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Collegiate Chapter Program

March 25, 2013

Program Overview

The AFP Collegiate Chapter program was created to educate undergraduate and graduate students about careers in fundraising and philanthropy in general.  Collegiate chapters must be formed on the college or university campus. The chapter will have a relationship with the AFP professional chapter in the same geographic area. Additionally, the chapter will have a faculty advisor from the institution to ensure it meets chapter or club status criteria.

The collegiate chapter will be comprised of at least ten students who will plan the chapter activities. The collegiate chapter will raise money for a self-identified philanthropic project and hold educational sessions about ethical fundraising practices. These sessions will be developed with local AFP Professional Members and include information about fundraising tools. The experience of selecting a cause, learning ethical fundraising principles, and ultimately supporting the cause will introduce students to the rewards of a career in professional fundraising .Upon graduation, it is hoped students will consider entering the non-profit sector.


New Chapters

The Collegiate Chapter Program currently has 30 collegiate chapters and grows each year. Interested in starting a collegiate chapter on your campus?

 Click here to find out how! 


Collegiate Certificate in Fundraising Program

As an AFP collegiate chapter member, you can further your knowledge of the nonprofit sector by working towards an AFP Collegiate Certificate in Fundraising. Certificate completion is an opportunity  to communicate your comprehensive understanding of fundraising by demonstrating your commitment to ethical and effective fundraising practices through education, work and volunteer experience. [Note: this certificate is a certificate of achievement from AFP and not a certification or credential.

Certificate Requirements
• 100 points necessary to earn a certificate
• Meet minimum requirements in each of the five categories
• Must be an active student at the time the certificate criterion is completed
• Written explanation to support experiences
• Meeting with collegiate or professional chapter advisor

Click here to download the materials: PDF | Word Doc



2015 Collegiate Accord Materials


Collegiate Chapter Ten Star Award Program

Applications for the 2014 Ten Star Award are due on January 30, 2015. The online submission form will be available later this year.

2015 Collegiate Ten Start Application 


If you have questions about the collegiate chapter program, please contact Chapter Services at

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