Skystone Partners Prize for Research on Fundraising and Philanthropy
Each year, the AFP Research Council awards the Skystone Partners Prize for Research to the author of a book that contributes substantially to the knowledge and understanding of fundraising or philanthropic behavior.
The Prize for Research is made possible by an endowment from Skystone Partners to encourage advanced research that extends the knowledge of fundraising and philanthropy.
Authors of published works on research in fundraising and philanthropy are invited to submit books or monographs for the Skystone Partners Prize for Research on Fundraising and Philanthropy. Other individuals or organizations can nominate appropriate publications.
To be considered for the Prize, works must be:
- A book or monograph of 50 or more pages.
- Published by a commercial publishing house or a professional organization during the 23 months preceding the current deadline (November 1 of each year).
- Based on either applied or basic research.
- Reflect a standard publisher selection process without regard to the source and sponsorship of the research.
The jury will not consider unpublished theses or dissertations, self-published works, directories, op-ed pieces, editorials, or articles.
Prize winners receive a cash award of $3,000 and are honored at the AFP International Conference on Fundraising.
The following criteria are used by the Research Prize Jury in evaluating the submissions.
1. Research-related content: 0 to 3 points (30%)
- Qualifies as research by one of the following:
- Contributing new insights, concepts, or practices based on rigorous investigation
- Providing a more accessible or deeper understanding of existing findings
- Applying known concepts in a different or under-developed domain
- Is not merely the author(s)' opinions or an unsupported statement of well-known lore
- Makes appropriate use of existing literature in the field
2. Potential for significant impact on practice: 0 to 3 points (30%)
- Is topically relevant and has widespread applicability for members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals
- Adds value to the current body of knowledge by providing useful and practical information
- Is engaging and thought provoking, either through original discovery or by synthesizing the work and experience of others
3. Presentation: 0 to 3 points (30%)
- Is written in an enjoyable, readable, and technically correct style
- Clearly states and realizes its objectives
- Follows a logical structure with logical arguments and content
- Clearly and accurately references sources where appropriate
4. Bonus: 0 to 1 point (10%)
A discretionary bonus for reviewers related to overall quality or if the book makes a specialized contribution that is important, but does not fit into the previous categories.
For the 2015 Prize: The submission form and six copies of the published work must be received by AFP by November 1, 2014. The form is available as a PDF attachment, below, or by writing AFP Research Program, 4300 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22203-4168.
Previous Research Prize Winners
Noah Drezner, Expanding the Donor Base in Higher Education: Engaging Non-Traditional Donors
Brian Sagrestano and Robert Wahlers, The Philanthropic Planning Companion
Robert M. Penna, The Nonprofit Outcomes Toolbox: A Complete Guide to Program Effectiveness, Performance Measurement and Results
Michael Rosen, Donor-Centered Planned Gift Marketing
Rachel M. McCleary, Ph.D., Global Compassion: Private Voluntary Organizations and US Foreign Policy Since 1939
Paul Brest and Hal Harvey, Money Well Spent: A Strategic Plan for Smart Philanthropy
Leslie R. Crutchfield & Heather McLeod Grant, Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits
Emily Barman, CONTESTING COMMUNITIES: The Transformation of Workplace Charity
Marybeth Gasman & Katherine V. Sedgwick, Uplifting a People: African American Philanthropy and Education
Richard P. Chait, William P. Ryan and Barbara E. Taylor
Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonrofit Boards
Lawrence J. Friedman and Mark D. McGarvie
Charity, Philanthropy, and Civility in American History
Diana S. Newman, CFRE
Opening Doors: Pathways to Diverse Donors
Careers in Fundraising
Ethical Decision Making in Fund Raising
Katelyn Quynn and Ron Jordan
Planned Giving: Management, Marketing and Law
Robert Fry, Jr.
Nonprofit Investment Policies: Practical Steps for Growing Charitable Funds
David C. Hammack
Making the Nonprofit Sector in the United States
Effective Fund-Raising Management
Dean R. Hoge
Money Matters: Personal Giving in American Churches
Dwight Burlingame and Dennis Young
Corporate Philanthropy at the Crossroads
Virginia Hodgkinson and Murray S. Weitzman
Nonprofit Almanac: Dimensions of the Independent Sector
Ethics for Fundraisers
The Art of Planned Giving: Understanding Donors and the Culture of Giving
Mary J. Oates
The Catholic Philanthropic Tradition in America
Dennis R. Young and Richard Steinberg
Economics for Nonprofit Managers
Virtuous Giving: Philanthropy, Voluntary Service and Caring
Robert H. Bremner
Giving: Charity and Philanthropy in History
Wesley K. Willmer
Winning Strategies in Challenging Times for Advancing Small Colleges
Lucy Rose Fischer/Kay Banister Schaffer
Older Volunteers: A Guide to Research and Practice
Principles of Professional Fund Raising
Understanding Nonprofit Funding: Managing Revenues in Social Services and Community Development Organizations
The Commons: New Perspectives on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action
Peter Dobkin Hall
Inventing the Nonprofit Sector
Women's Culture: American Philanthropy and Art, 1830-1930
Achieving Excellence in Fund Raising
The United Way: Dilemmas of Organized Charity
The Board Member's Guide to Fund Raising
James P. Shannon
The Corporate Contributions Handbook
Corporate Philanthropy Report
The Directory of Japanese Giving
The Law of Fund Raising
R. Mark Dillon
Advancing Advancement: A Study of Fund-Raising Effectiveness Among Protestant Seminaries in the US
Ellen Condliffe Lagemann
The Politics of Knowledge
Nancy R. London
Japanese Corporate Philanthropy