Why Become a Member?


To us, becoming a member of the Fort Wayne chapter of Ad Fed means joining a great community. Our membership is filled with what we consider to be the greatest talents of Fort Wayne. We work together to better this area with monthly industry-relevant events, annual award shows, student competitions, and fundraisers to bring local college students scholarship opportunities. By being an Ad Fed member, you not only gain discounted rates and first access to events, but also a chance to get involved and help make a difference in this great world of advertising!


I friggin’ love being an AdFed member! You have to join today!
— Jason Villarreal, Design Collaborative
AdFed events are great for learning new things and meeting new people.
— Caitlin Dearth, INTO Digital Marketing


  • Automatic membership in the American Advertising Federation (AAF) which represents all facets of the advertising industry, is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and acts as the Unifying Voice for Advertising.

  • Professional and personal interaction with local industry leaders through AdFed programs and events.

  • Benefits generated from the AAF’s participation in the industry’s only grassroots legislative network, providing an effective lobbying coalition that opposes taxes and restrictions on advertising.

  • Timely information on local and national advertising issues including government relations, public service, self-regulation and education.

  • Participation in a local, regional and national recognition program which honors excellence in advertising.

  • Professional development through AdFed programs and events.

  • Recognition and honor for industry accomplishments and contributions.

  • Participation in public service initiatives that directly impact the well-being of the community and enhance the public’s perception of the advertising industry.

  • Participation in programs that encourage high industry standards and elevate the consumers’ perception of the advertising industry.



We think our student members are the next big thing, which drives us to support them the best we can. Students gain scholarships, deeply discounted access to events, award competitions and chances to volunteer and get involved in our club. Without the help they provide, Ad Fed simply wouldn't be the same.

Local college students are invited to become members of Ad Fed and start getting involved in this great community! And for local membership, it's free! What's stopping you, fill in the form below today!

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Take it a step further and form a chapter

College chapters are groups affiliated and recognized by the national organization, and being one certainly has its benefits. Through chapters, the AAF provides more than 5000 students with industry experience and exposure, professional development opportunities and recruitment connections on a national level. Other added benefits are camaraderie, recognition, participation in national AAF student award competitions, and an invitation to the annual college chapter conference.

College chapters require $55/student and a faculty mentor. To find out more about national AAF college chapters and to register, please visit: http://membership.aaf.org/college-chapters-0

Student Scholarships

Yearly, we give away scholarship money to deserving student members. Click here for requirements or download the application.


Whether it’s time, talent or treasure, volunteer today to ensure a better tomorrow. Members are invited to join committees, apply for board appointment, and helping with social and fundraising events. If you are interested in becoming more involved with your local chapter, please contact us.




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  • Adweek - Discounted subscription cost

  • Advertising Age - 25% off subscription cost

  • FedEx Shipping - Up to 25% on select services

  • Hertz - Up to 20% off at participating locations

  • Nationwide - Exclusive discounts

  • The New York Times - 50% off 6 month home delivery subscription.

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