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AFP Launches International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising

January 15, 2014

If you ever find yourself wishing that your organization had a more friendly culture towards fundraising, or that you, personally, had a more global approach to fundraising, then the AFP International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising will help you fill that void. 

Fundraising is going global, and it’s affecting EVERY organization, even if you think you don’t work in the global arena. Call it globalization, call it “flattening,” call it the broadband revolution, but what happens in a small neighborhood in one part of the world can now—and will—affect the rest of the globe.  Donors in one country can give to a cause halfway around the world just as easy as they can to the cause next door.

You don’t have to know the particular fundraising trends and techniques of each country but you need to understand that the core curriculum for fundraising—what you NEED to know as a fundraiser—is no longer based just on American standards. It’s a global standard, with ideas and knowledge being fed in from every part of the globe.

That’s why AFP, in collaboration with the London-based Institute of Fundraising and the Amsterdam-based European Fundraising Institute, has developed the International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising (IADF).  It’s the first truly international, advanced-level fundraising qualification that will be available worldwide and recognized throughout North America and Europe.

 “The International Advanced Diploma is truly a transportable asset for those participating in the program,” says Andrew Watt, FInstF, president and CEO of AFP, “and one that goes beyond solely fundraising. What we have developed is a core curriculum that will remain the same. Each country can adapt and build supplementary materials around that core curriculum based on the country’s culture. It is a consistent product that can be delivered anywhere.”

A Significant Challenge and Accomplishment

The Diploma also represents a significant educational challenge to fundraisers—academically rigorous and stretching skills in analysis, synthesis and evaluation to the limit. Participants will be challenged in a manner far beyond the occasional educational session at a conference.

The year-long course, designed for senior fundraising practitioners, will be taught at a Master’s Degree level. It will consist of an initial 10 weeks of individual study followed by a three-day face-to-face instruction block conducted during the AFP International Conference in San Antonio. A final 10 weeks of individual study will wrap up this advanced experiential learning experience; participants will spend approximately 600 hours in individual and group study over the life of the program.

A significant amount of the material taught will be new, including innovative theories and frameworks. In addition, participants will be assessed by top practitioners while engaging in course work that applies to their own organization and situation.  Sessions will be customized using the core curriculum framework as well as the understanding of each group to develop a learning environment that has been tailored to the learners in each session.

Professors Adrian Sargeant and Jen Shang will be teaching the course initially, and there will also be an external examiner to provide an external assessment of program quality and an objective assessment of AFP’s quality control procedures.

Launch and Schedule

AFP will launch the first segment of the International Advanced Qualification course in 2014 in San Antonio:

•                Thursday, March 20 (8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.)

•                Friday, March 21 (8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.)

•                Saturday, March 22 (8 a.m.–1 p.m.)

•                Sunday, March 23 (7:30–10:30 a.m.)


For more information, please contact Rhonda Starr at 703-519-8471 or

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