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AFP International Distinguished Fellows Program

April 3, 2017

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To serve the needs of members and the global fundraising community, AFP strives to maximize the impact of the talent, networks and experience of its senior leaders. New membership structures have extended AFP’s reach into our communities in a way not previously seen; many leaders within AFP’s volunteer networks and in the profession seek a variety of new ways to engage with AFP and with one another.

The Senior Leadership Engagement Task Force was developed to identify opportunities for engagement between the fundraising community, senior fundraisers and the association. One of the results of the task force’s work was the development of the AFP International Distinguished Fellows Program.

The Distinguished Fellows program and Honorary Fellows program (for those who are not members of AFP) spotlights individuals who have made significant leadership contributions to the philanthropic and fundraising professions, and who will continue to advance AFP’s mission and vision through their volunteer and advisory work.

The nomination process was kicked off at the March 2016 Chapter Presidents Council meeting in Boston.  Our first class of Distinguished Fellows will be recognized at the 2017 International Fundraising Conference in San Francisco, April 30-May 2, 2017.

Nominations for the 2018 class are now being accepted through June 30, 2017.

Designation bestowed would be “FAFP” or “HonFAFP”.  You will find additional information below which provides you with the criteria for the nomination, the Fellow’s recognition, ongoing engagement and the nomination form. 


FAFP Distinguished Fellow 

HonFAFP Honorary Fellow (for those who are not members of AFP)


Submissions can be received from:

  • Chapters (Limit of 2 nominations per Chapter)
  • Individuals
  • Current AFP Distinguished or Honorary Fellows
  • Self-nomination is not allowed


  • All AFP International US or Canada Board members currently serving on a Board are ineligible to apply
  • AFP members must have fifteen or more years in the profession
  • Non-AFP members must have fifteen or more years in leadership
  • A nomination can be submitted annually. If not accepted, can resubmit for a maximum of three times

Nominations Form Requires

  • Application available on AFP website
  • Nominators/Nominees name
  • Community volunteer signature
  • Nonprofit representative signature
  • Information on the nominee including:
  • Professional recognition
  • Employment history
  • Publications and speaking history
  • Professional association membership years, honors and activity
  • 1000 Words citation
  • Concise and accurate description of the contributions of the nominee describing why he/she should be elected
  • Collection of data on areas of expertise for future engagement


  • Comprised of Alternates to the AFP Committee on Directorship which provides geographic representation
  • If the alternate moves into the representative role, then the District Board member would serve on this committee
  • The Immediate Past Chair of the three AFP Boards: AFP, AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada would serve as co-chairs
  • Each nomination is evaluated by the Selection Committee
  • Notify chapters of nominees before finalization
  • Timeline – Please see appendix
  • Class size determined annually


  • AFP website
  • Annual article in eWire
  • Chapters to recognize their members at their NPD event.
  • Fellows recognition at AFP International Conference
  • Award bestowed for life. If someone is no longer a member of AFP, they will automatically become an Honorary Fellow


  • Communications from IHQ
  • Potential online Thought Leader Program – exclusive to members of this group
  • Fellows must commit to engaging in one of these areas:
    • Get involved in advocacy efforts with AFP
    • Be an online mentor or a chapter mentor
    • Give to the AFP Foundation(s)
    • Participate in an annual strategic conversation with AFP via a webinar format


2018 Online Nomination Form - Due June 30, 2017

Signature Page - Must be signed, uploaded, and submitted with the electornic form


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