2020 Scholarship Recipients

Jaqueline Jasek


  • Title: Director of Donor Relations, DREAAM
  • Reason for joining AFP: My professional background is in academic publishing. Even though I have done some self-study, I know the resources and opportunities the AFP-ECI has are priceless and will be of endless value to me. The knowledge I will gain from being an AFP member will help me exceed expectations and be the best Director of Donor Relations I can be. 


Rachel Moran 

  • Title: Director of Development at Macon Resources, Inc.
  • Reason for joining AFP: As a young person in philanthropy, having the opportunity to learn from the experiences of others who have worked in the field is a valuable source of learning. Being a part of AFP will give me the tools I need to raise more funds for my organization and achieve my goal of receiving my CFRE.


Julia Degler


  • Title: Office Assistant, Urbana Fine Arts Center, Substitute Teacher
  • Reason for joining AFP: The AFP membership impacts my development in fundraising strategies for the non-profit sector. Since moving to Champaign in September, I believe this opportunity allows me to network and learn from fellow fundraisers. The membership meets my professional goals by providing resources and training to increase my skills in the fundraising field.


Susan Monte


Jenny Paul 

  • Title: Development Assistant, WIN Recovery
  • Reason for joining AFP: I am new to the community of Champaign and also the field of fundraising.  I really like the mentoring aspect and would appreciate the guidance professionally. I believe the membership will help me foster new relationships in the community with my organization. Personally I feel that I will get to know this community and feel more of a part of something by becoming a member.  I don't have much to offer in the field of fundraising however I do have other experiences that I feel would benefit AFP as well.  


Heidi Zulauf-Mulderink


  • Title: AFP VP of Membership, Strategic Engagement Leader and Founder of HeidiEsther.com
  • Reason for joining AFP: Yes, it’s true. I was a student and am a long-time C-U townie. I am fiercely dedicated to creating a healthier environment for humans, animals, and plants in our area. I believe AFP-ECI provides the tools, the support, and the leadership opportunities to evolve into my Best Fundraising Self. And, let’s be honest, who doesn’t love making real connections over a hot cup of coffee?


Alyse Knust 

  • Title: Senior Director of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving at Millikin University
  • Reason for joining AFP: Being a member of AFP-ECI will not only help me to develop my professional skills but connect me with colleagues across our region with similar careers and experiences. While my position at Millikin University initially was focused on alumni engagement and events, I have recently taken on a more direct role in our fundraising efforts, which I very much enjoy. The resources available through AFP will help me gain the confidence and knowledge to better serve my constituents, colleagues, and institution. I look forward to becoming a contributing member of the organization and getting to know its membership.


Kirk Builta 

  • Title: Executive Director, The Champaign County Farm Bureau Foundation
  • Reason for joining AFP: As a non-profit executive, and fundraiser, you often feel like you are on an island without others in the organization to discuss big ideas or share resources with. I look forward to connecting with the local AFP network to share advice, ideas, best practices, and more so that we can help all of our organizations grow.


Joshua Hall


  • Title: Associate Director of Advancement, College of Fine & Applied Arts -- School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban & Regional Planning
  • Reason for joining AFP: I’ve been an AFP Member since I began my career in fundraising, December 2015, at the University of Illinois.  I was inspired to become as involved as possible, thus leading to my joining of the Board of Directors.  I served a three-year term, connected with leading professionals in our community, and grasped a deeper understanding of the industry.  Today, my membership provides great professional development and networking opportunities.  I plan to continue to nurture my skills, enhance my knowledge, and strategize with peers.


Stephanie Davenport


  • Title: Grants & Marketing Coordinator, DSC 
  • Reason for joining AFP: I’m excited to become a new AFPECI member. I’ve been impressed with the programming, community, and opportunities for continued growth. It’s my desire to be a lifelong learner and seek to surround myself with other professionals who are holding themselves to high standards, as I continue to advance my career.


Paula Santiago


  • Title: Special Events and Development Coordinator at The Salvation Army – serving Champaign and Vermilion County
  • Reason for joining AFP: I am passionate about philanthropy and enjoy connecting donors to causes that they care deeply about. I also enjoy continuously learning about philanthropy – there is always something to learn! I believe it would be beneficial for me to network with like-minded individuals, share ideas, and have access to the most up-to-date information in our field. After all, especially in trying times, we all are “better together”