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Next Generation

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Welcome!  AFP is committed to engaging young professionals and youth exploring philanthropy and building their fundraising careers.  AFP recognizes the importance of outreach to young professionals in order to assure that effective and ethical fundraising is practiced well into the future.

Serving Young Professionals

In order to serve our young professionals, men and women 30 and under working in development, AFP created the Next Generation Committee.  The goal of the Next Generation Committee is to seek ways to engage, serve and support young professionals to help you be successful, develop your careers and become active in AFP.

With input from our young colleagues, the committee is focused on: 

  1. Building web resources for young professionals
  2. Developing a social media site
  3. Creating Mentoring and Career Development tools
  4. Strengthening understanding of the profession and AFP’s ethical standards
  5. Ensuring appropriate activities for young professionals at AFP’s International Conference
  6. Increasing the value and relevance of AFP membership for young professionals

Come back often to check out new resources that have been added.  And if you have questions, would like information, are interested in joining the committee or just have feedback, please email and someone from the committee will be happy to talk with you.

What's New

Young Professionals Membership Category!
AFP is pleased to introduce a new membership category for young professionals that is only $75 a year.  To find out more, and to sign up for your young professional membership, click here!

Find Your Peers
Want to join in a conversation with other young professional fundraisers across the country?  Sign up for AFP2P and join the Young Professional Group!

Tips for Young Professionals
As a young professional in the field of fundraising, it is important to remember that you are not alone. There are many members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals who are in your community and willing to help you find the resources for success. We hope these tips will provide you with a good place to start in your new career or to become more engaged with your profession and your association.

*New* Tips for AFP Chapters to Engage Young Professionals
As the fundraising profession continues to evolve, it is important to help prepare future generations of professionals in our field. Based on feedback from the membership, a list of opportunities and resources has been compiled to help you develop or build upon an already existing program within your chapter.



Career Development
Want to know more about how to plan your career development?  What kind of training you will need as you move forward?  Then check out:
AFP's Professional Development Plan for Fundraisers

Everything You Need to Know About Certification
Start now to build your portfolio to become a Certified Fundraising Executive, the internationally-recognized baseline professional credential for nonprofit fundraisers:


Look here for links to other sites of particular interest to Young Professionals. - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: News source for charity leaders, fund raisers, grant makers, and others involved in philanthropic enterprises. - Young Non Profit Network: an organization that supports the growth, learning, and development of young professionals in the nonprofit sector.

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