Actively Moving Forward is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting young adults grieving the illness or death of a loved one. The organization accomplishes its mission by creating Actively Moving Forward Campus Chapters on college campuses nationwide that connect and empower grieving college students to support one another and participate in community service in memory of deceased loved ones, raising awareness about the needs of grieving young adults, including through the annual National College Student Grief Awareness Week, and hosting national grief support programs, such as the “We Get It” Supportive Blog, and events, such as the National Conference on College Student Grief. We also support non-collegiate young adults by creating a wealth of virtual information, programming, and community.

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Since AMF was founded by David Fajgenbaum and Benjamin Chesson in 2006 (check out our history), the organization has worked with students from over 170 different colleges and universities to start up Campus Chapters, developed 55 official Campus Chapters, and supported over 1,500 grieving college students. AMF accomplishes this through the support of a 40-person strong corps of National Students of AMF volunteers (Board of Directors, Board of Mental Health Professionals, Board of Advisors, and small staff).

“AMF” initially stood for Ailing Mothers & Fathers as well as the initials of the co-founder’s mother, Anne Marie Fajgenbaum. As we’ve grown to include all students coping with the illness or death of a loved one (however defined) as a part of our network, we use AMF to describe our incredible students “Actively Moving Forward” in their grief journey.

Campus Chapters

Campus Chapters are student-led, faculty/staff-advised, and university-recognized student organizations that consist of a peer-led grief support group for students coping with the illness or death of a loved one, and a service group open to the entire campus community. Click here to learn more about what they do and how you can be a part of one…


We are run almost entirely by volunteers and we would not be able to accomplish any of what we do without the dedicated support of dozens of volunteers nationwide.  Our volunteers help us in a variety of ways, including: supporting and providing advice to our Campus Chapter Presidents, updating our Facebook and Twitter pages, fundraising on our behalf, organizing our annual National Conference, and helping us to maintain compliance with IRS, federal, and state regulations. Click here to learn more about our volunteers and how you can help us to support grieving college students…

Support us

Finally, we rely on the generous support of donors, nationwide, to help us to cover chapter costs, such as T-shirts/promotional items, refreshments at meetings and events, printing/copying costs, in-depth support group leader training, and expenses for chapter leaders to attend the annual National Conference on College Student Grief.

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