional techniques. In his work, he sought creative answers to old questions, using imaginative approaches to fundraising focused on individual client needs and making the fundraising plan fit the client rather than the client fit the fundraising plan.

Maury, who passed away in 1990, bequeathed a legacy gift to the AFP-NYC to fund scholarships to Fundraising Day in New York, furthering his vocation to train fundraisers. That scholarship fund continues today, supported by Chapter leadership and members, as well as other donors. Maury’s mission, his ideas, and his passion are still alive in the hundreds of fundraisers who can say they are proud Gurin Scholars.