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International Growth and Development

Note: The AFP Board has approved a strategy paper recommended by the AFP International Strategy Task Force on AFP’s philosophy and direction in international matters. Click here to access.


AFP, an association of professionals throughout the world, advances philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising (AFP Mission Statement).

Supporting the International Community is one of seven priorities indicated in the AFP 2011-13 Strategic Plan. The plan notes that AFP will provide this support through "strong leadership in promoting and supporting the fundraising community worldwide." As an outcome of the goal, "AFP will be a leader in establishing the most effective environment for fundraising communities worldwide by ensuring that best practice knowledge, experience and expertise are accessible to fundraisers."


International Membership in AFP (2004):  182
International Membership in AFP (2011):   383
International Reciprocal Members through Strategic Partners (2004):  557
International Reciprocal Members through Strategic Partners (2011):  995

(International members are classified as members outside of the U.S. or Canada)

Strategic Alliances

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KAFP - Kenya Association of Fundraising Professionals

SAIF - Southern Africa Institute of Fundraising


FIA - Fundraising Institute of Australia


ABCR - Associação Brasileira dos Captadores de Recursos


Deutscher Fundraising Verband e. V. 


IF - Instituut Fondsenwerving 


FINZ - Fundraising Institute of New Zealand



Institute of Fundraising

Formal Partners         

Asia-Pacific: Venture for Fundraising

Faculdades Integradas Rio Branco (Sao Paolo, Brazil) 

Argentinian Fundraising Association

Social Service Training Institute (Singapore)

European Fundraising Association

Imagine Canada

Technologico de Monterrey (Mexico)

AFP International Growth and Development Facts

  • The growth of philanthropy and voluntarism in the international sphere is skyrocketing. Because of the body of knowledge AFP has accumulated in its more than 50-year history, fundraisers in many other countries look to the association for information and advice.
  • AFP recognizes the opportunity to support philanthropy’s global growth and accordingly its mission statement notes that AFP is “an association of professionals throughout the world.” The AFP 2011-13 Strategic Planning Initiative further recognizes our “increasingly global community” and further indicates that AFP “must expand its leadership role through broad-based collaboration, targeted strategic alliances and multi-sector partnerships across all national and international spectrums.”
  • AFP seeks to support international collaborative initiatives through the assessment of current resources and assistance with the identification of new partnerships. Our goal is to work with prospective international partners as they explore, within their own cultural contexts, how AFP may provide added value.
  • AFP hosted the first International Fundraising Summit, consisting of representatives of the world’s fundraising organizations, in Toronto in 2003. At the fourth international summit, held in 2006 in Noordwijkerhout, Holland, the International Statement of Ethical Principles was formally approved.
  • AFP's internal governance and membership structures have been reviewed to increase international accessibility. As an example of this work, membership processing was transferred from IHQ to Canada and Mexico with materials being made available in French and Spanish.
  • Its growing number of Strategic Alliance Partners illustrates AFP’s increasing globalization. Through these partnerships AFP members enjoy reciprocal benefits including attendance at partner conferences at member rates.
  • In addition to its USA and Canadian chapters, AFP now has 11 chapters in six other countries including Mexico, Southeast Asia, Puerto Rico and Egypt. 

AFP International Development Committee

  • The AFP International Development Committee (IDC) provides counsel in light of AFP’s increasing global connections. Current IDC members include representatives from Singapore, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Brazil.
  • A key accomplishment in the IDC’s work to date is its role in the implementation of the International Statement of Ethical Principles. The international statement recognizes that while fundraisers work in many varied fields, countries and circumstances, they nevertheless share fundamental values and strive to identify and employ best practices.

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